The choice of a best pc keyboard is a difficult choice, especially if you want one that is of good quality. In the field of the keyboards for games there is a great variety, revolving around the inclusion of keys for macros or LED of personalized illumination, either of a single color or to choose it within the RGB range, which include keys with mechanisms of fast action
But there are also those who want a keyboard especially to write, or more compact, or more portable to put them in the backpack and take them anywhere. There is a lot of variety in the market between what to choose, and for this we bring you this article to help you choose the one that most closely matches your needs.
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Types of keyboards
The two broad categories of keyboards according to their types of keys are membrane and mechanical.
Those of chiclet or chewing gum – its name comes from the brand of chewing gum Chiclets – are the usual keys of laptops, which make little noise when pressed, and whose typing requires little activation movement, with a membrane system to record the pulsation or use individual scissor-type switches. However, because the end of the possible stroke of the key is usually hit with them, they produce finger pain in the long run, except that the habit of writing with the tips of the fingers rather than the tip is taken. You can press them more gently to activate them since the route they make is less, but many users still have the habit of pummeling them.
The mechanical keyboards are much more varied depending on the type of mechanism (switch) that they use of activation. This type of keyboards are usually more expensive, but in return they are usually recommended for writing long hours, and many prefer the types of mechanisms that make noise, such as traditional typewriters. The mechanical keys wear out over time, and are becoming more resistant to being pressed, so it is not strange that some keyboards after only one or two years of intense use, stop offering the original feeling.
The cheaper keyboards use a type of switch called rubber dome, often also called membrane although it is not the same, very similar to the operation of chiclet, and usually are usually silent and give a typing experience appropriate to its cost. As in everything, there are also qualities according to the way of acting of the contact they carry in their lower part with the circuit that goes below the keyboard in charge of detecting the pulsation.
Mechanisms or switches
The type of switches used by keyboards are diverse and are generally summarized in a few characteristics that differentiate them. A mechanism is tactile when you notice the moment in which it acts – otherwise it would be a linear switch – indicated by the force to be made, some of which are designed so that they click when they act.
Both characteristics are indicated in the following summary table of switches, being better to choose a non-tactile mechanism without noise to play. Hence, the Red Cherry switches are preferred for game keyboards, or even the low profile SteelSeries QS1, which gives a similar feeling as if it were a membrane one.
The point of action of a key is one in which the electronic keyboard registers the pulsation, which in mechanics is usually below the maximum travel that the key can have. Chiclet keyboards usually require that the keys be pressed to the bottom, and hence the continued knocking effect of the keys is bad for spending hours writing
Material and labeling
The comfort or not of a key comes from the mechanism that goes below, but also from the key itself and the material from which it is made. In general it will vary a lot between manufacturers, and those of better quality have a more pleasant texture to the touch. In some cases the keys are usually interchangeable, which makes it easy to buy key sets from specialized stores to give an additional touch of personalization.
The cheaper keyboards use stickers to place the labeling of the keys, while others more commonly use a laser engraving. The highest quality keys use a sublimation technique to insert the ink into the plastic from which the key is made. The technique of sublimation of ink is the most expensive but at the same time the one that is more durable and of better tact when not noticing at all the labeling.
Summary table of switches
The units used to measure the force exerted on a key are the gram force (gf) and the centinewton (cN). The conversion is 1 gf = 0.98 cN, so in practice one can speak indistinctly of gram force or centinewton because it falls within the typical tolerance of the keys.
The keys that have tactile resistance have a force of action superior to the habitual one of the key, that is the one that is reflected in the table of global way. For example, the blue Cherry have an acting force of 50 cN, but a tactile acting force of 60 cN (the one indicated in the table). Finally, the force to exercise in a chiclet key is the necessary one so that they begin to move, being smaller as they make their route.
It is important that, to have a homogeneous typing experience, most of the keys have practically the same acting force, without detours. It is also something that differentiates a cheap keyboard from a quality one. Do not expect to see almost any analysis of keyboards that show the distribution of strength of action per key, although some
Corsair K55 RGB
The K55 RGB is an economic model of the RGB manufacturer that does not lack anything, although it uses the rubber dome keys for it. Includes a row of macro keys on the left, dedicated multimedia keys, customizable RGB lighting with brightness adjustment, and six-key anti-ghost touch.
The Khaido is a simple Krom keyboard, with rubber dome switches and RGB backlight, configurable with various effects, such as breathing or rainbows. It is not excessively large, but you can tell it is from the economy, and integrates a wrist rest. It has a row on the left of five keys for macros that can be recorded on the fly, and dedicated multimedia keys on the top, as well as a series of up to 18 keys.
The Khrom Khybrid includes semimechanical switches, which give the tactile sensation of a mechanical switch -or something that is approaching- and a better response time with silent operation. The keys also have anti phantom touches to press up to 26 keys simultaneously, and the structure is made of metal and plastic. The integrated lighting system is seven colors, and can be customized in five different zones through eight lighting modes. The keyboard has an Fn key.
Logitech G213 Prodigy
The G213 Prodigy keyboard is an economical keyboard that uses membrane switches. Counts the inevitable RGB backlight customizable, and includes a comfortable palm rest. It has dedicated music controls, is made to be waterproof – splashes and small spills – and also prevents the entry of crumbs and dust.