If you’re about to buy a new keyboard in the near future, here’s what you probably need to know. There are many types of keyboards on the market, such as 40% keyboards, 60% keyboards, 80% keyboards (TKL keyboards), and 100% keyboards (full-size keyboards) by size. According to the type of work, it can be divided into membrane keyboard, mechanical keyboard and capacitive keyboard. According to the connection method, it can be divided into wired keyboard and wireless keyboard, and the two connection methods can be further subdivided… But these are not the focus. This article will introduce the difference between gaming keyboards and ordinary gaming keyboards in detail.
What’s the difference between a gaming keyboard and a regular keyboard?
mechanical gaming keyboard vs membrane keyboard
Gaming keyboards are keyboards made to better meet the needs of gamers. When playing competitive games, you need faster response speed, multi-button conflict-free design, and additional macro programming functions. In other aspects, in order to increase the fun and experience of the game, rich RGB lighting effects will be added. Therefore, gaming keyboards are usually mechanical keyboards with mechanical shafts with faster response and shorter response time, and the price is usually much more expensive than ordinary keyboards.
Conventional keyboards often prioritize practicality, cost, and impact on the surroundings. Therefore, ordinary keys are usually membrane keyboards with membrane lighting. The production cost of the membrane keyboard is low, and it can meet all the basic functions of the keyboard.
Advantages of mechanical keyboards
1. Long life
The shaft body under each key of the mechanical keyboard adopts a special mechanical switch. In theory, each of these mechanical switches can withstand more than 50 million taps. In addition, most mechanical keyboards use a replaceable shaft design. Even if a key shaft is damaged, you can buy a new one or replace it with other key shafts.
2. Unique and rich touch
The shafts of mechanical keyboards are rich in classification, the common ones are green shaft, red shaft, black shaft, brown shaft, light shaft, white shaft, etc. The pressing feedback of each shaft body is different. In general, it is mainly divided into the following three types of axes:
The feel of the linear axis is straight up and down, there is no obstruction except for the spring pressure, and there will not be a lot of sound during the pressing process, which means that the axis is a red axis.
The silent paragraph axis, also called the ruo paragraph axis, has a small bump on its foot. Because the bulge is small, the feeling of falling is not strong, and because the bulge part is on the upper part of the small foot, the paragraph feeling is behind. The feel is first straight down a paragraph, then a slight paragraph feeling, and finally bottoming out. The representative axis is the tea axis
The sound section shaft is also called the shrapnel sound section shaft. When the shaft is pressed down, the switch cap slides down rapidly under the elastic force of the shrapnel, and the metal shrapnel on the outside will quickly fit together with the inner metal shrapnel because there is no obstruction. , making the sound of metal flakes crashing. The representative shaft is the green shaft. This shaft has a strong typing touch and a loud sound. The pressure is 60g, which is not suitable for use in public places.
3. Multi-key no conflict
Most mechanical keyboards can achieve 26 keys without conflict, some mechanical keyboards can achieve full-key conflict-free, while membrane keyboards are usually 2-key or 3-key conflict-free, and a few can achieve 5-key or 6-key conflict-free, There are very few conflict-free membrane keyboards with more than 6 keys.
4. Personality DIY
Most of the shafts and keys of a mechanical keyboard are detachable. You can change the keycaps of different colors for some special keys of your keyboard, or replace the shafts with different shafts. Different keycaps make certain keys more recognizable, allowing you to locate them accurately and quickly. Different shafts can bring different touches and enjoy different fun.
5. Rich RGB lights
Each key of the mechanical keyboard will be equipped with RGB light beads of rich colors. At least, the light beads of each key can emit 7 red colors. Some have rainbow lighting effects, the color of each row is the same, and the basic point is that the lighting color of each row is still the same when changing the lighting effect. Other mechanical keyboard lighting colors do not have clear requirements, and only need to meet specific shapes when changing. In addition, some advanced and blood-sucking keyboards come with light and music rhythm effects, and the color of the light will change accordingly with the change of the music rhythm, which looks pleasing to the eye.
6. Macro programming function
Some mechanical keyboards support the function of macro programming. Through the software, a series of keyboard operation behaviors can be stored in a key, so as to improve the input efficiency. For gamers, recording a series of operations in the game into one button can save time and simplify operations to the greatest extent.
Disadvantages of mechanical keyboards
1. High price
The shaft body of the keyboard was once monopolized by the German cherry technology, so there are relatively few manufacturers and the price remains high. Although there are more and more manufacturers of shafts in recent years, and the price has dropped to a certain extent, because each key needs a separate shaft, equipped with RGB lights, and some other complicated processes, it is relatively For a simple membrane keyboard, the price is still much more expensive.
2. Heavy weight
Due to the complex structural design of mechanical keyboards, and most keyboards use steel plates to fix the keyboard shaft, the weight of mechanical keyboards is usually heavier. Usually a full-size mechanical keyboard weighs about 1kg, which is almost double that of a membrane keyboard of the same volume.
3. Poor waterproof
At present, the membrane keyboards of the main game have the function of preventing liquid splashing, and some membrane keyboards with fine workmanship can be washed directly with water. However, the mechanical keyboard has always been a weak point in waterproof design. The mechanical keyboard accidentally enters the water during normal operation. If the power is not cut off in time, it will easily cause permanent damage to the keyboard. Although some waterproof mechanical keyboards have been launched now, a waterproof baffle is actually added to the outside of the shaft body. This baffle is higher than the keyboard panel and tightly wraps the shaft body, plus the height of the keycap. , a small amount of water splashed on the keyboard can be prevented, but too much water can not achieve waterproof effect.
Advantages of membrane keyboards
1. Low price, high cost performance
The biggest advantage of membrane keyboards over mechanical keyboards is price. Common membrane keyboards on the market, usually available for a few dollars, provide all the basic functions you need to use your computer. Mechanical keyboards cost as little as double digits to buy.
Another advantage of membrane keyboards is that they are quiet. The bottom of the keys of the membrane keyboard is a soft silicone membrane, which does not produce too much sound when the keys are pressed. Some mechanical keyboards will make a loud clicking sound after the shaft is pressed, which is not suitable for use in some occasions.
3. Light weight
The membrane keyboard does not need to be fixed by built-in steel plates, nor does it have an independent shaft. The switch below is a thin and soft silicone membrane, which will be lighter in weight. And in terms of keyboard thickness, membrane keyboards can also be made thinner.
4. Waterproof and dustproof
Because the membrane keyboard has been developed for a long time and the related technology is more perfect, the waterproof and dustproof effect of the membrane keyboard will be better than that of the mechanical keyboard. Part of the membrane keyboard closes the entire circuit board, which can achieve complete waterproof effect. Even if the entire keyboard is washed in water, it will not affect the use.
Disadvantages of membrane keyboards
1. The keys are easy to fade
Most membrane keyboard keys use laser electroplating to print the characters on the keys. After a long time of use, the characters on the keys are easy to be erased, and finally the characters corresponding to the keys cannot be identified, and the aesthetics of the entire keyboard is affected.
2. Button Conflict
At present, the membrane keyboard usually supports 4-6 keys without conflict. When performing some game operations, the key conflict may occur, which affects the actual use.
3. Short service life
The keys of membrane keyboards are usually several million to 10 million times, which are more easily damaged than mechanical keyboards. And the contacts of the membrane keyboard are rubber, the rubber is more prone to aging, the maintenance after aging is also more troublesome, and the maintenance value is also very low.
Conclusion: For gamers who love gaming, gaming keyboards are really worth buying, whether it’s a unique feel, rich RGB lighting, multi-key or full-key conflict-free design, or longer lifespan, these All are very attractive to gamers. But for ordinary business use, or just want to buy a keyboard with normal functions and don’t need other fancy things, then the price is the last word, and the membrane keyboard that you can buy for a few dollars is the best choice.
Next, I will recommend several cheap gaming mechanical keyboards under the Cool Burn brand, ranging from $16 to $40, covering 3 sizes of 60%, 80% and 100%, they all have good looks and good quality quality, hope you are interested in them.
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