Gaming keyboards can use membrane keys, rubber domes, or they can use mechanical switches. Manufacturers may not always be honest about the type of keys that are used for keyboards, especially more budget-friendly keyboards.
Despite this, the important thing to remember is that a keyboard is either mechanical, or it is not mechanical, there is no such thing as a “semi-mechanical” keyboard. Mechanical keyboards are known for using different types of switches, including:
- Linear with constant resistance.
- Tactile with non-audible bump.
- “Clicky” with an audible click.
The clicky mechanical switches are more suited for gamers as well as users who type a lot on their computers. Linear mechanical switches do not provide as much tactile feedback and they are ideal for intense, fast-paced gaming but less suited for typing and productive work functions.
Tactile mechanical switches are the perfect balance between linear and clicky switches where audio feedback is concerned, along with the force that is needed to register the key presses.
Some of the best quality mechanical gaming keyboards on the market include:
- Redragon Kumara RGB Mechanical Gaming
- Cougar Deathfire Ex Hybrid Mechanical Gaming
- Aluminium RGB Scissor-Switch Keyboard VANTAR AX