A mechanical keyboard is a type of computer keyboard that uses mechanical switches for each key. Mechanical keyboards are often preferred by gamers and typists for their improved typing feel and accuracy. Mechanical keyboards offer a wide variety of switch options, each with its own unique characteristics, such as actuation force, tactile feedback, and auditory feedback. These switch options allows users to pick the perfect switch that best fits their typing or gaming style.
A mechanical keyboard is made up of mechanical switches, keycaps, a PCB, stabilizers, a frame and a cable, and some high-end models have additional features such as RGB backlighting and software customization.
A mechanical keyboard is composed of several key components:
Mechanical Switches: These are the physical switches that register key presses and provide smooth/tactile and auditory feedback. They are typically more durable than most standard keyboards.
Keycaps: These are the plastic or rubber covers that sit on top of the mechanical switches and are used to identify the keys.
PCB (Printed Circuit Board): This is the board that connects all the mechanical switches and keycaps together and sends the signal to the computer.
Stabilizers: These are the small plastic clips that keep larger keys (such as the spacebar) from wobbling when pressed.
Frame: This is the outer housing that holds all the other components in place and gives the keyboard its shape and structure.
Cable: This connects the keyboard to the computer.
Optional: RGB backlighting, Software, USB pass-through ports and other features that make them more convenient and versatile to use.