Contributions by Amy Clark, Jason Ross, and Paulo Rodrigues
It’s no secret that the new Macbook keyboards are pretty widely disliked. Even director Taika Waititi recently took his time after winning an Oscar to air his frustrations about them. If you’re in the same boat as Taika, we’re here to help with some mechanical keyboard recommendations!
What exactly is a mechanical keyboard?
They are so-named for the mechanism that triggers the keys; standard keyboards use small rubber domes under the keycaps that, when pressed all the way down, trigger a keystroke. Their mechanical counterparts instead use small switches underneath each keycap, which trigger without having to press the key all the way down. The result is a more tactile, precise, and satisfying typing experience with less hand fatigue. Mechanical switches are also built to last, giving these keyboards the added benefit of being extremely durable. There are a host of options when it comes to these switches, each one offering a different level of noise, sensitivity and “clickiness.” For a handy guide breaking these options down for you, check out this helpful video.
If you’re like us, you’re finding yourself spending more time in front of your keyboard due to the current work from home mandates. If so, now might be the time to upgrade. Read on to find out which mechanical keyboards recommendations from our staff:
We like this one for its unique and compact design, affordable price, and adaptability — keycaps for both PC and Mac are included, so you’ll have the right layout no matter your machine. Customize it even further by choosing your preferred switch type, backlight color, and frame material.
A “tenkeyless” (without the ten-key number pad) version of the K4, the K2 offers many of the same features as the K4 in a more compact body and the same retro aesthetic.
Logitech’s mechanical keyboards offer a classic look in a full-size layout, with many customization options. If you’re a gamer, you’ll appreciate the built-in gaming mode, dedicated media keys, customizable macro buttons, customizable lighting, and durable switches.
Similarly to the G610, the K840 offers customizable function keys and media controls, without the extra gaming components. It’s also got a sleek and sturdy aluminum body, and a familiar clean design.
If you like the Logitechs above, but are looking for a wireless option, this is a great choice. Programmable macro keys and gaming mode are at your fingertips here as well, with the added convenience of bluetooth compatibility.
We’re not saying that a brand-new mechanical keyboard will solve all of your work from home woes, but your fingers and wrists will certainly thank you.
For more information or advice on this and other work-from-home topics, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here for you, and happy for an excuse to discuss anything tech-related.
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