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Sure, You Can Buy a Cheap Mechanical Keyboard. But You're Missing Out.

Sure You Can Buy a Cheap Mechanical Keyboard But You re Missing Out WIRED


So, if mechanical keyboards are the best type for someone like me who spends most of their days huddled over a keyboard obsessively bashing out thousands of words, should I buy an expensive one, or a cheap one? I set out to find out by replacing my old (and somewhat worse for the wear) keyboard with two mechanical keyboards: the cheapest true mechanical keyboard I could find (a $45 Rosewill Striker RK-6000) and a high-end $169 Das Keyboard 4 Professional


If, like me, you spend every day clacking through thousands of words, I’d recommend spending the extra money on the Das Keyboard Ultimate S. The cost is much higher, but it pays off in typing speed, comfort, and the satisfaction you get from using a tool with superior build quality.


There are several varieties of Cherry MX switches available for different typing styles. If you want to get a feel for how the different switches respond, custom keyboard maker WASD offers a great sampler kit that includes the brown, blue, black and red versions of the switches and keys to try out for just $12.

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When he explains that we use a keyboard every day and it pays off in typing speed and comfort...

Well, that makes a lot of sense, actually.

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