How to Choose a Keyboard That Suits You? - Mozano

How to Choose a Keyboard That Suits You?

Today, when consumerism is prevalent, it is easy for us to buy electronic products that far exceed our actual needs, and keyboards are the same. A good keyboard can enhance the experience, can have a more comfortable keyboard layout, and have a higher appearance. However, there are too many types of keyboards on the market. I don't know what I need or how to choose. The following article will tell you the basic properties of the keyboard and how to choose a keyboard that suits you.

Hand feeling

Hand feeling is a very subjective thing, or something that is personalized. There is no best hand feeling, only the one that suits you best. Hand feel is mainly determined by the following four factors:
  • Keytravel
  • Pressure in grams
  • Success feedback
  • Bottoming out
  • Keycap material

Key travel

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Key travel is the distance traveled by pressing a key. The longer the key travel, the more playable tricks in the touch, and the more touch options provided. So if you pay attention to the hand feeling, long-range keyboards are the first choice. Most mechanical keyboards and electrostatic capacitive keyboards are long-range.
If your fingers are very strong, a long key travel can also reduce the pressure you feel when you bottom out.

Pressure in grams

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Pressure in grams can be understood as how hard you press the keyboard. The greater the pressure in grams, the harder it is to press, and the lower the pressure in grams, the easier it is to press. If the pressure is too large, typing for a long time will be easy to fatigue, and even cause finger joint pain. If the pressure is too small, it is easy to press it by mistake, and it feels no hand feeling.
If you are typing for a long time, a keyboard with a pressure of 35-45 grams is recommended. In this regard, there are red axis, tea axis, and electrostatic capacitance keyboard. And if it is a keyboard for playing games, the black axis and the green axis are recommended. The former responds quickly, while the latter has a strong sense of passage and the best hand feeling.

Bottoming out

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This refers to the strength and hardness felt when the button hits the bottom. The harder, the greater the strength, the easier the finger hurts.
The bad thing about this aspect is the membrane keyboard. Some membrane keyboards have a large starting pressure in grams, there is not much resistance in the middle, and the key travel is very short, it is easy to touch the bottom forcefully. If you like to press the keyboard hard, pay more attention to this problem.
If you like a softer bottoming experience, it is more suitable to choose a mechanical keyboard without steel plate, or a capacitive keyboard. But some people like the harder bottoming experience. Mechanical keyboards with steel plates and membrane keyboards are both a good choice.

Keycap material

There are three main keycap materials: ABS, PBT, and POM.
ABS is the default material, and the cost is low. Most keyboard keycaps are made of this total material.
The advantage of PBT keycaps is that their wear resistance is higher than that of ABS keycaps, and their hardness and high temperature resistance are stronger than ABS keycaps. The processing of this material is more complicated, so the cost is much higher than that of ABS keycaps.
The wear resistance and hardness of POM keycaps are higher than that of PBT keycaps. They have lubricity and good wear resistance. However, the color range of keycaps is single, and most of them are black at present, which cannot meet the needs of infecting keycaps.

Connection method

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The current keyboard mainly has three connection methods: USB, Bluetooth, and wireless.
It is worth noting that Bluetooth and wireless connections may have stability problems, especially in the office environment, where there is too much interference, and the reliability of home is relatively high. If the purpose of the keyboard is to play games, it is recommended to choose a high-priced Bluetooth keyboard. Low-priced Bluetooth keyboards may have delayed feedback. Some keyboards can be connected to multiple devices via Bluetooth. Friends with this need must not miss this feature.
I like to use a wired keyboard. It is simple, cheap, reliable, without delay, and very cost-effective. If you have a recommended Bluetooth mechanical keyboard, you can share it with me below.

The level of support for your own equipment

Windows users don't need to consider this issue, mac users may have two problems:
  1. Some function keys are not working properly, such as Num Lock, Fn, etc.
  2. The Bluetooth connection is problematic, unstable, or even unable to connect
It is recommended that Mac users confirm the degree of keyboard support for Mac before buying.

Keyboard size

Below are some common keyboard sizes.
100% size, with number keys on the right, the most common keyboard, the default keyboard.

100% size
80% size, no number keys on the right.


75% size, 80% size condensed version, common 13.14 inch notebooks come with keyboards in this size.

75% size

65%, compared to 75% size, there is no top F key.

65% size

Keyboard layout

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The layout of the Mac and Windows keyboards is actually a bit different, such as the position of the alt key and the command key. Although the keys can be remapped by software, it is always a little troublesome. There are also keyboard layouts for special industries, such as HHKB. For the programmer industry, programmers can try it. Although I am also a programmer, I still feel that there are too few keys to like.
Using a Mac computer can give priority to a keyboard with a Mac mode.

Sound

The issue of sound is very important for mechanical keyboards. Some keyboards are very loud. If you are in public, you must consider the impact of the sound on your colleagues around you.
The sound of the blue axis is loud and sharp. Some people may be very sensitive, so be careful. Compared with the green axis, the tea axis has a lower sound, and the sense of paragraph is also very good. If you use the keyboard in your own home, you can choose at will, but if you use it in an office or other public places, it is recommended to choose a tea axis, red axis or black axis keyboard.

Appearance & Design

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There is no recommendation for this, just like it yourself, don't listen to the advice given by others, what you like is the best.

 

The above is an explanation of some basic properties of the keyboard. If you have any questions after reading this article or want me to recommend a keyboard to you, you can leave a message below. Today's topic: What keyboard are you using now?

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