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Keyboard Buyer's Guide
When it comes to choosing a keyboard for your Mac, there are a number of factors to consider. Here is a guide to help you select the best keyboard for your needs:
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Types of Keyboards
There are several types of keyboards to choose from, including mechanical, membrane, and scissor switches. For more info on keycaps and switch types, click here.
- Mechanical keyboards are known for their durability and tactile feedback, but they can be louder and more expensive.
- Membrane keyboards are more common and tend to be quieter, but they may not have the same level of durability or responsiveness.
- Scissor switch keyboards are a hybrid of the two, offering a balance of durability and responsiveness.
Keyboard connectivity is another important factor to consider. You can choose between wired and wireless keyboards, each with its own set of pros and cons. If interested, click here for an in-depth comparison of wired vs wireless keyboards for Mac
Wired keyboards are typically less expensive and offer a faster response time, but they are limited by the length of the cord.
Wireless keyboards, preferably Bluetooth for Mac, offer greater flexibility and freedom of movement, but they require battery power or charging and may have a slower response time.
The layout of a keyboard can also be a factor in your decision. The most common layout is the QWERTY layout, which is the standard layout used on most keyboards. However, there are other layout options available, such as the Dvorak layout, which is designed to reduce hand strain and improve typing speed.
If you plan on using your keyboard extensively or want it to last for a long time, durability is an important factor to consider. Mechanical keyboards are generally more durable than membrane keyboards, but they can be more expensive. However, some mechanical keyboards are hot-swappable, which even allow you to easily change out switches if they go faulty.
Some keyboards may come with extra features, such as backlighting, programmable keys, spill-proof, or media control knobs, etc. These features can be useful, but they may also add to the cost of the keyboard. However, if you are working in dark, or low-light environments, then backlit keyboards are must!
Your Budget, Your Needs
Keep in mind, by considering these factors, you can find a keyboard that meets your needs and budget that makes sense. It’s insane to think people can spend over $3,500 for a custom-built keyboard (Like TFUE). But hey, whatever floats your boat. So whether you prioritize durability, connectivity, layout, or extra features, there are a variety of options available to suit your preferences in the most optimal sense.