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To understand what a mechanical keyboard is you must first understand the concept of a traditional rubber dome keyboard. A standard computer keyboard is comprised of 3 different parts which are involved in the action of "pressing" a key. Theres the key cap which you physically depress, a rubber dome with a carbon center that sits underneath, and the circuit board. When you depress a key, this causes the rubber dome to makes contact with the keyboard's circuit board. This type of keyboard is most common due to the cheap manufacturing cost.
Rather than having a rubber dome actuate the button, mechanical keyboards have a mechanical switch for every key. This translates to each key having an exact weighted feel when a key is pressed. The tactile bump some switches give provides the user instant feedback that a key press has been registered. Mechanical keyboards not only offer a better typing experience, the switches are very durable and typically outlast their rubber dome counterparts.
There is no such thing as the best mechanical keyboard. This is a subjective question and cannot be directly answered. Each switch has a different feel which accommodate different styles of typing. What we can tell is you that the the most popular switches are Cherry MX red (linear) and Cherry MX brown (tactile).
There are many different Cherry and proprietary switches to choose from. Switches are divided into two categories - linear and tactile. Linear switches are the simplest and move directly up and down much like a rubber dome keyboard. Tactile, as the name would suggest, provide a tactile bump as the depressed key actuates.
If noise is a concern than we recommend any of the linear switches. These switches are considerably less noisy due to the lack of a tactile click.
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