This post is reserved for the true nerds out there. If you don’t have your suspenders on and your pocket protector in place, move along – nothing to see here.
Most of us with office jobs spend a good portion of the day clacking away on a keyboard. Perhaps the “chiclets” of a laptop, or maybe the mushy keys that came with your desktop. The keyboard is one of the few components that does not need to be replaced every few years, and strangely it is one of the few components where products today are inferior to the products of well over a decade ago. Why, you might ask? Mass production of “rubber dome” keyboards is significantly cheaper to manufacture than superior mechanical switches under each key. The benefits of mechanical include response time, accuracy, speed, and overall feel. If you do a lot of typing for your job or fun, I strongly urge you to consider trying a mechanical keyboard.
One of the benefits of going mechanical is that all keyboards that use Cherry MX switches have interchangeable keys. This means you can add a little bit of personality to your boring board.
Head on over to http://www.techkeys.us if you are interested in purchasing custom keys for your keyboard.
If you are looking to start with getting a mechanical keyboard, here are some resources: