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- Keyboard switches can be silicone dome, scissor, and mechanical
- Silicone dome produce a mushier and less precise feel
- Scissor allows for shorter key travel, more precision, quieter and requires less force.
- Mechanical switches have the most tactile feedback, are precise and have long lifespans
- Mechanical switches require different pressure and generate different sounds levels depending on the keys types.
- Some keyboards has numeric keypads to make entering numbers faster
- “QWERTY” layout keyboards are most common
- The Dvorak keyboard provides faster and more accurate typing
- Some keyboards have extra keys to control other functions, such as multimedia keys and calculator
- Some keyboards offer ergonomic enhancements such as changing a keyboard’s angle and have palm rest to rest the hands
- A wired keyboard may clutter up your desktop.
- Wireless keyboards need to be powered either by replaceable batteries or plugging in periodically to recharge.
- Wireless can also introduce latency
- Latency is important for gamers because a split-second can mean the difference between win or lose.
- Gaming keyboards tend to use mechanical switches
- Gaming keyboards often have lighting effects to allow keys to be seen in the dark
- Gaming keyboards are often highly customizable. Some allow different key mappings and their mapping can be switched back and forth between different games.