I fell into the world of mechanical keyboards and I will never get out of it
Some people change their keyboard all the time. Not me.
As you can imagine, I type a lot. How much should I type, exactly? I’m not really sure but I do know that it suffices to wear out the captions on a keyboard faster than I should and that my MacBook Pro has a white hole where the “S” was. I type so much that changing the keyboard isn’t something I do easily or, in fact, without thinking. I need to be able to type quickly and relatively accurately – although not too much precisely because, as Rene Ritchie once said, “typos generate engagement.” But I changed my keyboard a few days ago, and I think it’s going to ruin me.
I fell into the world of mechanical keyboards and I never want to come out of it again.
Mechanical keyboards aren’t new, of course. They have been around forever. But they’ve made a comeback in recent years, and the world of custom mechanical keyboard is large and diverse. YouTubers cover keyboards, circuit boards, the plates that the keys rest on and much more. People are broadcasting themselves by building keyboards on Twitch. This is something I have laughed at in the past. But here I am, following half a dozen of them and trawling Reddit for custom touches. I’m addicted. And that’s awesome.
Until recently, I was really the Apple Magic Keyboard type. It’s still one of the best keyboards for Mac that you’ll find just about anywhere. Unless you get into mechanical keyboards because, deep down, it’s not. So it’s dead for me and sitting in a drawer.
Now? Now I am using a Keychron K6 – aluminum, ISO UK, hot swappable with Gateron yellow switches for those wondering. I have traded in stock exchanges before and have more key sets on my Amazon wishlist than I have birthdays to receive as a gift. I know this is old news for those who have been screaming at mechanical keyboards for years and yes I know you don’t like the clicking sounds they make. But trust me, you haven’t heard the right keyboard with the right switches. It’s a whole new ball game – maybe I’ll get to that in another post if anyone reads this one. Also, I might end up buying a Keychron K1. I can not help it.
So why am I writing on keyboards anyway? I’m not sure other than the fact that I’m excited about them and they make me feel like I used to do it when I was a kid and computers were new. It’s easy to get bored and cynical in this game and it’s rare to feel the way I do right now – like there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored and learned all over again.
It’s exciting. And after the 18 months we’ve all had, I’m taking it! Even if that means selling a kidney. Maybe two.