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post #1 of 23
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So today I was temporarily moved to a new office and there was a typewriter with a keyboard that looked like a mechanical one. I have never used a mechanical keyboard before nor have I seen one prior to this. I typed on it and it seemed to fit the typical descriptions:
1) It is obnoxiously loud
2) It makes a clicky noise when depressed to a certain point





Again since I don't have experience with mechanical keyboards I don't know if this is one. If it is....

What is so special about it? Mechanical keyboard owners all seem to say "well if you've never tried one, you have to actually use it to love it." I really don't see anything special about it. It's just any other keyboard, with keys that feel "sturdier." On top of that it is obnoxiously loud and annoying, and the clicking is simply ridiculous.

To this point I still do not understand, what is so special about mechanical keyboards that I'm missing? It's not amazing, it doesn't have more "feel," it's just a keyboard.

Typing on my Lycosa certainly feels different but it doesn't feel worse. Nor does the mechanical feel any "better."
post #2 of 23
Probably is. Pull a keycap and take a pic!
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post #3 of 23
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It's not amazing, it doesn't have more "feel," it's just a keyboard.
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Probably is. Pull a keycap and take a pic!
It's govt property lol I'm not going to do that
post #5 of 23
Tell them it's for science. They'll understand.
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It's not going to damage it by pulling a key cap. Unless you do something horribly wrong..
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It's not going to damage it by pulling a key cap. Unless you do something horribly wrong..
Which I probably will

Anyways I only used that office for today
post #8 of 23
Judging all mechanical keyboards by a typewriter made before I was likely born is probably a poor idea. At least one in that poor of shape. Its likely buckling springs (my personal favorite) but poor maintenance, age, and grime tend to make those much louder then they originally were.

Also, I have a friend with a Lycosa who hated it. I talked him into buying a mechanical (xarmor) and says hes never had more fun typing before. YMMV.
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post #9 of 23
Mechanical keyboards usually make a clicking sound when depressed about halfway, but it depends on the actual key specifications. If you press it down all the way and then slightly release some pressure it should sort of hold about halfway if it's a mechanical keyboard. You can then release it fully and it should pop up even further.
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post #10 of 23
Not all mechanical keyboards "click".
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