Originally Posted by Kamikaze127
So I don't get it, what makes the mechanical ones better besides the fact that they are loud and... clunky?
Well they aren't all
clunky, just the Model M
The main reason is that they provide tactile feedback that rubber domes don't - you actually feel when the switch hits, instead of not knowing until noticing that a letter didn't appear on the screen.
They feel a lot more crisp as well. Like, you know how scissor switches (laptop style) boards aren't as mushy as regular keyboards? Mechanical switches take it one step further.
You also don't have to press the keys all the way down while you're typing, and they don't require as much force to press either. This results in less fatigue, and once you get fully accustomed to it, faster typing as well.
Linear switches also give you a good advantage with games because they don't have a tactile bump. Because of this, plus the fact that they actuate before you reach the bottom, you get slightly faster reaction times. Kind of like the difference between a laser mouse and a ball mouse. They suck to actually type on though, heh.
Then there's the weight of the keyboard. Most of them are pretty heavy, which means that they won't slide around on your desk while you're typing.
And the durability. As long as you don't spill anything on it, smash it with a hammer, or try to kill someone with it, a mechanical keyboard can last over 20 years easily.
Not all of them are loud and clunky either. The new ones are no bigger than a regular keyboard (see the ABS M1 or Steelseries 7G on newegg), and you can always stick to Cherry MX Brown or Black switches if you care about the noise. And there are plenty of keyboards that are tenkeyless (no number pad), which take up even less space.