Originally Posted by ch_123
There are small gaps around the bottom of the switches. In my young, carefree, days I had a Blue Cherry Filco. One of the switches stopped clicking one day... I poked around, and found that a small hair was lodged half way in through the bottom of the switch, and prevented the clicker from working. Did I mention that it was a really small hair?
This is what has stopped me from getting another Black Widow. The whole point of a mechanical keyboard is that its supposed to be indestructible, but honestly, I think a 9 months to a year from now we're going to get spammed with threads of angry Black Widow owners complaining about how their keys all suddenly stopped working.
The whole degradation of membrane keyboards is bogus too. Maybe after 20+ years of solid use, but the keyboard I'm typing on is at 8+ years now, with a hole cut out of it from when I was into Frets on Fire, and I've spilled everything from soda to spaghetti sauce on it and there is all kinds of hair, dust, dead skin and who knows what jammed under the keys, and guess what? It still feels exactly the same as it did when I got it. There isn't even any wear on the keycaps.
Mechanical keyboards are not
more durable. They tend to have a higher build quality, since most of them cost $100+, but the fact that they use mechanical switches actually makes them more vulnerable, as it introduces an additional vector for failure.