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post #21 of 35
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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.
Depends on the switch type. The buckling spring is the archetypal tough switch, but in Model Ms, there are several weak points in the design, (the use of a membrane and the plastic rivets holding the internal assembly together) even if it's more durable than just about any typing keyboard on the market. The older IBM keyboards, the Model F and the Beam Spring keyboards were completely over-engineered, but unfortunately aren't made any more.
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post #22 of 35
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I thought the point of a mechanical keyboard is that they're awesome to type on.
The general opinion around here seems to be that non-mechanical keyboards are cheap POS that will wear out quickly, and that mechanical keyboards are completely indestructible. Having owned a Black Widow for close to a month I can see your point, but the supposed problems of membrane keyboards are blown way out of proportion.
    
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post #23 of 35
The ultimate problem is the use of one term (mechanical keyboard) to describe a large number of keyboard types with little in common. What ends up happening is that the arbitrary construct starts taking on various good characteristics from each of its constituent components and eventually ceases to reflect something that actually exists.
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post #24 of 35
Exactly. It also doesn't help that the only informative post about keyboards on this forum is by Manyak, and he's less that flattering in regards to non-mechanical keyboards.

I've been considering posting some kind of article dispelling some of this misinformation, but I'd probably get chased out of this section but I'd probably get burned at the stake.
    
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post #25 of 35
Mechanical keyboards are susceptible to spills just like rubber dome keyboards. Unless there is some sort of channeling to divert some liquid, it won't end well.

I don't even know if the Panasonic Toughbook is fully protected against liquid spills on the keyboard.
post #26 of 35
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Exactly. It also doesn't help that the only informative post about keyboards on this forum is by Manyak
Eh, lolwut?
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post #27 of 35
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Eh, lolwut?
keep reading...

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and he's less that flattering in regards to non-mechanical keyboards.
    
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post #29 of 35
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I've been considering posting some kind of article dispelling some of this misinformation,.
Then post it
When the only information about a superior thing is from a fanatical guy things are blown out of proportion, its our job as more level-minded folk to keep things more real and thus benefit the entire community.
...even if you get flamed and stuffs
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post #30 of 35
Scissor Switches > Rubber Domes.

And highly portable.
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