Originally Posted by nathris
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.