Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Keyboards › What's the point of mechanical actuation?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What's the point of mechanical actuation?

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
I've never actually used a mechanical keyboard before (although I'm in the market), but a question that arose when browsing different boards is: why bother with making the actuation at 2mm and the "bottom out" at 4mm rather than just making the bottom out and actuation 2mm?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.40 GHz 1.30v ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 480 @ 1647/1970 stock voltage 6GB G.Skill PI Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
60GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2x1TB Samsung Spinpt. F3 RAID 0 Lite-On MultiDrive, Lite-On BluRay Drive Windows 7 x64 Dell U2410, Acer x223w 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse (red LED) Corsair 950TX Corsair Obsidian 700D Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Destructor 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.40 GHz 1.30v ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 480 @ 1647/1970 stock voltage 6GB G.Skill PI Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
60GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2x1TB Samsung Spinpt. F3 RAID 0 Lite-On MultiDrive, Lite-On BluRay Drive Windows 7 x64 Dell U2410, Acer x223w 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse (red LED) Corsair 950TX Corsair Obsidian 700D Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Destructor 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 37
because if it actuates halfway down you can type faster, and your reactions in games will become faster, if you had to bottom out the key to make it actuate, like rubber dome boards, a mech board would be near pointless

(i just typed that on my steelseries 6Gv2 in under 20 seconds)
Orange Angel
(23 items)
 
 
BOINC me! (TM)
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.8Ghz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe  Visiontek RX 480 [EK FC nickel/Acetal] 16GB Mushkin Blackline 2133mhz @11-11-11-31-1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Crucial M300 1TB Seagate Firecuda 2TB EK Supreme LTX CSQ [Canadian Special Edition] 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
MCP 35X 10W W/ EK CSQ X-TOP EK Coolstream PE 240 Bitspower Multi Tank 80 Bitspower Matte Black Rotary Fittings/ Feser Ma... 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit Samsung 32 Inch 4K TV Acer S231H NKPC V60 65% custom  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Fractal Design Define Nano S Razer Deathadder 2013 Stelseries QCK+ 
AudioOther
Astro A40 TR+ Mixamp Pro AKRacing Arctica Gaming Chair 
CPUCPUCoolingPower
Antminer S3 Antminer S3 4x Cougar Vortex V12-HP PWM Fans EVGA 500B 500W PSU, Corsair GS700 700W PSU 
Case
2x Factory S3 Steel Cowl Case 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 750 EVGA P55 Classified 200 XFX Radeon 6850 Refrerence XFX Radeon 5770 XXX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 WD Caviar RE 250GB Coolermaster Hyper 212+ windows 7 64 bit 
Power
Corsair GS600 
  hide details  
Reply
Orange Angel
(23 items)
 
 
BOINC me! (TM)
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.8Ghz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe  Visiontek RX 480 [EK FC nickel/Acetal] 16GB Mushkin Blackline 2133mhz @11-11-11-31-1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Crucial M300 1TB Seagate Firecuda 2TB EK Supreme LTX CSQ [Canadian Special Edition] 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
MCP 35X 10W W/ EK CSQ X-TOP EK Coolstream PE 240 Bitspower Multi Tank 80 Bitspower Matte Black Rotary Fittings/ Feser Ma... 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit Samsung 32 Inch 4K TV Acer S231H NKPC V60 65% custom  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Fractal Design Define Nano S Razer Deathadder 2013 Stelseries QCK+ 
AudioOther
Astro A40 TR+ Mixamp Pro AKRacing Arctica Gaming Chair 
CPUCPUCoolingPower
Antminer S3 Antminer S3 4x Cougar Vortex V12-HP PWM Fans EVGA 500B 500W PSU, Corsair GS700 700W PSU 
Case
2x Factory S3 Steel Cowl Case 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 750 EVGA P55 Classified 200 XFX Radeon 6850 Refrerence XFX Radeon 5770 XXX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 WD Caviar RE 250GB Coolermaster Hyper 212+ windows 7 64 bit 
Power
Corsair GS600 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post
because if it actuates halfway down you can type faster, and your reactions in games will become faster, if you had to bottom out the key to make it actuate, like rubber dome boards, a mech board would be near pointless

(i just typed that on my steelseries 6Gv2 in under 20 seconds)
That's my question. Why would actuating at 2mm make typing faster over actuation and bottom out at 2mm?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.40 GHz 1.30v ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 480 @ 1647/1970 stock voltage 6GB G.Skill PI Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
60GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2x1TB Samsung Spinpt. F3 RAID 0 Lite-On MultiDrive, Lite-On BluRay Drive Windows 7 x64 Dell U2410, Acer x223w 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse (red LED) Corsair 950TX Corsair Obsidian 700D Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Destructor 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.40 GHz 1.30v ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 480 @ 1647/1970 stock voltage 6GB G.Skill PI Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
60GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2x1TB Samsung Spinpt. F3 RAID 0 Lite-On MultiDrive, Lite-On BluRay Drive Windows 7 x64 Dell U2410, Acer x223w 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse (red LED) Corsair 950TX Corsair Obsidian 700D Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Destructor 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 37
It's just the feel of the keys when you press them. I got my first mechanical a couple weeks ago, a Black Widow. At first I didn't think they would be as much as they were hyped to be. But when I got it I realized that the key feel and feedback really gives more confidence when you type and I became more accurate while trying to type fast. Besides that the build quality of the mechanical boards is top notch, and they are heavier than dome switch keyboards which is great. They sit and stay put. Besides that the clickiness just sounds cool and you can actually hear the actuation point of the key.
New i7 950 build
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
C300 64gb , Agility2 90gb, 2x WD greens Raid 0 Samsung 830 series 64gb H100 Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Crossover 1440p OCZ ZX850W Lian li Pc-x2000f 
  hide details  
Reply
New i7 950 build
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-950 @ 4.2ghz MSI Big Bang x58  Crossfire Sapphire 7970 OC  6gb HyperX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
C300 64gb , Agility2 90gb, 2x WD greens Raid 0 Samsung 830 series 64gb H100 Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Crossover 1440p OCZ ZX850W Lian li Pc-x2000f 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 37
it's just about the feelz.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i9 3500K Z88 MSI Falco GTX 660 2GB X-SLI 24GB DDR4 
Hard DrivePower
1TB Vertex 4 Pro Small Factor Nuclear Reactor 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i9 3500K Z88 MSI Falco GTX 660 2GB X-SLI 24GB DDR4 
Hard DrivePower
1TB Vertex 4 Pro Small Factor Nuclear Reactor 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 37
A Scissor is 2mm travel and actuation. That's one of the reasons I like them. WORK = FORCE X DISTANCE


Plus the dedicated arrow keys make it a lot more convenient to use than a $275 Happy Hacking Keyboard.

If you have an Apple Aluminum please stack some nickels on them. 5g per Nickel.

I'm sure of it.

Edited by ripster - 2/21/11 at 12:09pm
My System
(13 items)
 
  
Keyboard
Lots of them 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
Keyboard
Lots of them 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 37
When you touch type in a tactile mech key, you can feel the actuation, you can type faster, and your fingers feels like dancing on the keyboard.
post #8 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by ripster View Post
A Scissor is 2mm travel and actuation. That's one of the reasons I like them. WORK = FORCE X DISTANCE

Amen. Sigged.
post #9 of 37
Get back to me when someone figures out how to fit a decent tactile mechanism under a scissor switch.
Daedalus
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 Gigabyte MA78GM-UD2H Gainward 9600GT GS 4GB OCZ Platinum PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
250GB Samsung P120S, 1TB Samsung F1 Window 7 64bit/Arch Linux Samsung 204B 20"/Dell 1701FP IBM Model F and others 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX620 Lian-Li V350B Steelseries Ikari Laser 
  hide details  
Reply
Daedalus
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 Gigabyte MA78GM-UD2H Gainward 9600GT GS 4GB OCZ Platinum PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
250GB Samsung P120S, 1TB Samsung F1 Window 7 64bit/Arch Linux Samsung 204B 20"/Dell 1701FP IBM Model F and others 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX620 Lian-Li V350B Steelseries Ikari Laser 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 37
Thread Starter 
Do you guys understand my question, though? I mean, why bother with the "extra" 2mm after the actuation?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.40 GHz 1.30v ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 480 @ 1647/1970 stock voltage 6GB G.Skill PI Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
60GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2x1TB Samsung Spinpt. F3 RAID 0 Lite-On MultiDrive, Lite-On BluRay Drive Windows 7 x64 Dell U2410, Acer x223w 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse (red LED) Corsair 950TX Corsair Obsidian 700D Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Destructor 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.40 GHz 1.30v ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA GTX 480 @ 1647/1970 stock voltage 6GB G.Skill PI Series DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
60GB OCZ Vertex 2, 2x1TB Samsung Spinpt. F3 RAID 0 Lite-On MultiDrive, Lite-On BluRay Drive Windows 7 x64 Dell U2410, Acer x223w 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse (red LED) Corsair 950TX Corsair Obsidian 700D Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razer Destructor 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Keyboards
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Keyboards › What's the point of mechanical actuation?