A mechanical would certainly be very superior in every way, except that it would be nearly impossible to find a good one with silent key presses. The closest I think anyone can get in this price range is a mechanical keyboard with the Cherry MX Browns because the switch itself doesn't click, however there's still the sound of the keycap bottoming out against the keyboard as well as the sound of the keycap popping back up. It's not loud
, but it's certainly not silent.
However, I wanted a silent keyboard too but I ended up with something that's quite the opposite: it has the Cherry MX Blues. This switch produces a little (and satisfying) mechanical click sound, and so when that's combined with the sound of the keycaps bottoming out and coming back up (that is, if I bottom out), it makes for a keyboard that some might call "noisy".
But the build quality is so high that the sounds it produces are actually pleasing to my ears.
I also wanted backlighting because I was coming from a Razer Lycosa which really knocked my socks off due to the blue backlighting and its sleek appearance. What I have now doesn't have backlighting, but it makes the Lycosa feel like a cheap and flimsy low-quality toy.
I even considered getting a wireless keyboard, but I still prefer wired because I would have a problem with always having enough fresh batteries on hand. I mean, I'm the kind of guy who would wake up one day to a keyboard with a dead battery thereby forcing me to have to make a special trip to the store just so I can use my keyboard. I mean, there'd come a time when I'd use up my last fresh battery and then completely forget to buy new ones only to one day realize the hard way that I forgot to buy new ones.
So what I have now has no backlighting, "noisy" key presses, it's wired, and it has a very professional, no-nonsense appearance On top of that, it's a real pleasure to use because each and every key is literally spring-loaded.
However, the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 uses scissor switches, so that's not bad! I mean, at least it's not just another rubber dome keyboard.Edited by TwoCables - 2/23/11 at 9:06pm