How do you choose the right mechanical keyboard?

There are so many reasons for you to shift from using your everyday standard keyboard to a custom mechanical keyboard. Whether you’re an enthusiast, gamer, programmer, or even left-handed, you may have already started to consider purchasing a gadget that is more tailored to your personal preference. When a tool or gadget is used daily it would be wrong of you not to make it special. We at agile advocate uniqueness and individuality. That’s why we work tirelessly to provide you with the accuracy and satisfaction you deserve.

If you can relate to what we stated, then a customized mechanical keyboard is for you! You need a keyboard that contains your personal touch and doesn't agitate you when used for too long. Add meaning to your setup with custom made Desk-pad or Mechanical Keyboard (Coming soon.) from agile. But before you make your next click to purchase your new keyboard, read over this blog post to learn more about:

How do you choose the right mechanical keyboard?

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Each type of custom keyboard created serves a very specific purpose in its unique way. A detailed explanation will accompany each size and dimension later in this article. But before choosing your perfect keyboard size you must analyze your environment to find what works best for you. Consider the sole purpose of your new keyboard, the surface to be placed on, and whether you’d like it to be wireless or not. Even though not all wireless mechanical keyboards have been perfected to reach the optimum desirable specifications. Last but certainly not least, keep durability and quality in mind when searching for a new keyboard.

Keyboard Dimensions & layouts

Different keyboard sizes are becoming increasingly popular, and people often swear by a certain dimension or layout. But what may work for one person may not work for the other. That's why it's extremely important to consider environmental and practical factors first.

 

Different sizes layouts are used to accomplish different tasks and objectives. But like many other readers you may not know the best type for you, and that’s probably what led you to this blog. Well worry no more, here’s list of the most popular dimensions and layouts to help you get a sense of what works for you.

  • The most common keyboard, the one we’re all familiar with, is the 100%. This is a Full-Sized 104 keyboard, exactly like the one that came with your PC. It is considered the standard size, and keyboards only get smaller from here. It includes everything from the number pad, home cluster, function row, to the beloved arrows keys. This layout is very popular due to their comfortable size, variety of key options, and common use amongst everyone.
  • Second is the 1800 compact keyboard, my personal favorite as a programmer. Although this dimension is a bit difficult to come around these days. It sure is a perfect size for someone just starting to use customizable keyboards, due to it’s similarity to the full size. It includes a numbers pad and is slightly smaller than the 100%.
  • Next is the (TKL) Ten-keys-less keyboards typically have 87 keys, the perfect layout to balance size and functionality. This dimension does not have a number pad which makes the keyboard more compact, easier to take on the go, and more aesthetically pleasing. People who have no heavy use of the number pad are prone to dimension more than others. For more about this dimension visit Switch & Click to find top-quality Keyboard in TKL size.
  • 75% keyboards have an interesting design. Compared to a ten-key-less board, the 75% is a more compact version with almost the same features. Except the 75% will have the arrows and home keys right next to each other, clustered to align vertically and save space. This design is amongst the less popular dimensions and not all mechanical keyboard brands produce them.
  • 60% / 65% keyboards these sizes have revolutionized compactness and are of the most popular dimensions. These two designs get rid of all extra keys besides typing essentials. Some people may feel handicapped without the home cluster or function row, while others prefer the tightness of the sleekly clustered keys. The 65% is your only compact option with arrow keys. Arrow Keys are removed completely at 60% size and you're left with almost half your normal board’s size.
  • The 40% keyboard is very small with no number pad, arrow keys, or even the entire top row of keys where the numbers are usually located. Some people enjoy using this keyboard layout, but others dislike it. By having closer and more compact keys, you can reduce the distance your fingers need to travel and increase typing speed. 40% keyboards are also cheaper too since fewer supplies are required to build and assemble them. Therefore, the 40% keyboard is the smallest keyboard that still allows you to type regularly.
  • Number pads, these small pads are exactly what they sound like. A small board roughly the dimension of your hand, that includes numbers and symbols. Primarily used for data entries and calculation. Although many of us have no use for such a tool, it’s convenient and ergonomic for accountants and data clerks.

Switches

When buying one of our customizable keyboards, you grant yourself the luxury of choosing from many different switches. All serving a unique purpose by operating in their own special way. Each switch is usually classified based on color or themes. Some of the most common colors include Brown, Blue, Yellow, Black, and Red. Custom keyboard switches come in three different types. 

  • Tactile similar to the clicky switch, the switch offers a bumpy sense when activated. It is often moderately noisy giving users a sense of satisfaction upon hearing each letter going into place. We at agile are currently offering an extensive selection of these switches like the GATERON CAP V2 and the JWK JWICK BLACK T1 TACTILE SWITCH. These highly affordable switches grant users the sensational experience of typing without breaking the bank
  • Linear switches are a type of switch that are designed to produce a smooth, consistent actuation without any tactile feedback. Linear switches are great for people who don’t like the small bump or click from tactile or clicky switches. Linear switches are usually quiet, smooth, and precisely responsive like our JWK BLACK LIEAR a Budget performance piece brought to you by agile
  • Clicky Clicky switches are the preferred switch type among heavy typist and those who want clear indication that a keystroke has fully registered. They feature a distinct click sound that can be heard when the switch is fully actuated offering feedback to the person typing.

Now that you understand the essentials of every board and switch, it’s time for you to make the call and decide which mechanical keyboard is for you and how you should customize it. Do that while considering these major 4 questions:

  • How much sound do you want your new mechanical keyboard to make?
  • Do you want a clicky switch or a non-clicky switch?
  • Do you like thock or clack?
  • Do you prefer a smoother typing experience, or do you want to feel a slight lock into place?
  • How much force do you want to use when typing on your keyboard?