Pause for a moment before reading any further. If you’ve never tried a mechanical keyboard before, maybe never even heard of one, consider whether it’s worth peeking behind the curtain. There’s nothing wrong with using a normal keyboard, some mass produced wireless Microsoft or Logitech product, in the same way that there’s nothing wrong with driving a Ford Fiesta. It does what you want, it gets the job done, it’s generally reliable… that’s everything right?
Anyone who uses a mechanical keyboard knows that the answer is no, that is not everything. Not even close. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that can’t be appreciated until you know it’s there. This guide is intended to help break that knowledge barrier – to serve as a complete introduction to mechanical keyboards and cover everything from the basics of what a mechanical switch actually is to different keycap plastics to the top brands on the market right now. It’s not intended to be digested in one sitting. It won’t answer all of your questions. But after a lot of work and numerous revisions it’s become a foundational and kickass reference that will help you navigate a range of topics and new jargon to help you make more informed decisions.