Mechanical or Membrane Keyboard?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by ToxiC_PaiNt, Jan 19, 2016.


Mechanical or Membrane Keyboards

  1. Mechanical

  2. Membrane

  3. Both

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  1. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I find membrane rubber dome keyboards to be too mushy for me, I prefer mechanical keys for using a desktop, and scissor switches for a laptop.
  2. rruuookk3840

    rruuookk3840 Member

    Mechanical - SILENT! Hate the click
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  3. I think you gotta test that one for yourself.
  4. Silas18301

    Silas18301 Active Member

    I'm one of the weird people who use membrane keyboards, it makes my typing so much quicker since i only need to lightly tap a key and move on instead of having to press it something like an inch down xD Also I hate hearing friends' clicks on their mechanical keyboards in Skype or TeamSpeak or something so it's also way more silent :3 Just my personal preference ^^
  5. cris24297

    cris24297 Member

    Personally I prefer mechanical keyboards. Now I have the Blackwidow Chroma keyboard and I'm very happy with this purchase.
  6. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    I was talking with Home Depot Customer Service chat and the representative was replying to my messages super fast with huge chunks of text. I told her she types really fast and asked if she was using a mechanical keyboard and she told replied "No, never. I hate those things!"
  7. DeDude21

    DeDude21 Member

    Woah, what's a membrane keyboard? Is that like a silent or normal keyboard? And does Razer make membrane keyboards?
  8. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Lol...surprised you would ask that if you're a gamer.

    The reason why Razer Blackwidow keyboards are so popular is because they are mechanical keyboards, meaning there is an actual mechanical switch under each key. Back then, all keyboards were mechanical.

    A bit later, membrane keyboards became the norm. You find membrane keyboards in laptops and desktops alike because they're everywhere now. Instead of having individual moving mechanical switches under each key, it has layers of rubbery 'membranes' which is why they feel 'mushy.' When you press one layer down, it makes contact with the layer beneath and an electrical connection is formed. Some examples membranes include chiclet style laptop keyboards and TV remote controls.

    Gamers and typing enthusiasts brought mechanical keyboards back because they usually prefer them for one reason or another. Mechanical keyboards have tactile feedback and are easier to clean but are not as water-resistant as membrane keyboards. Membrane keyboards also cost much less to manufacturer because you don't need to order 100+ mechanical switches to build a single keyboard.

    Razer does make a membrane keyboard - the Deathstalker - but it isn't nearly as popular as the Blackwidow. Membrane keyboards tend to be more silent than mechanicals because you're not actuating an actual switch when you press the keys, however there are silent mechanical switches as well, like Razer Stealth Oranges.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2016
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  9. Alhaza

    Alhaza New Member

    there are some membrane keys that "feel" mechanical, but still not close to having that experience.
  10. DeDude21

    DeDude21 Member

    Ahhhhhh ok that's cool!!!! Thanks for all the help and information!!!! :big_grin_::big_grin_::big_grin_::big_grin_::smile_::smile_::smile_::smile_:
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  11. For me it really depends on the situation, white gaming i defiantly prefer to use my corsair K70 with Reds inside, however when writing essays or sending emails I have to use my death-stalker essential just because it is soooo sooooooo ergonomic and i can type on it for hours at a time.
  12. forevercrl

    forevercrl Active Member

    it depend on how you like to feel when you pressing the keyboard
    i love mechanical keyboard with the clicky feel such as the haptic feedback of blackwidow:wink_::wink_:
  13. APATITEXanadutech438

    APATITEXanadutech438 Active Member

    Do you guys get complaints on voice chats about keyboard noise when you use mechanical? I'm using membrane and ppl can alrdy hear faint noises...
  14. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    When it comes to the mechanical keyboard, the bigger question is regarding the regular "clicky" version of switches or the stealth version of switches. I have seen people say that their streaming listeners have complained about hearing too much of the "clicky" keyboard noises, but even the stealth has some sound if you always bottom out the keys.

    However, if you want the performance of the mechanical and need to be very quiet, personally I'd recommend you go for the stealth switches and then buy the enhancement kit to put in the silencers so the keys can't bottom out. That ought to eliminate almost all the noise for a the mechanical keyboard but won't affect functionality or performance.
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  15. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Yesss!!! This absolutely happened to me with my older Cherry MX Blue BlackWidow 2013. During audio and video conferences, my project team members have told me that it sounds like I'm smashing on my keyboard with intent to break it. I always had to mute myself :slightly_sad:
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
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  16. erato

    erato Active Member

    I love the feeling when using a mechanical keyboard, while using a membrane one feels quite wrong... so mechanical all the way :)
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  17. signsXanadubyte787

    signsXanadubyte787 New Member

    Simple conclusion for me:
    Mech:Light and comforting key clicks
    Membrane:Smashing and whacking keys
  18. Depend on personally preference , i would go for the mechanical .The clicky sound and the feel of typing is addictive and annoying sometime.
  19. noj11

    noj11 Member

    I use mechanical for both work and home. Brown switches at work on a DAS Keyboard - best keyboard for typing I've ever had. Have a SteelSeries Cherry MX Red for gaming at home but want to make the switch to the Chroma Stealth when I get some money. Trying to get more feedback on whether the orange switches are good.
  20. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Have you ever tried MX Blues? Wondering how the Das Browns compare for typing. I'm thinking about getting one of the model 4 Ultimates someday in 'Brown' because they look so slick. IIRC, Das gets their switches made by some other company (not Cherry)?

    Anyways, the Chroma Stealth switches are very similar to MX Brown, the only differences being the activation point and the reset distance (both values being a fraction of a fraction of a single millimeter so you probably wont notice the difference.
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