Office work requires a lot of typing and extra usage of keyboard therefore if you are a heavy user who uses the keyboard all the time, typing out a story, articles, coding or even a fast typist, a mechanical keyboard would be a very good choice for you. There are ways to make the mechanical quieter by using O-rings if you wish to still use one in the home office, so that still an option, even outside the office.
It’s probably not shocking to hear premium mechanical keyboards are for people who are going to type a lot, and quickly. There are secondary and tertiary reasons for buying mechanical — longer lifespan, typically high programmability, sturdier materials, customization options, etc. but the primary reason you, or anyone else, is buying a mechanical keyboard is for the sweet, sweet keystroke trigger activated with less than a half press of the key.
The difference between the keyboards you’re used to and the mechanical keyboard you’re considering is the way the board is registering each keystroke. Most keyboards today are made with rubber-domed switches under the keycaps and a varying number of gel membranes under those switches that absorb and signal your computer that you’re typing. These are cheaper to make but wear out more quickly. They also lack tactile feedback, which is essentially the key bumping back at you before you click it all the way down, providing you free lessons in typing faster with less effort. They also require you to press the key completely down to register, where a mechanical board can be pressed just barely below its resting point to register a stroke.
Keyboards which are designed for tying purposes come with a mechanical key switch beneath each key. These switches are designed to register before you bottom out, requiring less force to activate. This enables typists to move to the next letter more quickly with less energy wasted. Mechanical key switches also provide an audible click when depressed. Many people find the sound of the clicks helps increase typing speed, and as an added benefit, offers a great way to let your boss know you are working.
In short, if your profession involves heavy typing work, mechanical keyboards are worth exploring. Here are top keyboards for Office:
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate
- CHERRY G80-3000 Keyboard
- Das Keyboard Model S Professional
- Filco Majestouch 2 TKL
- Topre Realforce 104UB
1. Razer Blackwidow Ultimate
Razer calls the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 a mechanical keyboard for gamers, though the features it offers will also benefit typists and office workers as well. The Cherry MX Blue mechanical switches are among the best for typing, and the individually backlit keys ensure you can see this keyboard even in pitch black conditions. The keys on the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 are fully programmable, letting you assign words or phrases to any key. The Razer BlackWidow is also ergonomic, with a wrist rest designed to keep fatigue at bay and keep your wrists healthy even after hours of using this keyboard.
2. CHERRY G80-3000 Keyboard
Cherry is one the largest names in mechanical keyboards, primarily for making the switches the vast majority of keyboards use (including some on this list), but its MX Silent board isn’t some afterthought. It’s rigged with Cherry’s patented MX Silent Black switches, which dampen the loud click with a small piece of rubber in the switch and some proprietary Cherry magic. The result is the quietest typing on this list, bar-none. The light, plastic body is a mild drawback — it doesn’t feel as nice as other mechanical boards, and the Silent switches are non-tactile, so no bump. But at just over $100, its affordability makes the bruises more tolerable.
3. Das Keyboard Model S Professional
The Das Keyboard Model S professional Mechanical Keyboard is a typist’s dream come true, utilizing MX Cherry Brown switches to provide you with a superb typing experience. The first thing you’ll realize about the Das Keyboard Model S professional Mechanical Keyboard is that the keyboard is blank; Das Keyboard claims that by keeping the keys blank, you’ll type faster and more efficiently. That’s not all this mechanical keyboard has to offer, as it also provides gold-plated keys, a quick response time, an ergonomic design and a plethora of multimedia keys. For professional typists who can recite the layout of the keys from memory, this is one of the best mechanical keyboards you can purchase.
4. Filco Majestouch 2 TKL
Filco is another of the most respected names in mechanical boards, and this more medium-sized, Japanese-designed keyboard keeps with its tradition of stellar performance in a low-key package. Different variations of the Majestouch 2 TKL come with different switches, but this one uses the MX Silent Red switch, similar to the previous board, but with a lesser actuation force (less pressure to press the key down).
5. Topre Realforce 104UB
It uses a rubber dome with a spring under it and a capacitive sensor that senses the key being pressed mid-actuation, thereby registering a keystroke near the top of the press and with very little pressure or sound output. Frankly, it begins to feel a bit like there’s not even a keyboard there. The Realforce model, one of a handful of keyboards to use these switches, also features a heavy body and the decidedly superior PBT keycap.