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Anatomy of a Mechanical Keyboard


Isabela Moreira shared a great write-up & rundown on the world of mechanical keyboards, covering kits, cases, keycaps & more.

Instead of rubber, switches in mechanical keyboards are made of actual mechanical, moving parts. These switches are soldered directly onto the circuit board, instead of hovering over the circuit board like the metal contact in the rubber dome.

There’s a variety of different brands and kinds of mechanical switches, which we’ll get to later, but all mechanical switches have the same basic components – a leaf spring, a slider, and a spring. All three sit inside the switch housing. Outside the switch housing is the switch’s stem, which is what connects the switch to the keycap.

A great starting point for those new to land of ‘keebs’, check out the full article over at Drop.


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