Mechanical vs Membrane Keyboards: Which Should I Buy?

by Sam J

Ever wondered what the difference between Mechanical & Membrane keyboards is? It’s a common debate on what is best nowadays and finding a simple comparison can be tough. Here’s our take on the real life differences:


Benefits of Membrane Keyboards

  • Noise - Well first of all, membrane keyboards are much quieter even when you're typing or pressing keys at high speed.
  • Range Overall, there are still more membrane keyboard variants on the market, making it easy to find a decent model for your needs.
  • Price - Membrane keyboards are more affordable since they are less complex, and the materials are cheaper
  • Oops - Membrane keyboards like the K9320 are waterproof, in case you spill your beer, energy drink, (Insert sticky keyboard joke here….) etc. Something you don’t get with a mechanical keyboard.


Benefits of Mechanical Keyboards

  • Responsiveness - Key presses are registered much quicker: giving you faster response when gaming.
  • Longevity - The average life expectancy of a good mechanical keyboards is 50 million keystrokes. Membrane keyboards don't even come close
  • 'Clicky feel' - difficult to describe. There's nothing quite like the first time you type on a  mechanical keyboard. It's a much more responsive & premium feel while using a mechanical keyboard
  • RGB - with a mechanical keyboard like the MK04, the chromatic RGB backlight makes any setup look incredible. Most mechanical keyboard have some form of RGB backlighting 

 

Summary

If you are a mouse and keyboard gamer, the responsiveness, feel and durability of a mechanical keyboard is probably going to be the best choice for you. Something like the MK04 is a good starting option.

If you type more and use a controller to game, a membrane keyboard will probably be great for you.

As a gamer who also works from home, the MK80 Ultrathin is a great compromise for me because it has the responsiveness of a mechanical keyboard but is still quiet when typing all day. The fact that it looks great is just a bonus.