so, if you watched my first ever Vlog a few weeks back, I mentioned I was thinking about doing some product reviews. But product reviews for aspiring writers. A niche to be sure, but it allows me to combine my love of gadgets with my love of writing. My day job is in the IT industry, I LIKE gadgets and software. So this is kind of right up my alley. For my first product review, I’ll be tackling the most commonly used piece of equipment for any writer…
I can hear it now.. “A keyboard? Why review that? You type, words appear, it’s not complicated.”
Yes… and no.
First off 99.9% of the keyboards you get with a computer are what’s called a ‘membrane’ keyboard. You push down on the keys, a little dome of plastic is pushed down, circuit is completed and the character appears. However, you get these because they work, and they are cheap to make, and produce. What you may not know, is that there are mechanical keyboards, that use a far different mechanism. They use an actual switch or in some cases a spring to complete the circuit. The advantage is really in how hard you need to push. Less pushing, can mean faster typing, faster typing means more words down, more words down means.. drafts done faster.
Now, mechanical keyboards are louder, they make a far more noticeable ‘clicky’ sound than a membrane keyboard. Some hate that, some don’t mind, and some (i.e. me) love it. For my first product review I will be reviewing a lower end price wise mechanical keyboard from Monoprice. Why lower end price wise? Simply put.. money. Since I’m paying for this myself, gotta keep costs low. Plus, like most writers, I don’t make a ton of cash off of writing. Aspiring writers like to keep things under control price wise, so it makes sense.
I’ll be testing typing speed, typing ‘feel’ and overall feel, compared to a traditional membrane keyboard. Also a bit on a few of the features of the keyboard. Look for that review to come next week here, and on my YouTube channel.