The second installment of our studio culture series.
When you hear mechanical keyboard, the first thing that probably comes to mind, is either a massive glowing gamer station or a gimmicky fake typewriter replica. We’re happy to try to disprove those stereotypes, and provide insight into our team’s efforts towards choosing mechanical keyboards while creating a workspace that keeps us happy and productive.
We believe you simply can't appreciate how this tool can improve your work experience until you’ve used one.
Mechanical keyboards are comprised of high quality components including spring activated switches, keys, and frames. You can choose the style of base, type of switches, types and colors of keys, and the layout of the keys. All these features allow the user to create the look and feel they prefer.
Features and Decision Making
We turned to Raleigh to provide insight into his decision making process. He went through a lot of different keyboards and switches until he got his most recent and favorite keyboard. The main aspects he considered when choosing a mechanical keyboard were the switches and the layout.
"Personally, as I've gotten deeper in my career (as a developer), my preferences for what I look for in a keyboard, have evolved." - Raleigh
He started out with a 10 keyless keyboard with red switches, but missed the tactile feel and found that he made more mistakes. Red switches were great for playing computer games since the keys were easy to press without any tactile feel or resistance. However, at work, he went with brown switches with the tactile feel. He also started to experiment with different layouts. All of this leading to him finding his optimal keyboard setup.