Do you prefer regular mechanical keyboards or low profile mechanical keyboards and why?

I have always used antique keyboards like Cherry MX 1800 or Cherry MX 8100 and almost always have modified the switches in some way, like on the 8100 I had replaced the stems of all the brown switches with black switches’ stems while leaving the springs of brown switches to make them linear and softer. :slight_smile:

After the recent OS update my Cherry MX 8100 was registering a double pressed key once, so I thought of buying a new keyboard. I bought a Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile keyboard from a local store, but haven’t used it yet. This is the first piece of text I’m writing with it.

On the Corsair’s website this keyboard is currently priced $99.99 USD (Was $149.99 USD), while the regular variant is priced $169.99 USD. Here at the store, both of the types are priced the same. I still have two days to exchange it with the regular variant if I want.

Why is there so big of the price difference on their official website?

Right now it feels fine, but I don’t know if it will still feel the same a month from now or not? Like my MX 8100 felt the same after it accumulated a huge amount of dust.

Do I keep this keyboard or bring the regular variant of it? Has anyone used any low profile mechanical keyboard?

2 Likes

Corresponding tweet for this thread:

Share link for this tweet.

2 Likes

I like using capacitive keyboard rather than a mechanical keyboard, but the fact is I often take my MacBook and walk around. It is very hard for me to sit in front of my desk to use my capacitive keyboard.

3 Likes

I have a mechanical noppoo nano 75-s. Unfortunately for me it is not a wireless keyboard, so the cable connecting to the PC got damaged over time and now it’s impossible to find a replacement.

This keyboard is a traditional mechanical keyboard. It was one of my absolute best keyboards and if not for the cable issue, odds are I would still be using it today. I bought it over a decade ago for around 150$ in a discount.

Why is there so big of the price difference on their official website?

It is rather common for stores to have online only discounts in order to drive engagement on the website and create a user habit of frequently checking it. This should not affect your judgement.

Right now it feels fine, but I don’t know if it will still feel the same a month from now or not? Like my MX 8100 felt the same after it accumulated a huge amount of dust.

From my limited experience, the Corsair is fairly well known, that should do you well for years to come. In the event that a key gets damage, you can replace it, and you can also replace the switches:

This will obviously void the warranty though:

Do I keep this keyboard or bring the regular variant of it? Has anyone used any low profile mechanical keyboard?

I would go for the one that feels the most comfortable and is easier to repair. I don’t know how easier/harder it is to repair the low profile variant, but I assume (with a grain of salt) it can’t be that much harder.

3 Likes

I guess it’s because low-profile KBs usually cost a bit more in general?

Maybe keep it and if you find you don’t get on with it, sell it?

2 Likes

Thank you everyone for the replies! :slight_smile:

I started to like this keyboard. The Cherry MX low profile speed switches have a faster actuation of just 1mm and a total travel of 3.2mm when bottoming out. I can already feel the difference.

2 Likes

I am currently using a low-profile mechanical keyboard - Redragon K621 TKL with red switches. It is my second mechanical keyboard, the first one was the cheapest TKL I could find to test whether I even liked mechanical keyboards.

Chose this model as it was significantly cheaper than the generally recommended Logitech low-profile option that costs around 200 usd. Checked out the Corsair as well, but I think was turned off by some bad reviews, and it was more expensive as well.

I chose a low-profile as it is easier/faster to type on it. Especially coming from using laptops exclusively for many years.

Though I think I preferred the brown switches, unfortunately, this keyboard only comes with reds.

3 Likes

I’ve come to love my Corsair K70 Low Profile keyboard. While I still can’t reach 120 wpm like I could on MX 8100, I’ve noticed that it’s easier on my wrists and fingers.

Cherry Low Profile Speed switches actuate earlier and travel longer compared to other low profile switches. They are perfect for me, as I rarely bottom out keys. However, when I am typing at my fastest, I do find myself bottoming out keys.

2 Likes

Well for now I use a split ergonomic keyboard, the Moonlander.

As for now it is pretty stock… but I’ve discovered Ben Vallack’s YT Channel and o boi… I want to “pimp” my keyboard from layout to PCB board :joy:

So I should give a try to low profile to see how it feels :smiley:

3 Likes

This thread actually made me want to upgrade my keyboard, mainly due to an annoying issue - when I press a key lightly, sometimes it registers as a ‘sticky key’. Especially annoying when programming, or when quitting tabs/apps with kb shortcuts. Not sure whether it is a Linux issue, or more general. But read some reviews of users having the same problem. It seems the firmware can’t be updated either.

I am eyeing the Keychron K1 SE, though can’t decided between Gateron low-profile mechanical brown, or Keychron low-profile optical brown keys. Ordered a key test set.

2 Likes

The general rule is that if you don’t know what it does go with default. If you do not see any difference then in most cases (regardless of keyboards at all) then most probably you do not need better one. Of course it’s always worth to ask! :+1:

It’s not like I like one type of keyboard more than other. What I like is a specific keyboard with features I need like for example 100% anti-ghosting, so I can play with family and friends on one keyboard and split screen (anybody else remember/uses it still). :thinking:

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Gaming-Keyboards/CORSAIR-Gaming-K95-RGB-Mechanical-Gaming-Keyboard-—-CHERRY®-MX-Red/p/CH-9000220-NA

2 Likes