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What piqued your interest in mechanical keyboards?

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We are all keyboard enthusiasts. We love our keyboards as much as we love ourselves, the family dog, and the infantile sibling that pukes all over the floor on a daily basis. And maybe our grandparents whose dentures go missing all the time.
But what made you love keyboards so much in the first place? And what makes you love them so much to this day?
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Shalakazaam
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Jan 16, 2021
the fact that i could get a smaller keyboard to take up less desk space and then the weight of my first mechanical keyboard (pok3r).
BlueCrowned
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May 19, 2018
coworkers got me into it initially but now i just love the way it feels to type on mech keys, even shitty ones, and I like being able to thoroughly customize my board and I also think artisans are really cool even if they are typically out of my price range. I would do anything to get my hands on one of those birb caps but I missed all of them.
Starius
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Apr 29, 2018
I suppose those of us in a certain age range are interested in mechanical keyboards, because that was the only kind of keyboard when we started using computers.
Heck, even the first computer I built myself used a AT connector for a keyboard.
Though at the time, I think we didn't really appreciate them for what they are until alternatives came along. At least, I know I didn't. It took a dark age period of using crappy cheaper keyboards for me to go back and reclaim my beloved older keyboards (sadly I had ditched many of them years ago, not knowing how I would treasure them later on) and also to appreciate this modern resurgence of mechanical keyboards.
bboltn
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Apr 29, 2018
I saw the legendless dasKeyboard maybe 10 years ago and I was really interested. It seemed so expensive and about 6 years ago I got a new job and wanted something nicer for work. It ended up being too loud and I got complaints so I mostly just used it at home. Maybe 8 months ago I was talking to a few friends about mechanical keyboards and I was really interested in the DIY aspect. i really enjoy assembling it and picking out switches and keycaps.
Tosel
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Apr 28, 2018
It was a lot of time ago! A little of background: in my school there were two courses of study, mine had modern-ish computers as we needed the best ones to use autocad (that has always been heavy), and other course had the older computers, as they mainly needed excel and word. One day, I don't remember why, we went to this laboratory with old computers, and something grabbed my attention: everything was pretty old, but there was this keyboard that seemed nothing less than ancient! It was yellowed and dirty, and I thought, does that thing even work? I needed to try to press some buttons to know what it would feel like, and I was blown away from how good it was! This happened in the first years of 2000, and nobody knew anything about mechanical keyboards, so for a lot of years that was only a strangeness from the past. When mechanical keyboard started to get popularity I instantly connected the memory of that old keyboard, and understood that I needed one! At first the high prices kept me far from them, but one day there was a discount of 50% on one of the few available at the time, a razer, so I bought it! Now I moved to more serious boards, but I still use the razer at work, where the extra buttons and the macros revealed to be quite handy!
69hedgehogs
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Apr 28, 2018
Honestly I've always loved the clicky sound that keyboards would make. When ever I check out a new laptop or keyboard I have to spend at least 15 minutes typing, for a few reasons. 1) to get a feel for the keyboard 2) the spacing and whether it's easy to type or not 3) the sound it makes 4) if the keyboard can keep up with how fast i'm typing.
Love the keyboard i bought which has cherry mx blue switches, and got a set of keycaps from Massdrop after an ex of mine showed me his new set up (at the time). Sucks that I don't get to use it at much as I would like, but it's definitely a keyboard I'll have for a while.
Wolverines
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Feb 15, 2018
I've been computing since the Apple 2, when every keyboard was mechanical. I just finally got sick of membrane boards, after noticing a few keys on my Saitek Eclipse getting a bit mushy and sometimes unresponsive. I got 8 good years of heavy gaming out of that $20 board, and it was showing. I wanted to go back to a mech for the feel and response, as well as the quality, since I don't want to buy another board again. It took months to justify the expense to myself and I don't regret it. I settled on the Ducky One full size, non-backlit, with MX Browns. My only regret is finding the Max Nighthawk Pro X 3 days after ordering the Ducky, and it's only $10 more.
Hollekatz
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May 27, 2017
I always thought they were a fad. I began doing a lot of Python programming (using whatever standard membrane pos was laying around) and I noticed that my hands would be killing me after a couple hours. Google searched it, ended up with some Gateron Blues (since switched to Cherry Mx Blues) and it was all down hill from there. Haven't had issues with hand fatigue since :-D
ApathyMonk
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May 26, 2017
4 months ago I finally broke down and built an HTPC for my living room and decided I needed a lapboard to go with it. I settled on the Roccat Sova and was ready to pull the trigger on the membrane version because it was $50 cheaper. A friend at work convinced me to spring for the mechanical verion with their knockoff Brown switches and it was one of the best peripheral purchases I have ever made!
Then about a month ago I started noticing Mike Fahey's coverage of the mechanical keyboard community on Kotaku and decided to check it out.
Gargenville
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May 22, 2017
What really kicked it off for me after hearing about the mystical qualities of the Model M for years was finding a pile of Dell AT-101Ws at a thrift store for two bucks a piece. This was the early 2000s so finding a mechanical keyboard, even one with zero street cred like the ALPS-switched Dells at a price a 15 year old could not only afford to buy but afford to mess around with was pretty amazing. I ended up spraypainting one and swapping half the keys, it was ugly as sin but it was mine.
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