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[ The PC Guide | Systems and Components Reference Guide | Keyboards | Keyboard Construction and Operation | Keyswitches ]

Comparison of Keyswitch Technologies

The table below summarizes the key attributes of the different keyswitch technologies:

Type

Technology

Travel

Tactile Feedback

Audible Feedback

"Feel"

Durability

Cost

Commonality

Contact

Mechanical

High

High

High

Hard, solid

High

High

Low

Foam and Foil

Moderate to High

Low

Low

Soft, quiet

Low to Moderate

Low

Low to Moderate

Rubber Dome

Moderate To High

Moderate

Low to Moderate

Moderate, springy

Moderate

Low to Moderate

High

Membrane

Low

Low to Moderate

Low to Moderate

Hard, springy

Moderate to High

Low

Low (for PC Keyboards)

Capacitive

Capacitive

High

High

High

Hard, solid

Very High

Very High

Low

Note: Ratings for mechanical contact and capacitive keyswitches assume the addition of feedback hardware, as is commonly done with these designs.

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