How to tell if your keyboard is mechanical?
Checking is a breeze.
Yard sales are often a great place to find cheap electronics. I mean, not everyone knows what they have, or they wouldn’t be selling it from their front lawn. Maybe you found a keyboard for your computer that you liked the look of, and bought it for five bucks.
That’s a steal even if it’s just for a backup keyboard, but maybe you want to know if it was a mechanical keyboard, putting your yard sale find into the bargain of the year category. Is there an easy way for you to tell?
So, how do you tell if your keyboard is mechanical?
Short answer: Take off one of the keycaps
The most sure-fire way to tell if your keyboard is mechanical is to take off one of the keycaps. Does it look like the image at the top of this article? If so, then press the stem down (the colored piece that looks like a cross). If it slides down by itself, it’s likely you found a mechanical keyboard and found yourself a bargain.
Even the fact you could take off a keycap easily is a pointer towards it being mechanical, as membrane keyboards usually have the keycaps stuck to the membrane part.
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Of course, you can also turn the keyboard upside down and search for whatever names are on the label (if it still has one) or on the imprinted text on the plastic casing. That might be easier than trying to take off a keycap, but sometimes the labels aren’t always there.
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