RealNC wrote:When I went from an Amiga 500 to a 486 PC, all I could buy were mechanical keyboards. I don't even remember rubber ones for sale back then. Were there any? Mechanical switches were taken for granted. And they weren't expensive.
Now you need to pay a hefty premium for mechanical keys? They're like three times more expensive (or even more) compared to the early 90's. Can someone explain to me why?
Back in the 486 days most if not all keyboards were buckling spring boards, which is what the newer mechanical switches aim to emulate. You can actually still buy them here
. Rubber dome keyboards with created specifically to reduce costs since buckling springs weren't cheap. I think you'll find that if you adjust for inflation, they weren't as cheap as you remember.
The other reason of course is that mechanical keyboards are still a niche product so they don't have the advantage of a large market to drive costs down like membrane boards do. Even so, you can pick up a Cooler Master or Rosewill mechanical keyboard for as low as $50 if you keep an eye on deals.
And if you want something really expensive, look at Topre Realforce (capacitive switch) keyboards which are difficult to find for less than $200.