The loud cocking of a mechanical keyboard can be very distracting, especially if you use it in an office or other public place. Mechanical keyboards are popular because they provide better tactile feedback than rubber dome keyboards, but the noise may be distracting to some users.
Fortunately, there are several methods for making mechanical keyboards quieter—and even eliminating the click entirely. This article will explain why mechanical keyboards are noisy and how to make them quieter. You’ll also learn about some advanced techniques for completely eliminating clicks.
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O-rings are an excellent way to reduce keyboard noise, but there are a few things you should be aware of before purchasing and installing them. The following information will assist you in selecting the proper size and type of o-ring for the keyboard you want to quiet down.
The first step in quieting your mechanical keyboard is determining how much noise reduction is required. O-rings are classified into two types: thin and thick (also known as low profile).
You can use either type depending on the type of sound dampening you require—thicker rings provide more sound reduction than thinner rings, but they also require more effort to compress properly while and use them on your mechanical keyboard switches.
O-rings are primarily made of two materials: silicone and rubber, with silicone typically lasting longer. However, whether you use silicone or rubber o-rings makes little difference. Also, if you have an RGB keyboard, make sure to use white o-rings to keep the RGB effect of your keyboard.
There is an alternative to using a mechanical keyboard if you are tired of the clacky sound. The sounds of silent keyboard switches are less noisy than those of other switch types, and they produce significantly less noise on the downstroke. They are more expensive than standard Cherry MX switches, have lower survivability ratings, and their tactile feedback can be hard to detect (especially compared to clicky MX Reds).
With so many different mechanical keyboard options available today, there’s no reason to accept a noisy typing experience when it can easily be made quieter with a few simple adjustments! The OUTEMU silent white switches, OUTEMU linear black switches, and OUTEMU red switches are among the best options available. The PG 150 series of switches have silencing pads installed on both ends of the stumps and provide exceptionally smooth keypress. The sound of the keypress is muffled by this, providing you with a silent typing experience. They are available with white bottoms and clear tops, and they are also LED-compatible.
Lubricate the stabilizers and wires as well. On mechanical keyboards, stabilizers hold the keys in place, so it’s a good idea to lubricate them on a regular basis to ensure they work smoothly. You can use a keyboard lubricant such as krytox 205g0 or super lube, but be careful not to get any of this stuff on your hands because it’s extremely sticky and difficult to remove. You can safely apply this lubricant to the keyboard components with a paintbrush.
If you hear squeaking sounds when pressing certain keys or feel uneven pressure on different keys, you may need to lubricate your switches with super lube.
Some switch lubes also aid in typing by reducing bottoming out (pressing down until you hit a hard stop) and improving tactile response (the feeling of feedback from each key).
Mechanical Keyboard Foam:
This method is similar to the silicone foam method, but it is slightly more sophisticated. You’ll need to buy case foam or plate foam for your mechanical keyboard. The case foam will be placed beneath your keycaps, while the plate foam will be placed between them and the switches beneath.
When you combine these two types of foams, you’ll notice that they work together to reduce noise in different ways:
Case Foam- The case foam dampens the sound of keys striking their plates and creates friction between them, making it more difficult to press down.
Foam Plate- Meanwhile, the plate foam muffles any noise made by springs activating inside the switches (which can be quite loud).
To eliminate rattle, tighten your loose stabilizer:
If your mechanical keyboard is making an annoying rattle, it could be due to loose stabilizer components. In older keyboards, stabilizers are used to keep the longer keys in place (spacebar, shift, enter, caps lock, etc).
If your key makes a rattling sound when it hits the base plate of your keyboard, it’s most likely because your stabilizer has come loose from its mounting point. As a result, you should avoid pressing the keys too hard, as this may damage the stabilizer.
Lightweight quiet Keycaps:
Aside from mechanical switches, keycaps play a role in determining how loud or quiet a keyboard is. ABS and PBT keycaps are the two types you’ll see.
ABS is made of less durable materials that deteriorate faster over time, making it more prone to scratches. These keycaps are thinner, but they provide a quiet typing experience.
PBT, on the other hand, is far more durable and less prone to scratching. PBT keycaps are typically thick, making typing more audible. As a result, ABS mechanical keyboard switches are quieter than PBT ones. Fix To eliminate rattle, loosen your stabilizer.
Using a mechanical keyboard is unquestionably more enjoyable and engaging. However, loud noise is not always appropriate, especially if you are in a place like a library or a workspace. In that case, you can use any of the solutions listed above to make it quieter.