TOMOKO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (104 Key): Reviewed
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the TOMOKO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, we wanted to include a brief introduction highlighting the benefits of mechanical keyboards. We do this for each one of our reviews to hopefully give you, the buyer, additional context on mechanical keyboards, and ultimately make better decisions.
If you're still on the fence about making the jump from a membrane to mechanical keyboard, we want to help you through that process.
If you're already familiar with all the standard mechanical keyboard bells and whistles, and want to get straight to the review, feel free to jump past this section.
Why Mechanical Keyboards?
Mechanical Keyboard Quality
Mechanical gaming keyboards are extremely durable. Since the mechanism for recognizing key strokes is mechanical, not based on electronic functionality, the lifespan of a mechanical keyboard can theoretically be rated at tens of millions of keypresses.
Moreover, mechanical keyboards are much easier to clean and maintain since the switches are mechanical, and the keys pop on and off easily.
Mechanical Keyboard Switches
There are a ton of options when it comes to mechanical keyboard switches, which is great since it means you can use mechanical keyboards for a bunch of different things.
You can use them for gaming, work, etc., and change keys based on your preferences and what you want to get out of your keyboard.
With that being said, most people end up finding one set of keys that fit them best - Not too soft, not too hard, but just right (Goldilocks reference) - and use them over and over again no matter which keyboard they buy.
If you're serious about getting a top of the line mechanical keyboard, you'll find that most (not all) use Cherry MX switches. First built in the 50's (!), each Cherry key switch has a different color, corresponding to varying levels of clickiness, tactileness, and sensitivity. For example, the red switch has the lowest actuation force, meaning its easier to activate a bunch of keys in quick succession. This makes it great for gaming.
Mechanical Keyboard Customization
Mechanical keyboards have a number of different customization options beyond even the type of key. For example, you can change the type of keycaps on your keyboard. This is different from the switches we talked about above - those change how your key presses feel.
You can change the keycaps whenever you want (they pop off easily), and swap them out for ones that feature molded sculpting, texturing for better tactile control, differently colored plastic, etc. It all depends on your preferences.
Some mechanical keyboards even have added features like macro command customization and dedicated macro keys, which are especially useful for gamers.
- Metal Frame
- Solid Key Switches
- Cherry Blue Clones (unpredictable noise level)
- Lack of backlighting/macros/etc.