Keycap O-Ring Dampeners for Mechanical Keyboards - Introduction
Thanks for looking. Here is a basic intro to help you understand what Keycap O-Rings Dampeners do for your mechanical keyboard.
Basic intro: Your mechanical keyboard, regardless of brand uses some type of mechaincal switch. These switches vary greatly on sound, travel, resistance and overall feel. For example Corsair uses Cherry Switches. Logitech uses Romer G Switches. And although you might like it Team Green, even your Razer uses Cherry Switches (made in house by Cherry in Germany). ALl that matters is your experience and personal preference.
I personally use a Corsair K95 RGB with Cherry Red Silent switches.
Now the noise (loud) noise you tend to hear is your switch bottoming out. Bottoming out is when a key stroke is pressed all the way down where the stem of the switch hits the inside of the switch casing. Esentically you’re causing the switch to buckle. Its designed to, dont worry. Though your key press is already registered before the buckling occurs.
So where do these O-Rings come into play and why do you care?
Keycap O-Rings help do multiple things based on your selection. Some of the more common considerations are as follows.
Reduces key press travel from 0.2MM - 0.4MM
Reduces noise from preventing buckling of the switch
Allows for a bounce back effect due to the natural response of the O-Ring Material Type (Rubber/Silicone).