When my five-year-old Coolermaster Quick Fire TKL keyboard with Cherry MX blue switches suddenly died and I had to resort to a membrane keyboard, I suffered immediate click withdrawal and couldn’t seem to formulate a sentence in the silence. Those who have typed on a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blues know what I mean. The sound of a blue isn’t as loud (and satisfying) as an IBM Selectric typewriter circa 1980, but it is close.
Since the Quick Fire died a day after I spent the monthly bank replacing an air conditioning unit, I assumed I was doomed to a couple of weeks of using a hideous membrane keyboard. It appeared the Coolermaster tenkeyless ( no number pad) keyboards had gone up in price during the five years I had been clicky-clacking away and they no longer made the exact same board I had been using. Window shopping on Amazon also revealed that most mechanical keyboards are now RGB light-shows with keys. Even Coolermaster seemed to have given in to the RGB lighting craze. I know the lights can be disabled, but who wants to spend an additional 20% for a feature which is useless (to a writer).
While watching vids about mechanical keyboards, I ran across the Aukey KM-G9. It is currently $23.79 USDs at Amazon. It is a Tenkeyless board with no lights and no bells and whistles and uses Outemu switches (a clone of Cherry MX). I purchased one with Outemu blue switches for the sound. The Aukey KM-G9 is just as good as the Quick Fire at one-fourth the price and comes with a two-year warranty. There are several reviews online which echo my opinion. If you are a writer who misses the sound of a typewriter, the Aukey KM-G9 mechanical keyboard might be worth a try.