The options to create content are super customizable to a creator’s preference – from voice dication, standup desks, the list goes on. The latest example I ran across is a typewriter keyboard for PC – aka a mechanical keyboard. Some might call them retro typewriter keyboards.
In this article, I discuss the following:
- What is a typewriter keyboard for PC?
- The different options of retro typewriter keyboards available
- Why consider a typewriter keyboard?
What is a typewriter keyboard for PC?
Some of us older folks grew up with a typewriter when we first learned to type—a piece of paper on the top, a mechanical keyboard below. Unfortunately, I can’t say it was a great way to write; making mistakes or having a typo on paper was a hassle.
But typewriter keyboards certainly offer a different writing experience than some traditional computer keyboards. Moreover, they are now readily available for purchase on places like Amazon. Here’s an example: Looks just like an old-school typewriter, but it connects to your computer through Bluetooth.
Usually, these keyboards connect to the computer through Bluetooth, though you might look for a wired option. The problem with wired USB connections, usually is that there just aren’t enough USB connectors on laptops. In those cases, adapters can help.
The different options of retro typewriter keyboards available
There are genuinely retro-type keyboards, and mechanical gaming keyboards are another variation. This is an example of a wired keyboard.
I’m a big fan of gaming-related office equipment as it’s often very comfortable – probably because gamers use the equipment for hours at a time. That’s not that different from us content creators who spend hours a day creating content. For example, I use a gaming chair in my office. And I don’t game, but I like to be comfortable.
Another mechanical keyboard style I like is this one.
Why consider a typewriter keyboard for PC?
A mechanical keyboard has the advantage that there’s more feeling in the typing process. Some keyboards offer very little feedback or other feeling-type experience. The keys are small and just kind of there. That doesn’t mean those keyboards don’t work. They do, and I’m guessing most of us use those types. I also reviewed my favorite traditional computer keyboards in this article on note-taking.
There could be a comfortability factor involved as well with typewriter keyboards. For example, some creators might enjoy that typing experience more, and at the end of the day, being comfortable can help with content performance.
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There’s also a coolness factor. After all, everyone has a regular keyboard, but how many have these cool-looking retro typewriter keyboards? Of course, if you work at home, nobody else will ever see them, but you might also enjoy the look.