Mechanical Keyboard Key Chatter - "fix"

Mechanical Keyboard Key Chatter - "fix"

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h0b0

Original Poster:

5,782 posts

163 months

Thursday 10th June
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I have posted on here before the frustration of key chatter on mechanical keyboards. For those not familiar, key chatter is when one press results in multiple letters on the screen. My experience with key chatter has really soured my experience with mechanical keyboards.

As an example of how bad it was, that previous sentence would have at least 10 instances. Now, it has none. In doing some research I found that Corsair keyboards suffered more than others even with the same keys. I have 3 Corsair K95s which, 2 MX cherry and one MX brown all of which have suffered to the same extent. I was hoping switching to brown would resolve it as it actuates differently.

Reading the forums, it has been suggested Corsair will switch out the keyboard for a refurb which will do exactly the same key chatter. That was also my experience. Although, one board the switched out with another new one.

The "solution" on the forums is to download "Key Chattering Fix" which removes the duplicate calls for letters and keeps a count. But, that also prevents my MFA keys from working and that got boring quick.

Here is what resolved 100% of key chatter for me.....

I changed the desk. I have been using an Ikea desk for many years without complaint. I recently changed to a standing desk which I built to my configuration.


The top is a butchers block that was built for kitchen islands. I immediately noticed a different feel to the keyboard when typing and all chatter is gone. It is great to be able to use a keyboard with out having to correct every other word. I hope this post helps at least one person witht he same issue.

cobra kid

3,919 posts

207 months

Friday 11th June
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I guess it will help some. However, it's a phenomenon I've never heard of until now. Keyboard chatter....

thetoxicnerve

24,447 posts

144 months

Friday 11th June
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Never had this issue myself. Been using a mechanical keyboard for years...

Jinx

10,479 posts

227 months

Friday 11th June
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I've been using a Corsair stealth mechanical keyboard for over 4 years and never suffered from this. Sounds bloody annoying though.

deckster

6,005 posts

222 months

Friday 11th June
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Just to chime in with the majority. I've been using mechanical keyboards since 1986 and had never even heard of "key chatter".

You live and learn, I suppose. But good to hear there is a solution thumbup


thetoxicnerve

24,447 posts

144 months

Friday 11th June
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Hang on, I've just re-read and digested the OP a bit more.

Was your keyboard chatter essentially being caused by an overly flexible desk that was causing a small amount of "bounce"?

Mr Pointy

8,449 posts

126 months

Friday 11th June
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thetoxicnerve said:
Hang on, I've just re-read and digested the OP a bit more.

Was your keyboard chatter essentially being caused by an overly flexible desk that was causing a small amount of "bounce"?
You'd have thought the switch de-bounce circuitry in the keyboard would have sorted it out, but it seems not if changing the desk material has solved the problem.

h0b0

Original Poster:

5,782 posts

163 months

Friday 11th June
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The hypothesis is that the hollow IKEA desk was causing the issue because it stopped when I changed desk. The IKEA desk didn’t feel flimsy or give any indication that it was an issue. But, the feel of typing has changed.

Key chatter is one of those things you don’t know about until you start seeeeeing wwords beeeeeing tyyyped liiiiike this. I was oblivious until the first time and then found a world of people suffering the same. It seems mostly limited to Corsair K series keyboards. Mine have metal frames so it isn’t coming from twisting plastic.

I let Corsair know about my findings because it is a huge pain for them. I also made the OP to balance my previous comments here as I have cautioned people about buying Corsair mechanical keyboards.

808 Estate

1,148 posts

58 months

Friday 11th June
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I have a Corsair mechanical keyboard and dont have that problem. I do hit the wrong keys slightly at times though, as still getting used to the physically higher keys.

CoolHands

13,157 posts

162 months

Friday 11th June
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It’s a solution looking for a problem!

98elise

19,689 posts

128 months

Saturday 12th June
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thetoxicnerve said:
Never had this issue myself. Been using a mechanical keyboard for years...
Same here. I worked in IT for 20 years so did a lot of typing, and never experienced this.

h0b0

Original Poster:

5,782 posts

163 months

Saturday 12th June
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Well, now you will all be better prepared when it does crop up….

I’m not saying it is common. In fact, I think I have mentioned 3 times that it appears to be K-series corsairs that are impacted most. I. The world of mechanical keyboards they are reviewed by the professionals as being the best but regarded by the consumer as being over priced Corsair products. If you don’t have a K-series then I’m not surprised you have not seen it. But, it is a surprisingly popular topic on Reddit mechanical keyboards forum. The “solution” that is recommended every time does not solve the problem, it only masks it.

We can leave this thread to die for it only to come up in the once in a lifetime when someone does search for chatter on Ph search. We can all be safe in the knowledge that the search function here is not very good so with the best willl in the world is probable that the thread will never be found again.

dvs_dave

6,493 posts

192 months

Saturday 12th June
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How hard are you typing for this to be any sort of issue? Sounds like you’re verging on open palmed keyboard pounding! laugh

I’ve never ever come across this “issue” ever since a kid in the 80’s and likely hundreds of different keyboards used over that time.


CoolHands

13,157 posts

162 months

Sunday 13th June
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Edited by CoolHands on Sunday 13th June 08:11

h0b0

Original Poster:

5,782 posts

163 months

Sunday 13th June
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dvs_dave said:
How hard are you typing for this to be any sort of issue? Sounds like you’re verging on open palmed keyboard pounding! laugh

I’ve never ever come across this “issue” ever since a kid in the 80’s and likely hundreds of different keyboards used over that time.
Dave…..Dave….Dave…. My noodle arms mean that even with the most furious thrusts of my digits, I gently glance each key with all the force of a butterfly kiss.

Ultimately, what we are coming to is a poor design of a group of keyboards that cause an issue. You haven’t used these specific keyboards so haven’t witnessed it despite your millennia of experience. My 9 year old son, however, has as has my 7 year old daughter and it was frustrating so we were considering buying another keyboard. Fortunately, we have found a way to prevent it.

We should start over and condense the thread to

hobo said:
decent keyboard with issues. Do not buy unless you have a sturdy desk

h0b0

Original Poster:

5,782 posts

163 months

Sunday 13th June
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CoolHands said:
I’m allergic to cats and cat pictures. I’m going to ask Blib to ban you.

jimmyjimjim

6,131 posts

205 months

Sunday 13th June
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Try this instead -

https://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Keyboard-Compute...

It gets around any potential flexion issue by being a 6lb slab of alloy. If the protagonist in Wanted had used this, he'd have killed someone.


Steven_RW

1,348 posts

169 months

Sunday 13th June
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Real heroes use Cherry MX Blue switches.

clickety clack - no bounce back


thetoxicnerve

24,447 posts

144 months

Sunday 13th June
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So fking loud though! I have Browns on my Corsair and that's already clicky clacky. However, I have stopped using that for work / general typing duties and use the Apple Magic Keyboard for that. Means I can type away while on calls without the other end only hearing me bash away at the keyboard.