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(AP)AUSTIN (AP): It’s an age-old industry, but for the first time, the costs of mechanical keyboards are rising faster than the sales of consumer electronics, according to industry analysts.
A new study by a leading automotive consulting firm, which looked at the market for a mechanical keyboard and other components in the U.S. and Canada, found the cost of components for mechanical keyboards has risen to $12,000 per unit.
The study is based on data from manufacturers that includes keyboard sales data and other estimates.
The key takeaway from the study: Most mechanical keyboards sold in 2017 cost more than $200,000.
That’s nearly twice the cost the study said keyboards cost last year.
Mechanical keyboards also are much more expensive than other types of keyboards, which often have a cost-per-key ratio that is 10 to 1.
That ratio can be as low as one-third to one-quarter, the study found.
Mechanic keyboards are widely used in the home, office and on-road, where they offer a faster typing experience and less hassle than other keyboards.
The new study suggests the key for manufacturers to cut costs is to cut down on the price of the parts needed to make them.
That could include the price they charge, or whether they provide them at all, according the report.
For instance, there’s a lot of demand for a keyboard that has a very low-cost connector.
But the connector costs $150 to $200.
That might not seem like a big price to a consumer, but to a manufacturer, it’s a huge cost, said Robert Schulte, a mechanical keyboards expert who was not involved in the study.
“I think if you are going to make a mechanical keypad, you’re going to have to look at that connector,” he said.
In a statement, the Association of Automobile Manufacturers said: “The association is not aware of any specific data on cost for mechanical keypads, but it has long been recognized that manufacturers should not charge too high for components.”
A mechanical keyboard is made by adding a mechanical spring, which can be placed in the keypad to increase the mechanical pressure.
But it also can be made by placing a spring in a hole in the back of the keyboard and tightening it down, like a key lock.