What is an M Lock Keyboard?
A keyboard key that changes the behavior of other keys. It can only be used in a secure context. Its function is to enable or disable the underlying operating system’s lock state.
Apple hearkens back to those IBM days with a feature called Mouse Keys, available through the Accessibility settings in macOS. This allows the arrow keys and number keys to act like a numeric pad.
Keyboard lock is a feature that disables keyboard input temporarily. It can be useful when working on a project that requires a great deal of focus, or when you don’t want to risk any accidental keystrokes interrupting your workflow. This feature can be found on most modern computer keyboards. It works by activating the F-lock key, which is typically located in the function keys row on the top of the keyboard. The key may have an indicator light or a notification onscreen that indicates when it is enabled.
Another common keyboard key is Num Lock, which enables users to use the keys on the number pad as regular arrow keys for cursor control rather than as numerical keys. This is a feature that is particularly useful on laptops and some “tenkeyless” keyboard layouts. However, it is less frequently used than Caps Lock or Scroll Lock, and some reduced or specialized keyboards lack this key altogether.
The key switches on an m lock keyboard are different from those used in other keyboards. Instead of a simple rubber dome, these switches feature buckling-spring technology that produces a click when actuated. This increases the tactile bump, which makes it easier to feel when your finger has pressed the key. This additional feedback helps you maintain control while typing.
Some m-lock keyboards use alternate action switches, which provide both tactile and visual feedback by lighting up when activated. These switches also have a more precise reset point, which means they are more reliable than standard keys.
Some m-lock models feature a modified layout and a different set of key caps. For example, the 102-key version uses different legends on some of the keys, while the 122-key versions have a track ball and buttons above the LLP. They also have a thick grey coiled detachable cable. Other variants have different colors for the LLP and other keycaps, as well as a non-detachable cable.
Many keyboards feature LED indicators that light up when specific keys are pressed. These include the caps lock, num lock and scroll lock buttons. They can also display the status of other keys such as the function mode key, which allows alternate functions to be enabled. These indicators are usually located in the upper right corner above the numpad or in between the key splits on ergonomic keyboards.
Some keyboards also have an optional lighting effect for the LEDs, which can be configured in Synapse. The effect may be a wave or a spectrum cycling, and the lighting can be switched off when the computer goes into standby or sleep mode. It is also possible to configure the LEDs to turn off when a certain key is pressed, such as the num lock or caps lock key.
The battery in an m lock keyboard can last up to 36 months without the need for a replacement. This allows you to work more productively while avoiding the frustration of frequent battery changes. It also provides status LEDs for CAPS LOCK, NUM, and SCROLL LOCK so you can easily see which key is activated at a glance.
Both the M-LOK and KeyMod accessory mounting systems allow for direct attachment of accessories to handguards. Both are based on a slot system rather than the rail system of Picatinny and Weaver mounts. However, the M-LOK design works better with polymer accessories than the KeyMod’s conical nut.
Both M-LOK and KeyMod are a convenient way to mount accessories, but the M-LOK design is more versatile than KeyMod. It is easier to remove and reattach accessories, and it has better durability. In endurance and rough handling testing, M-LOK accessories remained attached more consistently than KeyMod accessories. In addition, M-LOK has a lower inner diameter and improved wall thickness.