Rotary Encoders are a popular modern addition to mechanical keyboards. But what exactly are they? What can rotary encoder knobs be used for? Whether you’re using a keyboard for productivity or for gaming, here’s everything you need to know.
What are Rotary Encoder Knobs on a Mechanical Keyboard, and How Are They Used?
In a general sense, a rotary encoder is a knob that you can twist to perform actions. When twisting it either clockwise or counter-clockwise, the encoder will convert the physical turn into a digital signal that the keyboard can read. Many encoders in today’s market can be pressed like a button as well for another input.
Rotary encoder knobs are growing in popularity due to the good feeling that comes from using an analog component such as a volume wheel while gaming or typing. Nostalgia and productivity are the key reasons they’re being added to keyboards from various brands.
Common uses of Rotary Encoder Knobs
- Adjusting audio volume
- Scrolling a web page or document
- Scrolling horizontally for ease of movement of a web page, photo editors, etc
- Undo / Redo history in text or photo editors
- Zoom In / Zoom Out in web pages, photo editors, etc
- Windows controls such as ALT + TAB
- Anything you can think of!
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