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Old 12-24-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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I'm in the market for a new keyboard and feel that the topic of keyboards is often neglected. The keyboard is your primary interface with your computer and has a significant impact on productivity and comfort. I have been out of touch with keyboards for a couple years.

Currently, at work, I use the HHKB2 and it's been great. At home I have a mix of HHKB2, PokerII and WASD keyboards. I plan on selecting one keyboard model across the board. It seems a bit silly to have different keyboards for different computers.

I'm open to trying out new keyboards if you guys know of better ones or ones that you generally like. I spend a good portion of my work day in front of a computer.

Here are the keyboards I mentioned:

HHKB2: Amazon.com: Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional2 (Black No Keytop Print/blank): Computers & Accessories

PokerII: KBC Poker 2 Mini Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switch for Windows 7 XP Vista - Newegg.com (can't find the one I have on Newegg, but it's this exact same one without the distracting letters printed on the keys)

WASD Green: WASD Keyboards CODE 87-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Green - CODE Keyboard - Products (Replaced the keytops with blanks to eliminate distraction).
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Makes me feel like a poseur.

I use the Microsoft 4000 Ergonomic, and have for years.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...oard_4000.html

Big hands and it really feels good to me. I can bang out words a lot faster, and don't tire.
Now, it is difficult to use a straight keyboard.
Every now and then Newegg will have them on Shell Shocker, and I bought 4 of them earlier this year @ (I think) $15.00 each. Home desktop, and two office desktops. For what you are investing, I hope they are more durable then the 4000, which lasts 18 months to 2 years before I feel the need to replace. But, mine are so much cheaper, I can toss them when worn out.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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I bought this one not too long ago and not too happy with it. It's more like a laptop keyboard and it's taking some time to get used too. The reason I wanted it was for the mouse because it has the free scroll wheel. Even the mouse is too small.... Bad deal for me all the way around.

http://www.staples.com/Logitech-MK75...FaFr7AodwSIABw
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I'm very particular about keyboards, and all the ones they're making now (at least available at retail, e.g. Fry's) are complete crap. They have a terrible feel, the stroke is way too short, and they're all this membrane crap construction.

IMO, IBM is pretty much the only company that makes decent keyboards. The one I'm using right now (my office kb) is an IBM 8923.



It's not a true "clicky" keyboard, but it's got a great feel, and I can't have a proper clicky at work because it's way too loud to use while on the phone, and I have to do a lot of typing while talking.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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I bought this one not too long ago and not too happy with it. It's more like a laptop keyboard and it's taking some time to get used too. The reason I wanted it was for the mouse because it has the free scroll wheel. Even the mouse is too small.... Bad deal for me all the way around.

Logitech MK750 Solar Keyboard & Mouse Combo | Staples®
I have a coworker who has this keyboard... he actually loves it. I haven't used it myself.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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I'm very particular about keyboards, and all the ones they're making now (at least available at retail, e.g. Fry's) are complete crap. They have a terrible feel, the stroke is way too short, and they're all this membrane crap construction.

IMO, IBM is pretty much the only company that makes decent keyboards. The one I'm using right now (my office kb) is an IBM 8923.



It's not a true "clicky" keyboard, but it's got a great feel, and I can't have a proper clicky at work because it's way too loud to use while on the phone, and I have to do a lot of typing while talking.
I've tried this keyboard. I just don't like the rubber membrane feel it has. It's solid, otherwise, however.

IBM does make some great spring buckling keyboards... but they're all so unnecessarily big.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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I have a basic GE keyboard...... (It does have the upper multimedia keys but I dont use them (The only one that works is SLEEP (Which is a pain in the ............... (Sometimes I accidently hit it (uugghh)))))
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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Logitech cordless model Y-RJ21. I'm not sure this antique can even be found on eBay...

But it's really good. I prefer white as I can't touch type and can't see the letters on a black keyboard. If this thing ever dies I'm in a world of hurt. Nice tactile feedback similar to IBM (I wish they still made those AT keyboards). The mouse died years ago. I know this really doesn't help the OP, but I thought you'd all get a kick out of this.

Edit: It is on eBay. Guess I shouldn't be surprised.

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Old 12-24-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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This thread got me interested in an upgrade. The only 8923s I can find for sale are used, and I'm not looking for used, so I started looking at the current offerings.

I ordered a Matias Quiet Pro to check out. It's well reviewed, and is supposed to be pretty quiet for a mechanical kb. Kind of pricey, but a good keyboard is worth it IMO.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:48 PM
 
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This thread got me interested in an upgrade. The only 8923s I can find for sale are used, and I'm not looking for used, so I started looking at the current offerings.

I ordered a Matias Quiet Pro to check out. It's well reviewed, and is supposed to be pretty quiet for a mechanical kb. Kind of pricey, but a good keyboard is worth it IMO.
The Cherry MX Browns are quiet for sure. They're also low resistance.. give it a mushy membrane feel. Do you bottom out?
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