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Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.04.10 04:43:00 - [1]
 

Okay so the topic is a bit of a troll. I haven't actually bought anything. Yet.

However, I am considering. I do a lot of typing. The primary instrument of my income is a keyboard and I realized some time ago that I ought to perhaps upgrade my keyboard, currently a slim Logitech with backlit keys, to something more tactile. So I did some research and I find that there are, in fact, premium, professional keyboards that are ****ed over by programmers and enthusiasts.

I have narrowed it down to three totally geeky options:

Das Keyboard - This one uses cherry blue switches for the ultimate clickity clackness. Standard form factor. Built like a tank by Germans. May be capable of invading and defeating Poland.

Happy Hacking Professional2 - small form facter using Topre switches. Supposedly has the tactile feedback of cherry blues but with less sound.

FILCO Majestouch - uses brown cherry switches which are softer and quieter than blues.

All three are expensive as hell. But they last forever and provide for awesome, responsive typing.

I'm sure we have a good amount of coders and geeks in the Eve community and some of you have used these keyboards. So I'm wondering... anyone have any personal experience?

Caleidascope
Minmatar
Republic Military School
Posted - 2011.04.10 05:15:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Caleidascope on 10/04/2011 05:35:30
Edited by: Caleidascope on 10/04/2011 05:35:08

Does not change the fact that you are nuts.

Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.04.10 05:22:00 - [3]
 

I asked for keyboard opinions not what you're sucking on. Very Happy

Alotta Baggage
Amarr
Imperial Shipment
Posted - 2011.04.10 05:52:00 - [4]
 

Look no further! Or farther... whichever is relevant Very Happy

Grimpak
Gallente
Midnight Elites
Echelon Rising
Posted - 2011.04.10 05:53:00 - [5]
 


Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.04.10 06:30:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Grimpak
Optimus keyboard? altho, that's waaaaaay above your budget.


Not only that, the reviews for it are actually horrible.

Cool idea, terrible typing instrument.

Verone
Gallente
Veto Corp
Posted - 2011.04.10 08:25:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Jada Maroo
Originally by: Grimpak
Optimus keyboard? altho, that's waaaaaay above your budget.


Not only that, the reviews for it are actually horrible.

Cool idea, terrible typing instrument.


This.

I got hold of one and it's like trying to type on a bunch of dinner plates. The keys are enormous, and it's terribly designed in terms of ergonomics.


Grimpak
Gallente
Midnight Elites
Echelon Rising
Posted - 2011.04.10 09:52:00 - [8]
 

Edited by: Grimpak on 10/04/2011 09:56:39
Originally by: Verone
Originally by: Jada Maroo
Originally by: Grimpak
Optimus keyboard? altho, that's waaaaaay above your budget.


Not only that, the reviews for it are actually horrible.

Cool idea, terrible typing instrument.


This.

I got hold of one and it's like trying to type on a bunch of dinner plates. The keys are enormous, and it's terribly designed in terms of ergonomics.


it looks damn cool thoLaughing

I myself am still using my MS Digital Media pro keyboard that I bought some 5 years ago.

had two keyboards afterwards, but none was as good as this one. it's also very tough and resistant.

Holy One
SniggWaffe
Posted - 2011.04.10 11:06:00 - [9]
 

keyboards cost $3
mice cost nothing if you sniff around pharma reps

seriously. u mad.

Miso Hawnee
Posted - 2011.04.10 11:42:00 - [10]
 

I say go with whichever one is the most weed and beer resistant.

simocast
Minmatar
Razorback Industrial
Posted - 2011.04.10 11:47:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Miso Hawnee
I say go with whichever one is the most weed and beer resistant.


QFT; vodka too (RIP old keyboard)

Gabber359
Caldari
The Exploited.
Nulli Secunda
Posted - 2011.04.10 14:16:00 - [12]
 

I, too, will be buying a $300 keyboard. My friends all went "WTF?" when I told them, but it wasn't what they were expecting :)

299 Euro keyboard FTW


On another note, my current PC keyboard is a $10 Logitech one, works like a charm :)

Calathea Sata
State War Academy
Posted - 2011.04.10 14:18:00 - [13]
 

The new FILCO with red switches might worth taking a look

Alrione
Black Lagoon Inc.
Posted - 2011.04.10 14:59:00 - [14]
 

Recently got myself Razer(Yeah, I know Rolling Eyes) Black Widow. Blue switches, so its quite loud, but I enjoy the click and clack and its quite pleasant to type on, only cost 70 or so.
Now I struggle at work with non-mechanical keyboard though Laughing

Haxfar Portlaind
Posted - 2011.04.10 17:24:00 - [15]
 

Deck keyboard FTW! :D
It is backlit, but more important, garanti even if you mod it! :P

Vogue
Short Bus Pole Dancers
Posted - 2011.04.10 20:18:00 - [16]
 

There is a ready market for keyboards that have a debris tray like toasters. I smoke so ash goes beneath the keys. If that could be collected in a removable tray it would be handy. And a keyboard that is washing machine proof (inside a pillow case) would be nice.

Sidus Isaacs
Gallente
Posted - 2011.04.10 20:38:00 - [17]
 

I got a G19 or whatever it is called from logitech. Its OK enough. But form what I heard people who type a lot is happy with Das Keyboard. No first hand expereince on it, I have just used logitech keyboards for the last 10 years.

Netheranthem
Eve Engineering Finance
Eve Engineering
Posted - 2011.04.10 20:46:00 - [18]
 

I like my G15 quite a bit.
I use it's screen as RSS reader, and it's pretty nice to the touch. I guess you can have better, but as I like my macros, I'd keep it anyway.

Vogue
Short Bus Pole Dancers
Posted - 2011.04.10 20:50:00 - [19]
 

I had a G15 keyboard once but it turned into a disco strobe when i accidentally split fizzy pop on it Crying or Very sad

Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.04.10 22:42:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: Calathea Sata
The new FILCO with red switches might worth taking a look


Oh, that is nice. Very hard to find the tenkeyless though!

Enraged Stoat
Posted - 2011.04.11 04:34:00 - [21]
 

I've used a Das Keyboard (the Ultimate - no lettering) for a few years now. Wouldn't swap it for any other keyboard. Perfect key pressing action every time (except when I'm wasted)! However, it's not the quietest of actions, probably not appropriate for quiet environments like libraries and some offices.

Scorpyn
Caldari
Infinitus Odium
Posted - 2011.04.11 08:00:00 - [22]
 

Get this!

I have the advantage pro, but the standard one only costs $299, which is within your budget.

It's very comfortable Very Happy

One downside though. The F-keys are crap.

Furb Killer
Gallente
Posted - 2011.04.11 09:33:00 - [23]
 

Edited by: Furb Killer on 11/04/2011 09:33:14
Originally by: Enraged Stoat
Perfect key pressing action every time

Can you explain that? Because any 3 dollar keyboard does the same every time (maybe shorter lifespan, but considering the price difference that is not really relevant).

Anyway I use a cheap keyboard myself, but for just typing and general work I never heard anyone complain about the MS ergonomic keyboards and alot of praise for them (http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_images/microsoft_ergonomic_keyboard_4000_black_usb_large.jpg)

And you can buy 6 of them in your budget.

Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.04.11 10:54:00 - [24]
 

Originally by: Furb Killer
Edited by: Furb Killer on 11/04/2011 09:33:14
Originally by: Enraged Stoat
Perfect key pressing action every time

Can you explain that? Because any 3 dollar keyboard does the same every time


Hm, this will be hard to explain because most people never really pay attention to the tactile feedback of keyboards unless you point it out to them.

Also, part of it can be what you grew up on and how old you are. If you've ever used a classic IBM M-model keyboard then you know it is a world of difference from your standard keyboard of today. Mechanical keys simply feel better when you press them. You "know" you've pressed them. They feel substantial.

If you ever used an Apple II that is very similar to the feel of a Das Keyboard. Very clicky keys. When you grow up on a certain level of feedback the newer keyboards, most of which use rubber domes under the keys, just don't feel right.

Calathea Sata
State War Academy
Posted - 2011.04.11 12:47:00 - [25]
 

It's a matter of acquired taste, I think. But once you have tried you can't go back.

Jada Maroo
Posted - 2011.04.11 13:48:00 - [26]
 

Edited by: Jada Maroo on 11/04/2011 13:48:50
I ordered the Filco tenkeyless with brown Cherry switches. I came within seconds of ordering the red Cherry from the UK but did some last minute research and they seem kind of a fad. And I get the imrpession they won't quite give the level of feedback I'm looking for, which is blue but a bit quieter.

Maybe one day I'll get the Happy Hacking Pro. And maybe a Filco blue. So begins, eventually, the keyboard collection.

Gibbo5771
Posted - 2011.04.12 08:45:00 - [27]
 

Try and get a hold of an old G15, best keyboard I have ever had


 

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