#1 By: Pablo Corral, April 14th, 2013 13:12
I'm looking for a great keyboard. I've an Apple keyboard (http://www.apple.com/keyboard/))
What's your favourite keyboard?
#2 By: W. Schroeder, April 14th, 2013 13:35
I have a Logitech keyboard that is backlit. That was the most important feature for me. For the rest I really have no preferences as long as it works.
#3 By: Jeff Atwood, April 14th, 2013 15:18
I favor keyboards with Cherry brown switches, the less noisy blue mechanical switch.
#4 By: Pablo Corral, April 14th, 2013 15:32
any recomendation? logitech gamer's keyboard seems great
#5 By: Shawn C, April 14th, 2013 15:38
I'll use anything Logitech. I have always had good luck with their products, whether its a keyboard/mouse, webcam, or microphone, all have worked great!
#6 By: Jim S., April 14th, 2013 16:47
I personally use Logitech but my neighbor swears by this new keyboard he bought last week (see picture below).
#7 By: W. Schroeder, April 14th, 2013 16:59
#8 By: Tom Lieber, April 14th, 2013 23:53
I've had 1 or 2 of the Dell SK-8115: http://www.amazon.com/SK-8115-Dell-DELL/dp/B0057UE0UY I had the previous model before it was discontinued. They line is cheap, but I like 'em.
#9 By: Lady Fitzgerald, April 15th, 2013 01:55
The best keyboard I ever had was the one that came with my Gateway Computer (back before they made the unholy union with e-Machines). I used that thing for nine years on two different computers (the second on by using a PS/2 to USB adapter) until I needed more rear USB ports and didn't have room for a hub. I replaced it with a Logitech wireless keyboard that shared a receiver with a wireless mouse: I was able to plug the receiver in a front USB port, thus freeing up two rear USB ports. I liked the Logitech keyboard but the decals on the keyboard wore off pretty quickly. The only keyboards I could find used decals on the keys except for the lighted keyboards; those have the characters molded in. Logitech has some nice wireless lighted keyboards but all of them had built in batteries that had to be charged with a USB cable instead of using replaceable AAs like my previous keyboard did (I used rechargebles in it). I figured if I had to fool with a USB cable, I might as well save some money and get a wired lighted one when I built my new machine, which, fortunately, has USB ports to spare.
The one I got is a Logitech G110 gaming keyboard and, so far it seems to be working out just fine. It's overkill for my needs but I caught it on sale for a better price than anything else I was considering. It has a built in USB port which is where I plugged in the mouse receiver even though I have plenty of extra rear ports on the computer.
#10 By: A happy, April 15th, 2013 03:26
Cherry blue... just love that noise of the clacking....
#11 By: Impotent Verse, April 15th, 2013 09:17
First of all, what do you want your keyboard for?
- Writing / Coding
- Data entry
- General stuff
For a long time I used a standard UK format keyboard, then I started to get wrist pain. I got me a Logitech Comfort laser
Which was okay but had a none-standard layout of the [INS][Home][Pg Up][Del][End][Pg Dn] keys. Swapping to another keyboard at home or in the lab was a pain because my fingers didn't know how to find those keys any more.
It was a nice keyboard but it was really mushy (dome membrane). When the backspace key started squeaking, I knew its days were numbered. By this time, my IT department had started offering ergonomic keyboards so I went for a an MS Natural 4000 Keyboard.
Yuck! Even more mushy, and big. All these ergonomic keyboards are really large, take up a lot of desk space.
This is when I started reading about mechanical keyboards and the advantage of the key-switches of various types. I tried to find an ergonomic keyboard with switches, the choices are limited to the slightly weird and the downright abnormal. The biggest problem being that they have a different layout then a standard keyboard. Yeah, I don't want to learn to type all over again, even if all the alphabet keys are in the right place.
In the end I took the plunge and got a brown switch mechanical keyboard - The Filco Ninja Tenkeyless:
And.... the wrist pain didn't come back.
This is my main, work keyboard, the one I use every day. I write a lot of documents and code. It's perfect for that. The keys click, they are not too loud though.
I chose a keyboard without the number pad because I never had reason to use it on every other keyboard I ever had. My fingers know where the numbers and symbols are on a normal board anyway. It was a waste of space, and without it I can have the mouse nearer my left hand (should I choose to use it) which is another ergonomic benefit.
Now, if you do data entry or a lot of gaming a number pad is more important.
At the time, there weren't a lot of gaming keyboards that had mechanical keys but its a different story now. Next time, I think I might pick up a mechanical gaming keyboard, because a) they have mechanical keys, b) they look damn cool c) they are cheaper than vanilla mechanical keyboards - this last is my own generalisation but they seem to be about 20 to 30% cheaper on the whole.
Your milage may vary.
#12 By: VistaMike, April 15th, 2013 09:37
For normal use I use a couple of these wired USB. Nice because they are short throw as opposed to long throw. Very responsive.
My wireless version which includes mouse is this;
#13 By: telepro21, April 15th, 2013 09:38
The best keyboard I have ever used, and am still using today, is the Saitek Eclipse II Back-lit USB keyboard. Features Red, Blue or Purple backlight that actually shows through the keys so you can type easily in a totally dark room.
#14 By: Jim S., April 15th, 2013 17:29
This is the keyboard I use. It works like a charm for me.
#15 By: Tony, April 15th, 2013 18:01
You'll like these then:
#16 By: Jeff Atwood, April 15th, 2013 18:04
I like those, but they had a shiny finish. Shiny finish on a keyboard is evil: reflections, fingerprints, dirt..
#17 By: Tony, April 15th, 2013 20:04
Yes you have a point. Black gloss is one of the most beautiful finishes...only when it's spotless!
#18 By: ?, April 18th, 2013 12:13
my logitech y-bl49a ultrax keyboard isn't made anymore. it's solid, i like the keypad is like a notebook. they dont make them anymore but i'd like to find a replacement if i ever need to. also rosewill makes a cheap $9 chicklet style keyboard. they're nice exect for the big ugly "rosewill" on the spacebar
#19 By: Usman, April 18th, 2013 13:53
I got an Apple wired keyboard (with numeric keypad) a couple years ago, and it's the best keyboard I've used to date (mostly for writing). I know mechanical keyboards are better, but I prefer the low-profile keys, chiclet styled.
#20 By: Rick P., April 19th, 2013 18:58
I read somewhere that the Logitech Keyboard K120 holds the record for the most units sold world wide.
Can't kill'un and can't beat the $14 USD price.
I always have 3 or 4 laying around. (LOL)
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