Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/175125/htg-reviews-the-code-keyboard-old-school-construction-meets-modern-amenities/
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the smooth and crisp action of a well built keyboard. If you’re tired of mushy keys and cheap feeling keyboards, a well-constructed mechanical keyboard is a welcome respite from the $10 keyboard that came with your computer. Read on as we put the CODE mechanical keyboard through the paces.
I'd buy a version with the MX browns, red backlight, and individual o-rings for each key, in a heartbeat. I've been waiting for these things to finally be in stock. Looks like they're still a couple months out though.
Great review btw!
You know you're talking with a keyboard enthusiast when switch types and o-ring bumpers are the subject of discussion.
On the WASD website there is a customize option that lets you build a keyboard like you describe (MX Browns, with o-rings) but no backlighting, alas. http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/wasd-v2-87-key-custom-mechanical-keyboard.html
Keyboard enthusiast indeed
I've been browsing the WASD website for a little while, and while I absolutely love the custom key-cap colors, backlighting is one of the features I'm after. I'm also torn between MX Reds vs the Browns - whichever is quieter is what I'll be getting.
I think Ducky has makes a couple nice ones too - the Shine 3 specifically. All backlit too.
[Full Disclosure: I do not own one of these, but only because I'm currently rocking a dasKeyboard that meets my needs; if this had come out even a couple months earlier, I'd have been all over it like white on rice]
I realize that, in a product review, it seems almost mandatory to have something in the under the "bad" heading, but I'm not sure that I think the things you wound up putting there might be a bit of a stretch
Yes, it costs 7 times as much as a crappy membrane keyboard -- actually, depending on the specific crappy membrane keyboard, it probably costs 15 times as much, because I think if you try hard you can find one for $10.
But anyone who actually lives on a keyboard should never, ever use one of those things. Since that is the clear audience for the CODE Keyboard (and the aforementioned dasKeyboard), I think the comparison is not only unfair, but actually irrelevant. The CODE keyboard is in the same ballpark with other mechanical-switch, 'We miss IBM PC-AT" keyboards, and I think that's what matters.
I don't really like mechanical keyboards, though the CODE keyboard (which I tried out briefly before Jason did the review) is definitely a nice keyboard for the type of people that do.
I'm using an Apple bluetooth keyboard on my Mac desktop because it reminds me of my MacBook keyboard. I just couldn't switch away from it, even after trying.
Which is probably definitive proof that I'm not a very good programmer
If the keyboard wasn't priced so high, I'd have got one by now.
That said, my laptop keyboard is good enough. Not as good as that old USB keyboard lying somewhere in the dust, but yeah, good.
Too bad they are out of stock with 12-14 months before you can get one.
I know, right? I feel awful writing such a glowing review and then wrapping it up with the bad news that they're out of stock.
I think you missed one very vital test:
How does it stack up against the Pepsi Syndrome? What happens after you dump 32 ounces of liquid on it? Does it die immediately? Does it last another week? Month? Year?
I would love to have a high end keyboard, but unfortunately around my house I have to resort to the RAID system for keeping functional mice and keyboards around. The detachable cable is a nice addition in that regard though. The connectors on those tend to be the highest point of failure.
I'm in agreement with Ted here. It would be nice to know the "Liquidity" of the board, and I like the replaceable cord as well.
Do you know what I'd like in a keyboard?
One that is amazing like this, and UK layout!!! Is that really too much to ask?!
While the best practice is to not spill stuff on your keyboard in the first place... assuming you're present for the spill and able to quickly clean the board, this one should be more resilient than your average board because the build quality is higher.
If spills on the keyboard are frequent at your house, you need to keep emergency cleaning supplies ready. For this, you'll need a few gallons of distilled water and a cooking pan deep enough to hold your entire keyboard. Next time you spill a cola on your keyboard, immediately unplug it, dump the excess liquid out into a trash can or sink, put the keyboard in the pan and pour the distilled water onto it. Swish it around and repeat several times until you've flushed the keyboard with a gallon or more of water and the water remains clear.
The key part here is distilled water. You need the purist water you can use, your tap water (even if softened) has too many minerals and trace elements in it that can potentially form short circuits as they dry on the board and connect the traces.
After giving the keyboard a distilled water bath, let it dry for a few days. Should be good as new. =)
Distilled water, got it. And with me it's not so much a frequent occurrence, as, when the Grandchildren are over, all bets are off! One time they were over for a week, and the night they had left, I found my key board sticky. After examining the area, I found a soda can under my desk, and dry, sticky soda remains on desk top, keyboard and floor. Talk about over kill!
Sounds like you should put the good keyboard and mouse away when they visit and bust out the circa-1999 Dell OEM keyboard and mouse for them to beat up.
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