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Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:51 am Post

Hi,

I'm on the lookout for a keyboard that really works for writing and I wanted to know what others thought, what kind of keyboards you guys like?

My previous keyboard was a Saitek Cyborg v7 gaming keyboard which (in principle) falls in well with some of the advice I've had i.e. that gaming keyboards are really quite good for writing. In practice that wasn't true as the Saitek was a "git" to install once Windows "lost it" (for example when I had PC issues and had to remove everything for system testing then re-add them back) plus it had a number of irritating quirks I never truly resolved. Still, my oldest daughter is a serious gamer and has wanted one of them for a while so she'll be getting that as a freebie.

Other sources recommend a mechanical keyboard which again corresponds quite well with gaming and, of course, being me I like "cool" keyboards :)

Ultimately I am trying to balance keyboard type (wired, mechanical, full size) with budget and aesthetics so any advice or recommendations (or even the occasional slap around my ugly mug) would be appreciated.

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Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:45 am Post

I use a wireless full sized keyboard (and mouse) from Lenovo. The mouse might be a little small in the hand for some(but more than good enough for my needs), and the keyboard itself is great. It's like having a really good full size laptop keyboard.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-Ultrasli ... B0052ELM9W
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Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:57 am Post

I use a bog-standard Apple wireless keyboard, my third. (I sense that I ought to become as erudite about keyboards as the keyboard connoisseurs, but I can't help the feeling - born perhaps of the days when I had to sit down in a newspaper office and hit the keys of whatever cranky old typewriter was available - that it's a subtle form of procrastination...)
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Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:58 pm Post

Thx for the replies so far :)

On the non-mechanical side of things I quite like this Logitech K350 but I prefer wired.

Amazon also does a cheap mechanical, the Black Axis USB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard but there are no reviews which worries me.

On the more expensive side there's this Corsair CH-9000040-UK Vengeance K65 ... if only.

Any more ideas?

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Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:07 pm Post

Any conversation on keyboards *has* to include the Optimus Maximus and the Optimus Tactus keyboards!

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/maximus/
http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/tactus/
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Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:42 pm Post

pigfender wrote:Any conversation on keyboards *has* to include the Optimus Maximus and the Optimus Tactus keyboards!


Wow! They look really expensive!

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Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:49 pm Post

I use a Cooler Master CM Storm Quick-Fire XT (Cherry MX Brown) mechanical keyboard. The colour denotes the 'firmness' of touch and studies show brown is by far the best for writing (and I agree with the study). It fights back, but not too much.

I've used a lot of keyboards over the last 30 years and this is the best I've ever had. If it ever wears out, I'll be buying another just like it if they're still available.

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Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:26 pm Post

I love my Matias Tactile Pro, though I'm thinking of trading it in for the Mini version (no numerical keypad) to reduce the travel from my home keys to my trackpad or mouse, and also to save on desk space. It's loud, but I actually like that about it. It's also not exactly cheap, so it's probably not what you're looking for.
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Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:16 am Post

robertdguthrie wrote:I'm thinking of trading it in for the Mini version (no numerical keypad) to reduce the travel from my home keys to my trackpad or mouse

I switched my mouse to my left hand to accomplish this. Works a charm. :) Besides, I couldn't give up my numeric keypad.

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Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:02 pm Post

rontarrant wrote:
robertdguthrie wrote:I'm thinking of trading it in for the Mini version (no numerical keypad) to reduce the travel from my home keys to my trackpad or mouse

I switched my mouse to my left hand to accomplish this. Works a charm. :) Besides, I couldn't give up my numeric keypad.

I do that now, but my left hand/wrist gets tired after a long day of pointing and clicking/tapping, so I like to switch off. I can count one one hand (right or left!) the number of times I've used the numeric keypad in the last year, so I know I won't miss it often. I also have a portable USB numeric keypad if I ever really need to do a lot of numeric entry.
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Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:08 pm Post

I'm currently erring towards spending a bit more and buying something like a Corsair Vengeance K70 only I want it to have Cherry MX blue key switches which are (apparently) good for typing. Looks like I'm just going to have to find more money.

I particularly want a full size and extended keyboard, in part because that's what I'm used to and I'm not convinced I want wireless.

Anyway ... thx for the feedback guys :)

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Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:20 am Post

Kekerusey wrote:I'm currently erring towards spending a bit more and buying something like a Corsair Vengeance K70 only I want it to have Cherry MX blue key switches which are (apparently) good for typing.

I read an article suggesting the Cherry MX brown are even better, but I never did try the blue, so who knows? :)

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Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:32 pm Post

Hi,

Well, for better or worse, I finally made my decision:

Qpad MK-50 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

It's a mechanical, extended and gets excellent reviews on Amazon ... moreover, though it was more than my original budget, it was quite cheap as far as mechanicals go (£56). The keys are Cherry MX reds which some say are fairly good for typing. I guess I'll see when it arrives tomorrow.

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Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:12 am Post

So the new keyboard arrived Friday and I've had the weekend to play with it.

On the plus side, in terms of tactile feedback, it is just about perfect given the cost (I have no idea if a more expensive keyboard is better, I just assume so). The feel of the keys is nice and positive with a reasonable click sound as keys are depressed (poor dears). It looks good with a matt black finish which I really like but I don't think will be for everyone.

The only thing I am critical of, my only problem with the keyboard, relates to the labelling of the keys, specifically those keys where two symbols are displayed such as the row of number keys over the main letters. I don't know why but the designers have decided to display both the main key character and the "shifted" one as small, side-by-side and to the top of the key. For a touch-typist this is probably no issue but for slower typists, like me, that sometimes have to look for which key to press it's a little confusing and, since I can't figure why they did this except perhaps because they thought it looked cooler.

So 9 out 10 I guess but still, for the price ...

Keke

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Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:37 pm Post

Late to the game...I tend to gravitate towards split-level keyboards. I find my hands ache after using a regular keyboard after awhile. Currently I'm using a Microsoft natural ergonomic keyboard. The thing takes an absolute beating and has had several cups of coffee spilled on it with no adverse effects.

Absolutely hate Microsoft mice, however. (I prefer logitech ones. Microsoft mice don't hold up to hard use, although if you aren't gaming, they probably would be fine.)
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