Best keyboard and monitor?

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Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:11 pm Post

Given Keith's interest in purchasing a 23" / 24" monitor, in the near future it might become possible to open simultaneously more than two panes in Scrivener's main editor …
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Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:37 pm Post

So to the techies in this forum: Is that my imagination? Can a USB 2 connection improve mouse performance?


Only if your USB 1 ports were flakey.


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Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:49 pm Post

Given Keith's interest in purchasing a 23" / 24" monitor, in the near future it might become possible to open simultaneously more than two panes in Scrivener's main editor...


No, it won't. :)

Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I'm still pondering...

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Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:41 pm Post

Keith,
I'm a fiction and academic writer, and though I write all my first drafts with a fountain pen, I spend endless hours at the keyboard. When I moved to my MacBook Pro, the only minus was the keyboard. It was really soft, and all that, but it didn't have the response I was used to. Some weeks later, I developed all sorts of pains--neck, shoulder, wrist, you name it. Thus I started my quest for an external keyboard.

I literally tried dozens. None of them felt solid enough, or stable enough, or to give the necessary tactile feedback. Until I found a web site devoted to the old IBM Model M keyboards. I thought they were long gone (along with real wood for furniture, and real fruit for ice-cream). I found one on e-bay ($18 + shipping) that was practically new. I had to buy a PS/2 - USB adapter ($10). So the total was about $40 for the keyboard. It's loud (I have my own studio, so I don't mind), but the feeling is great. I can type for hours on end without feeling tired, and without getting the lap-top cramp. On top of that, it's a keyboard made to last.

As for screens, get the biggest Apple cinema display you can afford.

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:48 am Post

To be honest, I'm perfectly happy with the standard keyboard that came with my Power PC G5. I never considered buying something else.

And my mouse is still the corded Logitech Mx 500: robust, reliable, perfect! And my next mouse will probably be again a Logitech. I have tried mice of various other brands (Microsoft, MacAlley, etc.), but I vastly prefer Logitech.
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Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:43 pm Post

Since there is no category here for this, but it might be of interest of others here is a Mac product timeline: http://mactimeline.com/

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:30 pm Post

Thanks 451. That's awfully... um... random of you.

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Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:00 pm Post

You might want to wait until Leopard comes out. Since it's supposed to have resolution independence (which is the reasoning, they say, that the 17" MB pro got that screen resolution increase), there might be new, higher resolution Apple monitors. Of course, this is not based on any rumor or anything, just my speculation.

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:58 pm Post

Oooo...another new Mac keyboard! :D

http://www.mymac.com/showarticle.php?id=2946

The description makes it sound a bit wimpy for those of us who love a good clickety-clack as we type, but for those who prefer style...

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:21 pm Post

Well, if you want to get into the realm of luxury keyboards, The Optimus Maximus is not out yet, but looks to be the ultimate keyboard for any setup or language. Instead of printing what a key does onto the key, each one has a tiny high resolution display which can be programmed. So if the key types an 'L' it will display 'L', if it opens your favourite web browser, you can put the icon for that browser on it. Special setups can be created for individual programs (see their Photoshop layout in the demo section). You could have a Scrivener shortcut cheat sheet displayed right in the keyboard, adjusting itself as you press modifier keys. Like Apple's laptop keyboards, it has an ambient light sensor which adjust the lighting of the keys as the room changes. It uses mechanical switch keys, but the FAQ does not mention how loud the tactile feedback is.

The price? A cool € 1256.86!
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Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:44 pm Post

lenf wrote:The description makes it sound a bit wimpy for those of us who love a good clickety-clack as we type, but for those who prefer style...

The celesta in black just may being sitting in front of me soon. Thanks for the lead!

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:50 pm Post

I wonder how it compares to a Macally Icekey. I do like the design of the Celesta, though. Very nice. :D

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Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:29 pm Post

AmberV wrote:The price? A cool € 1256.86!

Cool? At today's exchange rate that would be $1,680.05 USD!
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Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:29 pm Post

That is what I wondered too, Studio717. They described the key action in pretty much the same way the IceKey is described. I'd love to get both of them side by side and see if it is really worth the extra $90.
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Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:39 pm Post

Celesta Review

One caveat, for me, are the two USB ports are located on the right-side. That's a no-no as I plug two Griffin PowerMates into my current Apple keyboard. Hmmmm...