Mechanically Inclined

It was only a matter of time before Bob picked up a new mechanical keyboard. Do you rock a mechanical keyboard? If so, what’s your favorite? If not, what model keyboard are you using?

Krishna

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  • Speedy7Reply
    August 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Still using my IBM Model M (early 1996) – https://deskthority.net/wiki/IBM_Enhanced_Keyboard#92G7453. No Windows keys, and plenty of resistance/clicky!

    • KrishnaReply
      August 11, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Awesome! I’ve used early IBM Model M keyboards. They are great! Nice board you have there!

  • JamieReply
    August 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I don’t understand the surge of mechanical keyboards. My son paid $250 for one. Back in the day, we couldn’t wait to get to quieter keyboards. I remember having the wife yell at me for keeping her up after she’d gone to bed. We actually used to hack keyboards to make them quieter.

    • KrishnaReply
      August 11, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Well, for me it’s about clearly registering what I type. $250 is a lot of money for a keyboard – but if it’s something that is being used daily, it might be worth it. (Similar to athletic shoes, I guess.) The brown switches don’t make too much noise, but give the tactile feedback that let’s me keep my eyes on the screen instead of on the keyboard.

  • AliceReply
    August 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I use the silver Apple keyboard. I type poetry fast on it.

    • KrishnaReply
      August 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Cool! I used this model for many years. Whatever works, right Alice? :D

  • Zan LynxReply
    August 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    German engineering makes this sound like a Das Keyboard, although I don’t know if they are actually German.

    I have one with Cherry blue switches, and I use it at work. Most of the engineers have noisy keyboards and we’re all just used to it, I think.

    • KrishnaReply
      August 11, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Good point, Zan. I think the DAS is engineered in Germany but not made in Germany (I could be wrong, though). Now that I’ve switched to a mechanical keyboard, I can feel the difference. I prefer the mechanical keyboard.

  • Jim OuradaReply
    August 10, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Original IBM PCAT 84 Key. (with function keys down the left side as God intended.)

    • KrishnaReply
      August 10, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Nice, Jim! That’s a true classic!

  • GabrielReply
    August 10, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Filco Majestouch 2 with Cherry MX Brown and Filco Majestouch 2 with Cherry MX Blue

    • KrishnaReply
      August 11, 2017 at 10:57 am

      I’ve heard lots of great things about the Filco Majestouch 2 – which one do you prefer Cherry switch-wise, Gabriel?

      • GabrielReply
        August 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

        I like Blue switches for their audio feedback, but I doubt my coworkers likes them :) . Brown switches are ok, but their tactile feedback is a little to light for me, so I want to try “Clear” switches which, supposedly, have a better tactile feedback.

        Regarding Filco, both keyboards have excellent build quality, in my opinion.

  • ThomasReply
    August 18, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard of the first generation (around 1998). Makes me type faster and more accurate than any working colleague I ever had.
    Second guy in my office always complains, how loud it is. He’s right, but no other keyboard ever worked for me that good.

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