Ok… I admit: I have spent a lot of time finding the right keyboard and I just can’t choose! I’ve got two kinds that I really enjoy, two normal ones, and I’m almost satisfied. Just two more that I would love to have. (Honey, if you read this: just two more. Then I’m done, I promise!)
The first I want to mention comes from a memory that’s over a decade old. It seemed pretty special. The keyboard, I mean. Its brand was Digital, obviously from before SEO was invented.
The feature that caused me to remember it was how the the key presses sounded: they seemed to generate soft sounding bleeps. Not analogue clicks. But digitized bleeps!
I say digitized because the sound did not seem to originate from the individual keys; if I remember correctly, I tested this after unplugging the keyboard. But I’m not sure. It was over a decade ago!
Digital is a horrible keyword for a search engine, so even Google is not helpful with this one. Just try to search for “Digital Keyboard”, maybe with some other keywords, like “bleeping sound” or other variations. All I get are piano-keyboards. That’s not what I’m looking for!
“Darnit, Google! Your search engine’s supposed to clever; and personalized and so on, especially after years of trying to force all these stupid extras down my throat. And no. I still do not want to use G+. It’s a stupid platform and I hope you’ll shut it down!”
Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
Anyway. Dear reader, if you’re reading this and have an idea about this keyboard, please let me know by leaving a comment. I’ll be very thankful.
The other keyboard I’d love to have is easier to find: the IBM model M. I’m just being spoiled now because these aren’t too hard to find. I’m just being particular about it. Sorry John.
The reason is this: Unicomp seems to sell nice modern variants, even black ones, with 104 keys (meaning the “Windows” key is included), and with USB-connectors. Pretty nice. But the real kicker for me is that they sell them with the Dvorak layout! Awesome! And no John I don’t mean they are made out of bakelite!
There’s just one big downside and it killed my buzz: huge shipping costs. I’m in the Netherlands and the darned shipping costs are almost as high as the keyboard itself; almost 80 bucks! It’s a keyboard, not a Faberge egg! But yeah. That’s what killed it for me.
Not that I’m really complaining: in a post from almost two years ago, I shared my enthusiasm about getting a certain keyboard featuring what’s called “Cherry MX Green” keys. The details are in that post, but in short, it’s a certain type of mechanical keyboard and its keys require more foce than usual.
I’ve been using it for quite a while — still really fond of it too — but I think I understand why they only made few of these: the switches underneath the key caps are so stiff, that some keys just jump off when your finger slides off! Woops! And not only that: these keys are so stiff that the muscles in my hands were aching for over a month! Yeah, I’m that stubborn. Or OCD. Or whatever. I’m having fun, that’s what matters. Hahaha!
Alright, alright. As much as I hate to admit it, this keyboard is unsuitable to be used at night. It’s just too loud! And in this case even the possibility of annoying others makes me uncomfortable.
Luckily when I told someone about this he recommended a peculiar keyboard – the one you can see on the featured image at the top of this post – which has it all: silent key presses, multiple layouts embedded into the hardware, and rubber skins that protect the keys underneath.
Once I got used to it, I was hooked. What a fantastic keyboard: the TypeMatrix 2030. Sure, this one also requires getting used to. But after a week of casual use, it’s such a treat. Crazy? Perhaps. In that case you should see my mouse!
I’m not kidding! It’s a Logitech Optical Trackman Pro. Sadly enough Logitech took it out of production. So horrible!
There is a huge upside to my awful taste: no one wants to use my computer! haha! The look on peoples’ faces is priceless. I’m telling ya: it never gets old!
edit: w00t! I posted this on 30 may 2015 at 3:33am! Nice numbers!