I’m gonna be the douchey asshole here (but hey, why change the habits of a lifetime? )
These kinds of keyboards do absolutely nothing for me. To me, they’re the keyboard equivalent of building your own crazy LED-lit, water-cooled custom PC.
Hands down, my favourite two keyboards of all time, in order, are:
- Current-gen Apple Wired Extended Keyboard (and, by proxy, the current MacBook Pro keyboard)
- Sun Type 5 Keyboard
Both these keyboards are low on travel, especially the Apple ones, ergonomically fantastic, let me touch-type with ease (I’m like a 75wpm typist, maybe 85-90 when I’m drunk), they look amazing, and they are epic.
I enjoyed my time on an IBM Model M back in college, but the clackity clack got me into trouble during lectures in the lab when I was trying to hack and listen to the lecturer at the same time. In pre-Apple-unibody times, I used a Dell SK-8115. Great layout, bit long on travel (which I didn’t mind so much at the time), and low sound. Now, I much prefer the way lighter sound and response of the Apple and Type 5 keyboards. I accidentally spilled Irn Bru over my Apple Extended keyboard, and half of the keys just Stopped Working, so for the rest of the day until I could nip out and buy a replacement (£40!), I plugged in the trusty old SK-8115. It was awful. Way too tall to type on successfully.
Now, I’m all about: Slim. Low. Little or no travel. Awesome.
You ricers can keep your custom crazy shenanigan monsters