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Posted by Lothar Scholz
Apr 21, 2018 at 10:00 PM


Because there are many writers and programmers here who type for a living i would like to ask this offtopic question:

What computer keyboard would you buy today?

I’m very tired about the current state of quality. It seems that there is hardly any product that is useable for more then 5 years. Especially the throw away apple keyboards (It never gets older then 2 years or exactly one coffee spill) is making me angry.


Posted by Listerene
Apr 21, 2018 at 10:09 PM


Any backlit mechanical keyboard with blue switches. In my experience, there’s not a lot of difference between brands or price points as long as they have these characteristics.

Blue switches are noisy but you can’t beat their typing experience. If you want a quieter audio experience for those around you, brown switches are an alternative.


Posted by shatteredmindofbob
Apr 21, 2018 at 10:21 PM


If you’re an Apple user, check out the Matias Tactile Pro (http://matias.ca/tactilepro4/) It’s built to the same specs as Apple keyboards from the 80’s.

Failing that, I’d go with Listerene’s suggestion. Pretty much anything with Blue switches is good.


Posted by Franz Grieser
Apr 21, 2018 at 10:46 PM


I’ve been using Microsoft Natural Keyboards for years (the original ones). Still have a new one in reserve, they last about 5 years. But I may be switching to the X-Bows Mechanical Ergonomic Keyboard - if it turns out to be half as good as advertised.


Posted by moritz
Apr 21, 2018 at 11:29 PM


I bought 2 Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 last year - one for my desk, one for mobile use. The mobile one retrofitted with “silencer rings” to use in shared space office environments.
Took several weeks to get accustomed to 66 key layout, now highly productive and preferred over any other keyboard (I have a collection of Cherry, Matias, Das Keyboard, Apple keyboards, Microsoft Natural keyboards, ...).

Microsoft Natural keyboard remains the best “budget” choice for about $30-ish. Those things are indestructible (10 years+ life expectancy).


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