Any keyboard nerds?

In light of COVID, I’ve been experimenting with my home office setup a bit and lately my target has been keyboards. When you work 40+ hours on a keyboard a week you run into issues that perhaps a more casual user wouldn’t. I’m 100% pro-mechanical myself. My favorites so far are as follows (and in order):

  1. Das Keyboard Prime 14 with Cherry MX Brown switches USB
  2. Corsair K63 with Cherry MX Red USB
  3. Unicomp Ultra Classic White Buckling Spring (IBM Model M clone) PS/2
  4. Velocifire VM01 with Outemu Brown (cherry clones) USB

What have you used, and what do you prefer? What’s your use case? I do some development and a lot of DevOps work so I spend a lot of time writing emails and config files. Do you prefer smaller form factors or a full with tenkey layout? ANSI or ISO? QWERTY or DVORAK? PS/2 or USB? Let’s geek out.

I’d get anything with Cherry MX Browns. I’m currently on a Ducky Legend with the same switches. I really cant claim to be a keyboard nerd because this is my first piece of nice mechanical keys. I use it as my daily driver which involves light typing and primarily for general gaming.

I cant stand a reduced size keyboard so it will always be full size. If I had spare money (I dont know when will that be given the global pandemic), I might try buy a portable mech keyboard, probably the 60% to bring for work or maybe the more compact kinds.

Theoretically, we all should switch to ISO but language barriers do exist, so pick what is right.

I speak and type in other languages so DVORAK may not be for me because isnt it optimized only for english?

May I would want a PS2 variant of any keyboard because it has a faster response time but mine can do N-Key rollover so I can live with a USB keyboard.

That’s a fair point - I think you’re right. I don’t believe the optimization of letters that DVORAK offers would translate to other languages. On the subject of ISO layouts, I confess I haven’t played around with them much. What changes do they offer other than a differently-shaped ENTER key over ANSI?

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Apart from the vertical enter key, ISO also has the left shift split into two keys so that it can adapt to the various european languages as a modifier key of sorts.

I’ll leave this here. The keyboard I’m typing these words on.

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QWERTY on desktop and AZERTY on laptop I use both with 2 fingers :slight_smile:
My desktop keyboard is a Dell SK-8115. I bought it for DOP200 ($4) in a local shop for 2nd hand US stuff. It works fine.

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@popey I’m jealous. I learned Pascal on one of those (the ANSI version) and still regret selling it along with my Packard Bell in 1990-something. :stuck_out_tongue:

You know, for a cheap membrane that model had some good key travel. We had stacks of them at my last job and just swapped them out when they got gunky.

@popey I have keyboard envy :slightly_frowning_face:

I have the Corsair K63 Wireless. Because it has Bluetooth, a 2.4GHz dongle, and a USB connection, I can connect it to three devices/machines. I mostly use the 2.4GHz connection for my desktop, and the Bluetooth connection for my mobile phone. It’s an ISO layout, TKL (Ten Key-Less), fitted with my favorite “Olivetti” key-caps, has Cherry MX red switches, and only has single color back-lighting (which is a blue that looks close enough to ultra-violet - so I’m hoping it kills any traces of Covid-19 that may be on my fingertips).

Tomorrow I should be receiving a Razer BlackWidow Lite. I’m very happy with the K63, I just want to try the Razer orange switches.

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I seriously considered the wireless K63, but I’ve had bad experiences with wireless keyboards in the past so I ended up with the wired version. I admit, I like your blue LEDs better. Where did you get your keycaps?

I know what you mean. I generally avoid wireless keyboards too, but I wanted to try a wireless mechanical keyboard. As mentioned in my post above, I can also use this as a wired keyboard :slightly_smiling_face:. I type quite quickly, and there have been a couple of occasions in wireless mode where 2 spaces or 2 letters have appeared when there should have only been one, but this may have been me (this is very rare).

I didn’t like the blue back-lighting until I replaced the majority of the black keys with gray ones, now I love it (for some reason). I think I got these dirt cheap from Ebay: https://bit.ly/2WNSWLH

I have a Logitech K810 too. It’s bluetooth, and it never misses a beat. Very disappointed the K810 was discontinued. I usually carry it with me when traveling so I can use it with my phone (I use the Juice SSH client).

Oohh… We are posting pics! My phone’s camera quality is certainly lacking, but the keyboard therein is not.


Someday I want my keycap mods. I’ve seen a few good ones at drop.com with interesting keycaps. All unreasonably expensive, these days…

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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro. I went tenkeyless because I had very limited desk space at the time I bought it. I was going to go with Cherry MX Browns, but this model with Blues went on a very good sale, and so far, I am loving it. It is my first mechanical keyboard. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I see that RuneQuest book lurking in the background. :slight_smile:

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Indeed. It is a frequently referenced volume.

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I never got into Runequest myself but I’ve spent many a spooky evening with Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu, which I believe uses the same BRP engine.

Just received my Razer BlackWidow Lite. It’s okay, but nothing to write home about. Can type very quickly on it (love the Razer orange switches), but it feels kinda cheap as it’s made of plastic. I guess this is to keep the weight down if traveling with it. It was on special on the Microsoft store (£63). Really glad I didn’t pay £100 for it (which is what it was retailing for two days ago).

One of the immediate advantages over my K63 - this thing has very fine grain control over the back-lighting. On my K63, you have two options: “very bright”, and “burn your retina bright”.

I still prefer Cherry MX brown or red switches, the Razer orange switches feel quite scratchy in comparison.

What do they feel like in Cherry MX terms? What’s the closest you’d say?

I’d say they are pretty close to Cherry MX Brown.

After typing on this a bit more, they no longer feel scratchy. Perhaps I was just adjusting from the Cherry MX reds :slight_smile:

It’s definitely a keeper for me - can easily see myself throwing this in my backpack before hitting the road (once the house arrest thingy ends).

I’ll create a short video and throw it up on YouTube soon.

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