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JS96
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What's the best keyboard (type/model) for a programmer in your opinion, based on your experience?

I always used the keyboards included with the PC, never thought much about that, but now I would like to invest in something better.
I found a lot of articles on internet, but each one says different things, so I'm sure the devRant community is more reliable.

Thanks in advance!

Below the one I'm using write now.

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  • 3
    I use a cougar 200k, similar to the old thinkpad keyboard
  • 4
    I prefer blue/green switches and it has to be 90% since the numpad always annoys me, my favorite throughout like 50 is still the razer blackwidow TE, you can literally hammer it down and itll still work, especially handy for debugging. 😉
  • 6
    Decrease mouse reach with mini keyboard I do. Yoda.
  • 3
  • 2
    Qisan MagicForce, white version was 39 on amazon. Mechanical, blue switches. My only gripe is the lack of numeric pad but maaaan this keyboard works like a champ. I've dropped it a couple of times, its all dusty and shit but it works like a charm.
  • 1
    Any, as long as it has all the keys and isn't broken
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  • 1
    I might be tempted to go for something with the numberpad on the lefthand side, such as:

    https://scan.co.uk/products/...
  • 1
    At the moment I'm using this:

    https://youtube.com/watch/...
    > Rii K63C Backlit Mechanical
    > Gaming Keyboard

    Its relatively cheap, mechanical, backlit (Though ideally I'd prefer white LED's..), hasn't got a numberpad though..

    I used the IBM Model M for decades beforehand.

    But I wanted a narrower keyboard on my desk, both to help with mouse/arm RSI reduction, and backlit keys make it easier to type in the dark.

    Though with a slightly different keyboard layout, its taking a while to get used to where the \ key is now on the right instead of the left..

    And its USB..

    So you still need a PS/2 keyboard if you have to tinker with BIOS..

    For that, I've a small non-mechanical keyboard with built in trackerball, just small enough so I can fit that as well on my desk when I'm using two computers.
  • 2
    I've grown to love the keyboard type of some laptops. An example of what I like is the keyboard on e.g. Msi ge62, steel series, although perhaps all Msi have what I say. I like the space between the keys, that way I find it easier to sense the limits of each key by touch, the feedback, the relatively small but adequate key depth, the fact that they are flat and their height is relatively small, just right. I can type with my fingers sort of floating on the keyboard, without ever having a key get stuck and having to press again - many external keyboards with similar layout have terrible key feedback and keys frequently get stuck at fast typing . My old Vaio laptop has had this type too. I have failed to find an external keyboard of the exact same type and quality . Whoever knows what I am taking about, I would appreciate it if you could point me to similar external keyboards .
  • 2
    @Teabagging4Life

    Perhaps the best solution might be to visit a computing museum with a vast collection of machines you are allowed to touch and feel, and type on, to try and find a keyboard you like.

    I got to touch a lot when I went to junk sales, which is where I discovered my first IBM..
  • 1
    @JS96 Link to your keyboard?
  • 1
    Kinesis Advantage 2. Expensive, has a bit of a learning curve, but well worth it.

    We are in this stupid situation where for no reason other than blind tradition, standard keyboards are very unerognomic. We don't use mechanical levered typewriters anymore, so why should keyboards designed with that limitation in mind.

    Save yourself from RSI and get yourself an actual ergonomic keyboard. It will be worth it in the long run.
  • 1
    For the longest time I used a unicomp. It started having issues last year. It probably can be repaired but I bought a vortex race keyboard as a quieter replacement.

    I now really like cherry my clear switches.

    I actually really want to make a dactyl but I am afraid it will fuck up my muscle memory.
  • 2
    Welcome to a whole new world...

    http://reddit.com/r/...
  • 1
    I got the cherry mx 3.0 with blue switches. It's a nice keyboard but I would like to have a flat keyboard. So now I am waiting for the first keyboards with the new flat switches cherry presented this year.

    https://cherrymx.de/low-profile-rgb...
  • 1
    @nickhh My Kinesis Advantage is shaped like a dactyl. After a few weeks I can switch between standard QWERTY and my Kinesis without much difficulty. I have muscle memory for both.

    After the intial transition you might not have to worry about muscle memory.
  • 3
    @Nanos this keyboard isnt being manufactured anymore but you can move the numpad to the left or right side, since it's removable.

    It also isn't mechanical but eh i've had it for a long time, when i get the funds to i'll buy something new but back when i bought this it was pretty cheap.

    https://amazon.com/Microsoft-Sidewi...
  • 1
    Obins Anne Pro
  • 1
    The model m is pretty cool
  • 1
    I enjoy my Kinesis Freestyle2. My only complaint is that even though it connects to my laptop via Bluetooth, the two halves of the keyboard are still tethered to one another.
  • 2
    TL;DR 20€ - non-mechanical - awesome
    I use a Cherry Stream 3.0. Although it is only 20€ on Amazon, the build quality is really good. It has the media keys you need, lasered symbols so you don't scratch them off, it is really resistant to water. It does not have fancy Cherry MX switches, but the key travel is good. I really like the pretty minimal design. If it broke today I'd buy it again.
  • 2
    I use logitech k740 and its fucking awesome. Very sliim very silent, backlit, sexy and an absolute breeze to type on :)
  • 2
    Nuf said
  • 2
    I really prefer a compact, tenkeyless mechanical keyboard or any keyboard where the end key is close to the enter/arrow keys

    Edit: The one I'm using now is the Drevo Grammr
  • 3
    Code keyboard with clear switches seems really nice, however it’s a bit expensive to purchase outside of the US, at least it is here in Denmark due to 25% vat :(
  • 2
    I’m using the Steelseries Apex 350, it has a lot of extra buttons which are perfect to bind shortcuts of an IDE to
  • 3
    Thanks for so many opinions!

    @CozyPlanes it was included with Dell XPS 8700.
    Anyway this is a similar model:
    https://amazon.com/Dell-Wired-Keybo...
  • 2
    Ducky One with the clickiest Cherrys you can find. PERIOD, THREAD OVER...OTHER COMMENTS INVALID.
  • 0
    @JS96 Is it like mechanical keyboard or soft?
  • 4
    @CozyPlanes it's not mechanical.
  • 2
    It's a membrane, not recommended. @CozyPlanes
  • 2
    I use a Logitech G610. Great mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches and custom media controls. No distracting colorful lights, only clean white lights with alpha control. Best keyboard I have ever used, so happy with it
  • 0
    @intromatt I just hate mechanical keyboards, or any keyboards that has some sound.
  • 1
    I use the Microsoft "Designer" Keyboard.
  • 0
    wondering if anyone using Logitech Craft ..
  • 0
    You can get soundless mechs.@CozyPlanes
  • 1
    > any keyboards that has some sound.

    Only way I know I've pressed a key. :-)

    Unless I wait 2 seconds for my 24 billion instruction per second computer to display the character I just typed..

    It's like worst than ZX80 fast mode !
  • 1
    @Nanos I mean almost silent ones. I just hate the mechanical sound
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    @CozyPlanes

    My phone qwerty keyboard is silent, but for some reason, when I press a key, it instantly appears on the screen..

    But then, its not running Windows. :-)
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