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Poll Results: Which keyboard is best for typing (build quality considered?)

 
  • 6% (2)
    Das
  • 34% (11)
    Filco
  • 0% (0)
    Deck
  • 18% (6)
    Topre
  • 12% (4)
    IBM Model M
  • 15% (5)
    Ducky
  • 12% (4)
    Other (Please specify)
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post #11 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkwizzie View Post

Nobody has picked Topre or Deck? Those are very expensive boards!

I turned my numberpad into a macropad, so I'm not complaining that I got a numpad. smile.gif

Only because most people haven't used either.

If you are going by build quality and typing, Deck wins without a single doubt for Cherry MX switches. They are built better then any other Cherry board (excluding super low run custom boards maybe) by a longshot... but you pay for it. They are also a little lacking in the style department, so people tend to go with something flashy these days instead.

My personal pick would be a Topre Realforce board. They are built very well, and have a very nice texture on the keys. Apart from that, the Topre "switch" is excellent for typing and anything else... the boards are worth the asking price IMO. The downside is that it's possible you won't like the Topre switch, so it's a pretty big investment if you are unsure... the boards do keep their resale value pretty good though. I think all mine are worth more now then when I bought them lol.
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post #12 of 27
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=740273&Q=&is=REG&A=details

Great feel to it and build. Beautiful and almost silent, and it also lights up and is wireless. Love this keyboard!
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post #13 of 27
There isn't really any answer to this question, since switch types, for whatever purpose, is an issue with a large element of personal preference, and many of the "best" keyboards are limited in terms of switch type availability.

Some people prefer typing on lighter switches, so that they use less energy per keypress. Others prefer typing on heavier switches, so that more energy can be captured and returned by the springs, and so that there is less of a chance of errors.

Many people prefer typing on switches that are tactile and clicky, so that they have a maximal amount of feedback to tell them to stop pressing the key and move onto the next. On the other hand, it is not unheard of for people to prefer quiet tactile or even linear switches for typing, if they do not pay attention to the feedback and would rather not have the disturbance of a sound or a less smooth switch.

Thus, without a specific set of switch characteristics in mind, it is not possible to recommend a "best typing keyboard". That said, depending on your switch preference, you might look at a Model M (very rugged, tactile and clicky), a Deck (no clicky or lightweight switches, but better materials than your usual non-Model M keyboards), a TypeNow Solid (very expensive but probably as close as you can come to a Korean Custom without it actually counting as one; available with MX Blue or Brown...if you can get it, that is), or a Matias Quiet Pro (with dampened ALPS for a combination of peaceful quiet with a more substantive tactile point than you get with MX switches).
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post #14 of 27
They need to make a linear switch that's in between black and red. A little less force required from blacks and a little bit higher force from reds. That would be a great linear switch!
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post #15 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by sammkv View Post

They need to make a linear switch that's in between black and red. A little less force required from blacks and a little bit higher force from reds. That would be a great linear switch!

I believe Kailh (who make a clone of the Cherry MX switch) do an intermediate linear switch.

Or you can buy a 3rd-party spring and refit a real Cherry MX to intermediate force.
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post #16 of 27
I own a lot of these keyboards and without a doubt the best typing board is the Topre. The price is a bit obscene but if you you have a lot of typing to do, the Topre is your board. I make less mistakes and type the most quickly on the Topre as well as it being the most comfortable. It's really a shame these boards don't get the recognition they deserve, however 99% of people have never touched one due to the price. Here's my collection for reference.

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post #17 of 27
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Yeah, I'm not going to end up with multiple mechanical keyboards. I can't see myself spending that cash. If only there was an awesome keyboard store with every single keyboard imaginable, I'd dig that and possibly buy a Topre. But it's hard to swallow the price because it lacks some funtionality I want and feeling is a bit subjective. Trying one out will do more than reading an essay on Topre. Would you say Topre is decent for gaming as well?
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post #18 of 27
Quote:
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Yeah, I'm not going to end up with multiple mechanical keyboards. I can't see myself spending that cash. If only there was an awesome keyboard store with every single keyboard imaginable, I'd dig that and possibly buy a Topre. But it's hard to swallow the price because it lacks some funtionality I want and feeling is a bit subjective. Trying one out will do more than reading an essay on Topre. Would you say Topre is decent for gaming as well?

I have a mx black and a mx blue board that I never use since I prefer the Topre for both typing and gaming. Can't guarantee anything though, as there is preference involved.
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post #19 of 27
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So with say, a Filco vs a CM Storm Trigger, the Filco will literally be a better typing experience even though the switches are the same? I think CM Storm is Costar.
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post #20 of 27
It depends really. If it was 100% just for typing I'd probably grab something like a Filco just because Cherry Blues are so enjoyable to type on. But for all around use it's Topre hands down. Had mine for over two years now and haven't bothered switching back to Cherry.

I also prefer the construction of my HHKB in terms of the keys and stuff. The finish is nicer.
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