- Location: USA
- Any keyboards you currently have in mind:
Filco Majestouch 2 Tenkeyless -- No detachable swappable cord thought as with the Rosewill, which is a shame. But I like that the lights are separate and not embedded in the keys.
Leopold Tenkeyless Tactile Touch -- Not a fan of lights embedded in the keys (not a deal breaker though), like the detachable cord.
Rosewill RK-9000BR -- Full size, ugh. But I like the detachable cord, and really like how you get two separate cables instead of an adapter. Is there a tenkeyless version of this? I've heard this is just a re-branded Filco, but the Majestouch tenkeyless doesn't come with a choice of detachable cords
Vortex KBT RACE -- USB only? Hard to tell
Vortex KBT ONI -- USB only? Hard to tell
- Price: Under $200, but hopefully closer to $100. If there are appropriate keyboards outside my range please still mention them though. I can do my own filtering based on price.
- Backlighting (yes (colour?)/ no ): No, but I don't care if it's there as long as I can turn it off.
- Size (60%, TKL, full size etc): The smaller the better. I do still want 4 physical arrow keys though, if it's a 60% model.
- Use (games/ programming/ typing etc): All three. Programming and gaming account for most of my activity though.
- USB/ PS2: PS/2, don't care if there is a USB option or not.
- KRO: NKRO with PS/2. 6KRO with USB. -- No keyboards that use weird hacks for more than 6KRO with USB. Compatibility is paramount.
- Macro keys (yes/ no): No.
- Media keys (yes/ no): Don't care. I don't want extra physical keys, but media keys via a Fn key are okay.
- Layout (US/ ANSI, etc): ANSI Bonus points if the ANSI layout has an AltGr key (and accompanying 3rd level characters) as with ISO instead of the normal ANSI right-Alt. (I don't know if any such keyboard exists, and normally get this through software anyway, but like I said, bonus if it's in hardware).
- Switch type (if not known complete the questions below): Not known... but probably Cherry MX Brown or Red. I'm leaning toward brown purely due to warnings about people hating red.
- *Noise level (high/low): Low
- *Tactility (yes/ no): Not sure, I think yes though? I can't imagine not bottoming out a key, since I've only ever used rubber domes and scissors. It seems to me that bottoming out would be all the feedback I need to tell that the key was activated. But assuming my whole world changes with a mechanical, and I don't bottom out, then yes, I do want tactile feedback.
- *Stiffness (high/ low): Low.
I use mostly Linux and BSD for my operating system, as well as occasionally experimenting with other even less main-stream OSs. As a result, compatibility is a paramount concern for me. This means that I while I really do want full NKRO using PS/2, I do not want any keyboard that uses weird hacks (like emulating multiple keyboards) to achieve greater than 6KRO via USB -- even if there's an option to use PS/2 as well.
Also, I'd like PBT keycaps if possible, but it's not a big a deal.
Your questionnaire didn't ask about this, but I have no use for USB pass-though/hub. It's not a big deal if such functionality exists, as I can always just not use it, but I do have a slight preference that it not exist.
In all cases, quality and compatibility are top priority, anything else is far secondary.
Thank you guys for your help on this.
EDIT: I just noticed that the previous post mentioned a key switch sample kit. I'll probably have to give that a try before making my final decision.Edited by Mordel - 8/1/13 at 1:09pm