Originally Posted by Manyak
Like Phaedrus suggested, a Model M is probably the best keyboard for you. You can find them on ebay for like $10-$20. Or buy a new Unicomp for $60-$100, depending on the model you pick. They don't have metal tabs, but they use ABS plastic, which is a lot more durable than the PVC (or some derivative) that the Saitek most likely uses. But they do have a steel backplate, so no matter how hard you hit the keys the board won't flex under the pressure. And it's weight stops it from moving around the desk while you type.
And those plastic wrist rests are junk. Try out a real one. Filco makes a really nice one, and there's also Belkin and Fellows and a few others that you can get from newegg or amazon for cheap.
Note: If going the ebay route, always make sure that you check the connector (must be AT or PS/2), and avoid the "semi-clicky" ones - those are rubber domes.
He's talking about the keycap stem.
Oh. I had a feeling he was referring to the Stem. But the geek in me just isn't ready to call those things a "stem" yet since they're more of a ....... tab? I guess I see why he called it a tab now.
Originally Posted by 1keith1
I just don't think any of these boards are going to work for me, there are so few styles and none have any wrist rests.
I think I would rather find a board that has metal parts including the keystem.
Then buy a wrist rest either from a local store or from some place online like Newegg or Amazon. I can tell you right now from my own personal experience in upgrading from the Razer Lycosa to the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO that it will be more
than worth your time and money.
But trust everyone here: if you get any of the mechanical keyboards that they're recommending to you, then you won't need to worry about the stem (or the "tab") one bit. No. Not at all. You'll have a board that's way
more durable than you could ever hope
Originally Posted by soloz2
well the unicomp is out as it's just too loud for here
. I'm trying to get her to watch a 45sec youtube video on the m10 right now and am in a loosing battle there...
Which leaves me with brown switches or some good scissor switches. She used to have an IBM laptop and she liked the trackball... but told me it would be stupid on a regular keyboard.
She's just going to fight me on this one...
But in all fairness she did drag me to the mall today to get a new winter coat... I've had the same one for the last 10 years
So then perhaps it's time that you just leave her out of the decision-making process and just get what you think is best for her. After all: you're the man in the relationship, so you have every right to do this (just as long as you do it out of love for her, obviously - kinda in the same way you'd buy something for your son or daughter because you love them and want the best for them).
Originally Posted by soloz2
Alright, the video of blues wasn't quite enough and she claims my keyboard (browns) is too loud too...
What's a good scissor keyboard w/o a trackball
If she thinks it's too loud, then that means you're bottoming out the keycaps against the body of the keyboard. Show her that when the keycaps aren't bottomed out, it's really quiet. And to be honest, the same is true for the Cherry MX Blues (at least it is for the Majestouch Tactile Click).
Also, you can tell her this: before I bought the Tactile Click, one of my requirements in whatever new keyboard I bought was that it had to be very, very, very quiet; exactly like those laptops with nearly dead silent keyboards. But now that I own the Tactile Click, I can tell you right now that even if it were twice as loud, then I would still love it with all of my might because of how awesome of a keyboard it is.
But her problem is that she's so used to bottoming out that she probably subconsciously believes that it's the only way to type. But as I'm finding, I can just touch
the keys instead of actually pressing them. I guess that's why they call it Touch
And by typing like this, all I hear is the click of the switch. Yeah, I admit that I still bottom out keys like the Spacebar, Backspace, Shift, Enter and what-not, but even so: the sound that this keyboard makes is always pleasing to my ears. I think it's because it's due to the build quality. It's just so damn solid! I love it!!!
But meh, women these days.....Edited by TwoCables - 3/14/10 at 3:05am