Originally Posted by BlackHoleSun
So I soon will purchase a mechanical keyboard. I am going to be attending Graduate school starting next summer, and I want a keyboard that is sufficient to type my thesis (about 80 to 120 pages) out on. I saw that Cherry MX-Blue Switches seem to be the best for this and I was looking into which keyboard is right for me. Now I am almost 100% a touch typer, but I do sometimes need to look (read as putz around) until I find that key that I don't commonly use, perhaps maybe one of the keys above the arrow keys.
Now I think the Filco is probably the best fit for me, but they don't seem to have any keyboards left at elitekeyboards.com that don't have blank keycaps. Should I just wait for the non-blanks to come out, or just suck it up and get the blank one? I was also eying up the red chassis keyboards. Red is not anywhere near my favorite color, blue is, but I have everything else in blue and sometimes I just like the look of red.
Sorry for the ramble, but I hope my question can be answered!
EDIT: Well both are gone, so does anyone know when new ones will come in?
Nope, but if you send him an email he's pretty good with responding!
Either way, blank keys will pretty much turn you into a full touch typist. And I do know that he's planning on selling a lettered keycap set for the Filcos in addition to the blank set sometime in the near future, so even if you pick up a blank board and hate it you'll most likely be able to just buy a set of lettered caps in a few months. This is also something you can ask him in an email, see if he's got a planned date yet
Either way, for really
heavy writing like that, I suggest picking up a Topre Realforce instead of a mechanical board if you can afford it (also found on elitekeyboards.com). The keys are a lot
lighter and have excellent tactile feedback. And just like mechanicals, you don't have to press the key down to the bottom for it to register. You definitely won't get tired fingers no matter how many hours you use it, and it should last at least 75% as long as a mechanical (in other words, its life still measured in decades).
But yeah if you don't want to spend that much, Cherry Blues are an excellent choice