Originally Posted by BreakDown
many thanks. ill take a llok at them, i wanna buy a mechanical keyboard sometime in the future.
i like flat keys because i really like the tactile feeback. its easier for me to type with flat keys. dont know why.
One of the nice things about mechanical keyboards like the ones that ch_123 mentioned is actually the tactile feedback.
Up until I got into mechanical keyboards (or more accurately, up until I got my first and only mechanical board 2Â½ months ago), I strongly preferred typing on my mom's laptop (a Sony Vaio with a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4) just because of the way the keys responded and because of how quiet they were. I don't know what switch type my mom's laptop uses, but it certainly has a feel that I like and that I couldn't really stop thinking about when I would use my keyboard.
So then I ended up trying out the Razer Lycosa which I really liked in comparison to my old, cheap membrane board (here's
a picture of it I found on the internet). But I think I liked it just because it was new, y'know? I mean, it had never been used, so it was as snappy as a membrane board could be. However, I still strongly preferred typing on my mom's laptop.
Then one day I decided to replace the Lycosa with something else, and I ended up learning about mechanical keyboards. I resisted quite strongly at first and I even scoffed at them. But I eventually bought the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO
. The typing experience on this thing far exceeds the typing experience I get with my mom's laptop because I don't have to press the keys all the way down, and plus there's a nice spring inside each switch that works with
me, not against
me. This is because it is just springy enough to provide a perfect amount of resistance, and the result is a significantly superior typing experience. Or really, it's just a significantly superior keypressing experience; I even find myself enjoying single keypresses, such as navigating my BIOS or something.
So due to the way these keyboards feel and respond, they don't feel as deep as they look. This is because the keys don't have to be pressed all the way down to actuate: they only need to be pressed approximately halfway
Therefore, I no longer care about using those flat keyboards to get the feel I want: I get all that plus a whole lot more
goodness out of this mechanical keyboard.
But as far as quiet keyboards go: the sound of mechanical keyboards like the Das Model S "Silent" boards and the Filco Majestouch Tactile Touch boards (or really, almost any good mechanical keyboard fitted with the Cherry MX Browns) is dictated by how hard you type. If you're constantly bottoming out every single key, then it's definitely going to make noise. But if you can type gently and almost never bottom out (which should be super easy with the Cherry MX Brown boards), then the board will be very quiet. (But it can never be rubber-quiet.)
So I recommend using YouTube to look up anything related to mechanical keyboards, like "mechanical keyboard", "cherry mx blues", "cherry mx browns", "filco majestouch", "topre realforce", "IBM Model M", "Unicomp Customizer 104", "Unicomp SpaceSaver 104", etc. After a while of watching these videos, you'll end up with a clearer idea of which switch you think you will like the most, and you might even have a good idea of which keyboards you will consider. You see, the best thing to do is to choose the switch type first, and then choose a keyboard that has those switches.Edited by TwoCables - 5/27/10 at 6:28am