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  • 55% (21)
    Printed Keys
  • 44% (17)
    Non-printed Keys
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post #1 of 28
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I am getting a new keyboard. Some of them come with blank keys. I don't know if I want that or it is just my ego. I have a feeling that I don't, but it said that not having them improves your typing or something due to muscle memory or something like that.

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 28
If you think that it would be good to have blank keys because it would force you to get better at using your keyboard without having to look at it, then go with blank keys. But if you think that you'd rather not have to deal with that, then go with printed keys.

For me, I could probably be fine with blank keys because I absolutely never have to look at my keyboard in order to figure out where a certain key is. The only time I need to look at my keyboard is to make sure that I'm not pressing Ctrl+V when I want Ctrl+B. But the main reason why I do that is because I sometimes prefer to perform Ctrl+B with just my left hand while my other hand is using the mouse for something - I don't know.

Now, I still prefer printed keys because of the aesthetics and also for just a few practical reasons.

So this is quite possibly way too personal of a decision to let anyone really decide for you. redface.gif
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post #3 of 28
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Yea, that's me. I can type fine, but sometimes I need to look for the paste, cut, copy commands and sometimes for symboles like @$%$^&@!!#$^*&*&^%$#@

I am just curious if anyone has gone to blank keys and regretted it. I just don't know if I would be like "oh, i'm so cool now" and then later be like..well damn..
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post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by maximus20895;11789236 
Yea, that's me. I can type fine, but sometimes I need to look for the paste, cut, copy commands and sometimes for symboles like @$%$^&@!!#$^*&*&^%$#@
It's not that I need to look down to see the printing, but it's to make sure my finger is physically in the right spot for things like that. I mean, I could do it blindly, but I sometimes fat-finger it. So, I usually look down really fast instead so I'm not pressing 2 keys at once or just hitting the wrong one altogether.

As for the top-row: I learned the top-row along with the rest of the keyboard from a typing book some 15 years ago or something. But if you need to look at the keyboard for those symbols, then blank keys could piss you off at first. smile.gif I mean, having blank keys would probably force you to get used to it, but the transition might be very frustrating.
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Originally Posted by maximus20895;11789236 
I am just curious if anyone has gone to blank keys and regretted it. I just don't know if I would be like "oh, i'm so cool now" and then later be like..well damn..
Some have regretted it, and some haven't. I remember one user expressed regrets because he still had to look down for the symbols on the top row, and even some of the lesser-used keys, like maybe the brackets, or for anything else you don't use that much.
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post #5 of 28
It's annoying for the !@#(*^ signs obviously, but also if you're gaming with WASD and need to press i/l/m/etc with your left hand, it's kind of annoying.

You get used to both though. Doesn't really matter. However, you can easily find a secondary set of blank key caps, but you'll have a harder time finding non blank key caps.
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post #6 of 28
I accidentally voted non-printed. I mean to click printed.
post #7 of 28
non printed keys always sells better when you don't need them cool.gif
will improve your WPM a little bit too.
looks cooler.
don't have to worry the key wear out.
post #8 of 28
I bought a DAS Keyboard with the printed keys then I got the Das Keyboard Ultimate w/o the prints on it and its amazing. Every once in a while I'll forget stuff like Insert, Home, End, Page Up, and Page down, but nothing else.
 
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post #10 of 28
I sometimes find typing numbers (on a tenkeyless board) or passwords to be problematic with a blank keyboard. I'd rather have the legends on the keys if needs be.
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