Yeah, that's my fault, but it's still 2018?
The Keyboards section isn't very active, so when you're just perusing, it's easy to miss the drop off.
Anyway, I've been on the lookout for the perfect (reasonably priced) office keyboard myself all year and have been on a bit of a tear.
I was happily chugging along with an original Razer BlackWidow in the office since 2012, then the new job. Different desk setup and need as much space as I can get, I no longer have a keyboard tray to tuck my excessively large Razer.
So this year alone I've picked up half a dozen keyboards including two kickstarters. All in an effort to find the ideal office option. I had high hopes for the Logitech K840, but right out of the box I was disappointed with the key feel. I can't believe how bad and mushy it is! That said, I picked it up on a good Amazon Refurbished deal, so maybe it was just some sort of bad/defective batch?
Then there was the Aukey TKL, surprisingly good feel for such a cheap option, but the hideous permanent rainbow LEDs were just too much. I couldn't even stand it at home on my also small desk. Also, that was when I realized that I couldn't survive without my NumPad. I'm a network engineer, so plugging in IP's all day is kind of a thing.
Currently using the Plugable 104 key Mech keyboard and besides the faulty spacebar forcing me to use my right thumb for all spacebar key-presses, it's served me pretty well. The backlight is very useful as our office lights are on a motion timer in the afternoon and I'm still there for hours more.
I've also got the HexGears X-1 and the Keytron Slim wireless Mech Keyboards on order because I'm curious about the new wave of slim profile keys and really want to try out a minimalist wireless keyboard.
A minimal design, aluminum case with low-profile, silent bump keys, a merged NumPad, wireless option, and backlighting would be ideal.
Those won't make it to the office though, more curiosity. One of them'll probably get thrown in with a friends build.
Originally Posted by porksmuggler
Among a few, I use one of these little boards. Cheap, but the switches haven't let me down yet, and I've been using one for years. Occasionally a keycap will come loose, but that's about it.
I like the size mostly, and the detachable usb.
Damn you! That board looks perfect for a travel KB. Does it really look that good in white? I guess I'll be buying another keyboard...
Originally Posted by bajer29
I really like my E-Element Z-88. Mine's RGB but I only use the white backlight option and I use it for gaming but it's great to type on too.
Nice, small, has a removable USB cable for packing it up, comes with a cheapo key puller. Does the job.
Red, brown, or blue switch options are available.
EDIT: Holy cow this thread is old...
That TKL model seems a bit busy for me on the keycaps. But it's an impressively compact keyboard, so there's going to be trade-offs. Not crazy about rainbows in the office, but as long as you can switch to white or blue, it should be fine.
The 104-key model looks to be a Plugable clone or vise versa. I'm typing on an identical keyboard minus the RGB. Couldn't guess which company has higher factory QC, but they're likely made together and just get different logo screen printing. So either choice is probably fine. Just depends on which logo you like better, or who's charging more at time of purchase. I got my 104-key Plugable for $38 on a deal.