The Greatest Computer Keyboard of All Time?
...if you're a real typist with plenty of desktop space, I can't recommend it highly enough. It isn't just that I type more accurately, more smoothly, and (therefore) faster; it's that I feel better. I'm more comfortable, less frustrated, less tense; and I approach a day of typing at the computer with eagerness instead of a vague, nagging dread.
"IBM Model M" type keyboard, very clicky. (Their site is confusing, but I think this model
is a good bet.) It's a "buckling spring" type, which means it does not just use a rubber membrane for resistance, but a quite specific type of spring under the keys which "gives in" right as it registers. Read the linked article for details.
[Note: their more quiet varieties do not have the Buckling Springs advantage, they are just normal rubber dome keyboards.]
Update much later: It is big and not all that pretty, but it really gives me certainty when typing, I can feel for the keys without typing accidentally, and there is no chance of accidental double-hitting a key. Result is that I can type about as fast as I can think (I think about sixty words a minute, not all that impressive if I were a pro secretary, but not bad, it's still maybe six characters a second). It is very loud though. Which might be annoying to co-workers or co-habitants, but I'm a lone wolf, and the loud, fast clicking sort of makes me feel productive, I guess! :-)
[Cool surprise: the extension to this story
tells me I'm in good company here.]
I can't believe how cheap this is, less than half of the one I use (TactilePro). And since it may be even better, and may be going out of production, I've ordered two.
(I also can't believe a world where $69 is too expensive for a really good keyboard. That's awful, seriously. People will spend that amount on killing their brain cells on a single saturday night without thinking twice (or even once), but spend it on a keyboard?)
The guy who makes these in the US says he could buy Asia-made keyboards wholesale for three dollars a piece
! Isn't it a bizarre world? I mean, that includes shipping and profits for shippers and dealers and everything!