If keyboards excite you, you may want to go get a paper towel or two, because I’ve got some fun news for you. Everyone else, venture on at your own risk.
Last night, I checked out this post by Shawn Blanc on keyboards. It’s great. One think that has really bothered me about the chiclet-style keyboards that Apple uses is that my hands tend to slide around them. Especially since the F and J keys aren’t in their normal spot for me, this has proven to be quite the issue.
One of the keyboards that Shawn reviews is called the Das Keyboard Professional Model S. It’s an mechanical-action keyboard that has a nice clacking sound every time you press a key. You could be writing an email to your ex-girlfriend on it, but it sounds as if you’re banding out the masterwork of the century. It’s great. Shawn also makes a great point about the importance of a keyboard:
“It never dawned on me until recently that a good keyboard could be equally as important as a good text editor.”
And it’s true. Why buy the best type of computer in the world and get a crappy keyboard? Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my Apple Extended Keyboard. But I may end up liking a mechanical action one better.
The current Geek-Item-of-Lust is this Ugly Betty: The Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Check this out:
That’s right. No Stickers. Now, I can already touch type pretty well, but it requires sheer amazingness to make this your keyboard of choice. But once you’ve mastered it, you can tackle anything.
“But Bo, why get this thing when they have a Mac version?” Good question, sport. You may not remember, but I type on a Dvorak layout. That makes looking at a QWERTY keyboard kind of nauseating. Now, I manually moved all of the letters around on my MacBook and my Apple keyboard, but I would try no such thing with a Das. Since they offer a keyboard without keycaps, I decided that that would be the best course of action.
Given that I don’t have $129 to spend on a keyboard right now, I’ve decided to take an economical approach and try out an old Dell keyboard to see if I like the feel of it more. It’s going to take a while to adjust (and get used to looking at a QWERTY keyboard, but I think that it’ll be a good experiment nonetheless. Suffice to say, this keyboard is UGLY: