After much frustration with cheap membrane keyboards, I finally bought a mechanical keyboard with blue cherry switches. Now I’m wondering why the bleep I never bought one before.
I love and miss Model M 101 keyboards. I much prefer the five key home row (Control, Alt, Space, Alt Control) because the gap lets me know where my hands are without looking at the keyboard, thus I can type accurately. Unfortunately I had to give mine up when I moved abroad, and no one here sells them. I bought one from unicrap. . .I mean, Unicomp a few years ago, and it was broken out of the box. They refused to replace or service it. Don’t buy from them.
I bought cheap membrane keyboards for years because I could rip out the three unwanted, unused, and annoying keys: left menu, right menu, and function. The Control and Alt keys were then smaller than I’d like, but at least there were the gaps I wanted. But the problem with membranes is that they’re crap and don’t last very long. I’m not a heavy gamer, and I can wear out one of them in 12-18 months.
So, after years of wasted plastics and money, I took the plunge(r) and bought a mechanical. Cripes, it was expensive, five times what the cheap ones cost. But, ooooooh, am I happy.
I’m a sloppy typist. My fingers float closely and slide over the keyboard. Overly sensitive membranes (or not sensitive enough) result in too many typos. With a Model M or this one, you have to push down with effort to get a response. I learnt to type on a manual typewriter (and still have one), so the harder keypresses and audible clicks are very satisfying and not hard to do. Errors dropped to near zero immediately.
Now the only problem is that the thing glows like a blinking disco ball. I changed the settings so it only glows slightly after I press a key (with a two second fade). But if it’s not in use (i.e. I put the computer to sleep), it will start glowing on its own after a while if I don’t unplug it. I’ll have to figure out all its functions. Unfortunately, they’re all written in Mandarin.
This is not the one I bought, this is just for effect. Mine is a Taiwanese brand (no product plug here), with Latin and BoPoMoFo characters on it.