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  • #16
    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
    Many of these cheaper keyboards use robber dome technology and feels mushy to type on, compared to keyboard with mechanical switches.

    Non-geeks do fine with these cheap keyboards, they just watch kittens on teh interwebs and write "omg lol wtf bbq".
    But for geeks like programmers who write millions of lines of code, you should get a real keyboard.
    I do programming with cheap keyboards, and I'm not so troubled with it.

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    • #17
      Meh, would rather have a Tux key https://zareason.com/shop/Lighted-Tux-Keyboard.html

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      • #18
        Originally posted by t.s. View Post
        I do programming with cheap keyboards, and I'm not so troubled with it.
        Sure you can do programming on cheap keyboards too.
        But if you spend a lot of time programming, you really ought to get a decent keyboard (and chair, and desk).

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        • #19
          I got my Genius SlimStar 120 with less than 10 Euro (that would mean roughly about 10 or 12 USD) in Bucharest and i am totally happy with it. It works out of the box with my OpenSUSE 12.2 and, after checking the website it appears that Genius is maintaining a linux branch of drivers for their equipment too (i didnt check throughly the ammount of support they offer but at least Linux is part of the dropdown list in their searching filters. If amazon provides specific support for Linux too I would suggest they worth a try in the end.

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          • #20
            I agree. I use Amazon Basic keyboards and mice. They are a great combination of simple, nice, and cheap. I also like Amazon Basics for USB ports and cables.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by uid313 View Post
              This is a keyboard that schools and workplaces can buy by the hundreds for cheap.

              However, this is not a keyboard that a professional computer user wants to use.

              You should get a keyboard with mechanical switches.
              Filco and Cherry supposedly have some good keyboards I've heard.

              Cherry have the MX series of switches, Blue, Red, Black, Brown, Clear, White - each with different properties (clicky, tacile, actuation force).
              RTFA, BlackWidow has Blue switches

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Kivada View Post
                To be honest, I'd rather have a COMPOSE key. I always bind my Win keys to it, anyway, and "Tux" is not exactly a valid X key.

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                • #23
                  lame ...

                  ... get a good old mechanical keyboard like a Cherry G80-3000. It looks like shit but it is way awesome to write with (not to mention it costs about half to a quarter of what "gamer" keyboards with mechanical keys cost)

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                  • #24
                    I don't like Amazon because they promote DRM and because they're the Walmart of the internet.

                    I got this cheap keyboard from a nearby store and it's worked fine so far, seems ok quality as well. It even has extra keys for suspend/wake/power, which comes in handy (or would, if suspend still worked on my computer).

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                    • #25
                      Don't even bother with stuff like that. Mechanical keyboards FTW. My filco was the best computer related purchase i made.

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                      • #26
                        Numpad ftw

                        Kids these days ...

                        Gamers don't even use numpad that much, it's people that actually work, that use the numpad. To, you know, enter numbers. It's very very convenient if you have to enter numbers. There's a good and healthy reason its there.

                        As for those 'oh i use the computer to browse the web a bit, check e-mail, chat to some friends' and oh lets not forget 'facebook', yeah, I can understand you don't use the numpad, but the gross of the population with those tasks, uses a tablet, phone or laptop. And laptops generally don't have numpads anyhow (not speaking of desktop replacements).

                        The biggest flaw with this keyboard is the height of the rear, bad for your wrists (yet everybody always tilts it upwards go figure).

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                          This is a keyboard that schools and workplaces can buy by the hundreds for cheap.

                          However, this is not a keyboard that a professional computer user wants to use.

                          You should get a keyboard with mechanical switches.
                          Filco and Cherry supposedly have some good keyboards I've heard.

                          Cherry have the MX series of switches, Blue, Red, Black, Brown, Clear, White - each with different properties (clicky, tacile, actuation force).
                          What? Not only mechanical keyboards are quite noisy, it's perfectly possible to use non-mechanical keyboards just fine.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by oliver View Post
                            Kids these days ...

                            Gamers don't even use numpad that much, it's people that actually work, that use the numpad. To, you know, enter numbers. It's very very convenient if you have to enter numbers. There's a good and healthy reason its there.

                            As for those 'oh i use the computer to browse the web a bit, check e-mail, chat to some friends' and oh lets not forget 'facebook', yeah, I can understand you don't use the numpad, but the gross of the population with those tasks, uses a tablet, phone or laptop. And laptops generally don't have numpads anyhow (not speaking of desktop replacements).

                            The biggest flaw with this keyboard is the height of the rear, bad for your wrists (yet everybody always tilts it upwards go figure).
                            Well yes, the numpad iis also very useful for those who are not native English speakers and have accented symbols. They usually replace the number row, so you can enter numbers with the numpad, and accented characters with the number row. Though it's also not an ideal solution, because if you, say, need to write an exclamation mark, you have to switch to the US layout again (or use Alt Gr + Shift + 1). You could also just use the COMPOSE key for that, but it requires quite a few key presses.

                            But the problem is that finding a keyboard without the numpad, when you do need that extra space, is very difficult.

                            As for tilting, it's the same reason why you can tilt your monitor: so you'd have the best viewing angles.

                            Originally posted by Calinou View Post
                            What? Not only mechanical keyboards are quite noisy, it's perfectly possible to use non-mechanical keyboards just fine.
                            Indeed. I always prefer chiclet keyboards. Their keys are less wobbly, takes less finger movement to type things with them, and are quiet. My personal favourite so far is the keyboard that is integrated into EeePCs. Those things don't wobble at all, they always stay at the same angle, and are always very firm to the touch. Working with those is a joy.

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                            • #29
                              I want a good quality keyboard, but I don't want a mechanical monster that is very loud when I'm typing.

                              There was a really good Toshiba keyboard that I found, but unfortunately it was designed specially for a TV and did not come without it

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                              • #30
                                Mechanical keyboards ...
                                ... being noisy: that only applies if you buy the clicky version, there are also tactile versions without click sound
                                ... having wobbly keys: get a good quality keyboard, cheap rubber domes, yes, but my cherry has rock solid keys (and esp chiclets wobble around quite a bit in my experience)

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