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Forum title:Typing
Topic title:Best Keyboard?!
Created by: ips.blue
Created on:2004-12-27 02:06:21
Read times:6138

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Date: 2004-12-27 02:06:21

hi there, i currently do 519 cpm, but of course i want to improve :P

i wonder which keyboards you guys use, mine is a no name, i would like to have one where the buttons were easier to press...

whats your favourite company?
i personnally dislke Microsoft, Logitech and Cherry
IBM's are cool
didnt try out yet Mitsumi

what makes a good keyboard?

Date: 2005-01-24 19:14:49

My record in german words ist 739, how you can see in highscores.
I have made the record with a Laptop-Keyboard, its not very precise to touch, but its easy to press the buttons.. the problem is, how i said, that you often lose your oversight.. about the keyboard, because the marks on the F and J aren't as high as on normal keyboards.. my record with a no-name-keyboard is 696.. and i just wrote with her 3 times.. so better use normal keyboards, if you have them..

Date: 2005-02-03 14:27:08

i like the wireless keyboard that came with the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX bundle :)

even tho its a little noisy and all the guys on Teamspeak always go "Argh timo dont act like you could type that fast" and their whining really annoys me :/ (im not very fast, tho :P)

Date: 2005-03-01 23:33:10

oh my.. you are all old, old beginners (newbs =P)... you can use any type of keyboard to pwn in this typing program! I use a 10 dollar factory keyboard.. no idea which company its from. As long as the keys make a click when you press it, it's fine!

Date: 2005-03-29 14:35:57

In my opinion, the old-looking KeyTronic's are the best. Also _some_ Microsoft's are quit good.
My record, 529cpm was typed with an Acer keyboard at school.

Date: 2005-03-31 02:45:54

I prefer my Logitech UltraX Flat, which is quite similar to the Logitech DiNovo, but without all the extras and much cheaper. Its a bit like a notebook keyboard, but with very precisely defined keys... made me a bit faster, as I don't have to press so much, the fingers have to move less etc.

But right now I'm training with the NEO keyboard layout, which should improve the speed quite a bit (as soon as I got used to it... which will take quite a while :( ). Its specially designed to reduce finger movements etc. in my language :D Something like DVORAK.

Date: 2005-04-01 01:21:26

got a Cherry Goldcontact Keyboard (G81-2200 (or something like that)). The only problem is, that these keyboards aren't manufactured anymore. This is ~7-9 years old :). It's the best i've ever typed on!

Date: 2005-04-26 08:27:23

If you're not interested, which is the best keyboard, don't write anything...
The best Keyboard is the Logitech DiNovo, but the price is 250Euros.

Date: 2005-05-24 18:17:17

Just use Typematrix keyboards, very nice keyboard imo.

Date: 2005-11-18 09:43:04

i started with the natural microsoft keyboard. that was splitted in the middle, very nice. but now after 1 year laptop, i am faster with the laptop. cause my fingers are used to press the keys not so hard.

so i would say, what keyboard you ever have. you need to have training with it. best would be one not to hard to press ans splittet. but i haven't seen a splitted laptop keyboard yet.

Date: 2005-12-04 12:03:41

I used to use the microsoft multimedia natural keyboard (split keyboard), but I switched to an OLDDDD logitech which has been my favorite keyboard for years. During that time, I went through 3-4 microsofts and 2 logitechs that I didn't like.

The model of this is Y-SE8, not sure if you can find them around anymore =) but it has a WONDERFUL touch!!

Date: 2006-03-16 23:27:11

Personally, I prefer the cheap DELL $10 keyboards. While very cheap, they have a great feel to them. When I use those keyboards I generally type 10wpm better.

Date: 2006-03-17 22:45:10



Date: 2006-04-14 14:52:41

I love the keyboard on my Powerbook. You don't have to press the keys too deep, but they give really nice feedback. 530kpm/106wpm in dutch sentences

Date: 2006-06-04 19:39:58

I'm using a Raptor Gaming K1 which is produced by Cherry^^
It's very cool but a little bit expensive... 150 €uros per Keyboard.

Andreas aka LogBoGgED

Date: 2006-08-11 14:04:57

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A6PPOK/103-2994322-3230211?v=glan ce&n=172282


Date: 2007-05-11 01:22:23

If you don't wanna spend 100+ bugs:
CHERRY !!! :P (don't know which model i use, it was about 20 €)
Totally standartized layout and a wonderful touch... :D

Date: 2007-12-16 03:39:44

The microsoft natural 4000 keyboard is my vote. I hit my record of 625kpm on a microsoft natural keyboard.

Date: 2007-12-17 07:46:48

All standard keyboards (matrix instead of direct input) are prone to typos because of a scanning limitation/ glitch.

I don't type as fast as many of the other folk here (250 kpm). But I use an alternative keyboard with 'T' on Qwerty 'D' and 'H' on Qwerty Semicolon.

This is significant because standard keyboards scan active nodes in a matrix instead of registering each key as it is pressed.

If two keys are pressed between scans, the keyboard can't tell which was pressed first and sends them to the computer the order that the matrix is scanned.

On a standard qwerty keyboard most of the common two key sequences will register in the order that they're most commonly used.

If you type HT very fast on a standard board, you will get TH.

Because most (English) users seldom intend to type HT, they won't notice this glitch. But I notice it all the time.

I bought a Tarantula keyboard by Razor because it advertised a higher scan rate (I haven't found a direct input non-matrix keyboard which would be a better solution). The faster scanning rate seems to help a lot.

I think that if faster typists use a board with a higher scan rate, they will notice a decrease in reverse character typos.

Ciao e mahalo,

Date: 2007-12-18 18:16:35

I don't think there's anything like a 'best keyboard'. Certainly that varies depending on what kind of typer you are and how you use your keyboard. Usually I don't like the ergonomic ones, I just mishit every key I type on those.

For the past 10 years I've used a keyboard that came with our very first computer, an Olivetti. It's basically like most Keytronic keyboards, 'high' keys with much spacing in between and long stroke path. It's really nice to write on but it makes quite some noise and I wouldn't take it for being particularly ergonomic. With this keyboard my speed is somewhere in between 700 and 800 kpm. Besides this I use my MacBook and with that I'm writing 600-700kpm.

Just recently I decided to buy a new keyboard since the 10-year old became quite nasty to look at and also to write with. I went for the new Apple Keyboard since it's basically like writing on a normal keyboard but with the MacBook keyboard feeling. With this I'm probably 50kpm or so slower than with my old one but it's really nice to type on. I've almost managed to record an equal result with this, like 695kpm or something, and 705 with the old one.

So if you want a stylish yet nice keyboard to type with I'd recommend the new Apple Keyboard. It's a bit pricey but it's certainly worth it. Don't think it's going to break down on the first year or so, it's of high quality.

Date: 2007-12-19 06:59:46
Edited: 2007-12-19 07:17:43

induce wrote:

Just recently I decided to buy a new keyboard since the 10-year old became quite nasty to look at and also to write with. I went for the new Apple Keyboard since it's basically like writing on a normal keyboard but with the MacBook keyboard feeling. With this I'm probably 50kpm or so slower than with my old one but it's really nice to type on. I've almost managed to record an equal result with this, like 695kpm or something, and 705 with the old one.

Your old keyboard might be slightly concave.

About a year ago, my grand mother noticed that she wasn't typing quite as well on her new computer. She said the keyboard didn't feel as good as the old one. But the old keyboard was so dingy she preferred the new one. I took a careful look at her old keyboard and noticed it had a slight curve (most terminal keyboards are too). At a large computer store, I found a non-ergonomic Microsoft keyboard with the same slop between the rows. And that fixed her typing difficulty.

I think for very fast typists or experienced typists, a slight change in configuration can reduce performance.

I'm too slow and inexperienced to notice a change in my performance from one ergonomic style to another. But I do miss an old IBM XT keyboard that I once used because it felt and sounded much more substantial than any keyboard I've come across since I last used it. The keys weren't just loud. They twanged like metal guitar strings breaking.

Date: 2007-12-23 18:06:39

Yeah, that's correct. The old keys are slightly concave which makes it harder to slip. Also since these keys are of a different material I can't type as good while having slightly longer fingernails than usual. It's really weird but some keys I hit with my fingernail first and with my new keyboard that causes the finger to slide a little.

I would never go back to the old keyboard though since I'm so pleased with this one, and I know that at my peak I'm capable of writing just as fast with it. I've been around 750+ but at that moment you start making mistakes because you're so surprised that you're actually that fast with a newer keyboard. Oh well ;-)

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