Day 19 of the #100DaysToOffload 2021 Series:
Word has come down from on high that we're going to be returning to the office this summer. Probably. So, I guess that means I'm going to need some keyboard recommendations.
@mike I really like the Microsoft Sculpt (no mouse) paired with the Logitech MX Ergo advanced. When I'm done for the night I just lock them up, but both have worked really well so far.
I would like to replace the keyboard with a mechanical (Ergo Dox or other) but there's nothing wrong with mine right now so that's a stretch goal.
@cyr I've had a Microsoft keyboard before. I've liked Microsoft's hardware better than their software. Is the form factor going to be easy to put into a backpack with a laptop?
@mike depends on what else you have in there, due to the curve of the keyboard it doesn't lie flat - it is around 15" long but curves inwards, so YMMV. The numpad on that model isnt connected, which is nice but is one more thing for the bag to eat. I used it with a shoulder/messanger bag without much issue. There is a newer "Surface" branded version, but havent checked that one out.
@cyr Well, I'm not known to travel light. Usually I'll have a laptop, maybe two, mouse, headphones, power adapters, a couple of charging cables for phones or other USB devices, etc. Now I'm going to throw a keyboard into the mix.
@mike ah well you'll be OK then, though if you look into mechanical boards you could save space if that's ever an issue (and find little bags/cases easier).
@mike Best option ever, get the old IBM keyboard with a littlebit of spraypaint. Those keyboard's tactile feedback is heavenly
@mike You didn't mention a size. Numpad or no numpad? If you want an OEM keyboard, there's mainly just one brand I can recommend and that's Leopold. They're unfortunately only available with Cherry MX switches, but I guess you're okay with them. Just buy one with silent switches and preferably with double shot PBT keycaps.
Unlike most other OEM boards, Leopard comes with dampening materials in their keyboards and their stabilizers didn't rattle like a bag of Lego when you type on it.
@mike Their PBT keycaps is 1.35 mm thick, if my memory serves me right. That will make them sounds less hollow and more discrete than you're average keyboard with thin ABS plastic keycaps.
Double shot is also the most superior method for legends. You can never wear them out and the text is razor sharp.
@hund I'm not tied to a specific size. I want it to be super portable since I'm going to be packing it up every day. Number pad is expendable. The keyboard on my laptop doesn't have one and I haven't missed it. I was thinking probably one of the 60% would be fine, I'm just slightly worried about feeling cramped when I'm typing.
@mike The 60% with arrows build I’m planning is a budget build, because I want to try the layout. For parts from KBDFans, parts I have here, I’d say it will probably be all-in cost of 170-190.
If I were building it for someone else, I’d include labor, which would probably bring the cost up to the range @hund is referring to.
Pre-built boards will be cheaper of course. If you’re not sure, I might start there. Customs are fun tho 😀
@fedops Yea, that's definitely a concern for me. I have a blue keyboard at home, and my wife can hear me typing across the house. Especially when it's something I'm passionate about. I'm expecting the office is going to be trying to separate people physically more than they used to, but I'm not sure how much. In the before times, I could physically touch 3 other people without getting out of my chair. Didn't exactly have a lot of space to work with.
@mike I have two 75% boards, one a chinesium with Gateron blues and the other a Keychron K2 with Cherry MX reds. I have come to prefer the reds both because of the noise but also their smooth linear characteristic.
A colleague and I both have the K2 and using them in the office has not been a problem. 75% is nice if you use the F keys (or the media key layer) a lot. Otherwise the 65% format is very similar; I don't find the bit of extra depth to be that big a deal.
+1 for the Keychron K2. I have one with Gateron Reds, but aftermarket Dye-Sublimated PBT keycaps. It's a great board! Bluetooth is also a nice to have, though I keep it plugged in most of the time.
@mike As you seem happy with a Razer mouse, have you considered one of their keyboards.
They use optical switches which are claimed to be as good as a pure mechanical switch. This one for example - Razer Huntsman Mini.
I have the same keys on a Tartarus Pro and they have a mechanical feel to them.
I also use a Drevo Blademaster Pro with Cherry MX Brown Switches which is reasonably quiet.
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