Few things are more personal than a keyboard, and yet they are often overlooked by Work From Home manuals. Why use the standard keyboard when there are so many options available? This is a selection of some of the keyboards used by the TechCrunch editorial team. Some are boring, others for different languages - and each one is kind of dirty.
Sorry for the dust, grime, and general pollution of the following items. Keyboards are rough and difficult to clean, and we’ve done our best to prep our keyboards for photos. I used two cans of air on my keyboard and it still looks like a toy in a preschool sandpit.
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Working across borders is difficult – working across languages is even more difficult. So it was a godsend to get a foreign-language keyboard (mine is Korean), if only because after two decades of using a computer I am still pecking at a keyboard as if I don’t know the position of the keys.
Should you get a foreign language keyboard now? Good God, no. Definitely do not buy it overseas as I originally did as a foreign correspondent in Seoul as guarantees do not appear to be transferred globally. Also, the E key on my last “space-white” keyboard broke for good (unfortunately, E is about as common in English as ㄷ / ㄸ in Korean, so this key is often misused), and let’s just say, the world is it Not designed for special order individual keys in a foreign language in the United States.
So I bought a new room gray keyboard. And then Apple said they couldn’t find a replacement key for the Korean keyboard E in white, so they gave me a free keyboard because Apple is nice. Now I have two gray Korean keyboards, one on my desk and one in memory if I invariably destroy the one I’m typing on. Do not buy a foreign language keyboard. In fact, don’t buy a keyboard at all. Don’t be a writer. Just yell in a clubhouse room and let’s move on to the next century by the text.
I just acquired this Varmilo V87M tenkeyless with PBT keycaps and cherry red switches. It feels very solid, is very comfortable to type, and has a deeper sound than some clunkier keyboards I’ve used. But I don’t like the placement of the media buttons.
Before that, I had a completely black Ducky One with key labels printed on the side, which I prefer very much. But I ordered it with Cherry Black switches, which turns out to be uncomfortable for me – they take a little more force and have a kind of “bump” in the middle, and my body didn’t like it. However, I liked the DIY feel of setting the DIP switches and also programming the media buttons, although I absolutely understand that it is not for everyone.
I wish I could combine the feel and build of the Varmilo with the keycaps and customizability of the Ducky and media controls of the Das Keyboard 4 with its lovely volume wheel. But I am tempted by non-Cherry switches because their patents have expired and the market is wide open. Somebody sent me one of those little switch samplers!
Here is my boring Apple keyboard. It’s a French keyboard so it will look strange if you’ve used QWERTY keyboards all your life. It works, it’s reliable, and I can type for hours … The most important thing is that I don’t think about it so that I can just focus on what I’m writing.
The fact that Apple is charging $ 149 for its wireless, gray Magic Keyboard when the silver variant is $ 129 may seem strange for a $ 2.2 trillion company, but perhaps the fact that they got a rub like me to pay an extra $ 20 a dark gray color is why they have had such ridiculous success.
Over the past few years, Apple has chosen to remain conservative on entry-level prices for some of its hardware, but they have also started increasing prices on accessories for these devices. My desire for an external keyboard that goes with all of my other tech says more about me than Apple, but come on Tim, do you really need that extra $ 20 from me?
I bought this keyboard when I was building my new PC last month. I usually use an Apple keyboard for work and most of the time playing with a PS4 controller so I hadn’t used it that often. But a few weeks ago I spilled coffee on my main keyboard for the first time in my life. I’ve tried using a Logitech K380 as a replacement, but while it’s pretty new, some of its buttons are squeaking which is driving me crazy.
Now I have used the Cooler Master SK622 as my daily keyboard in my admittedly beautiful rainbow machine. It’s my first mechanical keyboard! I chose blue switches because I don’t like the feel of the red ones, but the sound is a bit difficult to get used to. Ideally, I would probably prefer brown switches! It feels pretty good though, even for someone (me) who types pretty fast but very crazy because I’ve never learned how to get it right. Maybe it’s time for Mario Teaches Typing after all.
There isn’t much to say about the tools in my field – other than that they could use a good cleaning. The white is definitely not as sharp at this point as Apple would like it to be. The lettering on the S button has also worn a bit for some reason. Otherwise I have no complaints. I had to stop relying on the MBP laptop keyboard because it’s so buggy (sticky B and N keys that either don’t type or double-type buggy keyboard roulette). I like the compact size of the Magic keyboard. The battery also lasts a fair amount of time before the hassle of looking for overpriced Apple dongles to juice it back up.
I have a complaint: the bluetooth connection seems to get a little funky after a while as hitting Caps Lock can kill the MBP’s spinning wheel for no good reason. Switching the keyboard’s Bluetooth off and on again seems to restore order.
this is that Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2 with a subset of custom keycaps. Yes, long name for a small keyboard. It’s not perfect and yet I love it. Do not worry. It still has a number pad and media controls. This is accessed via a function key (the heart).
The Happy Hacking Keyboard has a longer history than most and was originally developed for Unix programmers. For me, the small size is perfect for just typing, and the buttons feel nice thanks to their novel switches. This keyboard uses Topre capacitive key switches that combine the feel of a mechanical switch with the responsiveness of a membrane-based keyboard. The result is resounding clicks and clicks as well as buttons that are tough on top and light on the bottom.
There are several newer versions of this keyboard with wireless connectivity and quieter key switches.
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