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Corsair K70 Aug 10, 2016

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

I have tried it and I was impressed... the feel is completely different and much more responsive... he has a Corsair K70... not the cheapest...



Ooh, how lovely!
I see it comes with red or brown switches. Reds are linear, which means they have a completely smooth action, whereas browns are tactile, and have a slight bump or feedback when the key is actuated.
Yes, mechanical keyboards are expensive, but the cost is totally worthwhile. Just think of the number of hours we spend at our keyboards.


 

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I will be trying it for longer soon... Aug 10, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Ooh, how lovely!
I see it comes with red or brown switches. Reds are linear, which means they have a completely smooth action, whereas browns are tactile, and have a slight bump or feedback when the key is actuated.
Yes, mechanical keyboards are expensive, but the cost is totally worthwhile. Just think of the number of hours we spend at our keyboards.


he is going back to uni at the end of September and will take his laptop with him... so , I'm going to "steal" it for a bit...


 

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What the Aug 10, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Yes, mechanical keyboards are expensive, but the cost is totally worthwhile. Just think of the number of hours we spend at our keyboards.


I've been sitting here wondering to myself what the f is a mechanical keyboard, and now I've realised that it's the kind of keyboard I've been using all along (see earlier post) and that makes a clacking noise when you use it. I hadn't realised that some new thing has happened in keyboards that passed me by completely. Now everyone is enthusing about how preferable "mechanical keyboards" are! I'm glad I bypassed that whole experience (he said, typing it out on what is apparently his "mechanical" keyboard).


 

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Mechanical/membrane keyboards Aug 10, 2016

Tom in London wrote:

I've been sitting here wondering to myself what the f is a mechanical keyboard, and now I've realised that it's the kind of keyboard I've been using all along (see earlier post) and that makes a clacking noise when you use it. I hadn't realised that some new thing has happened in keyboards that passed me by completely. Now everyone is enthusing about how preferable "mechanical keyboards" are! I'm glad I bypassed that whole experience (he said, typing it out on what is apparently his "mechanical" keyboard).


IBM and Apple keyboards were mechanical in the 1980s, Tom. Then, to bring costs down, everyone was switched to membrane keyboards. They're either mechanical lookalikes or have low profile keys (think of just about any laptop keyboard) - but they're all membrane. Advantages: cheap and quiet. Disadvantages: hard work to type on and usually short-lasting. So you didn't bypass the whole experience, because the Apple Powerbook is a membrane keyboard, albeit rather a good one.

Wikipedia has quite a good article on the differences between membrane and mechanical: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_technology


 

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Enjoy! Aug 10, 2016

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

he is going back to uni at the end of September and will take his laptop with him... so , I'm going to "steal" it for a bit...


Lucky you! Maybe you could write a review of your experience for the Keyboard Corner.


 

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Why not... Aug 10, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

he is going back to uni at the end of September and will take his laptop with him... so , I'm going to "steal" it for a bit...


Lucky you! Maybe you could write a review of your experience for the Keyboard Corner.


at the moment I'm using a Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 1.0A... it's responsive, comfortable and really sturdy... I've had it a few years... I love the "springiness" of the keys...

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[Edited at 2016-08-10 15:44 GMT]


 

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Yes but... Aug 10, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

..... you didn't bypass the whole experience, because the Apple Powerbook is a membrane keyboard, albeit rather a good one.



Yes, but that isn't the keyboard I use now. See other pic I posted.

I used to work with someone who had a motorcycle accident and lost the use of one arm. She used to work with a one-handed keyboard that looked something like this:

maltron

[Edited at 2016-08-10 15:57 GMT]


 

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Gaming keyboard. Aug 10, 2016

I tested/tried out the gaming keyboard in an IT shop but it was too noisy? So you are saying this one is very wrist and knuckle friendly? Obviously, in an IT shop I can test it only shortly, which is not the same as a long-time test, please share long-term effects on your hand?

[Edited at 2016-08-10 16:04 GMT]


 

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Yes Aug 10, 2016

Tom in London wrote:

Yes, but that isn't the keyboard I use now. See other pic I posted.

Yes, I was referring to that picture when I said, "IBM and Apple keyboards were mechanical in the 1980s". When you mentioned its "clacking noise", I thought it couldn't be anything but a mechanical keyboard!


I used to work with someone who had a motorcycle accident and lost the use of one arm. She used to work with a one-handed keyboard that looked something like this:

The Maltron one-handed and two-handed keyboards are fantastic devices. Another translator has promised to write a review of it for the Keyboard Corner in a few weeks.


 

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Thinking Aug 10, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

The Maltron one-handed and two-handed keyboards are fantastic devices. Another translator has promised to write a review of it for the Keyboard Corner in a few weeks.


I'm thinking: if these one-handed keyboards are really good, then even though I am 2-handed, I might consider using one anyway !


 

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IMO... Aug 10, 2016

Lingua 5B wrote:

I tested/tried out the gaming keyboard in an IT shop but it was too noisy? So you are saying this one is very wrist and knuckle friendly? Obviously, in an IT shop I can test it only shortly, which is not the same as a long-time test, please share long-term effects on your hand?

[Edited at 2016-08-10 16:04 GMT]


I'm not an ergonomics expert, so I can only give you my personal opinion. Mechanical keyboards are lighter to type on, so they reduce finger fatigue. I find them very comfortable, after typing for hours.
In addition to the keyboard, there are many more elements that have an impact on long-term effects (chair, desk height, sitting position, typing technique, mouse, etc.). A combination of all of them bring on / prevent hand/wrist problems. Some ergonomic keyboards are mechanical too, but only at the top of the range: Matias Ergo Pro, Kinesis Advantage, Maltron.

From a noise point of view, you can get pretty quiet mechanical keyboards nowadays. Red switches are quiet. So is the Matias Quiet Pro: http://matias.ca/quietpro/


 
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