Ultimate programming keyboards?
As a coder I happen to type a fair amount :) The problem I've run into is that after about 10 months, the keyboard dies. Even very very nice custom ergonomic $90 ones. What kind of keyboards have you guys been using that don't wear out after a paltry few months of normal use? That don't cost hundreds of dollars?
I've been using a Microsoft ergo keyboard for a couple of years yet and it hasn't died yet. Granted, the label for the "C" key, among others, is no longer there but that's not much of a problem.
I'm using some "Orange" keyboard at both work and home and it's doing truly great for more then a year now.
I only use IBM AT or PS/2 keyboards, even going so far as to taking my own keyboard in to work and using that. After awhile you get used to the clacking and I've yet to wear one out in the six years since I've exclusively switched to them.
My personal favorite is the Northgate Omnikey. For those of us old enough to remember, Northgate was a computer vendor whose keyboards were so sought after that they ended up selling them separately. Unfortunately, they've been out of business for quite a few years now.
What do you think about Microsoft Natural keyboards? I quite like them.
I love my Microsoft Natural keyboard. It's an original model, not the el-cheapo "Elite" model. When they stopped making the original model, I was scared to lose my favorite keyboard. So when I quit my job (at the time), I took my work-issued keyboard with me. ;-)
Does anyone have a recommendation for a keyboard with the softness of a Mac keyboard? I've always loved the feel of them, but I'm a wintel user at home and work, and I've never found anything comparable. My trips to Best Buy and Circuit City involve an obscene fondling of everything on display, and I'm always disappointed.
I have a Kinesis contoured model, and it survived very well so far (1.5 years). Takes a while to get used to, but is very good for the wrists and has improved my typing speed quite a bit...
I'd pay $100 for a new USB Northgate Omnikey Ultra, if such a thing existed. I have no idea what happened to my first one; I guarantee you it didn't break.
For all of you missing your Northgate OmniKey (or OmniKey Ultra), this remake has gotten a lot of good press (one writeup said the mfr had contacted the OmniKey patentholder): http://www.cvtinc.com/kybdfeatures.htm
NEC APC-H4100E, with an AT-style plug.
Gateway had a kind of Omnikey for a while which I used but its gone the way of all flesh (and ABS) now.
it's your hands, dude. spending hundreds of dollars to avoid serious
Actually its the mouse that gives me greater problems, as I was trained in typing (and shorthand), I can type for hours without it worrying me.
Hello, I recently received a Northgate Omnikey 101P keyboard.
I recently dug out my old (1990's) Omnikey Ultra to use with a PC. I originally purchased it for my Amiga 2000 which is now dead and buried.
Scans of the manual for Omnikey ULTRA DIP switch settings
Apple Pro USB keyboard :)
Does anyone have updated links to information on the OmniKey Ultra keyboards? Both links listed above are D.O.A.
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