My old keyboard gave up the ghost the other day and I had been relying on the somewhat-adequate Amazon basic keyboard since. In the meanwhile I did some research on getting a new keyboard and had a few places convince me to give mechanical keyboards a try, especially since they’re supposed to be better for people who do a lot of typing. Which I do. Apparently.
So today I got my new Nixeus keyboard, prancing into the room while my wife wondered aloud why a grown man of my gravitas would be excited about getting a new keyboard.
Typing out this post is the first thing I’m doing on it. It’s faster and easier to use, for sure, although the board is much “chunkier” than my old one. It’s also smaller, lacking the ten number keys on the right-hand side. That will be better for my desk, which wasn’t big to begin with and has to hold my computer tower in addition to the mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It might require some relearning of finger memory, since I used the side numbers to do graphics resizing.
It’s also louder. I guess that’s a good thing? Some people like it more. I am indifferent to that — both quiet and loud are fine, although it will make typing while podcasting problematic (mute switch!).
Some people claim that mechanical keyboards are better for gaming. Again, I’ll have to see and chances are that I’m not leet enough to notice the difference. But I do appreciate a keyboard that works and doesn’t hog the entire desk.