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Choose your own keyboard/mouse

Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:58 PM

So I've finished round two for a web developer job and at the end of the interview, I was told, "most employees bring their own keyboards or mice in. Feel free to bring what you want."

I've never given my keyboard or mouse much thought really. What do you guys suggest? Should I be going for comfort? Form? Key spacing? Ergonomic? There's so much to choose from!
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:29 PM

I'm a huge fan of the LogiTech line. Especially the TrackMan marble instead of a mouse.
http://www.google.co...ed=0CFkQ8gIwBA#
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:40 PM

I have six of my favorite keyboard. I can type a TON faster on spring loaded keyboards. Anything common today is cheap junk.
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:51 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 11 November 2010 - 08:40 PM, said:

I have six of my favorite keyboard. I can type a TON faster on spring loaded keyboards. Anything common today is cheap junk.


True mechanical response is SO SWEET, I agree. What exactly do you have?
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:55 PM

I was trying to find a photo online. I believe they are called laser 1000. They had a nice key protector, flat plexi that folded down (like a laptop) to cover the keys.

All of these were collected over time, from thrift shops, for most likely $1 or $2 each.
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 10:18 PM

This is the one that i have and i highly recommend it, it's great!

It's a logitech.

http://www.amazon.co...0/dp/B000AY2L3U
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Re: Choose your own keyboard/mouse

Posted 12 November 2010 - 07:17 AM

View PostAlex6788, on 11 November 2010 - 09:18 PM, said:

This is the one that i have and i highly recommend it, it's great!

It's a logitech.

http://www.amazon.co...0/dp/B000AY2L3U


NOTE: Cordless is nice *unless* you are on a KVM so you can share the keyboard, video and mouse with multiple computers. Then it doesn't work so well.
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 07:24 AM

G15 Keyboard and the G7 mouse ftw. Both wired of course because competitive gaming doesn't work so well when your team is counting on you keeping them alive and your batteries die... True story.
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 04:24 PM

UNICOMP Space Saver

Probably the best keyboard I've ever had. Also probably won't need to worry about replacing it for about 10 years.

These are re-makes of the IBM Model M's (based off the same patent).

Probably not suitable for an office space though as they are obnoxiously loud.
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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:32 PM

Found it : Focus 2001 Keyboard

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:28 AM

This might be a dumb question but I have not been programming for very long. Does the keyboard make a big difference in terms comfort and productivity? I've noticed that many of you are using older models, is there an advantage to this type of keyboard that todays don't offer?
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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:33 AM

I've always felt that a spring loaded keyboard allows me to type more accurately, & therefor much much faster. Because the key returns via a spring & mechanical mechanism, the key is ready for the next keypress remarkably (& noticeably) faster. Therefor when I am coding, & in the zone, I can really hash out some code.

My ex used to always say that when I typed on that keyboard it sounded like rain. Just a constant sound of clickity-klack like hard rain on the roof top.

Today's keyboards are made much cheaper (& also cost a lot less), & the keys are returned using a mushy, middle layer of soft, flexible material. They pop back into place rather than are pushed back into place. So they are not consistently ready for the next key press, which can sometimes cause me to either press the wrong key, or miss-type the current key a repeated number of times. Such as 2 becomes 3 or 2 is maybe just 1.
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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:37 AM

I might have to give the spring loaded model a try, I don't believe I have used one since I was very young. I haven't had any issues with my current keyboard, but there is always room for improvement.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 03:35 AM

Mechanical keyboards FTW!

Here's my old one. Got this about 9 years ago(didn't have a clue about these back then, a relative suggested that), still works great. Even the Key prints haven't worn out.

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When I built my new machine, I got the same model as the old one, only black.

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Both of them are non tactile Ritcomp 2098(Indian brand, quite unpopular & expensive). They're a bit noisy though.

P.S.: Overlook the dirt. :P
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Posted 18 November 2010 - 03:38 AM

I like the black one! When mine get to dirty, I take them apart, pull the PCB out, & run the entire thing through the dishwasher. I've also painted some of them.
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