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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:09 PM

I love the look of those keys! Not sure I would be comfortable using it myself however. Do you find yourself losing track of the keys that you're pressing?
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:23 PM

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Again - the lack of distinct number pad, arrow keys, insert->page down set, and printscreen-> pause weirds me out.


All of those are bound to FN+Key combos. I didn't like the idea at first either. Then I saw more and more people getting into them (on /r/mechanicalkeyboards) and I thought I'd try it out. First I got a TKL (tenkey-less), and that wasn't too bad. Took a while to get used to using the number row, because I had honestly never learned to type with it. Then I got my 60% board. It was a big adjustment, but I'm loving it now.

The main reason I like these small keyboards is that I have no hand travel at all when typing. I can actuate any key on the keyboard without moving my hands from the home row. That includes the arrow cluster as well as the home/end/pgup/pgdown/ins/del keys. Who would have thought that moving your right hand four inches over to the cursor keys would be annoying? But now that I've gotten used to it, it breaks my flow every time I have to use another keyboard.

To each their own.

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I love the look of those keys! Not sure I would be comfortable using it myself however. Do you find yourself losing track of the keys that you're pressing?


I like them too. They have a semi-spherical profile, compared to the normal cylindrical profile. The difference is, most keyboard keys curve from left to right, and have flat fronts and backs. These have a curve on all sides, and meets in a depression in the middle. Also, normal keys have different heights based on the row they're in. With these, they're all the same height. Which made installing them super easy (since I didn't have to separate out all the rows).

As for losing track...the F and J keys are slightly different, they have a deeper depression in the center (not visible in the picture, I hadn't put them in yet), so it's like the little bumps on a normal keyboard. It lets you find your home keys without looking. Because of that, when I'm touch typing, it's no problem at all.

For things like games, it's miserable. Which is why I'm switching it out with the one from work.

But it will force you to become a better typist, so it's worth doing if you're interested in that. Mostly I'm worried about the numeric symbol keys.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 29 April 2014 - 11:13 AM

This popped up in my feed.. it may get some of your mechanical keyboard juices flowing.

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We present a new type of augmented mechanical keyboard, sensing rich and expressive motion gestures performed both on and directly above the device. A low-resolution matrix of infrared (IR) proximity sensors is interspersed with the keys of a regular mechanical keyboard. This results in coarse but high frame-rate motion data. We extend a machine learning algorithm, traditionally used for static classification only, to robustly support dynamic, temporal gestures. We propose the use of motion signatures a technique that utilizes pairs of motion history images and a random forest classifier to robustly recognize a large set of motion gestures.
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http://research.micr...typehoverswipe/
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:43 PM

FYI - sellout.woot.com has your das keyboards fifty bones off for the day...

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Das Keyboard Professional Model S Mechanical Keyboard - (Your Choice)
$89.99
$139.00
DASK3MKPROCLI (MX Blue)
DASK3MKPROSIL (MX Brown)
DASK3MKPRORED (MX Red)

http://sellout.woot....nical-keyboards
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:19 AM

I love mechanical keyboards. I used to have das keyboard but I spilled wine in it :(

it was a cool keyboard. I loved it. I tried to learn Dvorak on it but never really got a good WPM count from it and gave up after a couple months because I was constantly reverting to qwerty
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:02 AM

I did get to play with one of these

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:58 AM

how was it? I always wanted one, they look so cool
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Posted 14 May 2014 - 05:06 AM

well it works fine however you constantly need to look at the keys
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 05:21 AM

oh, ya I imagine that would suck, hadn't thought about that
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:39 AM

They'll also bruise the tips of your fingers with extended use. Striking a flat, unyielding surface repeatedly at a high rate with your fingertips isn't a great idea.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:47 AM

Pfft.. rollup keyboards.. now that's a way to pound code.

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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:01 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 14 May 2014 - 01:43 AM, said:

FYI - sellout.woot.com has your das keyboards fifty bones off for the day...

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Das Keyboard Professional Model S Mechanical Keyboard - (Your Choice)
$89.99
$139.00
DASK3MKPROCLI (MX Blue)
DASK3MKPROSIL (MX Brown)
DASK3MKPRORED (MX Red)

http://sellout.woot....nical-keyboards

I have two MX Browns. Definitely fantastic keyboards.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:26 AM

View PostCurtis Rutland, on 14 May 2014 - 07:39 AM, said:

They'll also bruise the tips of your fingers with extended use. Striking a flat, unyielding surface repeatedly at a high rate with your fingertips isn't a great idea.

Ya, tell that to my guitar...
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:17 PM

For the record, those are the Das 3s. I've got one, they're great keyboards (mine is MX Blue, first Mech I owned). Don't use it anymore because I've moved on to smaller boards. (actually interested in selling it, PM me if interested in getting a used Das Pro 3 for significantly less than a new one).

Speaking of smaller boards, I don't think I shared my new favorite yet.

https://imgur.com/a/Aswye

I've sold off a few of my other boards and am using this at work now. I like the FN layer a lot better than the Poker II, and this has arrow keys that I do like. The FN+Arrows are bound to PgUp/PgDown/Home/End, which is quite nice (especially if you're used to a Mac keyboard). And the Topre switches are pretty impressive. Takes some getting used to, because their force profile is completely different, but very comfortable and significantly quieter than all the Cherry MX boards I've used.

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View PostCurtis Rutland, on 14 May 2014 - 07:39 AM, said:

They'll also bruise the tips of your fingers with extended use. Striking a flat, unyielding surface repeatedly at a high rate with your fingertips isn't a great idea.

Ya, tell that to my guitar...


Oh, I can attest to the left-hand's finger bruises from playing until you build some callouses.
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Re: Mechanical Keyboards

Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:29 PM

View Postxclite, on 14 May 2014 - 01:01 PM, said:

I have two MX Browns. Definitely fantastic keyboards.


Mine arrived today. Much liking.
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