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Old 07-18-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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Default A clickety-clack keyboard

I just ordered Das Keyboard Professional, sold by the description:
The Das Keyboard Professional provides the best typing experience combined with a modern glossy look and useful features.

Das Keyboard sports best-in-class German-engineered gold-plated mechanical key switches that provide tactile and audio feedback making typing a pure joy. Once you start typing, the tactile and audio clicks create positive reinforcing feedback. It makes typing fun and addictive. Newly added blue LEDs provide a slick look and the new USB hub allows you to charge and sync your iPod or iPhone. Fast typists and gamers will be glad to hear Das Keyboard has an n-key rollover function allowing up to 12 keys to be pressed simultaneously. Finally, the new Das Keyboard has an extra long USB cable that fits through your desk grommet and keeps your workspace neat and tidy.
It costs $129, so a bit more than some of my recent keyboards, but I look forward to a keyboard that makes a little clicking noise instead of muffled thunks. It also comes in a version with no markings on the keys — the Das Keyboard Ultimate, same price.

I will let you know how it is once I get it.

   
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I had a very nice ergonomic wireless keyboard which I absolutely loved - its only disadvantage was that it was rather big and took up a lot of desk space. Until it just stopped working.

Half a year earlier I'd bought a small laptop-size compact keyboard as a spare for only EUR 15. Its only disadvantage is that some letters are by now worn off (the most-used keys, of course: e, n, left shift, insert ad arrow-left are gone). No clickety-clack but it gives good tactile feedback and I can type fast (for me) on it. It even has some programmable extra buttons but I only use the volume and mute keys occasionally. I love how small and light it is, and how I can easily put it aside to make room for something else. My only regret is that I didn't buy more of these "spares"!

   
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I had a very nice ergonomic wireless keyboard which I absolutely loved - its only disadvantage was that it was rather big and took up a lot of desk space. Until it just stopped working.

Half a year earlier I'd bought a small laptop-size compact keyboard as a spare for only EUR 15. Its only disadvantage is that some letters are by now worn off (the most-used keys, of course: e, n, left shift, insert ad arrow-left are gone). No clickety-clack but it gives good tactile feedback and I can type fast (for me) on it. It even has some programmable extra buttons but I only use the volume and mute keys occasionally. I love how small and light it is, and how I can easily put it aside to make room for something else. My only regret is that I didn't buy more of these "spares"!
Yeah, now that you know you really liked it! I only seem to order extras of things that are a bit disappointing in the end.

I was looking for a new keyboard; this one may be too clickety-clack — guess I will find out. But I like that it is black and has a steeper angle than the one I am using. At least I think I will like the angle …

   
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I use a Matias USB 2.0 Keyboard. It has a 'clickety clack' keys. Interstingly, it has 2 x USB 1.1 ports AND a USB 2.0 port. So I can add a USB 2.0 hard disk or memory stick without any annoyning "you are plugging a high speed device into a low speed port" message.
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I use a Matias USB 2.0 Keyboard. It has a 'clickety clack' keys. Interstingly, it has 2 x USB 1.1 ports AND a USB 2.0 port. So I can add a USB 2.0 hard disk or memory stick without any annoyning "you are plugging a high speed device into a low speed port" message.
I hadn’t heard of this before, and found this review, which includes pictures of some of its interesting features. Among other things, the keycaps show the Option-key characters as well as the standard set; that must be useful. (I sometimes grope around looking for the dieresis or registration mark, both shown on the keys with this keyboard.)

The USB ports come at a price — you need to plug into two of the ports on the back of the Mac. But it might be worth it for temporary plug-ins — better than finding the ports on the back. But my ports are all in use with things that reject my USB hub (maybe I should just get a better hub!).

There is also a Matias mouse — have you tried that?

Should mention that this is Mac OS X only.

   
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I have a total of 8 USB 2.0 on my PC incl 2 at the front. I also have 4 on my monitor. I could add another two internal USB 2.0 ports to headers on my motherboard. So I am VERY well equipped for USB ports.

I have had this keyboard for a couple of years now and is the best one I've owned to be honest. Obviously I use the Windows version.

I have not tried their mouse - and am not likely to either! I much prefer to use a trackball. I use a MS Trackball Optical - the best mouse I've used, had it for years! Sadly, MS don't make trackballs anymore for some reason...!!!
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I have not tried their mouse - and am not likely to either! I much prefer to use a trackball. I use a MS Trackball Optical - the best mouse I've used, had it for years! Sadly, MS don't make trackballs anymore for some reason...!!!
Lack of popularity, maybe?

But did MS ever make them? Maybe you can find the same thing with a different label on it.

   
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Well MS definately did make them! Trackballs will never be as popular as standard mice, MS or not. That said, many swear by them as they reduce hand movements, great for combatining RSI. On the other hand, many find them difficult to navigate with. It took me a bit of getting used to using a trackball, if Im honest.

It's a damn shame MS do not make them any more. It seems i'm not alone in this sentiment, see below:

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_pe...d.cgi?microtrk

I guess I'll keep using mine till it finally does wear out.
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True but I love them. I got one with my Mac Plus in 1986 and have gotten one for ever computer I have gotten since then including laptops. It used to amuse me to watch people try to use my computer when they came into my office. Between having the buttons backward (being left handed I always reversed them), there only being a trackball (no mouse) and it was on the "wrong" side, most people gave up.

   
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Interesting security arrangement — and very low-cost! <g>

   
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