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Weekend Open Forum: What type of keyboard do you use?

By Matthew
Sep 10, 2010
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  1. There have been several noteworthy keyboard launches in recent weeks, including the Logitech G510 and Razer BlackWidow. We're working on a review of the former and that should be out next week, but in the meantime we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to see what TechSpot members are typing on and why.

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  2. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 130

    I use a Saitek Cyborg :/
    I hate it, the keys have to be pressed really hard to trigger the input and the overall feel is plastic and cheap. On top of this the software it comes with also sucks and has a very limited use
     
  3. I have used a "Deck" red lit keyboard in PS2 format for 4 years and love it for feel and dark room gaming or surfing
     
  4. motrin

    motrin TS Enthusiast Posts: 156   +8

    the one that came with my computer.....

    pls link to others that are 4sale pls!
     
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,386   +480 Staff Member

    I use the Logitech MX-5500 keyboard and mouse combo MATT

    I like it, its wireless, the keyboard is nice to type with and I can own bronze league StarCraft II players with it.
     
  6. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Maniac Posts: 378

    I have the NICE Saitek Cyborg. multiple colors, nice feel and very reliable.
     
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,568   +335

    As Matt mentioned, I use the MS Natural keyboard though I wish they sold it standalone in wireless version. I think I'm on my third Natural 4000 now, both because I like it and because it tends to lose its solid feel over time. I'd go for a keyboard with mechanical switches if I didn't favor the ergonomics of the Natural over anything else.

    As for laptop keyboards, I'm a big fan of ThinkPads but thankfully numerous other laptops carry good quality keyboards these days.
     
  8. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Enthusiast Posts: 237   +11

    Right now I am using an OCZ Alchemy Elixir that I got for a dollar after MIR. I like the texture of the rubberized keys, and the multimedia and application shortcut keys. It also has 10 programmable keys, which I have not yet used.

    For several years before this one, though, I used a Saitek Gamer's keyboard. It was one of their first backlit keyboards, and may have had the best key feel of any keyboard I have ever used. It was quiet, too. It included a separate programmable keypad that I rarely used. It looked awesome, but since on these original models the backlight shined around the keys rather than thru them, they were not readable in the dark. I still have it as a backup, and use it at my repair bench when working on other computers.
     
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    Using my good ol' Logitech G15 V2. Got it on sale for $50 CAD($48 USD) And it's one of the best PC investments I've ever made.
     
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,905   +715

    Logitech G15 ( version 1 and 2) primarily + a couple of older PS/2 OEM kb's for entering the BIOS of the occasional motherboard that doesn't have USB enabled by default.
     
  11. ruben1992

    ruben1992 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    As a lefty I like Razer stuff, so I Have a Lycosa.
     
     
  12. Microsoft curve 2000 cause I'm cheap yo.
     
  13. Steelseries 7G
     
  14. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    Would you say you prefer the V1 or V2 of the G15? I've tried both and although most people say they prefer the V1 I find it too bulky and the V2 to be sleeker and more modern looking.
     
  15. simple old wired Logitech keyboard still serving me.
     
  16. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Enthusiast Posts: 130   +7

    I use an A4Tech X7 G600 keyboard on my computer cause pressing the keys feels good, I like it's rugged look and it's a gaming keyboard that i use for gaming sometimes. It even has settings that can be changed with the press of a button (normal-accelerate-speedy-turbo). No drivers or software needed ;-)
     
  17. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,356   +402

    I also use the MS Natural Ergonomic and have since the first year they came out. Great keyboard...
     
  18. seronx

    seronx TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Razer Lycosa (The old one without the fuzzy cable)

    I'll be upgrading to the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate to get the USB 2.0 passthru

    Lycosa only has 1.1 :(
     
  19. Logitech Illuminated

    Probably the only keyboard I will ever use until Logitech stops making them.
     
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 981   +31

    Like most of the staff, I use a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.
     
  21. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,059   +76

    I use a good old A4T classic KB, however, I did tried X7 G800 which is still lying around gathering up dust somewhere.
     
  22. razer lycosa and a old apple hite keyboard with the raised keys
     
  23. Tazo The Vault

    Tazo The Vault TS Rookie Posts: 25

    My laptop's standard Microsoft eHome. It works well enough, though like the rest of my case, it's a fingerprint magnet, and thus my sole motivation for not attracting federal attention. There's no software for wiping infinite fingerprints off of a comp chassis.
     
  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,905   +715

    I actually prefer the V1 in stock form. The V2 is probably a little more refined. but I find that I miss having the extra programmable keys (game and benchmarking applets as well as some online auctioneering macros). The stock orange backlighting isn't to my taste either- nor many other people judging by the number of blue LED mod conversions I've done.
     
  25. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    MS Sidewinder X4. Was cheapest illuminated keyboard by far, and it's kinda grown on me. Very handy multimedia keys, dedicated calc button, and anti-ghostign capabilities that beat the G19 even. And pretty nice feel too. :)
     


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