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

By on September 10, 2010, 9:23 PM
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.

For a bunch of hardware buffs, the TechSpot staff uses some pretty lame keyboards. I've had a standard wireless multimedia keyboard by Logitech for many years, but it's nearing the end of its life and I'm giving serious thought to taking the BlackWidow for a spin when it ships next month. I've always wanted a mechanical keyboard.


Julio, Jose and Erik favor the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, while Shawn spices things up with the Logitech G15. Prefer the tactile response of mechanical switches? The curves of an ergonomic design? The aesthetics of slim, minimalist engineering? It's amazing how many variations of the same device are available. Discuss.




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Deso said:

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

Guest said:

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

motrin said:

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

pls link to others that are 4sale pls!

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Steve Steve said:

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.

PaulWuzHere PaulWuzHere said:

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

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

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.

mrtraver said:

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.

princeton princeton said:

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.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

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.

ruben1992 said:

As a lefty I like Razer stuff, so I Have a Lycosa.

Guest said:

Microsoft curve 2000 cause I'm cheap yo.

Guest said:

Steelseries 7G

princeton princeton said:

dividebyzero said:

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.

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.

Guest said:

simple old wired Logitech keyboard still serving me.

Mikymjr Mikymjr said:

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 ;-)

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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

seronx said:

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

Guest said:

Logitech Illuminated

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

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I use a good old A4T classic KB, however, I did tried X7 G800 which is still lying around gathering up dust somewhere.

Guest said:

razer lycosa and a old apple hite keyboard with the raised keys

Tazo The Vault Tazo The Vault said:

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.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

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.

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.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

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.

Guest said:

Logitech G15 v2. Money well spent

g4mer said:

Logitech Internet Pro keyboard. I love it!

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

i'm using a Gigabyte GK-K7100 slim laptop style keyboard for my desktop. absolutely love the slim minimalistic design. easy to press down, and makes for my main gaming keyboard too

mailpup mailpup said:

I use a standard 104 key PS/2 keyboard. Nothing fancy. I have various brands but at the moment I happen to be using an old Dell keyboard circa 1999.

SilverCider said:

Guest said:

Microsoft curve 2000 cause I'm cheap yo.

As do I

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Just purchased a Logitech Cordless desktop wave Pro. Cordless keyboard/Laser mouse. very happy with it. works great for FPS's and the KB has a great feel.

mike1959 mike1959 said:

Have been through a few keyboards, Iiked a white Microsoft 500 wired with ps/2 plug, keep it for a backup.

Had a Logitech Internet keyboard which looked the part, but the keys were very high resistance.

A local supermarket had the first stock of the 2010 Microsoft wireless 1000 Kbd & mse sets.

Were at half price for a week, it had to be bought! Keyboard has shallow action 'easy' keys,

plus 17 hot keys, 5 that can activate the first 5 icons in the taskbar on Win 7. No delay in action,

I don't remember using a better one. If this was about the most used keyboard in UK, it would have to be the standard minimal grey Dell, I see it in every office, library or shop I go in. Shame it's so poor.

Guest said:

i use microsoft digital media pro keyboard and microsoft laser mouse 6000 v.1

mrtraver said:

Have any of you Logitech users had issues with the lettering rubbing off of the keys? I had that happen on two older keyboards, and remember reading a lot of negative reviews on newegg from people having that problem with the original G15, so I have not even considered a Logitech keyboard in years even though i like the features. (Love their mice!)

twojpodlysyn twojpodlysyn said:

i use logitech ultra flat keyboard

Guest said:

I suppose I'm somewhat of a keyboard snob: I liked the old IBM "M" clicky-style, mechanical-switch keyboards. These days, I'm using this one: a Filco Majestouch Tactile Touch NKRO which has Cherry "brown" mechanical switches and N-key rollover -- possibly the best keyboard I've ever used (but, then, I'm not a gamer).

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

G15, V2. They're getting so cheap I'm thinking of getting a second one.

Swanen said:

Logitech G15, will probably buy a more regular next time.

gadzooks64 said:

Logitech K340 paired with my Performance MX mouse on a single micro-dongle.

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A 10 or so year old Microsoft Internet Keyboard on my main computer (no complaints, and I love how "clicky" the keys are) and one of those crap roll-up rubber keyboards on my other computer, simply because it is the only USB keyboard I own.

Rasta211 said:

Logitech MX 3200 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse (Worth buying refurbished for 44$)

-LCD Screen displays time and that's it. Not very usefull at all.

Mouse could not handle the clicking from a hardcore gamer, so replaced it with Microsoft Sidwinder X8. Mouse is larger and feels bulky when compared to the smaller mouses but you get use to it.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Currently I'm using a Microsoft Reclusa and I'm pretty happy with it. I previously had a Z board which worked quite well with its removable key-sets. The only reason I replaced it was due to it's lack of a back-light. Previous to that I had an original Microsoft Natural keyboard which lasted for a long time. Lastly my first PC keyboard was the packed in one that came with my Compaq Presario 425.

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Looks like we need a shootout!

Guest said:

I have a DasKeyboard and while I love it for typing I would never recommend it. They put an extremely crappy USB hub on the keyboard that causes all kinds of problems. Half of the time the keyboard won't initialize. When plugged in, USB mass storage devices will not be recognized.

Great keyboard, piss-poor implementation. Went round-and-round with tech support but they would not admit the obvious and, judging by responses I've come across on the internet, it's not like it's an isolated problem.

princeton princeton said:

mrtraver said:

Have any of you Logitech users had issues with the lettering rubbing off of the keys? I had that happen on two older keyboards, and remember reading a lot of negative reviews on newegg from people having that problem with the original G15, so I have not even considered a Logitech keyboard in years even though i like the features. (Love their mice!)

Those are the people who don't wash their hands :P With LED lit logitechs it shouldn't be a problem. Although my eyes are awful it seems the G15 V2 or G510 keyboards letters or numbers are actually a semi clear part in the plastic for the light to shine through.

Guest said:

Using the Logitech Illuminated keyboard one of the best keyboards i have ever used. Not sure when i will replace it.. its just excellent and very durable... been using it non stop for over a year and a half and still looks like the day i bought it.

Guest said:

I have used a wolfking timberwolf for 10 years to aid my mad FPS skills.They no longer make these so next year i'll prolly start using Razer lycossa keyboards

Guest said:

I use 2 SEAL SHIELD SSK107 Medical Grade Dishwasher Safe Keyboards. They're great because when one gets stickyed up i just grab the other one out of the dishwasher. I also have a custom dishwasher safe plexi skins for my monitor. PORN FTW!

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Erik Erik said:

No complains, it's my second Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. I've had non ergonomic keyboards before and I must say it's a big difference. You don't get those tired wrists after typing for long periods of time.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Guest said:

Logitech Illuminated

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

I'm with this guy here. I've been playing MW2 on this keyboard for awhile and I pretty much get 1st place every time, if not, then top 3 unless there are a bunch of (real) hackers players in the match.

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