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Meet the CODE keyboard, designed and built by a programmer

By Shawn Knight · 17 replies
Aug 29, 2013
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  1. Programmers rely on their keyboard perhaps more than any other profession I can think of. When I heard Jeff Atwood, author of the blog Coding Horror and co-founder of coding Q&A website Stack Overflow, just launched a keyboard with the...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,037

    A dumb way to flog a product...

    Just because someone has been using a tool for his whole life, does not in anyway make him a specialist at creating or designing one. For example, one may ride a bicycle his own life and never have a clue how to design one.

    And yet suddenly, a programmer designs a keyboard - I don't see how or why this would be a good thing in any way. May easily end up with something that just won't last...

    I've changed many keyboards in my life, and the one I have now is Logitech K800, which is the best keyboard I've ever had.
  3. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 183   +13

    Sounds like a sweet keyboard. But honestly, it looks kinda plain. And also I am not really that picky on my keyboards. If I can type decently, I'm happy lol.
  4. I'd be willing to give this a go especially if the $ to £ ratio works out like it should and not overcharge just because you want to.

    At first glance I like the keyboard but then again I haven't tried it so I couldn't say I would use it over my current keyboards but still if the $ to £ ratio goes like it should I would definitely shell out to try this keyboard.

    I program but still learning (php, pdo) so I would like to try this as programmers know what they want in a keyboard!
  5. I currently use a Logitech G110, which I rarely make use of the additional keys. I think I'd prefer a quality minimalist keyboard like this one. However, $150 is way too much in my opinion. I would consider it at $80, maybe even $100.
  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    Don't know how good this keyboard actually is, but the guy didn't design it by himself. As stated in his blog, he partnered up with Weyman Kwong of WASD Keyboards. The likely scenario is that this keyboard was designed by professionals with feedback from Atwood. Regardless, you can't know if it's any good without trying it.

    Personally as a coder, I'm getting more and more interested in looking into ergonomic keyboards.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Not paying for this way to expensive. Looks like something outdated already. I use the Wave Pro by Logitech to program or I use standard keyboard with USB cord. Those two cost much less than this one.

    Clicks feedback when your type (you already should spot check your work less debugging)
    LED Amber Blue Lite Keys (should be able to type without seeing the keys anyway)
  8. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    I code databases all day and use a Logitech G19 and a G700... no way am I giving up my macros...
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  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    I like it, especially the fact that it comes with MX Clears (which is what makes it quite pricey I guess).
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    I too swear by the K800, which is paired with a Logitech Performance MX mouse.
    Arris likes this.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    This would be great if the price tag was <$100 and it wasnt so bland...
  12. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,248   +1,268

    Big fan of the Das myself, and I've had a few people buy it after my advise (probably quite a bit more if you count in-site recommendations :)). Since I was in need of a second mechanical keyboard and the Code release coincided with that I went for it before shipping was extended beyond September... which it is now.
  13. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    Built by a programmer but not for programmers... you see, programmers has no money. :)
    put it in $10 tag price :p
    trgz likes this.
  14. trgz

    trgz TS Addict Posts: 262   +69

    Yup, a bunch of user programmable keys for macros and/or convoluted key-stroke combi's (a la Visual Studio etc) ought, you would think, be a requirement for a 'coder's keyboard'. As for me, I simply need a keyboard that has a comfortable edge to the key as my LH little finger and thumb get sore from catching the corners of the Ctrl and Alt keys
    (and I was most amused at replying to your post when I effectively saw Quote/UnQoute at the top of my reply :))
  15. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    Expensive? That's minorly above average in the UK.

    For us, a CM Storm Pro full sized keyboards, one of the cheapest you can buy here (One UK version with red switches) costs about £70. That's about 110USD.

    In USALand, it's about $70 for MX Blues. Or about £43.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    When all is said and done it looks like just another keyboard, nothing special. Some people will buy it only because they translate the ridiculous price into the best kit available, take the Mad Catz Strike 7 for example, some people only buy it because it has a screen and looks a bit different but for no other reason yet they'll fight tooth & nail unsuccessfully trying to justify the cost.
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if we see peripherals marketed just for us forum members to make posting easier if manufacturers thinks it'll make them a bit of money.
    Judging from the price of this thing I just see it as a legal scam.
  17. If he really made this for programmers, the home/end keys would be closer. This is just another average keyboard.
  18. Too plain? That is one of its best features. A keyboard that is a keyboard, that doesn't look like it can drive the Starship Enterprise, and quiet, solid keys with backlighting. Tis expensive, but I would give it a look. Don't hate much, but do hate the overwhelming majority of keyboards out there.
    madboyv1 likes this.

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