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What Keyboard Do You Use?

I was writing a post earlier tonight about my new keyboard which I'm really enjoying.

What are you typing on? Do you like it? Share your keyboard and what you like about it.

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Tina Huynh

At the moment I have the Logitech G613 but have always had my eyes on the Keychron keyboards for how compact it looks and feels.

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Tomasz Frankowski

I was using Logitech MX keys before and got myself Keychron K2 this week, and I have to say that even throuhg the clicking sound is very nice, the customizability here is a joke. There's no way to reprogram the fn or the screenshot button and that's really awkward as many accents in languages are written using the right option key that this keyboard is missing.

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Nick Taylor Author • Edited on

Maybe there is something you can do to customize it like Karabiner-Elements?

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Tina Huynh

Interesting I've never heard of Karabiner :o is there a linux version?

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Tomasz Frankowski

The karabiner works fine for all of the keys, except of 2- screenshot and fn which most probably is hardcoded into the keyboard

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Tina Huynh

Oh really? What keyboard would you recommend instead of the keychron keyboards?

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Tomasz Frankowski

I'm going back to Logitech MX keys. I knew it was good when buying it, but I underappreciated how good!

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ssherlock • Edited on

I had the first Keyhron keyboard, the K1 and it was awful. US layout (I'm in the UK), noisy keys and dodgy bluetooth. I did love the lights and how compact it was though (and soon got used to switching between uk and us layout so I could use the £ key when needed).
It didn't last long though as the keys really weren't that great.
All that said they have moved on a lot with many models since the K1. So if you live somewhere you're not going to get hammered by import tax then they may be worth a shot.

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Tina Huynh

Interesting points....thanks for sharing

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Andrew Baisden

Also been looking at Keychron keyboards for a while.

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Patrick Wendo

The Keychron is also what I want to move to. Not even sure which, but I just know it's keychron

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Tina Huynh

Yeah haha I hear that a lot

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Al

I just recently got Keychron K2 - love every second of working on it

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Nick Taylor Author • Edited on

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Thanks for sharing!

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Danielle Mayabb

I run an ErgoDox EZ with Kiwi switches from TheKeyDotCo and Cyberspace keycaps from Kono. It took a little getting used to, but now I can't imagine typing on anything else.
Ergodox keyboard

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mephi

Wow! I guess, I'm in love with that keyboard. But sadly, it is out of reach for me. Maybe, one day, when I have a real software engineer job, I can get one.

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Alex Lohr

I'm using a Logitech MX keys keyboard, after they discontinued the K310 series. It is rather silent and has a nice smooth feedback, plus the interesting ability to work with multiple devices.

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Arjen Postma

Glad to see someone else using the same keyboard! I love the ability to quickly switch between devices

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Nick Taylor Author

Thanks for sharing!

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Jenuel Oras Ganawed

when I started to know about mechanical keyboards, I was curius why people liking it. So, I bought a Roral Kludge 84. I am using windows 10. After connecting it to my laptop, all the fn shortcut works properly on my system.

The keyboard is nise too, I like typing on it. I saw youtubers mod their keyboard, but I think I dont need to mod mine. It works and sounds just fine.

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Jenuel Oras Ganawed

Royal Kludge 84 hehe

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Ian

2 IBM Model Ms... can't beat buckling spring keys =)

Couldn't decide which colour, so bought one for each office.

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Jason F

I built a cheap 65% mechanical keyboard. I got the PCB + case from ebay. I put some Gateron blue switches on it and some keycaps I picked up from Etsy. I also have a tenkeyless Keychron with Cherry MX red switches and a Ducky Mini with Cherry MX brown switches. I tend to use the one I built the most. I like that it's backlit, however, I may put some linear switches on it, the blue switches are....loud.

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Jason F

Thanks, it was a hyperfixation for all of about two months. Now I've got four mechanical keyboards laying around (forgot to mention my Royal Kludge in my initial post), and about 100 or so brand new Gateron blues. If you want em, I can let them go on the cheap.

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Heitor Ramon Ribeiro

Custom Keychron Q1

  • Domikey Caps
  • Lubed Panda Switches
  • Keyboard mods, sound damping, raiser

keyboard

All done by mamaswitch.store/

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Josafe Balili

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Jakub Stibůrek • Edited on

I've been in the mech keeb rabbit hole for some time now. I had a couple pre-built kbs and for about two months now I'm using my custom built from scratch keyboard. It's called Kyria and it's an ortholinear split keyboard. I've never had better kb in my life.

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JoelBonetR

I wrote a post about that in the best keyboard I had for coding 😁

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Nick Taylor Author

Awesome and thanks for sharing!

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JoelBonetR

TY! didn't know that, much appreciated! 😁

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Michael Tharrington

And I shared a comment on said post about my keyboard, haha!

Well, I don't think mine is necessarily the most ergonomical or best keyboard by any means, but I have one of these from Lofree + the mouse:

lofree keyboard and mouse

It is pretty dang stylish and I like the clickiness of the keys. But, after about 3 years, mine is starting to break down, so I might be in the market for a replacement soon. Gonna have to consider this Logitech that you're talking about!

Well, since posting about my keyboard (which I noted was kinda on it's way out), I ended up buying a new Lofree keyboard.

I found a used one on Mercari for $35 so I'm kinda taking my chances... hopefully it's in good shape and none of the keys are wonky!

But yeah, it looks a lot like my other one with just a few color changes. Still got the teal in there though so it'll match my mouse!

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JoelBonetR

hahahah plot twist!

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Ben Sinclair

A Drevo Calibur v2 Pro

I'm not sure what's "pro" about it, I think that means it has bluetooth as well as working with a cable or some such. It's a sort of 65% (no function keys, no keypad) in a slightly unusual style with hardward toggle for mac/windows layouts as far as the control keys go. I don't use that function like I thought I would.

It has blue switches and sounds like a typewriter. It has magnetic feet which are actually really cool - I always end up snapping off the little flip-out plastic ones that are so common or replacing them with rubber.

It's fully RGB and though I get strobing effects when I move my eyes along it, I don't tend to look at it while I'm typing so it doesn't matter. It's black, and I have a mostly light pastel-ish sort of colour theme going on with a few differences: Caps Lock is red (and mapped to escape), Tab and arrow keys are green, Enter is pink. Don't have a camera on me right now.

Overall, I'd say it's a really good keyboard. Cost about £35 on ebay as an open-box return a couple of years ago.

I'd like different keycaps, but it's ISO, and it's really difficult to get keycaps for proper keyboards - most manufacturers only think about the US, and I can't get used to that layout.

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Nick Taylor Author

Thanks for sharing!

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Luiz Ferreira

I'm using a Keychron K8 and I love it!
Mechanicals, comfortable and have background LED's.

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Nick Taylor Author

Awesome!

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Christian Engel

The built in keyboard of my laptop.

Why? Well, because its there. I can use it whenever I open my laptop and dont need to carry extra stuff around.

And most important: its silent. I cant stand keyboard noise when I type.

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Devin W. Leaman

I use the ZSA Moonlander MK I and love it to death. I even wrote a li'l blog post on how I set it up when I first got it.

Back in February I placed an order for a CharaChorder One as well, but it has yet to arrive. Whenever it does, I'll be giving my full attention for a while and then write a blog post on it.

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Ivan Pozderac

Using AnnePro2 with gateron brown (those suits me best for programming) for 2 years now, would buy again! Bought and changed some keycaps.

Eyeballing Keychron and Ducky ones for a while.

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Awesome!

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Bram Hammer

Steel series apex pro, really love it!
However any mechanical keyboard would suffice for me. Maybe I just haven't found the holy grail but most of them kinda feel the same just sound different (sorry...).

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Waylon Walker

I use a corne, its a split columnar 40%. Took about a day to get used to the split columnar layout, and months to get the 40% right. I totally expected that to be the other way around. the split columnar layout is not as weird as it looks and is so damn comfortable to type on.

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Nick Taylor Author

Nice!

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Peter Vivo

MacBook Pro 13 (2019) keyboard with labelled hungarian, but I use english keyboard ... so couple of label uninformative. Y = Z and reverse.

But main reason is touchpad and touchbar, whole computer is great for digital nomad usecase.

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Rosemary Ly

I've been using the Keychron K2 (brown switches) for the past 2 years. Loving it so far! I enjoy the feel of the keys and the 75% layout really works for me. I am tempted to change the keycaps just for aesthetics and maybe even trying a smaller layout though.

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Diana Le

Just got a Keychron K5 with brown switches a week ago after using Magic Keyboard for years. It's my first mechanical and I'm loving it so far, although I had to order a 3rd party attachment for keyboard feet since it was too flat. It was really difficult to find a low-profile mechanical keyboard that still has the num pad.

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CyberJack

I recently switched to a X-Bows Knight Plus Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboard with Detachable Number Pad.

It takes some time getting used to, but I like it.

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Patrick Wendo

I am using a Redragon K552 Kumara. I got it cause I was into the full on PCMR hype. *are you a gamer if you don't even have a mechanical keyboard? (The answer is yes btw. You are a gamer if you play games, that's all there is to it.)

Anyway, tangent aside, I plan to go get a Keychron which I can build from scratch. I realise now that I really enjoy the modularity of the keyboard. Changing keycaps, changing switches etc etc. This is a weird hobby that I found out I really love recently.

***Off to learn soldering now. For keyboard upgrade reasons.

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Nicholas Prieto

I’m currently using the Keychron K3 low-profile keyboard with mint switches. It is honestly the best typewriting experience I’ve ever had. This is coming from someone that really likes linear switches.

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Nick Taylor Author

Nice!

Nice

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John Rock

I just picked up the Keychron K8 for my new setup and absolutely love it. Went with the red switches and it is hands down my fav keyboard so far.

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Ryan D. Lewis

I primarily use an old MCK-142Pro, which I actually wrote about a bit here! It's a solid mechanical keyboard with a set of 24 programmable keys and some other fun oddities, like a left-handed function key column and angle arrow keys.

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Matthew Daly

A Das Keyboard Professional Model S with the UK layout. Ideally I wanted the Ultimate, which has blank keys to help discourage you from looking at them, but they weren't selling them in the UK at the time.

I love it, it's the best keyboard I ever used. The action is absolutely perfect, it's rock solid and comfortable to use. I suffer from a degree of RSI but I can happily use it all day without issue. At a little over £100 it was a bit pricey, but it was well worth it, particularly now that I work from home part of the week and so can use it then. It is quite noisy though.

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P.S. Napier • Edited on

I use an Apple Magic keyboard, circa 2011. The iMac it came with is long gone, replaced by a custom Windows system. For about a year I went to a WASD 87-key mechanical keyboard, but I have tiny hands and stretching to hit keys was quite uncomfortable, and I wasn't as fast/accurate on it.

I hope Apple does a tenkeyless in the space-grey (or something else that suits my setup better) eventually, but until then I'll keep using this little workhorse! :D

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Dillon Headley

Ferris. Building a wireless Ferris sweep and planning to build a hand wired skeletyl.

Love my ergo setup

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Eric King

I'm using the keyboard that came with my pc because for me, there's honestly not enough difference between keyboards to warrant spending any time worrying about it.

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Jonas Petri

Same!

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Nick Taylor Author • Edited on

Nice!

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Kolja

Yes, and relatively quiet.

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Lucas Reis

Nuphy Air 75

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How are you finding the keyboard?

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Lucas Reis

After almost a month using it, I really liked the keyboard sound, the weight is light compared to my previous one (Logitech 917 tkl).

So far a solid 9/10

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Nick Taylor Author

Nice!

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Nice!

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pontakornth

Keycron K2. This is the first expensive thing I bought on my own from saving and money from activity. It's really good.

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The one that can type text

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Sandilya Bhamidipati • Edited on

I use a magic keyboard and trackpad. I put them together as 1 unit and carry it around.

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