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Quote:> I'm looking for a good quality keyboard (3-5). I found a wonderful
> keyboard about a year ago (the NMB RT8255C+) but it was discontinued
> in December for a Windows keyboard and now that's all they sell :-(.
I'm not familiar with the RT8255C+, but NMB has a model RT-8200W which is
fairly good, with mechanical keyswitches and a decent feel. I've just
bought one to give to my sister, in fact. I got mine at Micro Center
(they're usually out of stock), but I believe ComputAbility
(http://www.veryComputer.com/) also sells them, or did a few months ago.
NMB also makes at least two other models that are junk, IMHO. The
RT-8200W has a split space key design; the left half normally functions as
a second backspace key, which I suppose could be good once you're used to
it. It can be reconfigured so both halves function as a space key,
though, so if you don't like it, it's not that big of a deal. NMB has a
web page, BTW, at http://www.veryComputer.com/.
Keyboard preference is a *VERY* personal matter, of course, but IMHO the
best keyboards around were the Northgate OmniKeys. Sadly, Northgate's
gone out of business (and I bought two of the last ones I could find, one
for use at work and one as a spare), but I've heard another company,
called Avant, has taken to manufacturing the design. Check
http://www.veryComputer.com/~fhalden/favorite.htm for some information on this.
I can't be sure that Avant hasn't changed things, but the Northgates I've
got have substantial mechanical keyclick, both tactile and auditory, and
take a bit more pressure to engage than the keys on the NMB RT-8200W.
They're also one of the few keyboards that can easily be switched between
the traditional "QWERTY" layout and the "Dvorak" layout, if you're into
Quote:> What I liked about this keyboard was that it wasn't mushy/springy.
> With cheap keyboards I find myself accidently mashing the keys as
> I rest my fingers on them....the NMB model above has a definite
> click after you push it in a certain distance and that is exactly
> when the "letter" appears....not before or after...really cuts down
> on my keystroke errors....I think they call it a mechanical type
Yeah, there are two basic designs: Mechanical switch and membrane. In
membrane keyboards, the physical key that you depress hits a big
*ish mat that's pressure-sensitive. These are cheaper to make but
tend to be "mushy," and give little tactile feedback. I suppose this is
OK if you're a hunt-and-peck typist, but people who can really type tend
to prefer the mechanical switch designs. Of course, there's lots of
variability in both types of keyboard.
Rod Smith Author of:
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