Beast’s old keyboard is getting very old. I bought it while I was teaching in the Arctic back in 2005. I have written thousands of blog posts and documents since then and it has been flawless. The secret’s in the sauce. Each key is mechanical with 2.3mm (more or less) travel and nice tactile feedback. You don’t have to “bottom out” to know you’ve clicked the key. Each key is nicely dished so finger-tips have a place to live. The keyboard is on a steel frame with curvature so fingers don’t have to reach quite so far. These features save stress and time. Students who have tried it can type about 25% faster on it than a typical flat keyboard from Dell. I can’t live without it. Going back to a flat elastomer keyboard is a recurring nightmare. Fujitsu no longer makes a model like this. The only flaws in the current keyboard are that it’s PS/2, the decals are wearing thin and the pips on the “F” and “J” keys that allow a touch-typist like me to position my hands by feel are polished off. I have to think about where the hands go or look… I could build the pips up with some epoxy or buy a new keyboard.
Today, I found Cherry still does make a similar model. It’s USB! Cherry recommends a price of ~$140 but NCIX sells it for $80. What’s not to love?