A Keyboard To Love

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?

see Cherry G80-3000 Black Switch MX Technology 104 Key Mechanical Keyboard – White.

see Cherry’s website (Chinese)

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to A Keyboard To Love

  1. Somebody wrote, “It’s the Linux operating system, running with the Linux kernel. “

    Your kids must have funny names like Sally Sally… That would be cruel. You should call them Sally Somebody. That’s customary, a personal part and a familial part. Operating systems should work like that too. Where have I seen that before? Oh, yeah, That Other OS 3.1, ’95, ’98 etc. They are not all called just That Other OS. See, “That Other OS” is the familial part and those others are the personal parts. GNU is the family and Linux is its heart. We love it. If it had a heart transplant we could call it GNU/Hurd etc.

    Stop telling me what to say/write.

  2. Please stop referring to the Linux operating system as “GNU/Linux” … that’s not what it’s called. It’s the Linux operating system, running with the Linux kernel. Stallmanesque whining does not change this.

  3. Michael Rudas says:

    There’s always the updated “buckling-spring” IBM-style Model M keyboards from Unicomp. I’m tempted to order one right now!

  4. ram says:

    Cherry even makes a Linux keyboard. I’ve sold heaps of them with matching Linux systems. The only downside is that Cherry’s Linux keyboard doesn’t light up. A light up Linux keyboard would be perfect!

  5. dougman says:

    According to M$, touch screens and Surface computing is all the rage, but they cannot sell a single item.

    Keyboards and mice are not going anywhere for a long while.

  6. Agent_Smith says:

    We don’t have such nice things here anymore. Only cheap Chinese keyboards (which are awful-but, they are the only thing around…)

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