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Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby WolvesOfTheNight » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:45 pm

For the most part I find that the keyboards that come with computers are cheap peaces of junk, especially the dell keybaords that have overrun the place where I work. I have found that the clicky keyboards (old IBM Model-M) are some of the best keyboards out there, so I have one of my own that I use at work. However, they have the drawback of being rather noisy. Mine can drive my current office mate nuts. I can really sympathize with this since there are some backgound noises that can drive me nuts.

So, any suggestions as to a good, sturdy keyboard with a good feel? I am looking for a generally no-frills keyboard. No speakers, cables, displays, etc (with the possible exception of a built in toaster or espresso machine). For the most part, when I go looking for good keyboards I find that most sources of information are overrun with people promoting their special keyboard...
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby legalize » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:56 pm

I like the Microsoft natural keyboard myself. I like the split ergonomic design and its sturdy but not overloaded with unnecessary crap. I've used these for years and not had any problems with them at all. I've had to clean the keycaps and underneath the keys (cookie crumbs, etc.) occasionally, but other than that they just keep on working. I've dropped them on the floor numerous times with no ill effects.

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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby japes » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:42 pm

I'll second the MS Natural. I have a PS/2 version at work that I've used for a LONG time, probably 10 years or more. I picked up a USB version for less than half the cost of my PS/2 a couple years ago right before they stoped making them with standard inverted-T arrows and the old standard INS/HOME/PGUP/DEL/END/PGDN layout. It seems just as good as the original. I've stayed away from their new ones, mostly because I use too many different machines to have one keyboard with completely different arrows.

That all said, some might not want the split design, and the older ones take a good chunk of desk space. The other keyboards I'm currently using are the new flat apple keyboard and a sun usb keyboard from a SunRay. The apple works pretty well once you get used to it, but it's really flat. I have a Logitech wired PS/2 keyboard I like that is also flat, laptop style keys.

The sun keyboard feels pretty good and it's on my Windows 7 machine, the only issue there is key layout. It only has CTRL on one side which is a problem when using VirtualBox (host key is the RIGHT-CTRL, and I don't have one!). It also doesn't have a windows key labeled (but one of the keys works for it. No context key, but I don't really use that one anyway.

I have a stack of keyboards in the closet and I've had different favorites over time. My wife doesn't like the split ergonomic design and I don't have space for it anyway right now. Unfortunately my current favorites are all for non-windows platforms which is tough because the key bindings are so handy.

I'm interested in what others favorites are, especially in the wired windows world.
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby D-EJ915 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:42 pm

do you want PS/2 or USB? for PS/2 you can get a dell at101 (search for 227KN) on ebay for pretty low prices, it's not too loud although yeah louder than a membrane keyboard would be. For USB and a membrane (rubber dome) the SGI usb ones are pretty good, they're like $15 on ebay but are all ISO layout (105 key) if I remember. For a USB non-membrane keyboard the ABS M1 keyboard is pretty cheap on newegg.
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby WolvesOfTheNight » Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:11 pm

I don't think that I will go with the split design, thought I have considered some of the ones that are split and have the cup like layout.

Dell: I would really like something with a better feel than the standard cheap dell keyboards. It looks like the 227KN is better than the new ones. However, I ought to be able to do better. Given that I will be using this keyboard for a large chunk of time I don't think over $100 will be an issue IF I am actually getting a good keyboard. PS/2 or USB does not matter; I have both ports.

Oh, and I would love a 227kN locomotive, not that I would know what to do with it.
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby iKitsune » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:28 pm

a SGI granite keyboard, as shipped with the Indy, is what I swear by. Good keyswitches, and not too loud.

Granted, my model M would get more use if the roommate could stand it sounding like a machine gun when I type.
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby D-EJ915 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:24 am

SGI one has some rubber parts on the switches that the dell doesn't

here's both of mine http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/ ... ll_sgi.jpg and the alps switches http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/ ... _black.jpg
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby WolvesOfTheNight » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:31 am

D-EJ915 wrote:SGI one has some rubber parts on the switches that the dell doesn't


Assuming the layout is OK, would you say that the SGI is better than the dell?

Thanks for the info!
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby D-EJ915 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:57 pm

No it just feels softer.
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby legalize » Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:18 pm

The best keyboard feel I've experienced was the keyboard on an NCD17 X terminal. I don't know why those keyboards always felt so nice, but they did. Still, these days I prefer a split ergonomic keyboard when I can manage it.

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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby R-ten-K » Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:19 pm

I have been using the new aluminum BT keyboard from apple, and I am pretty pleased with it. It is not everybody's cup of tea, but I prefer the ultra low profile to the split keyboards. It is very small so I can place almost anywhere on the desk...

Input devices (and monitors) are things that I don't mind spend good monies on, since I have to spend a significant portion of the time using them. Ironically, computers themselves are becoming commodity, to the point that once I find a monitor/keyboard/mouse combination they tend to outlive multiple CPUs ;-) (I still have my kinesis keyboard in the closet, that thing lasted me for years... alas I don't think I have a PS2-ported computer anymore).
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby skywriter » Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:29 pm

i also have the Apple aluminum BT keyboard. it's nice because it's quiet; i don't have to listen to my wife bang away at night. other than that i have no preference for keyboards anymore, it's best not to form attachments, in anything.
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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby hamei » Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:46 am

skywriter wrote: ...it's best not to form attachments, in anything.

You're taking up Buddhism ?

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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby noisetonepause » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:29 pm

I'd rather get new co-workers than a new keyboard - Seriously, every time I set down with my Apple Extended II and type my username and password, I let out a satisfied sigh. The joy of a good keyboard is second to very little (that happens in the office, at least).

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Re: Good quiet keyboards?

Unread postby hamei » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:01 pm

noisetonepause wrote: The joy of a good keyboard is second to very little (that happens in the office, at least).

So you're not a sanctimonious Republican governor, I take it ?


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