Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 16:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The Minuum keyboard, through its simplicity, improves your touchscreen typing. Existing keyboards leave you barely enough screen to interact with your apps, and you can't enjoy typing on them. Minuum eliminates the visual clutter of archaic mobile keyboards by adapting the keyboard to a single dimension." You have to watch the video. This is yet another example of a strength of more open platforms - like Android - that often gets overlooked: the ability to experiment with core aspects of the operating system. Whenever someone says there are no Android-exclusive applications, they conveniently overlook things like this. No other platform has stuff like this, and I certainly miss this experimentation on my 8X.
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RE[2]: no no no
by ssokolow on Mon 18th Mar 2013 18:52 UTC in reply to "RE: no no no"
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I've seen glowing praise for those IBM-style clicky keyboards over the years, and even considered getting one (especially after getting RSI from my HP ultrabook's chiclet keyboard).

But my work is based on audio-conferencing: I couldn't have other people hearing all that clicking while we're trying to speak.

Mechanical switches don't need to bottom out to register and even the "clicky" Cherry MX Blue switches are quieter than the sound of the quietest membrane keys I've ever found.

(With membrane keyboards, you have to bottom out the keys to ensure they register, which means slamming them into the backboard and wasting energy making noise. With mechanical switches, they register at about half-press by design and you can feel (tactile) and/or hear (clicky) most types.)

Furthermore, some keyboards have the option to come with O rings on the key stems so you don't bottom them out and make noise and you can easily retrofit any Cherry MX-series switch with an O ring. (Just buy a $3 keycap puller or take a loop of dental floss if you're desperate, pull straight up on the keycap, slide the ring onto the circular stem on underside of the key (not the +-shaped stem it mates with on the switch), and then replace the keycap and press all the way down to seat the ring)

As a comparison, I'd say that when I type softly enough to avoid bottoming out my Cherry MX Blues, it sounds to be about as loud as scrunching up a plastic shopping bag. (I don't currently use O rings, hence the "when I type softly enough".)

Here's a good starter guide to all the details about choosing a keyboard and how various mechanical boards stack up:

(I'm using a Rosewill RK-9000I which, unlike that page's claim about the normal RK-9000, does have laser-etched labels on the keycaps)

This post goes into more detail about which O rings to use, providing links to two sellers... though McMaster-Carr only accepts non-U.S. orders from established clients:

Edited 2013-03-18 18:59 UTC

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