Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jul 2006 13:13 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Recently I had a chance to spend some time with the second version of the Das Keyboard. While this product is still plain black like its predecessor, a number of other changes were made in order to get it more in line with what consumers are looking for from an elite keyboard. The Das Keyboard is designed for power users who have the layout of a traditional keyboard memorized and interested in doing two things- increasing their typing speed and impressing their coworkers."
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chiwaw
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2006-02-05

"why most keyboards used to day cannot compete with one which is 20 years old"

Simply because it's not. Your brain is just wired to this specific keyboard by habit. My brain is wired perfectly to my Memorex keyboard, which is like 2-3 years old. If I type on your keyboard, I'm sure to generate a tons of typo.

Edited 2006-07-08 05:32

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ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

No, there's definitely been a huge change in the last 20-25 years of keyboards. Keyboards used to be an area of a lot of innovation, but the rubber plunger method pretty much completely killed that.

And it's not a horrible thing, it's:
1.) Cheap.
2.) Water resistant.
3.) Not awful..
4.) Quiet.

However, it also has no resistance after a certain point, so you tend to pound the keys against the plastic.
Also, rubber ages, and these keyboards die especially fast in lab environments (I'm not sure why, because I've used them more at home than most lab keyboards get and mine have lasted better). There's just something about lab environments that ruins these keyboards in short order. Of course, they never totally break, the key feel just becomes painful (literally, it hurts your fingers to type).

There is one thing I've seen as far as new keyboard technology, that's the "X" design by Benq. I have one, and it's nice, but unfortunately the plastic in the keys has worn smooth which leads to sticky fingers.

You can still buy a nice old-school IBM keyboard from unicomp, pckeyboard.com I think. This is my favorite keyboard yet.

And there are a few good rubber plunger keyboards. Most of the logitech ones are fairly nice. And memorex doesn't make a bad one either. But what ships with Dell's and the like is total crap.

It's probably not so much that the keyboard innovation dissappeared but that the market has been saturated with people who don't care. So, you don't here about the cool keyboards so much.

And yes, you have to get used to a keyboard, but that takes about 8 minutes.

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