I've gotten very accustomed to the back/forward buttons on my Logitech M570 trackball. Yesterday I sat down at another system and, aside from having to use a mouse and a crappy chiclet keyboard, I kept reaching for the back/forward buttons that weren't there. For an afternoon I had to get reaccustomed to using Alt + left or right arrow instead.
I have gone without my Das Keyboard for months now. I should buy
another one just for work.
I'm at the office today (not my home office, the one actually in one of our buildings) and am typing this message on a genuine IBM Model M keyboard. And I'm experiencing something I never thought I'd find: after a year of typing on my Das Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches, the Model M actually feels a bit mushy.
I know, I probably lose all sorts of nerd creds for even thinking this. But at least I'm not a faux-nerd like Randall Munroe.
speaking of cherry hardware....
Have any of us geeks picked up the Cherry Tree Borg Cube VR?
I wonder if there's enough room to put a full computer inside a Model M.
I'll bring it over for you to check out IG.
I didn't know Logitech made such a thing.
Oddly, I can't remember what I use at home. I like it, but I wish to have the clickiness without the sound (as weird as that may seem).
After trying out the Romer-G mechanical switches on the Logitech K840 ... they're nice, not my favorite, but nice. They are tactile enough for everyday use. The tactile response is produced by the keys bottoming out on the anodized aluminum base. This makes the response a firm "tap-tap-tap" rather than the "click-click-click" of Cherry switches, and that may be what some typists want, particularly those who type with heavy strokes.
Oddly, I can't remember what I use at home. I like it, but I wish to
have the clickiness without the sound (as weird as that may seem).
I thought you had a Das Keyboard, like I do? Those are available with Cherry MX Brown switches, which are tactile but non-clicky. (Mine has the Blue switches which are both tactile and clicky.)
They're a bit different, but I like Dell keyboards for the PC and Apple's stuff is also nice. Both are a bit softer than other options (such as amazonbasics, which I'm not such a huge fan of...)
Ah, yes, it is a DAS keyboard... just don't have one at work, so I couldn't look down to see it.
I like the feel... if the Cherry MX Brown has that feel without the sound, I should get one.
I don't know what it feels like, but that's what it's supposed to be like -- tactile bump without much of an audible click. Here's a two minute video [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp46JeDDTCw ] of someone demonstrating each key type.
I like the audible click, but you can get the Das Keyboard with either the brown (tactile non-clicky) or blue (clicky) switches.
If you've already got one model, then you already know the Das Keyboard is an excellent piece of hardware, worthy of being used by an old-school geek raised on IBM keyboards. Everything about it is good, from the heavy aluminum base, to the built in USB 3 hub, to the big volume knob and minimal media keys. And although I hate to admit it, I'm getting used to having the extra modifier keys in the bottom row -- but they're marked with the Das Keyboard logo instead of the Windows logo, so that's pretty cool.
Other OSes have picked up on that modifier key as well, and use it. It increasingly makes sense to use a different graphic for that key.