So after years of typing considerable amounts everyday and over a year working at a job doing programming, I decided it was time to get a terrific keyboard. If you enjoy good keyboards or type a lot you probably has heard of it: daskeyboard.
The daskeyboard has no multimedia button, no programmable keys, and no lights (except for num, caps, and scroll lock). Just all the keys in their clickety clackity glory. For those of you that haven’t heard of the daskeyboard, the first thing you will be told about these is they are LOUD, like really loud. Well how loud can a keyboard be right?
Well when I was looking into getting one I saw they had a silent edition. “Hmm I like quiter things…”. Not to mention I would prefer the people in the cubicle next door not taking a sledgehammer to my nice new clickety clackety keyboard. So I did a little research and read that there was a difference in noise but not as much a difference in the keyboards themselves. The long and the short of it is that I got the silent edition.
AND I LOVE IT! First day back to work I emailed the IT supervisor and said I wanted one for the office because I didn’t want to take it back and forth with me everyday (all other keyboards feel like typing quicksand in comparison). Of course my counterpart at the company (there are two of us performing similar tasks) also wanted one.
Well we were told he would give it his best shot if we sent him the information to order them. I decided to get the silent edition again and my counterpart got the standard daskeyboard.
After having compared them…. there is quite a difference, not surprisingly the standard model is more responsive. Now before you laugh at me because I am the fool who ended up with two lesser quality keyboards (which are 5 bucks more too), I actually DON’T LIKE IT AS MUCH, though I recognize it is more responsive. They don’t feel good.
For the past 6 years I have used one of the saitek eclipse model keyboards, which in my opinion are among the best typing keyboards in their class (that is the gaming / multimedia class of keyboards littered with fodder from logitech and razor ). Saitek keyboards have keys with very smooth strokes. That is what I have always liked about them, and I was pleased that the silent daskeyboard was even smoother and also incredibly responsive.
Well the problem I have with the standard daskeyboard is it does not feel very smooth when you type. It feels as though the plastic part of the key travels a few millimeters before it hits the plunger and travels further. This feel very odd and cumbersome to me, not to mention the plunger requires more pressure than originally felt.
Fortunately I made out with the keyboard I liked better, even if I do admit it is the ever so slightly inferior keyboard.
So to those of you (or I should say ‘if any of you are’) reading this that might want a daskeyboard keep in mind that while the standard, original keyboard is ‘better’, it is different enough that you actually may not like it. Since the keyboards are sold online you are allowed to return them within 30 days of purchase, however I am still pleased with my choice and will continue to type with pride on my slightly quiter, slightly less responsive, daskeyboard silent edition.