I really want a new keyboard, I was going to go with a trad squishy one (probably a Logitech K800) but these mechanical keyboards have me intrigued. Trouble is, I can’t find anywhere that will let me try one! Three countries so far (Australia, Singapore, Cyprus) and nope, hands off our keyboards! Given the differences and subjective opinions on which of these Cherry key mechanisms is most suitable, I absolutely have to try one before I buy it, especially at those prices.
The closest I got was a Razor Blackwidow, where they helpfully cut a little hole where the arrow keys sit so you can… er… press them. Well that’s great, but it doesn’t really tell me what typing would be like on them; it’s a very personal thing. Of course the shop point-blank refused to let me open the box and actually try it, so naturally no sale. These were Cherry Blue keys, btw, and while they felt pretty good I worry about the noise! My wife might be hammering on my office door at night if all she can hear in the other room is clickityclickclick. I like keys that have either short travel (I’m used to laptop keyboards) or a positive feedback, but I don’t like reverberating click noises that cause all the birds in the trees to scatter.
I’ll be in the UK next month, so perhaps those guys will let me touch their keyboards. I know, it’s a bit up front, but I have to do it!