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Pendragon
Jun 18, 2003

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~Coxy posted:

1) A "programmer's" keyboard. It should have separate keys for braces and parens at the very least, and spare function keys up the wazoo. Dual numpads would be nice too, but you can always buy a seperate USB numpad so that's not a big deal.
This is the closest I've found:

Programmer Dvorak

It's not a different keyboard, but a different layout that makes the unshifted number keys do parentheses, brackets, curly brackets, pluses, equals, etc. Numbers are typed using the shift key. This takes a LOT of getting used to, especially if you move the numbers around like the layout does (which actually makes a lot of sense once you get used to it). If you mainly program, it's a decent option. I use it on a programmable keyboard at work with a modified QWERTY layout, and it is very nice.

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Pendragon
Jun 18, 2003

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Lum posted:



This keyboard is the most comfortable I've ever typed on. Key press is very smooth, layout is fantastic, and you can dynamically remap the entire layout on the fly. I have trigger finger in my pinkies, and the fact that I can rebind any key and hook up a pedal and rebind the shift key has kept me able to type. Best $300 I've ever spent.

Pendragon
Jun 18, 2003

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Jiblet posted:

I don't suppose it's quiet is it?
It's around 180 though so there's no way I'd buy it without trying it out somewhere, and I can't think of a brick and mortar store in the UK that would let me try one out.

Depending on how hard you depress the keys, I think it's about average noise level: not as quiet as a laptop/scissor keys, not as loud as an Model M. Maybe slightly louder than a Dell. The keyboard does have an audible click made through an internal speaker that you can disable, although I leave it enabled so I know when the keypress is registered.

I doubt any store would carry them as it's pretty specialized. I bought mine without being able to try it out, and I don't regret it one bit. If you do have problems in your hands or wrists and type for a living, I recommend getting it. I promise you won't regret it.

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