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Mechanical keyboards - rediscovering the joys of typing
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Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 17:19 IST (last updated: Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 17:19 IST)
Wow... after a long time, a proper article on this blog again! Actually this blog post is a result of my discovering the joys of typing on a mechanical keyboard.
Inspired by a few recent blog posts including one about the classic IBM Model M from my friend, Dion Moult, and also encouragement from my brother who is a fan of mechanical keyboards in general and the DAS keyboard in particular (being a full-time programmer who has to type 8-9 hours a day), I decided to make the switch to a mechanical keyboard. Unfortunately most mechanical keyboards are quite expensive and not available directly in India (the price tag in USD makes it more expensive in India with the current exchange rates and overseas shipping charges adds to the price). Luckily, there is one manufacturer of mechanical keyboards in India: TVS Electronics. The TVS-e Bharat Gold keyboard is relatively inexpensive and locally available. So it was my obvious choice. I went ahead and ordered it on e-bay and it arrived today.
It is a pure pleasure to type on this keyboard which uses Cherry MX Blue switches. The construction feels solid enough, and the clicky, springy feel is truly a joy after years of being used to bottoming out the keys on a membrane keyboard with little or no tactile feedback. I still press the keys a little too hard, but I am learning to reduce the pressure so as not to bottom out the keys. The added benefit of typing on a proper, full sized keyboard with separate Home, End, Page Up/Down keys and a numeric pad after so many years is a liberating experience.
A full review of this keyboard may be in order after some days of proper typing on this. In the meantime I might even goad myself to type a few more blog posts