Recommendations for a mechanical keyboard?

Recommendations for a mechanical keyboard? …

Looking for something that’s Mac-centric. Has inverted T arrow keys. Don’t care about numeric keypad.

I guess USB is fine? And maybe a medium level of “clickiness?”

What do you like and/or recommend? Thanks!

p.s. I guess if it has cool lights or something that’s just gravy. :slight_smile:

I had this Das Keyboard model (with numeric keypad) for a couple of years. I liked it a lot, really liked the integrated volume knob and transport controls too.

Wirecutter has a good article about choosing a mechanical keyboard, and they also have a page of recommendations. (The Leopold extended models currently appeal to me.)

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Here’s my latest acquisition. I really like it.

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You probably don’t want a Planck EZ, which is what I recently picked up and love, although it is making me work to learn a new keyboard layout.

I heard about Keychron’s boards via Jason Snell/other podcasters after I got this Planck, and I might regret not hearing about them before…

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http://matias.ca/
Matias is old school and using the same switch (Alps switch) as Apple Extended Keyboard of the 90s. Their keyboard is as close as the original Apple keyboard as you can get without the LED gaming lights you see in gaming keyboards. Very reliable, works perfectly and has great build quality.

I wrote a personal impression about it years ago, if you have time to read it:

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I use an Apple Extended Keyboard II. :slight_smile:

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@bowline do you still have the Das Keyboard? If not, what did you switch to? Why?

The Das looks appealing.

My Das Keyboard started getting sticky keys after two years of hard daily use, and Das replaced it with a new keyboard for free. But I had honestly gotten a little worn out from the loudness of the Cherry-Blue keyswitch customization I had chosen, so when the replacement arrived I left it in the box and later sold it. I still like the keyboard and if I bought another I’d choose quieter Cherry-Brown keyswitches.

Thank you for the info. I was looking at the Cherry MX Brown switches, so this confirms that decision. I’ve ordered the Das.

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Das is a good choice but for Mac fans, I’d think that Matias would be a better fit for us because it uses Alps switches, which are way more similar in feel to Apple Extended Keyboard II.

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Das 4 for Mac with Cherry MX Brown switches arrived this week. Excellent. I have not had a mechanical keyboard of my own for years, and had forgotten how comfortable and fast typing could be. Makes the keyboard on the MBP feel like a toy.

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Congratulations. I got used to the keyboard’s volume and transport controls pretty quickly, still miss them.

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