Typing On Cherry G80 And AEKII

I’m running some typing tests on the AEK and the Cherry g08 with the black MX switches.

The Cherry G80

cherry-g80.jpg I tried the cherry keyboard before and liked the keys. They are smooth and linear, and I felt that though they are a bit hard to press, not having the tactile sensation, actually kind of pushed my fingers up, and gave them the energy to move to the next key.

On the other hand, I didn’t like that the keys feel smaller than those in my AEK and Wasd code. My hands felt somewhat claustrophobic when typing, scrambling and twisting to get to the desired keys. Now since I type in Emacs, it means that I need to use modifier keys quite often. The layout didn’t help either. The bottom row is skewed to the left, so the modifiers are not aligned under the ‘z’ and the ‘x’ as they are in other, more conventional keyboards.

Apart for the keys, the cherry keyboard is pretty much crap. It’s very light, and feels to be constructed out of cheap materials. The touch-pad is a jock. It’s barely responsive, and won’t track my finger unless it moves slower than it would have taken me to go to the other room and bring a decent mouse. Overall, though I kinda like the black switches, I think I’ll prefer the browns, which require less force to press. So overall, this keyboard isn’t a keeper.

Apple Extended Keyboard 2

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And this is now the apple keyboard that I’m typing on, and the first impression is so much better.

Maybe, my only complaint might be that the keys aren’t linear. The blacks, which are linear feels very good, but they are a little too hard. It takes just too much force to push down the keys, and keep a fast typing pace.

Here, with the apple keyboard, typing feels good, but the tactile feeling is a bit weird. It’s like the keys don’t seat right, as if they are not perfectly aligned. The pressing of the key isn’t linear. It feels like there is some kind of a bump the the key pushes through, which gives a non harmonious tactile feel to the click. It feels like driving a car on pebbles. Just like you feel those vibrations coming from the rocky road, that’s how they typing on the AEK feels. My fingers absorb that vibration, caused by the push through this non-linear path the key does when it’s pressed down.

Chronicles of Addiction

6 months ago I listened to a podcast, and learned for the first time about this mechanical keyboard thing.

I was intrigued and began reading about it.

3 weeks later I bought a wasd code.

I kinda liked it, but not that much. The blue switches, together with the thin keycaps felt flimsy and hollow. The typing experience wasn’t what I imagined it to be.

More research, and I’ve learned about the different types of switches. I returned blues and replaced with a tenkeyless greens.

The sound and tactile feel of the green switches was better, but the typing experience still wasn’t there.

I’m looking for mechs on Craigslist and find this old Northgste keyboard. I google and find its an old classic. Trying to buy it didn’t work, but I’m getting hooked to old school keyboards. Shortly after, I venture with an Apple Extended Keyboard 2.

The AEK2 felt like a dream. But it’s 30 years old keys start to die one after the other.

I’ve turned into a keyboard doctor and gave it an open heart surgery.

I’m delving deeper into mechs, and spend hours at r/MechanicalKeyboards/.

I heard about Massdrop. This horrible site detached me from hundreds of dollars.

There is more to mechanical keyboards than just the switches. As it turned out keycaps is an entire area that I wasn’t aware of. I’m learning about all the different profiles. SA looked awesome, but there is a Granit DSA drop in Massdrop, and I can’t hold myself from committing to it.

I need to see and try more keyboards than I can buy, so I’m starting a mechanical keyboard meetup.

The granit drop was closed 2 and I’m getting the keys 3 months later.

I’m swapping the crappy wasd keys, but finding that the stabilizers won’t fit into the new granit keycaps, so I buy silicon tape and wrap it over the stabilizers to make it fit more closely with the new granits.

My renewed code can finally compete with the AEK2; compete but never win…

What have become of me… How have I been sucked into this world…?

Anyway, I’m starting to feel an itch for a portable mech. For travels. Going to hunt a 60% drop.

The lesson: never listen to podcasts again.

NY Mechanical Keyboards Meetup

I’ve just started a new meetup group in NYC. This groups is all about mechanical keyboards! 

So if you’re around (in the NYC area), if you have reminiscences to the tactile feel and click-clacky noise keyboards used to have when you were a kid, if you’re already spellbound, spanding hundreds of dollars in Massdrop, if you know everything about SA and DSA,  if you’re one of the 5% who had their spacebar flipped, if you have just built your own Ergdox, or if you just want to learn what’s all the fuss with those retro, charming typing devices – join us

Fixing My Apple Extended Keyboard II

Couple of months ago I bought the Apple Extended Keyboard from EBay. I fell in-love with it immediately, and enjoyed typing in it more than I do with my Wasd Code1.

To my disappointment, though, few days after I got it, several keys started to show signs of weakness. The ‘8’ key spouted multiple letters in every stroke. The ‘t’ worked sporadically, and the ‘.’ stopped responding altogether.

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