I'm just gonna come out here and say that I am extremely crazy when it's about keyboards. I buy keyboards, I break keyboards, I sell keyboards and then regret it and buy them back, I order keycaps, I order accessories to them, I end up regretting that, bla bla bla... Basically, I can't make up my freaking mind.
Back in the days, times were simpler. Atleast when I was younger. I didn't care about the technical specifications of a keyboard, if it looked nice and I could afford it: I wanted it! Obviously, when I was a little kid and started out with computers I didn't know what I liked about keyboards or not. I just used whatever we had. I used a grey/beige/white/old one, I used a black one, I used one with blue LEDs.
I think the first keyboard I bought myself was some random noname, imported from china for cheap, and sold for small profit. It was like 50 SEK (rougly $5), black, cheap rubber domes, and worked great!
Then a friend had a Logitech Ultra-X flat, I thought it was awesome. So I found one at a retail store, and I bought it.
And then I used a bunch of random keyboards here and there. If I saw one that looked cool and was cheap I generally got it if I had money (keep in mind that this is around 2005-2010, i was 9-14 years old).
There were some generic $15 Logitech keyboards here, my brothers Saitek eclipse (?) keyboard, that had blue LEDs and was really plastic and cool.
Let's say that at this point, I had spent 500 SEK on keyboards.
Sadly, all of these keyboards were more or less broken by me. I can admit that I tend to rage in video games quite a bit (nowadays I can usaully prevent myself from breaking things, but back then I was stupid, and still am for raging at a video game that is meant to be fun). The Saitek one I smashed and broke in half when playing CODMW2 (great game!), the other ones I just generally smashed, my Logitech Ultra-X I was gonna remove a key from because I accidentally kept hitting it, but once I did that I realized I couldn't get it back in so I considered it broken and threw it away.
I got it, and it was great! Absolutely the best rubber dome keyboard I have ever used. I actually had 0 complaints about it when I had it. Then I traded it for my first smart phone, and I went back to some random white keyboard with PS/2 connector we had lying around.
At this point, I can't really remember what keyboards I used. I think I had some half-broken Logitech keyboards lying around so I think I used them (when I got tired of the white PS/2 one).
Then, I decide to buy my most expensive keyboard yet, a wired Apple one. I can't remember why I wanted it. This was my first Apple product in fact, and at the time I don't think I was a big fan of them. I wanna say that I was talking to maxx on #zelda irc, about development, and for some reason, presumably I, wanted to know what keyboard he had so he said he had this one. And for some reason I got it. And it was great, I genuinely liked it. So that's another 500 SEK.
At this point in time, the popularity of mechanical keyboards really started to accelerate, atleast I wanna remember so. Prior to this I don't think I had ever heard the term. I'm sure I had seen pictures of one, but I thought it was just some random old one that the person didn't wanna throw away.
Summer of 2012, I get a Mac Mini, my first mac (I need to write a blog post about this, because it changed me and really shows how fucked up I am), and I realized I needed 2 setups: 2 monitors, 2 keyboards, 2 mice, 2 mousepad. I had all of those things, except a keyboard. I needed a keyboard for my gaming PC (using a Apple Keyboard with an Apple Computer seemed appropriate).
So I find out about Das Keyboard. It was mechanical, it seemed great, it seemed like it was perfect, I heard about Cherry MX Blue switches making clicks which I thought was cool and a great idea, so I bought one, from getdigital in Germany, for roughly 1400 SEK including shipping. Damn.
Somewhere around here, I stopped using my gaming PC. I can't remember why (I think it was something with like HTPC, fuck PC gaming, file server or something), so my only computer setup was with my Mac Mini. So naturally I wanted to use my Das Keyboard with it. Coincidentally, my friend needed a keyboard and he liked the Apple Keyboard, so I sold it to him for 300 SEK. Fuck.
So at this point I had used the Das Keyboard for a couple of months. It was loud, it was big, the black glossy plastic body really showed the dust, and I realized I didn't like it. But I kept on using it, because I was high on that "I bought this, it was really expensive, I must use it"-feeling (same with my Mac Mini). And the most important thing, I was kind of slow with it. I think the best I got with it on typeracer was around 135 WPM, but with my Apple Keyboard I had gotten 157 WPM.
So I got a horrible feeling. I had spent so much money on this thing that I didn't like, and I didn't wanna sell it either because I live in the middle of nowhere, so I would have to ship it, and I didn't have the box so it would be just a hazzle. And since I had sold my Apple Keyboard, I would have to get a new keyboard. So I stayed with the Das Keyboard for another year.
Winter 2013, I ordered a new Apple Keyboard for myself (500 SEK again). I hope you can see now how fucked up I am, can't you? I buy a keyboard, sell it, and buy it again. Keep that on your mind. Anyway, I loved it. It was quiet, it was tiny, it was sexy (Apple products are sexy for the most part if you ask me), it felt cool to use, and I liked it.
And then I read something like "Why you need a mechanical keyboard" in my RSS feeds, and OCD struck me again. As soon as I got home, I unplugged my Apple Keyboard and plugged in my Das Keyboard. Fucking trainwreck, I hate myself. And this wasn't like even 6 months or anything, I think I used my 2nd Apple Keyboard for like 3 weeks before I used my Das again.
So, summer 2014. I work alot, earn alot of money, I get interested in PC gaming, especially osu!, and I buy a Macbook Air. I start out playing osu! on my MBA, and it's fine, u know, as fine as it could be. I had to bootcamp into Windows, the computer got hot as hell, the fans were screaming, I would get occasional frame drops while streaming it, and I hated myself again. I had bought a 8500 SEK portable laptop, to play osu! on, atleast it seemed like at the time.
So I rush out and buy a R9 280 (graphics card), and a Corsair k65 (keyboard) for my gaming PC, and I start gaming on that again, and I haven't played anything on MBA since. Great.
So since I had this new Corsair k65 keyboard, I thought everything was great! It was relatively quiet, it had a aluminium body so it didn't show dust, it had red switches which was great for osu, and I liked it! So I sold my Das Keyboard to my cousin, for 500 SEK I think, which was a steal for him, and I was happy.
And then I wasn't. I realized that I was a bad typer on the Red switches. My fingers accidentally slid over the keys when I was typing, making me do errors, so I realized I hate the Red switches, and this keyboard, and I wanted my Das back. So, guess what I did?
I traded it back! My cousin got my brand new K65, and I took back my old, dusty, crappy, Das Keyboard back. So my cousin had gotten a K65 for 500 SEK, and I had just spent like 395 (the K65 was 895) to get my Das back. I am such a fucking idiot.
So, I quickly realize, again, that I hate how loud the Blue switches are, so, I buy a pack of O-rings for it, for about 200 SEK. I quickly realize that these are shit and makes it feel like a rubber dome keyboard, so that was another 200 SEK down the drain.
Then I look at my keyboard, and think that the all black layout is so boring, so I buy some white keycaps, which are really boring and nothing special at all, for 250 SEK (I'm still using them, but I could live without them).
So, now we are in the present. All this text, in this post, is written with my Apple Keyboard.
Now, where do I go from here? I prefer my Apple Keyboard, in pretty much every way. But as soon as I hear someone mention "mechanical keyboard", I am triggered. Like today I was playing GTA SA with my Apple Keyboard, having a great time, and then in this podcast I'm listening to, I hear this guy typing on a mechanical keyboard and going like "yeah I bought a new keyboard", and he proceeds to tell about how happy he is with his loud mechanical keyboard with clicky switches.
So I hook up my Das again, and play with that for a while. Then my brother complains about how loud it is, and I agree with it, I can barely hear my podcast with me tapping SPACE on it (you tap SPACE to run in GTA SA), so I hook my Apple Keyboard back to it.
So why don't I only use my Apple keyboard? Well because I am sooner or later gonna hear about how great Mechanical keyboards are again, so I will wanna use it. The only way for me to prevent this would be if I muted all instances of the words "cherry", "mechanical", etc (you get it) but that's not gonna work, especially not if they're mentioned in podcasts.
You see, on my MBA, the keyboard is stuck there. I can't change it. I LOVE THAT. There is no choice to make, you just accept the way it is and like it, and I don't really like it (some buttons feel squishy), but for the most part it's fine. But I don't have to care about it, because there is nothing I can do about it.
A store in Sweden is having a sale on Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth 2014, which uses Razer's custom switches (essentially theyre MX Browns), but I did not buy it, as I need to cool off with buying keyboards. Even though it was like on 40% discount, it's still alot of money for a product that I already have two of, even great ones in theory.
Now, I could spend time here writing about what kind of keyboard I would want, and what would be optimal for me, but whatever the fuck I end up getting I'm not gonna be happy with it, so I'm not gonna waste time on doing it.
Good night, self-angry DJS going to bed.