|Re: Keyboard Complaints|
Message #31 Posted by Dave Britten on 22 Jan 2010, 8:48 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Tim Wessman
Some thoughts on various keyboards:
Pioneers - Very nice feel and actuation, and I've never had any issues with these. Even my heavily worn 32sii with some keys that have broken free from the hinges works quite well.
12c (manufactured around 2002) - Very nice feel overall, though it seems a bit cramped somehow. The Enter key feels like it needs a little too much force to press.
28c, 28s, 19bii, etc - Too much key travel, and too stiff. The raised edge around the right half makes it difficult to press the bottom row of keys with one's thumb.
48sx - Just about perfect.
48gx - Like the 48sx, but the keys require a bit less force to press. Some of these have a cheaper feel than the 48sx.
49g - Let's just forget this ever happened.
50g - Too stiff for my liking. And yet they still feel a bit mushy somehow. I've also had weird issues with keys I haven't even pressed being actuated. I'll be typing some numbers, and suddenly the calculator thinks I've hit TAN or something. Weird. Also, the cursor keys are still MUCH too stiff.
35s - Very nice feel, though the keys have a bit of side-to-side wobble. Mechanically, they're great, but I'm sure everyone knows the issues with missed key-presses.
Personally, I find the TI-style keys more tiring to use. You have to be much more deliberate to make sure you press the key squarely. I can type much more quickly (and accurately) on my 48sx than on my TI-86. Also, the cheaper TIs, like the 36X, have lots of trouble with missed keystrokes if you type quickly.