Mechanical keyboards, or “you’re typing it wrong”

Rick Harding is a dangerous man.

Sure, he may look like a harmless developer, but listen to any of the back episodes of our podcast at, and you’ll realize how unbelievably evil he can be.

We’re not talking killing puppies evil. I mean planting subtle messages of “you’re doing it wrong”.

For the longest time I was happy with my normal keyboards on my computers. I flaunted how much I loved my Apple Aluminum Keyboard that I used for several years.

But then Apple became Really Evil, and suddenly I wanted no part of that Apple Hardware. (Also because I got tired of remapping the Alt and Meta keys, but let’s just roll with this a bit).

And then I managed to break the space-bar on my Logitech keyboard because I had the temerity to want to remove it to get at a crumb that managed to lodge itself in there. The door for change was open.

A while ago Rick let me borrow his Leopold keyboard. I borrowed the Cherry Brown keyboard. While I liked the throw and feel of the keys, the noise of the keyboard was a little too much or me to bear. I like to type quietly, but the allure was strong.

I borrowed his Cherry Blue Leopold Keyboard (Yes, Rick moonlights as a keyboard showroom) for an extended loan. The noise of the keyboard was enough to prompt JoDee to demand that I get a new keyboard. It was the one time she was upset with me that I didn’t come home with something from Microcenter.

One order later I had a Leopold Cherry Black keyboard. It’s not quiet, but it has enough resistance where I’m not bottoming out as much as I did with the Cherry Browns.

And a few weeks later, another Leopold Cherry Black made it’s way to replace the Logitech wireless keyboard I had at work.

They’re awesome keyboards. I probably should have picked these up a long time ago.

That’s why Rick Harding is a dangerous man. He’s generally right.

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  1. Wolfger says:

    OK, help me out here. I googled this and found the keyboards being “tactile touch”, “tactile click”, “linear force”, and “linear touch”. WTF does any of that really mean? About the only thing that makes immediate sense is that I can expect the keyboard that says click will make noise. But you’ve already indicated that none of them are quiet.

    • craig says:

      Yeah, those descriptions on EliteKeyboards are pretty bad. Here’s a site that better explains them:

      The quickie explanation:

      Cherry Red: Least amount of force, with low resistance to make contact
      Cherry Brown: Slight bump with low resistance
      Cherry Blue: Bump with collar to make a clacking sound once it makes contact.
      Cherry Black: Heavy resistance.

      The Leopold keyboards have a metal bottom, so they make a clacking sound when you bottom out. The reason I went with the Cherry Black switches is it takes more force to bottom out on the keys.

      Hope this helps!

  2. Stephen says:

    At work, i use what they give me. If it’s a Dell computer, it’s a Dell keyboard.

    At home, i use what’s handy. The surviving keyboards are thunderous IBMs.

    But any strategy that makes the spouse happy that i came home with something from Microcenter is a good one.

    • craig says:

      Well, the keyboards that these machines at work come with are the ones with the L-shaped Enter key, which is the one thing I cannot abide on any keyboard. That prompted the initial wireless keyboard purchase.

      I had my love-affair with Apple hardware, but they’ve really pissed me off with the recent patent litigation with Samsung. But again, another topic for another discussion.