Building a better keyboard

by Michael Alderete on 3/11/2002 · 1 comment

Today I gave up on the KeyTronic, the keyboard I selected when I couldn’t stand anymore the Apple Pro Keyboard that came with my new computer. I used it for several months to be able to say that I truly gave it a shot. But, in the end, it sucked. Like most keyboards today suck.

I now have my trusty 10-year old Apple Extended Keyboard attached to my 6-month old Apple G4, using a Griffin Technology iMate ADB-to-USB adapter.

It’s kind of an ugly hack; I’d much rather be using a modern USB keyboard, especially one with the special keys for volume up/down/mute and CD eject, like the new Apple Pro Keyboard.

But all of those just have the wrong feel. Too spongy, wrong resistance, not enough tactile feedback. The AEK is perhaps the finest keyboard ever made. Certainly, it is to me. I may never give it up.

Alderete April 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

FWIW, in 2008 I bought one of the “new” Apple aluminum keyboards (the full size, wired, not Bluetooth), and I love it. Totally different feel, but it works really well, I’m quite happy with it. I tried so many alternatives, and I’m still looking for the perfect feel of the Apple Extended Keyboard. But in the meantime, the current (2009) keyboards from Apple are (once again, finally) very good.

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