I'm typing this on a IBM Model M with a manufacturing date of 16MAR1988. Just working on bench testing my X99 stuff so I pulled this kb out to use.I have owned a lot of keyboards over the years, used a lot more at the jobs I've worked. Not just pc keyboards, dumb terminals, xterms, custom built consoles, etc.
My favorite is still the ibm model m. The one I bought with a ps/2 in 1987 has been back on my desk for the last 10 years.
Ironically, my least favorite keyboard is a mechanical one. It's on my wife's desk.....
Heresy! Membrane squish is the DEVIL! Not to mention that almost all of them are utter crap when it comes to long term reliability.I sell keyboards at my shop and honestly there is no such thing as the 'perfect' switch. That's like saying there is a 'perfect' ice cream. Some are lower quality but overall it's the subjective feel of the switch in the hands of the customer that makes them feel better.
I prefer cherry or gateron Greens. Love the tactility, love the force. But some people prefer Reds, or even plain membrane squish. There's nothing wrong with those choices.
Getting into Keyboard options like crazy. Trying to find the perfect setup for every use. Ducky Mini for laptop bag, Huntsman with Linear optical switches for gaming station, Ducky full size with silent reds for work and so on. Even going to dabble in self build keyboard if for no other reason to say I did (hell the switches I am looking at will cost me the same as most of the rest of the keyboards, but if I am doing it, I am doing it right). But outside lubing, specially lubing the stabilizers, and knowing what kind of switch you like (Tactile, Clicky, Linears), chassis and key caps seem to have a much larger affect then the billions of slight switch variations out there. Heck on even the most basic level, I really doubt most people could tell the difference between something like a black or red Cherry with their different actuation weight differences. Sure once you have them both next to you and can compare the two directly maybe. Also maybe on the extreme end. Base Cherry's vs the more extreme switches that are you also hand lubed. In the end it comes back to how good of a chasis and using good solid caps. Probably the biggest issue is the cheaper boards out there use really thin abs caps. So much so that ABS I think gets a bad name (though the shine is real). But those crappy caps mess with sound, the feel of the press, and are probably the biggest reason for dislike of some boards over others.I have to wonder if keyboard design / materials / manufacturer isn't at least a big a issue as key switch choice... stabilizer design (crap) Cherry ... lol. or Awesome Costar..
I mean a cheap Chinesium $24 aliexpress special with the switches you like may still be like butt to use because of poor construction... I don't like blues but I'd rather use a decent Filco w/ mx-blues than some $25 gamer font POS from Aliexpress.
whatever I have settled on mx-red's with dampers which for myself is a great combo.. also Filco Master race.. my MT2 TKL is over 5 years old and it is perfect still.
Mx reds are too springy and sensitiveI honestly can't tell a damn different between different switches. I have a Corsair on with red and it is fine? Sure they are better then membrane I the difference is not earth shattering like some people make out even between different cheery keys. I just don't get it. I don't feel my typing speed changes much between any kbs.