I have known for well over a decade that I can hardly deal with a regular, straight keyboard for my computer. I am not exactly a candidate for Mr. Olympia, but my shoulders are wide and a regular keyboard makes me crank my wrists around uncomfortably. I pretty much need a spread, split “ergonomic” keyboard for extended typing sessions. I have been wearing out Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 keyboards for the past 8 years or so, and loving the layout. But I made a mistake.
NP got a keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches and I touched it. Now the membrane switches in the MS keyboard are killing me softly (and mushy-ly). Every time I miss a keystroke because of inconsistent feel, or every time I bottom out a key and feel it squish, it’s like I die a little inside. I think I am beginning to obsess over this. So. I must get a mechanical keyboard. But NOBODY makes a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches AND a layout like the MS 4000. Nobody, at any price. I think Microsoft could sell a zillion of them, at a couple hundred dollars each – but they don’t make ’em. They just started making a new keyboard with switches like the ones usually found on a laptop, which is an (arguable) improvement, but still not a full on CLIK mechanical switch board.
The solution apparently is that I am going to have to roll my own. The 4000 is a 108 key board with 4 keys I don’t ever use, puls some “multimedia” keys I also never use. If I could figure out how to duplicate the layout including the FUNKY compound-curved switches Microsoft uses, I think I could make a small fortune turning out keyboards – but I KNOW I could have at least one keyboard that doesn’t feel like the Death of a Thousand Cuts when I work.
To be continued…
…pending availability of funds!