Keyboard where letters stay on keys

Posted on 2013-10-01
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Last Modified: 2013-10-01
Can someone recommend a keyboard where the letters on the keys don't start rubbing off of R, S, T, L, N, E so quickly?

Actually one where they would stay for years?
Question by:Richard Korts

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by:Esteban Blanco
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That depends of course on use but the one I buy for all my customers is the Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800.  Good price, comfortable and the keys are still intact after much use.
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Look for keyboards that advertise that the keys are "laser etched" or which use "dye sublimation" to print the key, as opposed to traditional screen printing.

Check out Das Keyboard's blog on the subject. If you look carefully, you can usually tell what printing technology was used on the key:


Cheap keyboards almost exclusively use screen printing, and you can usually identify it by the "bubble" of clear coat that is overtop of the letters. These keys will wear out over time.

The more expensive mechanical keyboards usually use a superior method of key printing.

I'm personally using the Das Keyboard Professional Red (with Cherry MX Red key switches) and loving it. Many people say once they go to a proper mechanical keyboard, they don't know how they survived without it. Myself included.

Most quality mechanical keyboards will have properly printed keys so you won't have to worry about that, but when purchasing a mechanical keyboard, you want to select one that has a tactile feedback that you will enjoy. It's usually a choice between

Cherry MX Red (light and smooth, no tactile "bump" when pressing the key)
Cherry MX Brown (soft, with a gentle tactile "bump")
Cherry MX Blue (clicky and firm, with a tactile "bump")

Different people like different keys. You have to just try them out in the store and decide on a favourite. For fast, comfortable typing, my vote goes to Cherry MX Red.

It sounds like you're ready to graduate to a real keyboard.

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by:Richard Korts
ID: 39537821
To estebs1978,

I looked that one up on ebay. $19.99 new.

Does that sound right?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I just go to Goodwill and get another one...
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MajorBigDeal earned 500 total points
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Unfortunately I don't get to choose the keyboard on most of the computers I use.  So even if I got a good keyboard for myself at home, it would only cover maybe 15% of my keyboard usage.  Also, they get dirty due to environmental conditions and need to be replaced every few years so cheap keyboards are the rule.

Because of all that, I don't bother buying myself a nice keyboard because then I'd always be noticing how crappy the other keyboards are. So I just buy a $10 keyboard for myself and then buy a new one when needed.  BTW, the keyboard I am using right now (which is not my property) has the "A" key completely worn off but that is not really a problem for me.  I know where most of the keys are.

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by:Richard Korts
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All good solutions; they make me pick one "best".

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