Keeb Weeb LOL

keeb·weeb -ˈkē-ˌb wē-ˌb - Someone who treats keyboards as a hobby.

Keeb Weeb LOL
Mistel MD770 and MX Ergo on my keyboard tray

Okay, I'm a bit of a keyboard nerd.  On a scale of "I use a keyboard" (1) to "I just put 63.25g lubed springs in my Holy Pandas" (10), I'm about a 6 on the keeb weeb scale.  That is to say, I care greatly about the keyboard as a user interface and how it fits my needs, I enjoy tinkering with them a bit, would even like to build some from the PCB-up one day, but I have no interest in collecting keyboards I don't use and I use all my keyboards.

My typing/preferences

I've touch typed since 8th grade, so for about a million years now, so I rarely look at the keyboard except to poke an individual key when I'm not otherwise on the home row.  I use the QWERTY layout and don't do a great job of reaching for those extended keys without moving my hands but it's pretty natural for me.  I only use the right thumb for the space bar and I generally type about 70wpm in normal typing, but in speed tests, I can get up to 125wpm for short bursts.

I prefer tactile switches, and of those, the most tactile are also generally clicky switches.  Unfortunately, clicky switches can be loud, so I will sometimes compromise a bit on the switches while optimizing for noise.

My Primary keyboard

Mistel MD770 with Kailh Box Royal switches.  This is a split, TLK, with a bit of a compressed layout type of keyboard.  It has all the normal keys, minus numpad, but the arrow keys are compressed in a bit, etc to fit the keyboard in a smaller space.  My keyboards go on a keyboard tray and I prefer to put them where my hands naturally land so this layout works perfectly for me.

This keyboard originally came with MX Clear switches as I thought they would be very similar to the switches I was used to in the past with IBM M keyboards, but I could have not been more wrong.  They had very little tactile feel and were very, very tiring to type on.  I only used them a month or two before I desoldered and replaced them with Box Royal switches.  As for Box Royal, I'm still using them 6+ months later so I find them a good compromise on sound and feel.  They aren't as tactile as I'd like and the tactility isn't quite to my taste but they're pretty good switches.  They have gotten a little clicky sounding on the more used switches but not loud.  Just a different noise.  They are not a 'quiet' switch but they are also not a loud switch.  Perfect for the small home office or office environment.

My portable keyboard

Kemove 61 with Kailh Box Jades.  This is a USB or Bluetooth, hot-swappable 60% keyboard.  I got this keyboard so I could use it with my tablet, phone, etc, and potentially swap out keyboards a bit if I got tired of one and also let me try out different switch types.  I got lucky on my first set of switches, however.  I love my Box Jades, but they are quite loud.  Not office-friendly.

I used to rave about this keyboard, but honestly, it has issues.  It stutters it doesn't wake up properly when you power a PC on when it's plugged in USB, and some folks have random quality issues with the battery unplugging itself, keyboard resetting, random issues with entire rows, etc.  Most of these issues are fixable but so far the stuttering has not been fixed and I fear will never be fixed.  It happens infrequently but it's pretty frustrating when it does.

My other keyboards

Okay, yeah, I said I don't have any keyboards I don't use.  You didn't believe that for a second did you?  To be fair, I only have one keyboard I don't use anymore and a number that I need to clean up and sell.  

My previous primary desktop keyboard is a Lexmark M15.  Yes, really.  If you're a keyboard nerd you just said "no way", but, yes way.  Loved it, used it for many years, just wanted something more modern and now I can't go back to it.  I love buckling springs and that precise tactility but it's just not quite as nice as a modern keyboard sad to say.  It needs some minor repairs but otherwise, it's in great shape and someday I will get a few things done on it (left shift and \ are a little wonky) and sell it.

I also have a garage full of IBM M keyboards, but those were hoarded from work when some folks were moving office and dumping old stuff they no longer needed.  I'll clean these up and sell them on eBay.  These keyboards will never die, they just move from person to person.

I also have a couple of utter crap Bluetooth keyboards I used in the past for the phone/tablet that I just need to toss.  They are just garbage.

Here's a couple of pictures of my keyboards, the top two were me beginning to resolder the Mistel MD770 which I sadly forgot to take any pictures of while doing.  The keyboard on the bottom left with a bunch of caps missing was me messing with my Kemove 61 with its delicious Kailh Box Jade switches, and the bottom left is my trusty ole Lexmark M15 that's currently in storage.