I've used a membrane keyboard for the majority of my development career. The main appeal was the cost and it was what I was used to. I tried different kinds from Microsoft, Logitech and Apple (Macbook user). I was always interested in mechanical keyboards but I thought they were a bit pricey. Well that all changed a few months back. I finally decided to switch to using a mechanical keyboard for my day to day dev work and I couldn't be happier!
If I was going to make this switch I wanted to make sure I got the right one, for me at least. I read a lot of review articles and watch plenty of YouTube videos (a few listed at the end of this blog). I researched on the different type of key switches (red, blue, brown, etc), what features each top candidate offered and so on. Also, since this was a keyboard I would be using at work, I needed something "quiet" while still getting the satisfactory tactile feedback that mechanical keyboards are known for.
What I ultimately decided to purchase was the Das Keyboard 4 Professional with Cherry MX Brown switches. This was the most expensive keyboard I have ever purchased but a colleague put it into perspective when he said "a good craftsman buys the best tools for the job".
I have been using this keyboard everyday for a few months now and I'm sold! The tactile feedback with each key press feels great. I've noticed that I type faster and I type less
mitsakes, eh "mistakes". I proudly proclaim that I will be using mechanical keyboards from here on out or until they make something even better to replace them.
A few videos for your viewing pleasure:
Epic Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard Review - Barnacules Nerdgasm
The Best Keyboard Ever? (Das 4 Professional) - Unbox Therapy