My new Code Keyboard Tenkeyless (87-key without a Number Pad) arrived this week from WASD Keyboards!
It should make a good keyboard for professional programmer who is typing 40 or more hours per week, 50 weeks per year. The Cherry Green keys have a 80 gram actuation force, that makes for clean, crisp keystrokes at full typing pace. The heavier resistance helps avoid bottoming out the keys, which is one source of typing injury.
Photo: My New Code Keyboard from WASD Keyboards with a Banana for Scale.
Yes, I use the pencil drawer in my old-school teacher’s desk as a keyboard tray with the help of some older thick computer books.
My Mechanical Keyboard Collection
In the last few years, I have become a huge fan of mechanical keyboards to the point that I have trouble typing on a regular laptop for extended periods of time. In fact, at my desk I keep the laptop on a solid aluminum stand that raises it to the height of a monitor along-side a larger secondary monitor. It’s all about good ergonomics!
@RiettaInc Great entry about the touch typing journey. Glad the Das Keyboard is helping out!— Das Keyboard Team (@daskeyboard) February 18, 2014
The compact Code Keyboard is much smaller than the DAS Ultimate, which is shown here with the same desk and banana for scale:
Photo: My DAS Keyboard Ultimate with the same Banana for Scale
Killer Features of the Code Keyboard
For me personally, these are the top killer features for the Code Keyboard:
- Nice mechanical keyboard in a compact form, that easily fits into my laptop backpack to go to a co-working spot or a hackathon!
- Hardware DIP switches that optionally turn it into a hardware Dvorak or a hardware Colemak keyboard!
- Nice feeling keys with o-rings preinstalled for mechanical noise abatement!
- A detachable, standard USB cable that makes it easy to pack away cleanly in the laptop bag.
Because I am a Dvorak typist, the hardware option is really nice though I normally leave it turned off since my language settings on my computer have it set to Dvorak mode. Where this will come in handy is if I ever need to pair program in person with a QWERTY typist!
The backstory behind the Code Keyboard
The Code Keyboard is basically a special edition of the WASD V2 customizable keyboard. For the full backstory, read Jeff Atwood’s blog about its introduction at Coding Horror.