Summary: Now this is my third Designer P2. I've thought through this purchase for quite some time. I didn't want to have to keep buying these boards. I've always looked for value in spending a little more to get a lot more out of it. So I started looking into the high end keyboard market. I found that there are basically a mess of German switches out there and only one true king, the Topre Realforce half dome half spring switches. At $300+ a board it is not affordable by many.
Pros: Great feel and noise, and gets better with age, great for typing and RTS gaming*.
Summary: I own my own IT business so my keyboard gets used constantly. I am not a gamer so cannot speak to that aspect. I also do not like 'extra' buttons on my keyboard so the plain-ness of this is perfect for my needs/wants. I hope this keyboard lasts as long as my good old IBM did.
Pros: Heavy, sturdy, nice tactile response. Stays put. Bought to replace 15 year old IBM KB. This one seems easier to type on and I seem to be able to type a bit faster with fewer errors as well. Has an 'old-school' keyboard feel to it. Keys are laid out just right and the upward sweep of the keyboard makes it easier for those of us with shorter fingers. Would by again (if I ever need another one!). Would certainly recommend. Am now considering a mouse from Key Tronic as well.
Cons: It wasn't free. That's hardly a valid 'con' but it's all I've got.
Summary: Plain and simple, this is an excellent keyboard. Most important to me is that the tactile feedback of the keyboard is the BEST I have ever experienced using this keyswitch technology (rubber-dome). I am somewhat of a keyboard fanatic, and I own several versions of the old IBM Model M keyboard (long disontinued). However I needed a high quality keyboard for times when the noise from my Model M's mechanical keyswitches is unacceptable.
Pros: Keystroke feedback, quality feel, simpley great overall excecution
Pros: This keyboard is WONDERFUL for people with arthritis. We got a new computer and the keyboard was so stiff that I was missing spaces between words a lot. I'd hit the space bar but it didn't "take" because of low strength in my thumb. Also, my hands got sore if I typed for very long. With this keyboard I'm not missing spaces at all and can type quickly, accurately, and for hours at a time.
Cons: It has a PS-2 connector so you have to get an adapter to plug it into a new computer.
Summary: As a gamer, I have a need for a keyboard with a high ps/2 buffer... as in, a keyboard I can press many keys at the same time on. I also don't like keyboards with lots of needless buttons and junk on them (like most so-called 'gaming' keyboards from Logitech, etc). These two requirements leave very little to be found at stores like Best Buy.
Pros: I have been a long time fan of Keytronic'c keyboards, but I haven't owned one in a while. I *finally* got this one today, and all I can say is "wow." You definetly get what you pay for in this case. The feel of these keys is unbelievable. Nice, crisp 'click' feeling when you press in a key, but not too loud. I also like the base of the keyboard. The footprint is a little larger than you're typical keyboard, but it sits on your desk without any possibility of becoming ...
Cons: Limited retail store distribution, somewhat high shipping for such a low-weight package.
Summary: STRANGE packaging by NewEgg!! They put the beautifully packaged keyboard in another box that is 4 times larger and set it on the bottom of the big box and put a LOT of paper on top of it. If dropped or something should strike the bottom of the box, nothing would protect it but the inner box. So why double box it at all when all the shipper would have to do is wrap it in 1/3 of that paper and ship it? I sent a keyboard to a friend and it was packaged the exact same way.
Pros: The Key Tronic Keyboard is without doubt exactly what the box it arrives in proclaims: "The BEST keyboard in the world GUARANTEED!" It also has a red square next to the logo that states "Lifetime Series" and is guaranteed for life. If you are a touch typist, this is the keyboard for you.
Cons: Not the best keyboard for a sea of office cubicles since the keys make noticeable sounds when depressed. A fast typist can generate a considerable racket.
Pros: 5 years and this keyboard just continues to Go. I'm a Software developer and I type all day. The Apple Extended Keyboard II was the best keyboard I've used until now. Of course you can't get Apple Extended Keyboard II. But even if I could, I'd choose this one. The action and feel is nearly perfect.
Cons: No USB so I had to buy a ps2 to usb adapter. Please Keytronic, Make a USB version, or even include the adapter, then is is best of class.
Summary: Not much else to say...if you need a ps2 kb that will last and don't mind spending the dough, this is the one to get.
Pros: I've had my Key Tronic for 5+ years now. It has been the only piece of equipment I've kept through my last 3-4 hardware cycles. Buttons have a nice feel, I like the color, and the cool shape is a bonus. Also, I'm an angry gamer and could never relate the amount of abuse this poor little kb has had to endure. Even after the tomahawk chops and relentless typing of a power user, the only damage it has sustained is that a couple of the letters have worn off the keys and m...
Cons: It is ps2...not really a con but it would be nice if they come out with a usb version. Eventually ps2 ports will be absent on m/bs. It is also kind of expensive for a kb...but you have to pay for quality.