Pros: Good quality keyboard for the price. Have used KeyTronic keyboards for a number of years and they hold up well. The tactile feel is better than other membrane boards. Mechanical switch keyboards may be more responsive but I still prefer the feel of the KeyTronic Lifetime series boards w/ 30 million keystroke rating.
Cons: First one shipped had a slight problem with the backspace key.
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*. Weighted keys are very nice to type on. Solid feel. Truly is one of the best keyboards around. I really enjoy the typing feel and sound it makes. As close to the Topre Realforce as I'm willing to pay for. I've gone through maybe 30 different keyboards in the last 15 years. Owned mostly Microsoft, Logitech, Apple, Keytronics, had a hand me down IBM model M. Currently switching between the...
Cons: A couple of issues I had with this keyboard 1. The F keys are way to high to use for gaming, but I actually do not use the F keys, shame on my, but I've been doing it for 10 years so I'm fine with it. 2. The keyboard does not take kind to any water spillage. It is a guarantee that it will break if you spill water on it, and I mean even if its a little bit on just a few keys. No mater what you do to try to get it back, it will never be the same. This also voids the lif...
Pros: This is hands down the absolute BEST performing keyboard for the price/performance ratio. Mechanical keyboards will always be superior to a plunger style, but honestly this keyboard is perfectly suited for long hours of programming and/or transcription more than any other I've tried in this price-range. Keytronic makes some amazingly sturdy and great performing boards at a fraction of the price of mechanicals. Highly recommended.
Summary: If you like the Model M (or the newer Unicomp keyboards) but need something easier on the ears, buy one of these. I've replaced my 20 year old Model M with one of these for my gaming rig and I'm quite happy.
Pros: Comfortable and quiet. Easily the best rubber domed keyboard I've ever typed on. It has a decent buffer since I can mash on quite a few keys and not miss a keystroke.
Cons: The PS/2 cable is almost too short. If you have a really big desk you might need an extension cable. Also, the backspace key is a little harder to hit than the other keys, not a real problem but if you're looking for a nice keyboard you expect it to be consistent.
Summary: Great keyboard. I worked 8-10 hours per day as an IT pro, and I really wanted to treat myself to a decent keyboard. I have tried many, and my 2 favorites are the classic Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard and the Keytronic Designer. I really enjoy both. I would recommend the Keytronic to anyone looking for a good quality professional keyboard with a standard layout. I would recommend the Elite for anyone who would like to try the Ergo style keyboards.
Pros: - Good quality build. This keyboard is build pretty well and there are no flex points. The lettering of the keys is good, and seems like it will last a long time. - the standard layout is good. The keys tops have a nice shape to them which makes typing very comfortable. - PS/2 cable is very thick, and again this goes to the build quality - key action is very good, nice tactile feedback, feelers on the F and J keys are OK. - Indication lights are where you want them an...
Cons: - key action is very good, except for the "0" on the numpad which is weighed at the max, and this seems too much for this key. - The case of the keyboard could have used a little bit of a better finish, but I do like the red and black label that comes with this keyboard - should inlcude a USB adapter - not very loud, but definitely noisier than a regular membrane board. OK for cube farms as long as you don't hamme the keys too hard.
Summary: After looking around, I found that this keyboard cannot be easily disassembled as there are no screws. I dug up a key puller and managed to carefully and safely get a few up, but the spacebar was in the way. I tried to get it out but it didn't want to come. Now it's broken on one side and I'm not going to bother replacing it. In fact, I'm looking around for a Kinesis Advantage or at least a Razer Black Widow with Cherry Blue switches.
Pros: Nice layout: Enter key and backspace are where they should be, keys have nice height and most have decent action. I can get 85 wpm; 10 higher than on the Model M I traded for this. I wish I hadn't. I hate this keyboard.
Cons: Keys are not removable. I like to know what's in my equipment so the first thing I did was pop a key off to see what kind of switches it uses. Unfortunately I was doubly disappointed because first it uses rubber dome capacitive switches that feel like they're never going to get broken in. A good number of keys stick like the tab key. Second when I went to put the key back, I didn't notice that it was broken and didn't click into place so when I went to type on it agai...
Summary: Maybe a pro or con depending on your preference, but this keyboard is large. The footprint has got more than enough room for all of the keys, and basically an extra half inch to whole inch of plastic edge around the whole thing. I absolutely love the design, and the only thing keeping me from parking it in the closet is that it has no backlights.
Pros: The keys are tall, and have very spacious gaps next to each other. This is a very important feature for me, as laptop keyboards and other "flat" designs usually have no space between keys, causing me to hit 2+ keys far too often. I got this one used from my job, and the durability factor is unheard of. Never felt a key stick, and the bumps on 'J' and 'F' have never worn down. All of the keys require a good amount of pressure to depress; almost as if each key were the ...
Cons: Not the best choice for gaming, especially if you like to hotkey things. The reason is that the F1 - F12 keys are super far away, and difficult to reach in a pinch. Cord is also a tad shorter than I would like.