[Intro from Mantic59: Once a month or so I like to wander off of shaving and grooming and into something else that readers might enjoy--watches, smartphones, cigars, etc. This month, a cool gadget for those who need to type a lot.]
I type a lot. All day long and sometimes into the night. Yet I still use the default keyboard that came with my iMac, and other than the annoyance that it sucks batteries like a vampire, I don’t have any strong opinions about it. Still, when I saw “The One” keyboard advertised on ThinkGeek, I was intrigued. With superlatives like “the most singularly awesome keyboard” and “truly a keyboard for the ages,” I had to know what made it so amazing. Thankfully, ThinkGeek sent one over.First, this keyboard has deep, springy keys. With anti-ghosting technology, you cannot type faster than it will receive input. Also, it pairs via Bluetooth for one-button switching between your computer and your phone. In other words, you can reply to texts on your phone with the keyboard, then instantly go back to using your computer.
The keyboard, however, is a little unusual. It’s loud, and the big, bouncy keys feel like a throwback to my Commodore 64. Even though there’s a sticky pad to rest your iPhone, it’s not especially sticky and sort of gets in the way. And finally, it’s not the world’s most attractive keyboard. But for its quirks, I’m getting used to it, and I think my typing accuracy is improving, too.
At $100 (in varieties for PCs or Macs), it’s an investment. But if you’re a serious typist, don’t you deserve a serious keyboard?