Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CODE Mechanical Keyboard

WASD Keyboards and Jeff Atwood introduce the CODE keyboard:

Ultra-rare Cherry MX Clear mechanical keyswitches are the heart of the CODE keyboard. These switches are unique in the Cherry line because they combine solid actuation force with quiet, non-click activation, and a nice tactile bump on every keystroke. These hard to find switches deliver a superior typing experience over cheap rubber dome keyboards – without deafening your neighbors in the process.


On the CODE keyboard, up to six keys can be pressed at once, which is known as 6-Key USB Rollover. Furthermore, Ctrl, Alt, and Shift do not count towards these six keys, making it possible to to hold up to nine keys simultaneously – sufficient for even the most arcane keyboard shortcuts.


On the CODE keyboard, the Fn key replaces the Menu key (provided you’ve enabled it via the switches on the back of the keyboard), and moves the media shortcuts to the navigation cluster. This configuration allows you to comfortably and logically access multimedia shortcuts with one hand – pressing Page Up to turn up the volume just makes sense.

Notably, it does not support Bluetooth.

I was a longtime fan of the Apple Extended Keyboard II. Then I used the Matias Tactile Pro and Kensington Studioboard Mechanical Keyboard for a time but found problems with both of them. For the last five years or so, I’ve been using the aluminum Apple Keyboard and Apple Wireless Keyboard. I like how the latter has the exact same layout as the internal keyboard on my MacBook Pro. The key action is great, and I no longer miss the mechanical keyswitches. Still, I’m curious what the CODE is like.

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