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What sort of keyboard are you using?

Survey period: 14 Oct 2013 to 21 Oct 2013

We spend an awful lot of time tapping things with our fingertips.

OptionVotes% 
Standard (flat) external keyboard1,24572.22
Ergonomic keyboard29016.82
Touchscreen (eg Tablet / iPad)24814.39
Thumb controlled (eg phone)1579.11
Laptop keyboard60234.92
Hand-held (eg game controller style keyboard)241.39
Touch cover (eg Surface)392.26
Other603.48
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%



 
GeneralLaptop Keyboard Pin
SOHAM_GANDHI2-Feb-14 20:08
SOHAM_GANDHI2-Feb-14 20:08 
GeneralWhat kind of keyboard is important for a few reasons. Pin
lsatenstein19-Oct-13 15:48
lsatenstein19-Oct-13 15:48 
Some of the most modern keyboards are worse than the old PC ones. Let me explain.

The new designs are essentially designed with very flat keys, with almost no curve in them. The keytop curve is used to provide tactile feedback and to prevent your fingers from drifting. Important if you touch type.

The letters J and F normally have a raised bar to tell your fingers that they are in the right place.

My old IBM keyboard (circa 1990) had, relative to today's keyboards, a deeper dish type of keytop shape. Fingers were guided to the center of the keys. I could touch type at a very fast amazing rate.

But with my newer wireless keyboard, I find it hard to get to the "home" position, and keyboarding mistakes are way up. I have to now watch the screen, whereas before, I could type lines before having to lift my eyes to see where my fingers were placed.

As for touch, we need some tactile feedback (detent action) to let us know that we successfully entered the character. Failing to provide that feedback, with only a sponge effect increases keyboarding errors.

New is not always better.
GeneralRe: What kind of keyboard is important for a few reasons. Pin
Vivi Chellappa20-Oct-13 5:27
professionalVivi Chellappa20-Oct-13 5:27 
GeneralRe: What kind of keyboard is important for a few reasons. Pin
PIEBALDconsult20-Oct-13 6:00
mvePIEBALDconsult20-Oct-13 6:00 
GeneralBest keyboard IMHO Pin
Hugh S. Myers19-Oct-13 7:48
Hugh S. Myers19-Oct-13 7:48 
GeneralMost of the ergonomic keyboards are junk Pin
Clifford Nelson17-Oct-13 7:50
Clifford Nelson17-Oct-13 7:50 
GeneralRe: Most of the ergonomic keyboards are junk Pin
Adam Yhap26-Feb-14 4:13
professionalAdam Yhap26-Feb-14 4:13 
GeneralRe: Most of the ergonomic keyboards are junk Pin
Clifford Nelson5-Mar-14 14:30
Clifford Nelson5-Mar-14 14:30 
GeneralWhat is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
mykeapredko15-Oct-13 7:44
mykeapredko15-Oct-13 7:44 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. PinPopular
SoMad15-Oct-13 20:14
professionalSoMad15-Oct-13 20:14 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
Herbie Mountjoy16-Oct-13 5:41
professionalHerbie Mountjoy16-Oct-13 5:41 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
Dan Neely17-Oct-13 3:59
Dan Neely17-Oct-13 3:59 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
_Noctis_18-Oct-13 18:05
professional_Noctis_18-Oct-13 18:05 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
SoMad19-Oct-13 5:04
professionalSoMad19-Oct-13 5:04 
GeneralDAS keyboard Pin
imagiro16-Oct-13 21:19
imagiro16-Oct-13 21:19 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
Sreeju Ks16-Oct-13 22:56
Sreeju Ks16-Oct-13 22:56 
GeneralRe: What is the best keyboard? Price not a consideration. Pin
Clifford Nelson5-Mar-14 14:38
Clifford Nelson5-Mar-14 14:38 
Generalbacon stained option Pin
Dennis E White15-Oct-13 4:34
professionalDennis E White15-Oct-13 4:34 
GeneralRe: bacon stained option Pin
mla15418-Oct-13 7:54
mla15418-Oct-13 7:54 
GeneralGateway 2000 Pin
BrainiacV15-Oct-13 3:47
BrainiacV15-Oct-13 3:47 
GeneralIBM Model M PinPopular
Zaid Pirwani15-Oct-13 0:11
Zaid Pirwani15-Oct-13 0:11 
GeneralRe: IBM Model M Pin
Pablo Aliskevicius15-Oct-13 20:04
Pablo Aliskevicius15-Oct-13 20:04 
GeneralMissing option Pin
Guirec14-Oct-13 17:25
professionalGuirec14-Oct-13 17:25 
GeneralMe no liko, laptapo keyboardo Pin
Jim4Prez14-Oct-13 11:41
Jim4Prez14-Oct-13 11:41 
GeneralRe: Me no liko, laptapo keyboardo Pin
Gary Wheeler15-Oct-13 0:23
Gary Wheeler15-Oct-13 0:23 

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