hot keyboard news! Logitech now also makes mechanical keyboard. Very Cool!
There are 3 major form-factors in keyboards: ① ergonomic split-2-sections layout. ② ergonomic 2-physical-pieces. ③ normal (straight).
If you don't care for ergonomic ones, then, i think this is the best among straight, for programers, because:
Mechanical key switch. It uses Cherry MX Brown switch, best for typing. (majority of mechanical gaming keyboards uses MX Red or MX Black. Red is not bad, but i definitely didn't like Black) 〔☛ Keyboard: Effect of Mechanical Key Switch on You〕
A roller for sound level control. This is much better than using buttons to control sound.
Physical multimedia keys. One finger hits next song. Beats those virtual ones with Fn. Those with Fn is close to useless, 2 fingers plus groping!
Backlighting. Not something programer might care, but those sys admins in the dim lit corner….
Not super expensive! just $99.99.
You can compare this with lots other straight form mechanical keyboards. First, they all start about at $80, and lots of them are over $100, many at $120 without much features. Many of them don't have any multimedia keys, nor sound wheel. Some don't have function keys.