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Solid feel but slightly spongy keys
on 13 May 2014
I don't know whether this is caused by years of typing on the (excellent) Thinkpad inbuilt keyboards, but the key travel feels a surprisingly long way with this keyboard. Also, there's resistance for quite some distance in the stroke, so it feels a little spongy to me.
The only other downside is the slightly unusual arrangement of the keys between the numpad and the main keyboard. There's a block of six keys, two wide and three high which have (Home, Page Up), (End, Page Down) and (Delete, Insert) on them. The most noticeable thing is that you end up hitting insert by accident when using other keyboards and aiming for Home. (Fortunately, I spend most of my time in Emacs, where you use C-a instead). Also, the arrow keys are in an unusual "1,2,1 shape", so down is actually below the left and right arrows. This is definitely logical, but it's a bit surprising to someone who has been typing for years on keyboards with them arranged as "1,3".
That said, I've been typing on it for a couple of months and I'm generally happy. The build quality feels excellent and the special function keys (WWW, Search, E-mail, Sleep, Vol-, Vol+, Mute) are nicely laid out at the top.
I'm not sure whether I'd recommend this keyboard whole-heartedly. It's definitely good enough to use happily day-to-day. The strange arrow layout might be a problem if you want to play lots of computer games (although you probably don't want a split keyboard for games anyway). And I've still not quite got used to the other strange layout mentioned above. That's probably made worse by using a standard layout keyboard at work though.