I've been reading on deskthority for quite long now (last September, if I remember correctly), but I never posted anything relevant and now I feel it's time for introducing myself and sharing my experience with keyboards so far.
My name is Rob (Roberto actually), I'm a computer science student from Italy.
Last summer I decided that I couldn't go on typing with laptop keyboards anymore and that I wanted to buy a "serious" one. I heard that clicky mechanical was THE way, because of tactile feedback etc, so I bought a beautiful Das Keyboard with Cherry MX blues. I immediately hated the switches. First of all 60g of force is apparently too much for my taste and second I was shocked to find out that the *click* happened after 2 of 4 millimeters. That's a lot. It's like the first half of the button is completely useless
So I sold it and went back collecting information on the forums. On geekhack I learned about the ergodox and I decided that it was the perfect keyboard. Split design, symmetric, stacked keys, and fully programmable. I had great plans for it. I wanted to write my own firmware with teensyduino and optimize the layout for my programming needs etc. BUT... I immediately hated the switches (MX reds this time). Linear MXs are so boring. It's like the spring is just sitting there doing nothing and it just gently pushes my fingers away when I type. So awkward. Now I have an ergodox to sell.
Then I remembered that my most fun/enjoyable typing experience was with some old (jellowish) rubber dome keyboard in university labs. I went back doing research and apparently the best rubber domes are those in topre switches. So I just ordered this baby on ebay, I will soon be the proud owner of an HHKB Pro2*:
I would also be interested in trying buckling springs, but as I said earlier, I like low force switches, maybe a model F would be better than a model M for me, and a model F that can be plugged into a real computer is hard to find.
Now you get to comment about how stupid I was wasting all this money and time, have fun