Which ones do you really use?
Which boards stand the daily test of time? Which boards do you really work up all your typing / gaming miles? What's your practical number one? Which board owns your sweet-spot?
I don't mean "just now" either. Which boards do you keep coming back to, year in year out, to get things done?
There's a difference here between the real dailies and the cherished showpieces with their mint switches and shine-free caps. Sure, the latter ones have their special charm as well, but you're not using those! You're not crazy! As if!
And there's also a difference from those "oh yeah, this thing's actually quite awesome, too!" keyboards you rediscover once in a while, waiting in their box. There's a reason they keep on winding back in storage, and you know it. Only some boards are so special they reign eternal! Only some become the precious few…
Anyway, here's what I wrote in PM, which includes my own answer. No surprises from predictable µ! TL;DR.
So, what about the rest of you? What's your 100,000++ mile keyboard of authentic choice?I took a good long time to gather many boards, because I truly am a cheapskate! Patience costs nothing, so I'm good at that.
Practically none of my stuff came from ebay. Mostly it's DT deals for me. Let's see if I can dig out a list…
Okay, here's one from 2015. Looking through the boards there, I've honestly not added much since then. That was the peak of my acquisition phase!
Since then, I won a Filco with silent reds (here's a video I made at the time with multiple comparisons) and grabbed a G80-3000 for showing off my Round 5 caps, so I'm not as Cherry free as I used to be. Oh, and there's that G81 which came with the Cherry dyesub caps you see on my Filco. So technically I have a Cherry MY board too, sealed in its cardboard sarcophagus!
Everyone who dives into this stuff goes through a mad hot phase when the whole keyboard world's your oyster and you gotta catch 'em all. I found out fairly quickly that nothing really beats IBM Model F and beamspring for me on the clicky side, and Topre on the tactile. I love a good monster loud metal board, and I adore a really silent, elegant damped oneness with cup rubber, too! Linears seldom speak to me.
So my daily driver's my original gangster Kishsaver at home, loud as hell and full of character!, and my silenced Bluetooth upgraded HHKB when I'm on location. Both are superb, keeping their crowns as my two apex boards now for many years.
But yeah, I'll dig out something for difference's sake quite often too. Among my secondary favourites is black space invaders. Those are chunky wild! They do it more for me than Alps, let alone clicky MX.