ARGH! Hand me down my walking cane and GET OFF MY LAWN! I’ve been using a computer for 30 years this fall and when I started with my Apple Macintosh 512ke (the e stood for enhanced, which meant it read DOUBLE SIDED floppy disks), a mechanical keyboard that made those satisfying clacking sounds, was all that was available.
Eons ago, in the dark ages, when most college students didn’t have their own computers, I worked full-time in a computer center at a university. During mid-terms and finals, the clack of the keyboards could be heard above all else. It would have been mesmerizing if I hadn’t been running around solving hardware and software issues. We kept a “boneyard” of old keyboard so we could fix ones that broke, you’d be amazed at what could be accomplished with a screwdriver and some electrical tape!
Years go by, “innovations” are made, costs are cut and wires are become passé. Most computers today are shipped with the wireless chicklet keyboards. Slim and sleek they fit the new modern era of computing. And, they drive me CRAZY! I won’t even start on the batteries that croak at inopportune times. Instead, I’ll focus on the crappy little keys that don’t give you the real satisfaction of having selected your letter and the joy of your finger actually depressing a key and TYPING BY GOD! Alas, what’s a writer to do except whine and complain and curse the heavens when the batteries expire yet again. Oh wait, I said I wasn’t going to go there. Sorry.
Then, one day, I’m visiting my happy place on Facebook. It is a group devoted to those who use paper planners to keep track of their lives. We’re not purists, for some of us *cough* me *cough* there is a time and place for Google Calendar, but there is also a connection forged when pen scrapes across papyrus to commit “edit chapter two” or “9:30am Dentist” to a permanent analog state of being. Again, I digress I think it is the humidity, it’s melting my brain.
Anyway, it was in this haven of civility (no really nicest place on Facebook) that I learned that you could buy a “real”, er mechanical, keyboard. Wait, what now? A link was posted. Reviews were shared.
A quick trip to The Amazon, purveyor of all things good and evil and BOOM! A mechanical keyboard was on it’s way to me.
I’ve had it now for about four months and I am truly 100% delighted. I actually bought the “quiet” model, but the clacks are wonderfully satisfying as is the full depression of the keys to create letters on my screen.
My friends in the planner group have found bluetooth versions that give that satisfying clack, but I’m happy with mah old fashioned wire! There are still many chicklet keyboards around the house and I even have an Apple Wireless Keyboard that I pair with my iPad to make a lite laptop, but given the choice, I will always go with the clacky keys.
What is your preference? Clacky mechanical keys or stealthy chicklets?
P.S. I have a video of the sound of the keys, but I can’t upload it here. Visit my Twitter feed (@Fearless) to see the video)
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Lee Laughlin is a writer, marketer, social media consumer and producer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com. She writes for the Concord Monitor and her words have also appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe. She is currently typing her first novel, a work of contemporary, romantic fiction on a mechanical keyboard.