To programmers, keyboards are like their weapons. A programmer’s performance greatly depends on the keyboard. And that’s exactly the reason a programmer needs a reliable and high quality keyboard to provide the best experience while programming.
Filco Ninja Majestouch 2
Filco is one of the best mechanical keyboard producers in the market right now. Each of their line products always have a different characteristic. Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 is one of their most popular products.
Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 features front printing key caps and provides a look of “almost” a blank keycap keyboard. What does that do to benefit programmers? Programmers are precision typists, and programmers remember locations of all key caps on the keyboard. That means labels on top of key caps usually do not serve much of a purpose. Not to mention front printing labels help remove the problem of fading labels.
Customers like Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 not only love it because of the front printing, they love Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 because of the build quality. Filco Ninja Majestouch has a second to none build quality on the market. The keyboard’s body is really sturdy, has a little rough surface, and with sleek key caps.
Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 has only 3 back lit keys: Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock. It’s not like programmers need back light to help with the keys.
The cable length is 1.5 meters (4.9 feet), and is enough to almost all needs. Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 is weighted at 1 kg (2.2 pounds) for the tenkeyless version or 1.2 kg (2.7 pounds) for the full size version. So if you want to move around with your keyboard, tenkeyless is the way to go, but a full size keyboard won’t be much trouble.
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid provides a lot of options for switches and all come from Cherry: Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Green, Cherry MX Red. Just like every other programming keyboard that I choose, this keyboard is no bell and whistle: it’s clean in design, and good in execution.
The labels on key caps may look a little ugly (in my opinion), but hey, if you want, you can change the key caps. Key caps are very durable, all thanks to the laser-marking process. CM Storm QuickFire Rapid also features NKRO via PS/2 cable, unfortunately, USB still supports only 6 KRO (like any other keyboard). The keyboard also features a removable braided USB cable with cable routing: you can route the cable to back, left, or right if you want.
Programmers who do gaming will like this: Windows keys can be disabled through a switch. They also provide a few extra key caps and and key cap puller.
WASD Keyboards CODE
Now this is not “yet another programming keyboard”, it’s a programming keyboard to code with style. The WASD Keyboards CODE (or CODE for short) is a typical all black keyboard, with no special engraving, not even a logo in the front.
Now, the key caps have a smooth feeling, and high quality labels. The first thing you may notice is that the Windows keys have no labels, but hey, who care. CODE features a 1.8m (70.8in) Micro USB cable with a cable tie, allowing you to route your cable many different ways. However, the cable is not braided, it’ll be a disappointment for a perfectionist.
The next thing you might notice after plugging the CODE, and turning up your computer is that CODE comes with LED back lighting with 7 levels.
CODE are available in may options: Full Size or Tenkey-less, Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches.
The CODE keyboard is also compatible with Mac machines: by using the DIP switches, you can enable or disable the OS keys, and change keyboard’s function from standard QWERTY mode to Mac mode. Please refer to the user guide or manuals for more information.