What are the best keyboards for programming?

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    #1Das Keyboard 4 Professional

    Das Keyboard 4 Professional

    The Das Keyboard 4 Professional gives to you a new experience of typing. It is a very sturdy mechanical keyboard that allows you to write and, also, to play with it.


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    Stephen Newman
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The price may be a little scary to some, but I can honestly say it is well worth it. This keyboard is really high quality and well built. I can already tell that the keys are going to last and it is super comfortable to use. I am a gamer and a programmer and this keyboard is the best I've come across."
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    #2Filco FKBN104M/EFB2

    Filco FKBN104M/EFB2
    Filco's Ninja has the same layout as a standard US keyboard, but instead of having legends on the top of the keys it has legends on the front of the keys. This Keyboard combines the high quality typing feel of Cherry MX switches, steel mounted in a rock solid body with full N-key Rollover function, all put together in a very slick package. N-Key Rollover allows multiple simultaneous key presses to be recognized by your computer. A big help for the superfast typist or serious gamer.

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    Emily Lynch
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Talk about the keyboard of the future! This thing has everything. If you need a solid keyboard with all the bells and whistles, you will not be disappointed with the Filco FKBN104M/EFB2."
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    #3Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

    Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

    Work longer and more comfortably with this keyboard, mouse, and number pad designed with advanced ergonomics and 4-way scroll wheel for navigating up, down, left and right, Wireless type: 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency.


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    Lin Hou
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "This is a keyboard for people with hand problems. I do not think it would improve a programmer's abilities."
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    #4Leopold FC660C Keyboard

    Leopold FC660C Keyboard

    The Leopold "Mini" 66-key electrostatic capacitive keyboard is a vintage-looking mechanical keyboard with highly sensitive keys. It is compatible with Windows and Mac thanks to the USB cable. 


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    Diane Payne
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Leopold keyboard is great for programming and compatible wit Mac and/or Windows"
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    #5CM Storm QuickFire Rapid

    CM Storm QuickFire Rapid

    This keyboard will allow you to perform most basic stuff on your computer in a comfortable way: its compact design will allow your shoulders to be comfortable. It also has some extra keys in case you need any key to be replaced. 


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    William Diaz
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Excellent keyboard. The build quality is extremely sturdy. It's fairly heavy with thick plastic. They keys have a great feel to them, they have feedback when you press them down, they make sure you know what keys you are hitting, this keyboard is fast and works great for programming and gaming. "
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    #6Kinesis Freestyle2

    Kinesis Freestyle2

    The Kinesis Freestyle2 keyboard has a split-adjustable design and a low-force, tactile key switches for comfortable and satisfying typing experience. It also includes embedded numeric keypad. It is specifically designed for Mac users. 


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    Victoria Evans
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Kinesis is the market-leader in computer ergonomics and has been designing premium keyboards for more than 25 years. The award-winning Freestyle2 keyboard is perfect for those looking to increase their productivity or enhance their comfort, at home or in the office. The Freestyle2's unique split-adjustable design allows you to position the key modules at shoulder width or connect the included pivot tether to ""splay"" the key modules- choose the configuration that works best for your body type. Low-force, tactile keyswitches provide a satisfying typing experience and are very quiet. The Freestyle2 features an embedded numeric keypad for easy access to the 10-key. And since the Freestyle2 uses a standard key layout, there is no learning curve. Add the optional Palm Supports with gel pads to keep your wrists neutral, or add the VIP3 or V3 lifters which attach to the base of the keyboard to provide reproducible tent settings of 5, 10, or 15 degrees which greatly reduces forearm tension. Mac-specific driverless hotkeys support common shortcuts like cut/copy/paste, brightness, multimedia actions, Dashboard and much, much more."
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    #7WASD Code-104

    WASD Code-104

    WASD Code-104 is a mechanical keyboard with white LED backlighting and features Cherry MX brown mechanical switches. It has 7 levels of adjustable brightness. Its NKRO/6KRO technology lets you press number of keys simultaneously.


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    Gary Taylor
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This keyboard is a good option for a programmer, the mechanical keys and back-lighting are exactly what a programmer would need to code late into the night. Some programmers prefer keyboards with built in wrist rests or a sturdy laptop, but for a desktop programmer this offers great functionality. "
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    #8Topre Realforce 104UB

    Topre Realforce 104UB
    The Realforce 104UB is an ergonomic mechanical keyboard specifically designed for typing. It has 104 keys in the US ANSI layout that are easy to depress, thanks to the Topre switches underneath.

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    Rachel Zhang
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "If you spend all day programming you should give this keyboard a try. It is absolutely a joy to type on. The keys have a nice texture and it's heavy enough not to move around on the desk while using it. Give it a try and I think you'll love it also. "
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    #9Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2

    Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2

    The Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2 is a keyboard that stands out for its minimal compact layout, which has been specially designed for programmers, particularly emacs and vims users.


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    Richard Robertson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a minimalist keyboard, and looks quite nice; the absence of the numberpad irritates me, personally, but many people go without that anyway. There are no letters on the keys, but if you're willing to spend more than $200 on a keyboard, you probably already know how to type anyway. 5/7, would hack with this, with a happy smile, as per item name."
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    #10WASD CODE 12187

    WASD CODE 12187

    Compact and slim, this keyboard features a LED-illuminated backlight, with seven different levels of brightness. Thanks to the NKRO/6KRO, you will be able to press multiple keys at the same time. 


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    Beverly Morrison
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The WASD CODE 12187 keyboard is great for writing computer programs and has an adjustable back light to the keys which really helps to keep my hands on the right keys. The keyboard is engineered to allow up to 6 keys to be pressed simultaneously, which greatly expands the status quo of 26 alpha and 10 each numeric and function keys. I can assign modules of code to multiple simultaneous keys and save a lot of time. This is a top of the line keyboard, and I hope to keep it for many years as I am very happy with it."
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    #11Realforce SE18T0

    Realforce SE18T0
    The Realforce 87U employs Topre's unique capacitive tactile key switches and ergonomically distributed key switch weighting to provide the most comfortable typing experience available in a standard flat keyboard. Convenient LEDs are embedded in the Caps Lock and Num Lock keys and the Caps Lock and CTRL keys are swappable and configurable using the on-board dip-switches.

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    Ronald Wallace
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Do you enjoy any thing in your life? Many people do. A quick run in the morning to get the endocrine system pumping. A dip in the pool on a hot summer's day. A glass of red wine, a fuzzy blanket, and an unwatched TV series on Amazon Prime Video on a lonely winter Friday. Bacon, perhaps! Covered in rich dark chocolate. Puppies. Your favorite musical performer, playing your personal favorite songs in a small, intimate venue. A delightful game or puzzle which challenges you but ultimately yields to your dynamic mind. The curves of a sleek sports car, freshly washed and waxed. A quick shag with the one you love at an unexpected time. All of that is crap. That's not pleasure. That's illusion. Religion has been telling you that for years. But religion is crap too. There is only one way to truly become one with the divine, indivisible essence of universal creation. It is this keyboard. As soon as you settle your fingertips onto the keys, you will know what I am talking about. They have a non-smooth surface and are slightly cupped. Your fingertips touch them and they touch your fingertips back. They don't want to let go. You life a finger - no! it doesn't want to let go. So your finger returns and presses the key. The key glides downward, and the resistance it presents is like nothing you can get from any other keyboard. It is consistent, then it relieves a little, then it catches again, then loosens for that final, satisfying click, which is lighter than you expect, but you can feel it in your soul. It is also quiet, so you can hear the little voices of your fingertips moaning and crying out in pleasure. It is true that the switches are electrocapacitive mechanical / rubber dome hybrids. But they are also small portals into the higher worlds that are layered above the physical. Every time you press a key, you advance the cause of good and enlightenment for all creatures everywhere in the universe. The universe is brought another millimeter forward towards cosmic enlighenment. Do not fail. For yourself, for your ancestors, for all future generations, on this and all other planets, buy this keyboard."


Best What are the best keyboards for programming
1Das Keyboard 4 ProfessionalElectronics 16 Paid
2Filco FKBN104M/EFB2Electronics 15 Paid
3Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic KeyboardElectronics 9 Paid
4Leopold FC660C KeyboardElectronics 8 Paid
5CM Storm QuickFire RapidElectronics 7 Paid
6Kinesis Freestyle2Electronics 6 Paid
7WASD Code-104 Electronics 3 Paid
8Topre Realforce 104UBElectronics 2 Paid
9Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2Electronics 2 Paid
10WASD CODE 12187Electronics 2 Paid

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