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5 Best Mechanical Keyboards For Typing You Need To Know

5 Best Mechanical Keyboards For Typing You Need To Know

Keyboards can vary just as much as any other kind of computer accessory or component. Many keyboards used today are membrane keyboards, meaning they do not have individual switches under each key. Rather, they use rubber domes that spread underneath the keyboard, which can sometimes make the keys overly sensitive or feel less than ideally firm under the typist’s fingers.

Mechanical keyboards, however, have switches under each key, which can make typing easier, faster, and more accurate. And, of course, these keyboards often make an audible clicking noise when the keys are pressed, which many people find quite satisfying. These keyboards also tend to last longer than their membrane counterparts. Mechanical keyboards are available for PCs and Macs, so make sure to verify the compatibility of your computer and the keyboard before purchasing. Whether you’re looking for a good keyboard for typing, gaming, or some combination of the two, here are some of the best mechanical keyboards out there today.

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1. Das Keyboard Model S Professional

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    This keyboard features 2 USB ports and full N-key rollover, which allows it to process input from more than one key pressed at a time. The keyboard is available with either Cherry MX Blue switches, which make a louder clicking noise and feel light under the fingers, or Cherry MX Brown switches, which are a bit softer to the touch. This keyboard can be purchased on the Das Keyboard website ($139) or from Amazon.

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    2. Razer BlackWidow Stealth

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      Compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems, this keyboard has something for everyone. Known for their gaming equipment, Razer has produced a keyboard that not only supports 10-key rollover (one key for each finger simultaneously), but also has included technology that allows users to press down on the keys only slightly in order to operate the key. This enables users to type more quickly and efficiently. The keyboard costs $99.99 and will currently ship for free within the United States. It can be purchased in the US, Canada, and many Asian and European countries. To order online, visit Razer’s website.

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      3. IBM Model M

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        Now sold by mechanical keyboard enthusiasts such as Unicomp, this keyboard is hailed as “the original tactile keyboard.” This keyboard is just as big and loud as it was when it first came out in 1984. The keys are operated by buckling switches, which gives it that classic clicking sound. These keyboards range from $79 to $109.

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        4. Ducky Shine 3

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          With 7 customizable LED backlighting options, this keyboard stands out as one of the more modern looking mechanical keyboards on the market. Potential buyers have the option of purchasing the keyboard with Cherry MX Black, Blue, Brown, or Red. Visit the Ducky website for more information, or go to MechanicalKeyboards.com to purchase. Keyboards cost around $149.

          5. Rosewill RK-9000 Series

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            This keyboard comes in four different Cherry MX switches: Blue, Red, Brown, and Black. According to the Rosewill website, only Cherry MX Blue switches are available currently, with the other three options being released soon. Designed for maximum comfort and durability, this keyboard comes in at $100 and can be purchased from Rosewill.com.

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            7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

            7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

            Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

            Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

            1. Basecamp

              It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

              It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

              Find out more about Basecamp here.

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              2. Asana

                If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

                In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

                Find out more about Asana here.

                3. Casual

                  This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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                  This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

                  Find out more about Casual here.

                  4. Trello

                    This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

                    Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

                    Find out more about Trello here.

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                    5. OmniPlan

                      This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

                      You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

                      A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

                      Find out more about OmniPlan here.

                      6. Podio

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                        This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

                        There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

                        Find out more about Podio here.

                        7. Microsoft Project

                          This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                          The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                          Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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