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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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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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