The selection of peripheral devices are always not very much considered while choosing or selecting them. Especially keyboards, if we talk about mouse so relatively it might be something which is considered but when it comes to keyboard it’s like that we have to type from it so we can take any of it of a good brand ignoring the things which should be considered. However anything that we are going to buy must be after some research we have done for it. Same goes for keyboard for programming.
Today I’ll give you some good info related to a keyboard that will be used mainly by the programmers. It will be helpful to you while buying one for your desk. There are different type of keyboards as well as having different type of layouts like QWERTY,AZERTY,QWERTZ,HCESAR. These layouts are based on the arrangements of keys just like a QWERTY keyboard has the arrangement of keys of letters in the first row of alphabets are like Q ,W,E,R,T,Y. Types of keyboards varies with the features in it. Now First of all you should have an idea that while choosing a keyboard for programming what are the key things you must take into account.
Key things to check while buying a keyboard for programming…
- Wireless or Wired
- Connector type
- Membrane keys or Mechanical keys
Keyboards are available in different sizes in the market. We should choose the size as per our need , It also depends what you like most some people get their self comfortable using mini keyboards and some people like to have big keyboards with big keys. The mechanical keyboard with bigger size is our favorite and best go-to choice for programming.
Design of a machine or a device you are working with is very much important. In keyboards technologist have given this device an ergonomic design. Now, what is an Ergonomics?
It’s a science which involves the design engineering of the products use by the human beings in their daily work routine of any field. It’s also known as human factors engineering. Products which are not ergonomic design based can cause fatigue, stress or sometime injury. – Wikipedia.
Well, as far as Keyboards are concerned they are available in very good ergonomic designs and I suggest that it would be a best choice for a programmer to buy this type of keyboard the reason behind it is because these guys spent much time on computer so if they will not use appropriate thing so that would definitely cause or effect their health in a longer run. But if you are a random user and does not spend much time on computer so you can look into other design as well which are not ergonomic but have a good design to work with comfort and ease.
Wireless or Wired?
Wireless keyboards are very common now a days. They work on the principle of radio frequency (RF), Infra Red(IR), Bluetooth for connectivity. It communicates using signal which ranges from 27MHz up to 2.4 GHz. It’s a portable device so that you can work with ease in any position no matter lying on the couch you can easily manage as far as you’re in the range.
The main benefit of wireless keyboard is they create less clutter as compare to the wired keyboard. Other than the advantages of mobility, portability and lack of clutter there are many disadvantages also. These keyboards have less functionality for the users who types at a faster speed rate. They faces problems using it, Else it’s not a plug and play device you first need to install its software and then configure it (only applicaple in few cases). Batteries are a sort of worry for the users which uses these keyboards either they are normal lithium batteries but the user have to take care of changing them or charging them on time. The another thing to consider is, wireless keyboards have lesser number of variants compared to wired keyboards. There might be a case when you find a very good wired keyboard but that same type of keyboard isn’t available in wireless!
Connector Type –
When you are buying a keyboard, you should know which type of connector you will be needing to plug it in. For that you just have to look on the back of your PC or the ports of your device in which you are going to attach your keyboard. Usually 4-pin USB connectors are used in new and latest computers and laptops but some older ones might have 5-pin DIN connector or 6-pin PS/2 connector.
Mechanical or Membrane Keyboard?
The term mechanical keyboards simply means that keyboards which has switches under the keys for sending the signal to PC are called mechanical keyboards. Today the technology is advanced and membrane keyboards are available in which there are pressure pads under each key which you press, they have a flat surface board which has printed as per the keyboard layout. Every time you press a key it exerts a pressure through the pad on the print and signal is transmitted. It depends on you that what you like mechanical or the one with the membrane. Some people like mechanical keyboards because they get a satisfying sound while pressing a key as compare to membrane which is a very quite keyboard. So it depends which one you like it. Performance of both are fine.
Some of the good keyboards which we found good and appropriate for programmers are listed below. I have also mentioned the one that I personally love and use for programming.
Top 5 best keyboards for programming/programmers
Logitech has always given its best in products when it comes to peripheral devices. K350.2 is an ergonomic designed keyboard , a big one wavy design giving hands the space to adjust. Taking ease and comfort into account a cushioned palm is provided to make users to use their hand and can rest on it. Most importantly it has a longer battery life estimated three years that is a very good life of a battery. Additional feature includes Logitech unifying receiver which stays in your notebook, so there ‘s no need to unplug it when you are away or not using it. As a wireless keyboard all useful features are provided. This keyboard is an ultra-ergonomic keyboard which is best for programming or for anyone who spends more time in typing.
Azio Wired Keyboard is a good choice for those who people work usually in low light. It has large printed keys lightened up so that one cannot have any sort of eye strain. Additional features includes multimedia and quick access hotkeys. It’s a plug and play device having a cord of 5ft. The User also have choice of changing the color of the light to red , blue or purple based on preference and surroundings. Shortcut keys make its way easy to navigate your favorite programs. AZIO’s KB505U is a great way to work on your home or office while adding much needed functionality and readability.
For troubleshooting purposes :
1. Unplug the USB Transceiver.
2. On the keyboard, press and hold L.SHIFT and ESC. The Blue LEDs should start flashing.
3. Insert the USB Transceiver into the computer.
This should reset the keyboard to factory defaults and then you can again customize it as per your choice.
This keyboard of Emarthtech is a great gaming tool for the gamers as well as programmers having so much heavy features is suitable for programming also. Emarthtech has designed this keyboard as per Ergonomic standards so that the user can work with ease and in a very comfortable way. Backlit options has also been provided to be used when the person is in a dim or low light. One can change the color of the light, having options of seven lights as well as darkening or brightening the light make it more wonderful. Letters are printed in bigger size clearly. It has one hundred and four Normal keys, Nineteen non-conflict and twelve hot-keys, four joystick movement keys, a big space bar as well as a concave key cap. It gives the user experience of a mechanical keyboard. It has suspension key cap and sounds clear tone. It’s a plug and play device, no need of installing any sort of software. It works with every operating system and computer.
TechNet Gryphon keyboard is a complete package for gaming as well as for programmers. It is a water resistant high performance ergonomically designed keyboard enabling user to have an enormous experience while gaming. Gryphon has an aggressive design and it’s a illuminated keyboard giving backlit option in which lights can be changed into three different colors as well as brightness can be adjusted. Multiple multimedia controls are available. Nineteen keys are calibrated to prevent anti-ghosting. Ten programmable keys are on command. Game/Desktop mode is given for the gamers it disable the windows and contacts menu keys so that game is not interrupted. It has a US keyboard Layout. Furthermore additional features includes WASD keys that can swap functions. It’s a suitable Wired keyboard with 1.5m USB cable cord for Windows XP, Vista , 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
Well what can we say about Microsoft. We all know they have always given the best of the best in the market. The Microsoft 4000 keyboard can set as an example of a very perfect ergonomic design, Approved by different professional Ergonomists as its name says it’s actually a very natural type of design one can feel when rest hand on this perfect thing. It can give you better support with the plush palm rest and lift which will get your wrist position in a relaxed mode, one having a natural angle with the keyboard’s curved key bed ,ergonomic arc and reversed slope. Giving the forearm position makes it more ergonomic .The keyboard have multimedia keys for music and video control. It also comes with a hot key support with sufficient amount of programmable switches and it also supports all the variants from Windows XP to Windows 10 operating systems. All I can say is that it’s a perfect keyboard for a programmer to make for the stressful and hectic work load they have in their lives. I personally use this keyboard and would recommend it to all of you. It does take little time to get use to its controls and layout but after that it makes typing very comfortable.
I have concluded that Keyboard is such a device that must be taken or chosen as per need of yours. If you are a gamer so there is a variety of gaming keyboards available in the market with different additional features and very good designs. If you are a programmer so you must take a keyboard with ergonomic design because that is the most important and effective feature of it. An ergonomic design Keyboard has a shape which give you ease to type and adjust your hands and fingers. It become less stressful and gives comfort to a longer programming times. Furthermore there are some other keyboards which are not ergonomic but have a good design to work with comfort and ease design is an especial feature for the people who types very much. Other than that one can see the multimedia features the soft keys, internet etc.
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