Chiclet Keys: good or bad?

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  1. spankyofoz

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    It seems this style of keyboard is getting more and more popular. For those who don't know what they are, think calculator buttons - short travel, rubbery, individual keys.

    It seems Apple started this trend, and others are following. I'm really not a fan, they are not nice to type on for any length of time. So is it a case of form over function? Or are there hidden beneifts I'm not seeing?

    I'm talking about this style of thing: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/side_by_rumored_side/new-apple-keyboard-vs-old-version-283536.php

    What got me started on this is I'm looking for a new laptop at the moment, and have seen a couple with this style of keyboard. Most of them feel horrible to type on, are there any good ones?
     
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    lol, apple stole an idea from the past, how original

    oh, google ZX Spectrum if you wanna know what i mean.
     
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    Im not a fan personally. they have new macs at uni with these keyboards. really dont like typing on them for any extended amount of time. it wouldnt surprise me if i made more typos on the new mac keyboard than with my eeepc, lol.

    im used to a reasonably large keyboard (use a g15 on my pc). the feel of the keys does nothing for me either.

    that said, they do look pretty nice :p
     
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    speccy had a rubber membrane, so it felt quite weird.
     
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    Yeah, the Sony Vaio stole the idea from Apple!

    /sarcasm

    And I love chiclet style keys!
     
  6. DiGiTaL MoNkEY

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    I know some people that like Chiclet keys, and some that don't...personal preference.
     
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    meh, you mentioned 2 brands I don't give a stuff about, so I don't exactly pay attention to who was first.
     
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    Apple. Form over function? Never... :lol:


    Personally I like clicky keyboards. ala IBM oldschool, and what I use now, Das Keyboard (original at work), and Das Keyboard Ultimate (home). :thumbup:
     
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    I'm a fan, I'm using one now and like it. :)
     
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    I'm using one now on my 1000he am liking it.
     

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