i’ve been rocking an IBM M2 keyboard for awhile now, and i loved it, so much, i love the clicky old school keyboards, they have an amazing build quality, and just feel right. but, alas, with a Felix around, something had to break. she had a good life though, from 1992 to 2013 is a pretty amazing lifespan for a computer peripheral.
So i spent a few weeks with my old apple acrylic keyboard, and that thing was just dead, the keys would register occasionally, i hated the soft silent key strokes, looks amazing though, all white and clear plastic-ey. tasty.
after a lot of research I went with the … ugh.. terribly named ” Thermaltake eSports KNUCKER Plunger Gaming Keyboard” it’s from a Taiwan company who claim “plunger switch can response feeling like mechanical switch” combined with good reviews, it seemed like a keyboard that would have a mechanical “clicky” feel but with a far lower price tag. and so far, it really is. it’s quiet but there is a definite feeling to the key strokes. my game play and typing instantly improved, it just felt right. It was on sale last week for 25 bucks with shipping, so i jumped on that, not a bad deal at all. the build construction is not nearly on par with the ol’ IBM M2, but honestly, you just don’t find peripherals with that build quality until you start spending around 130 (such as the amazing das keyboard)
overall, if you need a keyboard for <50$, this is the keyboard to gets.