My favorite switches for typing (and thus, coding) are MX blues. Unfortunately these are also the loudest, with a distinct click at each key activation. You can purchase small rubber rings that act as dampeners on each key, but this also changes the feel of the keyboard.
I'd pay well for a solution that lets me have both the tactile experience I enjoy and the sound level I need to use a mechanical keyboard at work. Until then it's bog-standard rubber domes for me.
MX Blues are tactile and clicky.
If you want tactile, but not clicky, then you would want an MX Brown. You can feel when the actuation happens, and as long as you don't bottom out the keys, they are silent. Many DasKeyboard models come with a choice of Blue/Brown, but other manufacturers have them as well.
Here is a site that has an explanation of the various colors:
Edit: another thing that helps is having the keyboard on a oversized mousepad, to dampen the vibrations from keyboard -> desk
I had a keyboard with Matias quiet pro switches and I really loved them. Very tactile, about as much as Cherry blue. But with less snooze than browns.
Too bad that keyboard was the KBP V60 which after a few weeks gained lots of key chatter. I read that many more people suffered from that, their firmware is bad at preventing it.
How can I be leet without a blank keyboard.
(I've owned two standard(clicky, and silent) of them over 3 jobs and both are still going strong)
 - http://www.daskeyboard.com/daskeyboard-4-ultimate/
I picked up a CODE keyboard with Cherry MX Greens that works great. The greens are a little harder to type than I expected, but I'm used to them now and quite happy with them.
I would honestly recommend it over every other mechanical keyboard I've had (blues, reds, clears, browns, the hi-profile version of the topre).
Do yourself a favor and get a Realforce keyboard. It's typing nirvana.
Do you know of a decently built and split design keyboard that uses them? A quick googling didn't show anything. I'd be willing to give it a shot but I'm not going back to a one piece keyboard for anything.
The MS ergo keyboard isn't wide enough for me but I'm not against a one-piece design. I just recently switched to a Kinesis Advantage2 (split-but-one-piece) at home but I have a straight two-piece keyboard at work. The width I keep the two-piece at is a bit wider than the Advantage but it's not enough to bother me.
>If the latter, what do you like about them?
The main issue for me is that I'm 6'6" and have broad shoulders. Normal keyboard layouts cause me to roll my shoulders dramatically so I can get my hands on the home keys. This caused some shoulder pain issues in the past when I had code-heavy weeks. Split configuration seems to have fixed that completely.
Single piece split keyboards still restrict the angle of your wrists. I find the MS ergo keyboards to better by default, but having the ability to adjust the angle opens the possibility of finding an even better angle (that may change over time).
Topre have a lot of love. Exist a lot of jokes about it be "just membarane" .
The main thing are:
1- The higher cost
2- Most good are very hard to get, and only from Japan
and the most important:
3- You can't get alternate key caps (easily). All the ecosystem is around MX Stems.
ALPS like matias suffer mostly for this too.
Experience shows that switching between layouts is not appealing for most.
This is my layout:
Note how it have some punctuation for coding more easily reachable.
I'm trying to figure out how bend it to match the MS Ergo.
I request a custom keycap set from http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keycap-set/1... with custom icons, colors (for the limited set available, but enough) and text.
Hopefully I can start the build soon. Waiting for the plate now...
In the end, I went with a Unicomp, and I'm very happy with it.
Anyone got any favourites?