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The Best Keyboards For Serious Typists

Whether ergonomic, mechanical, or both, there’s a wealth of keyboards to explore.

Keyboards aren’t always high on the list of considerations for folks looking to upgrade their computer, but they should be. Like a new monitor or a new chair, a good keyboard can make a world of difference for anyone that spends the better part of a day typing for work or pleasure. Unlike most computer upgrades, however, there’s a good chance that any high-quality keyboard you buy now will outlast your current Mac or PC.

Finding just the right one for you, however, is no easy task. Mechanical keyboards, once largely given up as a relic of the early days of computing, are a popular choice again. Ergonomic keyboards may look a bit strange but could give you a bit of relief from wrist pain. And there are countless keyboards that run the gamut of prices offering wireless capabilities, backlighting and a range of other features beyond the basics.

Here are a few of the best.

WASD Code 87-Key or 104-Key

Amazon | $155 (104-key), $150 (87-key)There's no one mechanical keyboard that's sure to please everyone, but one of the best-liked on the market is the WASD Code keyboard, available with or without a dedicated number pad. It was the overwhelming choice among The Wirecutter's testers for best mechanical keyboard, and also comes highly-rated by the keyboard specialists at Keychatter.
WASD Code keyboards can be ordered with a range of different key switches to suit your preference for a clickety-clack sound (more options are available direct from WASD than on Amazon), any of which will provide a more satisfying tactile response than your standard keyboard. It's also decidedly no-frills in appearance, with basic white backlighting. But they're not cheap— these boards will cost you between $145 and $160 depending on your choice of configuration. Keep in mind though, they'll last a very long time. 

There’s no one mechanical keyboard that’s sure to please everyone, but one of the best-liked on the market is the WASD Code keyboard, available with or without a dedicated number pad. It was the overwhelming choice among The Wirecutter’s testers for best mechanical keyboard, and also comes highly-rated by the keyboard specialists at Keychatter.

WASD Code keyboards can be ordered with a range of different key switches to suit your preference for a clickety-clack sound (more options are available direct from WASD than on Amazon), any of which will provide a more satisfying tactile response than your standard keyboard. It’s also decidedly no-frills in appearance, with basic white backlighting. But they’re not cheap— these boards will cost you between $145 and $160 depending on your choice of configuration. Keep in mind though, they’ll last a very long time.

Amazon | $40 and upDon't be fooled by the "gaming" branding, Qisan's 68-key "Magicforce" keyboard is a worth a look from anyone interested in getting into mechanical keyboards without paying a premium price. It's nice and compact at 60% of the size of a standard keyboard, but still keeps an arrow cluster that other similarly small boards lack.Magicforce boards are available with your choice of a range of different key switches to suit your preference for a more clicky or quiet keyboard (not to mention your choice of colors). Some configurations run as little as $40, while higher-quality switches will push things up to $70 or more. If you're looking for a cheap mechanical keyboard that won't break the bank, look no further. 

Don’t be fooled by the “gaming” branding, Qian’s 68-key “Magicforce” keyboard is a worth a look from anyone interested in getting into mechanical keyboards without paying a premium price. It’s nice and compact at 60% of the size of a standard keyboard but still, keeps an arrow cluster that other similarly small boards lack.

Magicforce boards are available with your choice of a range of different key switches to suit your preference for a more clicky or quiet keyboard (not to mention your choice of colors). Some configurations run as little as $40, while higher-quality switches will push things up to $70 or more. If you’re looking for a cheap mechanical keyboard that won’t break the bank, look no further.

Matias Tactile Pro and Quiet Pro

Amazon | $140 Matias has long served Mac users looking for a mechanical keyboard reminiscent of the old school Apple Extended keyboard, and the Tactile Pro ($140) remains a popular choice. It will give you all the dedicated Mac keys you need if you're hesitant to switch to a board with a generic layout, in which all the keys will still work, but some may be mislabeled.The Matias Tactile Pro not one of the quieter mechanical keyboards, however, so you may want to consider the company's similar but slightly more dampened Quiet Pro model if you have a deskmate or aversion to noisy keyboards. A black version of the Tactile Pro is also available for Windows users.

Matias has long served Mac users looking for a mechanical keyboard reminiscent of the old school Apple Extended keyboard, and the Tactile Pro ($140) remains a popular choice. It will give you all the dedicated Mac keys you need if you’re hesitant to switch to a board with a generic layout, in which all the keys will still work, but some may be mislabeled.

The Matias Tactile Pro not one of the quieter mechanical keyboards, however, so you may want to consider the company’s similar but slightly more dampened Quiet Pro model if you have a desk mate or aversion to noisy keyboards. A black version of the Tactile Pro is also available for Windows users.

Das Keyboard

Amazon | $170 (Quiet), $166 (Clicky)The latest in the highly-regarded Das Keyboard line, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is the most refined version of the keyboard to date, and one that PC Gamer says makes "an already superb keyboard even better." While it keeps things relatively sleek and basic in terms of design, you do get a nice big volume knob, as well as a built-in USB 3.0 hub. You also get your choice of quiet or clicky key switches for the somewhat hefty $170 asking price, and no backlighting for typing in the dark. 

The latest in the highly-regarded Das Keyboard line, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is the most refined version of the keyboard to date, and one that PC Gamer says makes “an already superb keyboard even better.” While it keeps things relatively sleek and basic in terms of design, you do get a nice big volume knob, as well as a built-in USB 3.0 hub. You also get your choice of quiet or clicky key switches for the somewhat hefty $170 asking price, and no backlighting for typing in the dark.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

A split-key or ergonomic keyboard will take some getting used to, but there’s no shortage of people who swear by them and could never go back to standard horizontal layout. At just $60 (or $80 for a bundle including a mouse), Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is both one of the more affordable ones available and a favorite of many regardless of the price; it was PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for wireless keyboard, even taking non-ergonomic models into account, and also The Wirecutter’s pick for Best ergonomic keyboard.  

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard

Amazon | $130One step up from the Sculpt Ergonomic is Microsoft's newer Surface Ergonomic model, which boasts a higher-end fit and finish and a palm rest made of a suede-like material called Alcantara. Unlike the Sculpt—which uses a USB receiver for wireless connectivity—the Surface keyboard boasts Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and Windows Central also found an improvement in the quality of the keys, which they describe as more satisfying. At $130, though, you may want to try both to see if the improvements are enough to justify the costs for you.

One step up from the Sculpt Ergonomic is Microsoft’s newer Surface Ergonomic model, which boasts a higher-end fit and finish and a palm rest made of a suede-like material called Alcantara. Unlike the Sculpt—which uses a USB receiver for wireless connectivity—the Surface keyboard boasts Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and Windows Central also found an improvement in the quality of the keys, which they describe as more satisfying. At $130, though, you may want to try both to see if the improvements are enough to justify the costs for you.

 

Amazon | $90 (PC), $100 (Mac)If even Microsoft's Ergonomic keyboards aren't comfortable enough for you, there's always something like the Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue, a full-size wireless keyboard that's split completely down the middle with two sections you can position however you like. Available in both Mac and Windows versions (starting at $90), it can also be used with a range of Kinesis' accessories, including palm supports, a number pad, and a kit that lets you adjust the slope of the keyboard. 

If even Microsoft’s Ergonomic keyboards aren’t comfortable enough for you, there’s always something like the Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue, a full-size wireless keyboard that’s split completely down the middle with two sections you can position however you like. Available in both Mac and Windows versions (starting at $90), it can also be used with a range of Kinesis’ accessories, including palm supports, a number pad, and a kit that lets you adjust the slope of the keyboard.

Qwerkywriter

Qwerkywriter | $280It doesn't come cheap, but the Qwerkywriter (marked down to $280 from $350 as of this writing) will no doubt please anyone looking for a keyboard with some truly old-school inspiration.While its design really lays the gimmick on thick, PC Magazine was impressed with its sturdy metal construction and high-quality mechanical key switches (a rarity on a Bluetooth keyboard), although it notes the angle of the integrated tablet stand may be too steep for some. It's not strictly a tablet keyboard, however, and is just at home paired with a desktop or laptop computer.

 

It doesn’t come cheap, but the Qwerkywriter (marked down to $280 from $350 as of this writing) will no doubt please anyone looking for a keyboard with some truly old-school inspiration.

While its design really lays the gimmick on thick, PC Magazine was impressed with its sturdy metal construction and high-quality mechanical key switches (a rarity on a Bluetooth keyboard), although it notes the angle of the integrated tablet stand may be too steep for some. It’s not strictly a tablet keyboard, however, and is just at home paired with a desktop or laptop computer.

 

Designed Old Fashioned Cast Iron Mailbox

No matter how technologically advanced the world might get, there are still a number of people who still follow the typical conventional ways of receiving mails. You can come across a number of houses that have beautifully decorated cast iron mailboxes. They make the houses look way too elegant and add on a regal touch to the entire scenario.

mailbox love

You can always get hold of mailboxes of your choices from vendors who sell them. But the recent times have seen a number of designers who have added their own personal touches to the mailboxes and have given them a new look altogether. The entire idea of a mailbox is something very contemporary. Thus the look of the items is bound to enhance the look of the space that you are installing the mailbox in.

Add on that extra tint to your house

Having an old fashioned mailbox installed in your home can bring back memories of your childhood days that you spent at your grandparent’s home. The delivery of a letter from the postman was all that you waited for. The first advantage that you get to derive from the installation of a cast iron mailbox is that you can easily avoid the hassle of going out and opening the door every time a postman arrives to deliver a letter at your residence. The other thing is that it helps in enhancing the safety of the letters that come. In case you are away from your home and a confidential letter gets delivered in your mailbox, you do not have to worry about it getting misplaced in any way. When it comes to an old mailbox people generally choose the cast iron ones because they do not tarnish the look of your house in any way. These custom made products ensure that your house gets the regal feeling and look that you have been looking for.

Online is the way to be

The décor of your house is what portrays the taste that you hold. The way you decorate your house will let people know the choices that you actually make. You can always leave a long lasting impact on the mind of a visitor who comes to visit your home. Designer mailboxes can help you give that extra tint on to your house. You can always get hold of a design that suits the ambience and the look of your house. There are several online portals that offer you the best of products in terms of both price and quality. In case you cannot manage sufficient time to go out there and get a mailbox for your house physically, you can always choose one from the different portals. You can take a look at the reviews that have been provided by people who have made use of these products. Apart from this you can also compare the prices of the different products and choose one that is within the range of your affordability. Make sure that you choose the best in terms of style, quality as well as the price in which you avail them.

Best antivirus programs 2017

BitDefender Internet Security 2017

Bitdefender is the best virus scanner in our test. If you are looking for the best antivirus program, you should choose Bitdefender Internet Security. For two years, Bitdefender has dominated almost every virus scanner test (in magazines and online media). In a few virus scanner tests, Bitdefender offered the best virus protection in the past 12 months. Even the most sensitive topic WLAN is the security software. It monitors the wireless network and blocks unwanted visitors. You do not need to configure anything. All security settings are made automatically. Also, no obtrusive messages, warnings, or other pop-ups appear.

If the user interface is called up, the user has a very well-structured and tidy console, which allows intuitive operation of the product. The very low system utilization during operation, combined with an excellent virus detection rate and smooth operation, make Bitdefender Internet Security the best virus scanner at present.

The Bitdefender Autopilot makes your security even easier. Intelligent user profiles detect if you work, play or watch movies. The one-click optimization provides even better performance and creates additional storage space.

Bitdefender version 2017 introduced the WiFi advisor. It evaluates the security of publicly accessible WLAN networks and informs computer users about possible weaknesses.

The Safepay feature is also very useful: when you open bank or product pages, the brand new Safepay function automatically opens a secure browser. This allows you to make purchases and financial transactions securely.

 

Kaspersky Internet Security 2017

The virus detection and removal works very well. The virus scanner detects ~ 96 percent of all pests. A little less than the first place (Bitdefender: 100 percent), nevertheless a excellent result. Kaspersky provides comprehensive protection. The computer is protected against both spy and malware. Internet traffic and emails are scanned and monitored just as reliably as instant messenger communications.

The first time Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 is launched, a similar resemblance of the new interface to that of Windows 8 occurs. In any case, the large keys for the core functions can not be overlooked. Behind it lies a multitude of new features, such as the “virtual keyboard” with which one can prevent the unwanted recording of keystrokes. Also, the software has a module that can be used to reveal security holes in programs.

The updated user interface makes the anti-virus program even easier to use than the previous version 2016. Numerous additional functions, such as the two-way firewall or the extended protection module for online banking round out the range of services.
Unfortunately, Internet Security does not have built-in storage for passwords.

Important updates in the Kaspersky version 2017:

New protection against unsafe connections. Outgoing and incoming data are automatically encrypted. The limit is 200 MB traffic per day. If you want more, you have to spend extra money – for 5 euros there is a monthly flat rate.
It also has new webcam protection.