Recommendation for keyboard and mouse

over 6 years ago from , @AllPrototypes.com

Hello guys, I would love to hear your tips and recommendations on your favourite keyboard and mouse combo that you use for work.

I have a standard Apple mouse/keyboard but I am thinking to move to something that will make me more effective/productive.

What keyboard and mouse do you like and why?


  • Karl DanningerKarl Danninger, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Mechanical keyboards all the way. Cherry MX Clears + DSA keycaps = Touch typing on little clouds.

    Edit with explanation on arrowless keyboard:

    I've gotten used to not using the traditional arrow keys. I find myself being able to move much more quickly around my machine when my fingers don't move from the home row. (It's way less strain on your wrists once you get used to it!) I achieve this with a "60%" keyboard. My arrow keys are mapped to IJKL using a function key. Some people use the vim-style HJKL but I never could really get used to that.

    7 points
    • Travis Arnold, over 6 years ago

      Do you have a link to that beaut? I've been wanting to switch to a mechanical keyboard recently and love the look of yours :) that wood grain enclosure is freaking sweet.

      1 point
    • Stefan Theofilos, over 6 years ago

      I've been wanting to try a 60% keyboard for a while now. How is not having the arrow keys?

      1 point
    • A Paul, over 6 years ago

      What's the benefit of a mechanical keyboard?

      0 points
      • Karl DanningerKarl Danninger, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

        The key benefit in my honest opinion is personalization. There are dozens of switches to choose from, they all feel VERY different from the rest. Learning the feel of each switch is gratifying, and i'm a much faster typer on my MX Clears or MX Blues than I've ever been than using the scissor switch on macbook keyboards (and I've been using macbook keyboards full-time pretty much since highschool) my WPM also jumped about 20-30 after a week or two... That's not saying much as a coder since you aren't paid by your WPM... my wrists don't hurt nearly as much, my fingertips also don't feel like they are slapping dead weight anymore. The actuation of a mechanical IS NOT at the bottom of the keystroke. Some switches are in the middle, and others are near the top of the key press. Getting used to the key travel and when the key actuates is important. To me, it's so friggen hard to compare. It's a love it, or hate it thing. But I strongly feel that people that invest the time and effort to get comfortable with a switch they like, it pays off.

        Edit: I know some people that have used MX Blues their whole life that switch to MX Reds or even something completely out of left field like a Topre switch or a Gateron, and they instantly fall in love with it. It's a matter of finding the switch that works for you and makes your fingers little happy clams :)

        1 point
        • Travis Arnold, over 6 years ago

          Thanks for that explanation! I'm going to go for it. I've been experiencing some wrist pain lately so I'm going to try and switch (no pun intended haha) things up to see if it helps.

          0 points
        • A Paul, over 6 years ago

          Interesting. Are there any mechanical keyboards that AREN'T loud as hell? I'm surrounded by developers at work and the sound of their keyboards banging all day drives me absolutely insane.

          0 points
          • Karl DanningerKarl Danninger, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

            ROFL! Me too! Yes, there are. Topre switches especially the HHKB Type-S is very quiet, and has a more familiar feel since it incorporates a rubber dome. Kind of feels like a piano key(?)

            The only problem is, is that particular keyboard (to me) is expensive as hell :/

            Edit: My MX Clears with rubber dampeners is fairly quiet. I would even say it's quieter than my new macbook pro with these ridiculously shallow clacky ass scissor switches! I do like the new macbook pro keyboard (probably for the sound alone) hahaha, as I love irritating my coworkers :troll:

            0 points
  • Sebastien Bartoli, over 6 years ago

    I personnally went the mechanical keyboard way. It's fantastic and feels much better typing all day long.

    I use a Vortex KBC Poker 3 with Cherry MX blue. Smoothest feel and most satisfying clicks all around. The 60% layout saves room on your desktop and you get used to combinations keys really fast (for arrows, functions keys, etc.)


    Apple Magic Trackpad for the mouse. So much time gained with gestures and multitouch. Works like a charm on Windows and Linux too.

    4 points
    • Joffrey LacourJoffrey Lacour, over 6 years ago

      Same for me! POK3R with Cherry MX Red and blank keycaps, and a Magic Trackpad. I'm in love, as it replaced my Apple Bluetooth keyboard and takes about the same space on my desk.

      My POK3R

      1 point
  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    What I’m using:

    What would I buy if the Apple extended wired keyboard went away? (It might, given there’s no Bluetooth version and it hasn't been updated to match the Magic Keyboard.) I’d buy a Microsoft Surface Keyboard. Just look at this thing… amazing!

    I can not use a desktop keyboard that doesn’t have full sized arrows and a keypad. And, if you want a matching mouse… this could be okay.

    4 points
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, over 6 years ago

    Don't forget some quality mousepad eg. QcK. Makes a ton of difference.

    2 points
  • diego fernandezdiego fernandez, over 6 years ago

    My combo:

    Keyboard: CM Storm - Quickfire Rapid-I

    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma

    I love it so much that I have the same setup pretty much everywhere I go (Home, Office, Backpack if traveling)

    1 point
  • Ignacio CorreiaIgnacio Correia, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )


    Logitech Wave

    Logitech Wave for multiple reasons:

    • The horizontal wave allows the fingers to know where they are in the keyboard
    • A few customs keys
    • Quick access to sound
    • I prefer with the NUMBERs keypad to work faster
    • The delete button is huge and often used
    • I have enough "pillow" to place my hands and rest them
    • The zoom key allows a quick view of your apps
    • Is wireless but batteries can last 1 to 2 years :)
    • Never broke any key
    • Quick access to the Calculator | I use it often, for programming and design calculations
    • Is not white | doesn't look as dirty as white keyboards


    Logitech G700S

    Logitech G700S

    The same thoughts go when choosing a mouse:

    • Wireless | for meetings
    • With cable when working
    • As many buttons to customize as possible
    • Customize the buttons per App | Photoshop, Chrome, Email
    • Quick button to open Explorer / Finder
    • Quick change tabs in browser
    • Quick create layers and duplicate and delete in photoshop
    • Is not white

    I choose my keyboard and mouse, I think, 8 years ago and never changed. Every time I go to a colleague set up it pisses me off.

    This setup is productivity all the way.

    PS: I am not sponsored by logitech by all means, but I should!

    1 point
  • Giulio MichelonGiulio Michelon, over 6 years ago

    I'm using a Solar Logitech keyboard K760. It's awesome: I never charged the battery.

    Logitech solar keyboard

    I'm using the Magic trackpad as a mouse. I would miss the OSX gestures with a common mouse, which are super convenient.

    1 point
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, over 6 years ago

    Beside a Wacom tablet, I have this setup. And love it. my combo

    0 points
  • Steven Luotto, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Wrong forum - apologies

    0 points
  • Zip ZapZip Zap, over 6 years ago

    Imo the magic mouse is not precise enough and is too expensive (but perhaps it's just me) I found this mouse last year and it's awesome, 30$, lightweight, precise and durable. https://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Rival-Optical-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B015WKY3FU

    0 points
  • Stefan Theofilos, over 6 years ago

    I just got the Das Keyboard Ultimate and I use a Logitech MX Master and a Magic Trackpad.

    0 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 6 years ago

    microsoft ergonomic.

    0 points
  • Wyatt CampizWyatt Campiz, over 6 years ago

    At home, I use an Apple wireless keyboard & Magic Mouse.

    At work, I use a Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 & MX Anywhere 2.

    0 points
  • chris limbrick, over 6 years ago

    My combination consists of a HappyHacking Pro 2 mechanical keyboard and a Logitech M570 wireless trackball. Typing on the keyboard feels great due to the layout and tactile response of the topre switches and setting up keyboard shortcuts has been helpful navigation around the computer as well. I've been using the logictech trackballs for years now and I absolutely love them. I'm not a fan of moving my mouse around the desk and I feel that I have more control using my thumb to move the cursor. It takes getting used to, but I much prefer it over any other mouse/trackpad.

    0 points
  • Marek LMarek L, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I use Cherry Clean Desktop keyboard and Steelseries Rival 100 mouse. Right now I am looking at Zowie FK2 mouse. Also this could help with mouse selection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J14fyar5ns

    0 points
  • Rob CornishRob Cornish, over 6 years ago

    I currently use my Macbook Pro laptop as the keyboard and a gaming mouse. I grabbed the Steelseries Kana V2 a couple of years ago and its still going strong, easily customisable and incredible precision. I'd happily recommend any gaming mouse as they're built for precision, speed and to last.

    0 points