So, there I was, slumped over my desk late into the night, my fingers dancing across the my laptop keys as I feverishly penned my latest blog post. My fingers ached, my wrists felt strained, and it hit me – if I’m going to be spending countless hours crafting words, shouldn’t I invest in a tool that would make the process a lot more comfortable? That’s when my journey to find the perfect keyboard for bloggers and writers like you and me began.
When I started blogging, I didn’t realize how much time I would spend on my keyboard. I didn’t realize how essential it would be. I found out it was my trusty steed, my constant companion, the bridge between my mind and the digital canvas. And let me tell you, not all keyboards are created equal. The right keyboard can make your writing experience smooth and enjoyable, while the wrong one can lead to discomfort, errors, and even physical pain.
Even though we have a decent keyboard attached to our laptops, Typing on an external keyboard for thousands and thousands of characters can make a world of difference.
Important Keyboard Factors for Bloggers and Writers
Comfort, my friend, should be your top priority. Imagine writing a long, engaging piece and your hands are screaming for mercy! You need a keyboard that’s kind to your hands and wrists. Look for one with an ergonomic design. Adjustable tilt and height settings can make a world of difference. I remember switching to an ergonomically designed keyboard, and it felt like my hands were suddenly typing on a cloud.
Ever notice the feel of the keys under your fingertips? That’s the key feel. I’ve tried everything, from clicky mechanical keyboards that give satisfying tactile feedback to softer, quieter keys that barely whisper under my touch. It’s a personal preference. What feels good to your fingers?
The layout is another factor to consider. Do you need a full-size keyboard with a number pad, or do you prefer something more compact? I found keyboards with programmable macro keys to be a game-changer. With one press, I could open my most-used apps or even insert common phrases. Talk about a time-saver!
The keyboard that I personally bought had all the features I wanted….but honestly they key color scheme was horrendous. Thankfully the keys are usually a standard size. I was able to purchase a separate custom set that was more to my liking.
Wireless vs. Wired is another debate to consider. While I love the freedom of movement wireless keyboards provide, something is reassuring about the constant, stable connection of a wired keyboard. And no worries about charging or replacing batteries!
Durability is crucial. If you’re anything like me, your keyboard takes a beating. It needs to withstand the rapid-fire thoughts flowing from your brain to your fingers. High-quality materials and good customer reviews are markers of a keyboard built to last.
Ah, noise level. Ever tried typing a piece while someone’s trying to sleep or concentrate nearby? I’ve been there, and it’s not fun for anyone involved. Some keyboards, particularly mechanical ones, can be as loud as a typewriter, while others, like chiclet-style keyboards, are as quiet as a whisper.
Are you a travel blogger or a digital nomad like some folks I know? Portability might be a big deal for you. There are compact, lightweight keyboards out there that are perfect for typing on the go. Some even come with their carrying cases!
Don’t forget to check compatibility. It would be such a bummer to get your new keyboard home, only to find out it doesn’t play nice with your operating system or devices. Thankfully, most keyboards are pretty versatile but always double-check.
You might also appreciate a keyboard with backlighting, especially if you often find yourself typing in low-light environments. It’s like a little guiding light for your fingers.
Finally, consider the price. Remember, expensive doesn’t always mean better. It’s all about finding the balance between cost and features that suits your needs. I’ve found some absolute gems that didn’t break the bank.
In the end, finding the perfect keyboard is like finding the right pair of shoes. It needs to fit you perfectly, be comfortable, and suit your style. Here’s to finding your perfect typing companion!
Finally, I chose a mechanical keyboard with red silent switches. It is compact and has every connection from a removable wired connection, to 2..4 wireless with usb, and 3 bluetooth connections. I had to purchase separate keycaps since the original colors were so terrible!