Firstly, I definitely plan to write a more in depth post about my experiences with the CODE Keyboard, but I thought I would give a quick report of my initial experience and thoughts.
1) Taking off all of the keycaps to remove the sound dampening o-rings was very tedious (and annoying), but wasn’t as bad as I thought. If you decide to purchase a new CODE then I strongly recommend watching their video on how to remove keycaps using the provided tool here. I did have an “Oh shit, I already broke it moment when removing the Return key. The clasp that stabilizes the key to the base of the keyboard popped off. I was able to clip it back in, but the initial thought was definitely dread. Removing keycaps is not hard, just take your time and be careful.
2) The Cherry MX Green are noticeably stiffer than the Cherry MX Blue that I’m used to. These are definitely for “strong typists” who don’t mind having to push the keys down. The extra resistance is most noticeable in the larger keys, like the Backspace and Return.
3) Key placement is just weird. Even though the majority of my muscle memory is mapped to Apple’s default layout (from primarily using only Apple keyboards for a long time), my fingers easily adjusted to the Das Keyboard. However, my hands are having a hard time finding some of the keys on the CODE. Definitely anything to the right of the Return key is going to take some time to get used to (which includes the arrows keys and Home key six-pack)
4) Lastly, my confidence that I made a worthwhile investment is at about 60% right now. The keyboard is definitely going to take some time to get used to. Like, for instance, I notice that I have to actually sit with better posture (straighter) for my fingers to get a little more pressure on the down stroke. I don’t know if this is just mental, but even just typing this short post has made my fingers feel like they’ve typed a lot.
[June 27, 2014 12:02 AM] Update…
Alright, as much I hate to admit it, I cried “uncle” and relented to the stiffness of the Cherry MX Brown switches. My fingers were literally getting sore after an hour relatively continuous typing. What’s worse, and my main concern, was that I was having trouble typing on the keyboard of my MacBook Pro. It was like the muscle memory that had been hardwired into my hands over years of using Apple keyboards was in the process of being overwritten, or at least pushed out of working RAM.
So what did I do?
I haven’t given up on the CODE just yet. I just replaced most (soon to be all) of the o-ring sound dampeners, not to reduce sound, but to reduce the amount of travel of each key. My theory is that if I reduce the amount of distance the key has to travel before activating and then ultimately bottoming out, I can reduce the amount of fatigue on my fingers without sacrificing the crispness of the Cherry MX Brown switches.
To be fully candid, I’m writing this addendum to the original post on my Apple Wireless keyboard. In part because I haven’t put all of the o-rings back on the CODE, but also to give my fingers a break.
More to come…