I’ve been using the Leopold FC750R (the white PBT, brown Cherry MX model) over the past 6 months, both in the office and at home. I decided to get the tenkeyless model instead of the smaller variant, so that the arrow keys would not be tucked next to the right Control key and other modifiers.
- Side-printed keys, letters will never smudge or wear off
- Feels well-built
- Supposedly there’s a rubber mat at the bottom of the case, to dampen echo
- Satisfying color; it’s an off-white/arctic color
- Not programmable
- Port for USB is tucked in a groove underneath instead of directly in the back, not good for those who use thick braided cables
For my next keyboard, I am thinking of buying/building a Planck. It’s much smaller, the keys are arranged in columns instead of staggered, and it’s programmable. I realized I need another keyboard for travel because I recently traveled to Los Angeles and brought my ThinkPad but not my keyboard. The desk at the hotel was way too tall, making it uncomfortable to type directly on the laptop keyboard. I resorted to sitting on the bed cross-legged with the ThinkPad on my lap, or on the desk chair. Needless to say, it would have been more comfortable to have an external keyboard on my lap and place the laptop on the desk. However, since this keyboard is somewhat hefty and large, I didn’t want to travel with it (I’ve been lugging it back and forth to the office for the past 6 months and that’s been fine though).
There are some dip switches but I didn’t toggle any of them. On OS X I use Karabiner to flip the function and media keys, as well as to make Control function as Escape when pressed by itself (since I changed Caps Lock to Control in the System Preferences).
About 1/3rd of the way down in this graphic you can see what the media keys are mapped to. They work out-of-the box in Linux.