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The Top 5 Keyboards for Programming

A quality keyboard is a programmers secret weapon. Programmers spend several hours a day working diligently to code and develop programs that we use everyday, all the time. As programmers work, they stare into their monitors for multiple hours hardly ever glancing at their fingers, trusting their keyboard to do its job. Thus, it is imperative that a programmer utilize a highly reliable, comfortable, and efficient keyboard to provide them with the best programming experience possible. While it's not easy to find the perfect programming keyboard that suits all of your needs - below you will find a helpful compilation of the top five keyboards for programming available on the market today.

Filco Ninja Majestouch 2

#1 Filco Ninja Majestouch 2

The Ninja Majestouch 2 is Filco's most popular keyboard out on the market right now. The keyboard body features special front printing keycaps which create the look of a practically blank keyboard. This avoids wear down of printing labels atop the keycaps! Programmers are precision typists who rarely look at the keyboard, typically typing for eight to fourteen hours a day, this kind of usage can wear down a keyboard's aesthetics fast. Plus, they do not need to see the labels printed across the keys and the Ninja Majestouch 2 will look aesthetically pleasing for a lot longer. Not to mention the quality of the keyboard is second to none! The body of the board is heavy duty and built to last with its tough surface and smooth keycaps. The Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 is all performance and no nonsense as the only backlit keys are the vital ones - Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, and Num Lock. Filco is all about form and function.

There are two versions of the Ninja Majestouch 2 available on the market - a full version (2.7 lbs) and a half version (2.2 lbs) which is tenkeyless. No matter which size you choose each keyboard is extremely light and portable.

CM Storm QuickFire Rapid

#2 The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid

CM storm manufacturers are well known for their balance between price and performance. The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid is one of their top keyboards currently available. It is designed to execute through its optional switches offered by Cherry: Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Green, Cherry MX Brown, and Cherry MX Red. Not to mention, the keys featured on the board are built to last due to the laser marking technology utilized to create the labels. The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Keyboard also hosts a USB port (6 KRO), removeable USB cable/routing, and NKRO by PS/2 cable.

This inexpensive mechanical keyboard is a great option for beginners. The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid comes in two versions as well - full size and tenkeyless.

WASD Keyboards CODE

#3 WASD Keyboards CODE

The WASD Keyboards CODE otherwise simply known as CODE is a plainly styled programming board - jet black with not even a logo on the front. The keyboard body features sleek keycaps with high quality labeling, Micro USB cable complete with cable tie, and 7 level LED backlighting. The CODE is highly compatible with Mac devices because of its DIP switches. Plus, you are able to turn the OS keys on and off as well as alter its functions from Mac mode to the standard QWERTY mode.

If you solely work with Mac OS systems then this is the keyboard for you. It comes in two sizes - full or tenkeyless with either Cherry MX Blue or Brown switches.

Ducky Shine 5 RGB

#4 Ducky Shine 5 RGB

The Ducky Shine 5 RGB is perfect for working in the dark or in dimly lit spaces as it truly does shine when it's keys are backlit. Not only do the back lights change colors, they also hold an array of special effects that can be accessed automatically. All you need to do is follow the key guided instructions to change your keyboard from Reactive mode to Ripple mode, Breathe Mode, or even Wave mode! A mini detachable USB cable (4.9ft) is included with the keyboard - long enough to fit any basic need. The rough body and sleek doubleshot ABS keycaps are designed to be more sturdy than the basic ABS. Macs can also be easily paired with the Ducky Shine 5 as the keyboard features the necessary DIP switches for compatability. The Ducky Shine 5 is specifically known for its fast response key press system, due to its ARM M3 MCU technology. Unfortunately, the Ducky Shine 5 only comes in one version but it is the best version it could possibly be.

RealForce 87U

#5 RealForce 87U

The RealForce 87U features Topre Switches that are unlike any keyboard mentioned above. Torpe, a large electronics manufacturing OEM Company from Japan, are responsible for creating these new innovative switches. Torpe switches are different because they provide you with some of the smoothest typing possible, you barely even notice that the keys are there. Although they do make a small clicky sound when utilized, it is hardly noticeable. This gray/black keyboard is durable, and sleek. Its keycaps are manufactured from PBT, a high quality material that is known to be 3x stronger than ABS. The RealForce 87U is built to last. The keyboard also features a non detachable USB cord. If you are looking for a smooth but sturdy programming keyboard than the RealForce 87U is the keyboard for you.