Best Keyboard for Emacs
Here's what i consider the best keyboards for emacs.
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic is the cheapest here.
Particularly nice is the huge Alt and Ctrl keys placed symmetrically for left and right hands, and very close to the thumb.
For detail and video, see Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Review
Mistel Barocco Keyboard
Mechanical keys, compact, and features on-the-fly key remap/macro programing.
Set one of the space bar to Alt or Ctrl
Matias Ergo Pro keyboard
This features traditional staggered keys layout. Mechanical keys, large Ctrl and Alt keys, split space-bar, and extra copy/cut/paste keys on the side is a nice touch.
For detail and video, see Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard
Kinesis Advantage 2 Keyboard
This is bowl shaped. Bowl shaped makes your wrist posture more natural when typing.
The other big advantage is lots thumb keys. Thumb keys for Control and Alt, or, you can put Shift key there too if you want.
Kinesis Advantage2's on-the-fly programable keys are wonderful. No need driver/software. To remap keys, just press keys to set them. Can also record key macros.
There are quite a lot emacs+Kinesis users. You see them on social networks. (goto reddit.com or twitter.com, search for “emacs kinesis” to see.)
Kinesis use mechanical key switch, and you can chose between MX Cherry Red (linear feel), or Brown (standard tactile switch).
This is my current main keyboard.
my config. Kinesis/Ergodox layout for xah-fly-keys
For detail and video, see Kinesis Keyboard Review
Truly Ergonomic Keyboard
This is another excellent one. Not much thumb keys, but compact and portable.
video review at Truly Ergonomic Keyboard Review
My config at xah-fly-keys with Truly Ergonomic Keyboard
If you don't touch type, then you probably like the following:
- Happy Hacking Keyboard
- TypeMatrix Keyboard Review
- IBM Model M keyboard, Unicomp
- Logitech G710+ Mechanical Keyboard
and basically any good mechanical keyboard or topre switch will be good.