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    Default Advice on a silent keyboard?

    Hello,

    I teach English online, and one of my biggest problems is the fact that typing sounds get picked up really well by most headsets. There seem to be lots of silent keyboards out there, but most of them have terrible reviews. Are there any teachers that have experienced this and found a good one?

    Thanks!

    Chris

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    Default Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    I couldn't get on with the squelchy ones. This claims to be the quietest mechanical keyboard:
    Matias Quiet Pro keyboard - the world's quietest mechanical keyboard

    But it's audible:
    ThinkGeek :: Quiet Pro: The World's Quietest Mechanical Keyboard

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    Default Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    That's the thing -- all mechanical keyboards are all loud. Silent is a highly relative term when you're talking about a mechanical keyboard. After making my original post, I did some more research. My conclusions:

    1. The only truly silent keyboards that exist are the silicone ones that are floppy, and the very thing that makes them silent (the lack of any guidance for the key to press down on the switch) makes them difficult to type on, drastically reducing speed.

    2. Traditional keyboards (mechanical or dome switch) are simply not *silent,* and trying to find the quieter ones can be an extremely expensive and possibly futile process.

    3. This is the epitome of a first world problem.

    4. I will never get back the hour I spent researching this ridiculous inquiry.

    My solution: I will put a dishrag over my hands and keyboard to dampen the clickity-click-clack of typing.

    Solved.

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    Default Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    Update: the problem was actually the fact that, when you plug a headset in, the computer's internal microphone continues to function. Once I disabled the internal microphone, it was night and day. I know you've been dying to hear the dramatic resolution.

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    Post Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    the first time I heard about this...

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    Default Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardino View Post
    The first time I heard about this ...
    What about the first time you heard about this?
    Please check that your profile is correct. It states you are located in Argentina but your IP address is in the Russian Federation.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    I need to pass this advice on to some of my online students. Sometimes it sounds like an elephant is using a computer for the first time.
    Last edited by eslonlinejack; 16-Jun-2013 at 16:04.

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    Default Re: Advice on a silent keyboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by eslonlinejack View Post
    I need to pass this advice on to some of my online students. Sometimes it sounds like an elephant is using a computer for the first time.
    I have a feeling that even if an elephant were using a keyboard for the thousandth time, it would probably still make the same sound!
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