I'm considering getting a Legend to use with my Macs. I've been looking for a quality keyboard with dark keys, lettering that doesn't wear off, and a solid construction, but most of the keyboards I've come across with Mac-specific keycaps are white (and show dirt very quickly!) and/or use a cheapo clear plastic to mimic Apple's keyboards.
I (briefly) owned a Matias TactilePro
, which also used mechanical key switches and claimed to be a high-end keyboard for the Macintosh. However, I was decidedly less than happy with it and want to make sure I don't have the same problems if I order a Legend.
• Has anyone had problems with "shadow keys" with the Legend?
Basically, this is a documented problem with the TactilePro and a few similar keyboards (including, apparently, the StudioBoard
Kensington made until recently) where something about the design of the circuit boards used meant that certain key combos would not register when they were pressed in. I don't think this is acceptable in a "high end" keyboard that I'm paying $90+ for, and I came across it after about a day of trying it out, so I wound up trading in the Matias for a cheaper membrane-based keyboard that didn't do this.
• How easy/hard is the Legend on your wrists compared to an average-quality keyboard with membrane switches?
After a day of intense note-taking at lectures, the TactilePro actually seemed to exacerbate the soreness in my wrists despite having easier keypresses than my spongy white Apple keyboard, but I've also come across a few complaints on the web that suggest it's probably something about the construction of that particular keyboard rather than a trait of mechanical switches in general.
• Finally, what's the simplest little utility I can use to switch the Win/Command and Alt/Option keys to the standard Mac positions? This won't be a problem with my laptop (a MacBook running Tiger), but my PowerMac will be staying on OS 10.3, which doesn't have the ability to switch these keys built into the OS.
Thank you in advance for any advice