Can't speak to the keyboards you've listed, but this company
manufactures high quality buckling-spring keyboards, based on the IBM M standard.
Most actual typists *much* prefer a mechanical action. If you hunt and peck, or don't do extended typing, it might make less of a difference. Well-made mechanical keyboards can also last for many, many years.
I have three of these Filco's with Cherry Brown switches: http://www.amazon.com/Filco-Majestouch-2-Tenkeyless-FKBN87M-EB2/dp/B004WOF7QM/ref=sr_1_1?s =electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345516017&sr=1-1 . If you want speed and feel, with reasonable quietness the Brown switches are great. The Blue switches are supposed to have a bit more feel, but they are a bit louder.
I used Microsoft Natural keyboards for years. They would last a year or two, but they would then be so mushy and sticky that they were useless. I would never go back to the old cheesy keyboards. They are junk, regardless of brand. (In my ever-so-modest opinion, of course! )
If you mostly type text consider an 87 key version like mine and then use a 10 Key pad for those times you need to enter a lot of numbers and/or for gaming: http://www.amazon.com/Filco-Majestouch-TenKeyPad-Tactile-Numberpad/dp/B000MGBPNI/ref=sr_1_ 19?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345516017&sr=1-19 You would be amazed how much less keyboard to mouse movement you'll need with an 87 key keyboard versus the standard 105 key keyboard. With a Filco, you have the choice. I don't think many other brands offer 87 key keyboards.
I have one of the 10 Key pads that I thought I would use. I'm not a gamer and do very little data entry, but I type at least ten hours per day (I'm a software develper). It only took me a few hours of use to get used to typing using the number keys at the top of the keyboard. So I've only used it about twice.
Consider getting a keyboard rest: http://www.amazon.com/Filco-Leather-Wristrest-Compact-Keyboards/dp/B001EY9RJQ/ref=sr_1_12? s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1345516017&sr=1-12 They come in 105 key and 87 key sizes.
p.s. The only downside of mechanical keyboards is that they are not water resistant. You have to keep them dry. To me that's a minor issue.
Thanks for the reply dan that was very helpful.
I bought a Logitech Orion G810 with Romer G mechanical swithces. I bought it primarily since the keys are backlit and can be set to white. Editing in a dark room is easy now since i can see the keys better than before. This is the best keyboard i have ever had.
Hell yea it's a good idea. You'll never go back. No idea about those brands you listed but my Corsair K70 Red with Red switches is amazing. I got it refurbished for really cheap - i think like $60-70?
If i could do it again i would change these things:
- Go with something like a K95 that has dedicated macro keys down the side
- Get the RGB model - the red is okay, but i dont like the color. I want my workstation to look like an editing rig, not a gaming computer and the bright red LED just clashes with everything and i cant change the color.
- Get Brown or tactile switches. The MX red are fine and i've gotten used to them, but i dont have feedback when pressing so i sometimes miss keys and it's hard to type fast. I probably wouldn't want something that makes an audible click.