Keyboards and mice aren't given nearly enough attention when most people decide to choose a computer or build their own. Honestly, it's how you interface with your shiny box, so this is important stuff. What are the devices you love, the devices you hate? Do you enjoy minimalism, ergonomics, ricer bullshit that looks like it came from a bad SciFi movie? Let's discuss! Most people are content with cheap keyboards and mice as long as they do their job, and that is fine. I, however, like to obsess over bullshit and so have developed a fetish for input devices over the past few years. As far as keyboards go, I used to stick to generic rubber dome boards. I once bought this $10 Labtec board when my old Gateway board "died" (really just got too dirty and sticky for me to bother cleaning it - my treatment of my hardware was deplorable in those days), and that, I believe, was the beginning of my keyboard obsession. That Labtec board was such an incredible piece of shit. It could only seem to support two simultaneous keypresses at a time and the domes aged horribly within a year and a half. The feel became totally inconsistent - some keys are noticeably more stiff than others. Terrible. Get what you pay for, I guess. Eventually I replaced it with an A4Tech mini keyboard (no numpad, nonstandard layout). This one was also a cheap piece of rubber dome shit, but I had no idea what I really wanted in a keyboard and was attracted to the uniqueness of the thing. It was small, and I like small devices. So small, so petite, so... So dainty... Uh, sorry. Moving on. The typing experience on this board wasn't much better than that of the Labtec, but it didn't age as badly. I traded it to a friend for a generic 104-key Dell board from the days when they used that vaguely purpleish dark gray plastic. I never really used that board, though it was much higher quality than the two boards I've already listed. Instead, I got a Kensington SlimType keyboard. This was getting closer to what I sought in a keyboard. The keys were a little snappy and had low travel due to being scissorswitches like those on laptops. The layout was close to standard, but more compact. The board itself had a nice weight to it and overall was just very nice for $32. But I wasn't content. Maybe I didn't want snappy keys, a minimalistic layout, and spartan features? Maybe I wanted to go to the other extreme... So I did. Logitech's G15 v2. Backlit keys, programmable macro keys, built-in LCD display, media keys... I used this board for about two years. I don't know what the fuck I was thinking. It was fairly standard as far as being an actual keyboard, and the extra features were nice. The novelty wore off eventually, and I gradually lost interest in its extra capabilities. It was inferior to the first version, as well - less simultaneous keypresses, less macro keys. It was huge, too. God damn was it huge. And it wasn't particularly well-built, either. So after my tryst with a keyboard that could have been the illegitimate ass baby of a Gundam and a neon sign, I set out to find the keyboard that would last me. High quality keyswitches, anti-ghosting, small form factor and no-frills, no bullshit. After a month of researching, I now knew what I wanted - a mechanical keyboard. I could remember using an IBM Model M in school, and recalled with glee how I enjoyed the snappiness of the keys and the clickity-clack of their action. The feel, too. Oh my. But I was more interested in more modern mechanical boards, and with the help of this thread at overclock.net and the folks at Geekhack, I was able to decide on the keyboard for me. The Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless Tactile Touch NKRO. It isn't much to look at, but it has everything I want. Small form factor, mechanical switches that shall last for years and provide a wonderful feel, full n-key rollover (no ghosting whatsoever - can register every single key at once over PS/2), a slight bump in the key travel near the actuation point, and unless I bottom out a key it's relatively silent. It has a good weight and the whole thing just oozes quality. It even comes with a snazzy red ESC keycap. $121, and completely worth it. I have no doubt that I will stick with this board for years to come.