On a whim, I decided to take the plunge and pick up a Monoprice mechanical keyboard and see what all the fuss was about. Oh sure, I was alive during the clickety-clack days of the IBM PC-XT keyboard, which I am convinced was louder then using a Selectric typewriter.
The keyboard I purchased was a Monoprice MP-G9 mechanical gaming keyboard. This keyboard does not have backlighting, and has the Cherry MX Black switches. I must say I am impressed with the keyboard. It has that old timey feel without being deafeningly loud.
I could have spent a lot more money on a keyboard, but since I was not sure I was going to like this type of keyboard, I tried to spend as little as possible. I would have to say that my next keyboard purchase will be a more expensive model.
The only issue that I had with it was that I wanted to use it with my Mac, and the Windows and Alt keys are backwards from the configuration on my standard Apple keyboard. Luckily, the Keyboard section of System Preferences allows you to alter the modifier keys, so I went and assigned Option to the Command key and vice versa, and now all is happy.
BTW, Happy 45th Birthday to ARPANET, which first went online on this day in 1969.