Until Siri becomes a best friend or Apple’s brain wave technology takes over as the interface to our gadgets, we need keyboards. Power users have known for many years that the fastest, most efficient, most productive you can be on a Mac or Windows PC is via the keyboard.
That means it’s OK to skip the mouse or trackpad, because the keyboard has all the shortcuts you will ever need. If… If you go the extra mile of discipline to force yourself to keep your hands and fingers on the keyboard.
Why is it important to become keyboard agnostic? And, who cares?
Google “Mac butterfly keyboard” and you’ll be treated to dozens of articles and forum posts on just how terrible the Mac’s first and second generation butterfly keyboards are; how they are difficult to use, difficult to keep clean, and difficult to repair.
I just did a count. Not including the built-in keyboard on my MacBook Pro, I have a dozen keyboards lying around; some have been here for a decade or so (USB cable) and others are wireless Bluetooth keyboards used mostly for iPad entry.
Keyboards are like religion and whiskey. Everyone has a favorite and anything else is just a waste of time and effort. That’s the wrong approach because keyboards have and will continue to evolve so getting used to such changes on an ongoing basis makes for better usage.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have favorites. I do.
I have a clackety clack clack mechanical keyboard from yesteryear that I love to bang on– literally and figuratively– but it just makes too much noise and my aging fingers need slightly less impact to get work done. That one is so old I don’t know who made it because the name rubbed off.
Most of my Mac work is done on a couple of aging Mac Bluetooth keyboards which require new batteries (recharged, actually) every few weeks, but the value of two– one for iMac, one for MacBook Pro– means I get the same feel regardless of which Mac is used at the moment.
Getting used to keyboards that change is a requirement in the 21st century because iPhone and iPad keyboards change with context, and it’s likely a future Mac notebook will have a similar display keyboard instead of a mechanical or butterfly keyboard.
Keyboards may be ancient devices by modern standards, but even with Siri and voice recognition, nothing is as efficient at entering information than a keyboard.
Change is good. Adapt and adopt because never changing an old favorite keyboard means a massive amount of disappointment will show up in a few years.