If you spend a bulk of your waking hours typing away at the computer, you know the value of a solid dependable keyboard. That's especially true for software developers like Jeff Atwood, who tap away at keys for a living. Dissatisfied with the current state of keyboards, he decided to take matters into his own hands and contacted Weyman Kwong of WASD Keyboards in early 2012 to come up with his vision of the perfect one. More than a year later, and the CODE keyboard was born as the result of that collaboration. Atwood describes it as the "only simple, clean, beautiful backlit mechanical keyboard [he has] ever found."
Not only are the keys raised and tactile, they're equipped with Cherry MX Clear mechanical switches, which provide satisfying actuation feedback with none of that annoying clicking noise. There's also customizable LED backlighting, 6-key USB rollover, navigation keys that double as multimedia controls, a detachable micro USB cable and easily modifiable keys for those who like custom layouts. Weighing in at 2.42 pounds, the CODE promises to be a solid piece of kit, complete with rubber coated feet and a sturdy steel plate mount. Of course, all of that comes at a cost -- both the 104-key and 87-key model retails for a hefty $149.99 each. Still, for those who truly love the feel and functionality of a good keyboard, the CODE sounds like it's worth the premium.