so as we upgrade our studios in the coming months I'll be looking to upgrade the one piece of gear that I come into contact with more than any other - my keyboard.
as such, here are my specific needs:
silence. I'd like the keyboard to be relatively quiet so that I can do regular setup type things with the talkback mic open. ultra silent would be magical, but I don't exactly know how heavily I weight the silence thing in my needs vs other things. The biggest plus of the standard mac keyboard is the silence of the thing.
mac specific. forget about remapping keys man, the mac market is big enough that I can certainly find what I need with the mac functionality designed in.
seperated F keys. my biggest beef with the stock mac keyboards is that all of the F keys are too small and that the separator gap doesn't exist. I use those F keys constantly, and I do it by touch, so I think it'd be huge to have the F keys be the proper size and have the separating gaps in place.
usb hub - we swap dongles a fair amount in the studio, and its nice to be able to just look at the keyboard and see who has what.
durability - I'd like a keyboard that can take heavy use for years on end without struggle.
things I don't care about:
macros. I use quickeys, so macros don't really matter to me.
look. Most good keyboards look fine IMO. I'm not really picky.
any other suggestions or any experience with either of these would be appreciated.