When comparing Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad vs SuperCoder 2000, the Slant community recommends SuperCoder 2000 for most people. In the question“What are the best keyboards for programming?” SuperCoder 2000 is ranked 19th while Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad is ranked 22nd.
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Pro Less typing fatigue
The low profile is comfortable and the traveling distance is short. The keys are light to press, leading to less typing fatigue.
Pro Solid construction
Thanks to its thin aluminum enclosure, this keyboard is sturdy.
Pro Aesthetically impressive
Nothing really comes close to the Apple device's aesthetic flair.
Pro Two USB ports
Handy for device connection
Pro Widely available
Since this keyboard is mainstream, many big companies have it. So, if working at a big company, it is likely it is quickly available and for "free".
Pro Ergonomic and good for fast typing
The low-profile, short-travel construction makes this keyboard more ergonomic than previous Apple keyboards and allows for fast typing because keys have only a small distance to go before registering.
This keyboard is very light and can be easily carried around.
Pro Great for when Assembly offers too much abstraction
The SuperCoder 2000 offers a simple, clean layout without fancy extra features like a numpad or media keys, enjoyed by some people.
Pro Great key spacing for error free code
The spacing between the 0 and 1 keys is larger than traditional keyboards. You'll rarely fatfinger a 0 when you mean to enter a 1.
Pro Minimalistic design
Unlike some other keyboards, the SuperCorder has a clean, simple white look, which can be less distracting and favored over more flashy, gaming-oriented keyboards.
Pro Air cooled
This keyboard is air-cooled, which means there is no noise generated by cooling fans. This makes it great for quiet work environments where fan noise could be a nuisance.
Pro Saves desk space
This keyboard has less keys than a standard 104-key keyboard, and thus is smaller and takes up less space on your desk. This makes it great for compact work environments.
Pro Especially good for professional coding
Pro Vetted by Jeff Dean
Pro Does not allow for errors
The lack of a delete button forces you to progressively learn how to always produce error-free code. This is an enormous advantage when it comes to the learning process.
Bonus: you can fix logical and mathematical errors with subsequent commands.
Pro Great tool for truly low level programming
Considering the performance overheads of managed code, go beyond assembly, back to basics.
Pro Great for gaming
The 3 key design is perfect for rhythm games such as OSU.
Pro With fewer keys, you are less likely to hit the wrong one
Pro Completely universal cross-platform. Programs in any language.
Pro Programming dream.
I managed to recreate GTA V while writing my own engine just using binary in just the space of a week with this keyboard. Would recommend.
Con Feels like a laptop keyboard
This keyboard feels like a laptop keyboard, since it's too flat. This isn't ideal for coding and makes this a pointless option for laptop owners who want an external keyboard.
Con Lacks feedback
Compared to other keyboards, it lacks a tactile feel when typing.
Con Easy for fingers to slide off the keys
Due to the keys having no concavity, it's easy for fingers to slide off the keys.
Con No backlit keys
Unfortunately in dark rooms this keyboard becomes increasingly challenging to use. Although, assuming you know how to locate the home key you should be fine. More of a nitpick.
Con No Caps Lock key
Con No wireless version available
Would be the perfect keyboard if only it was wireless.
Con Requires powered-on machine for use
Inconvenient for use when you must write code without electrical power or batteries available. Would recommend a pin and magnetic storage medium in that case.
Con Uncomfortable for two-handed use
While working with two hands, this keyboard is too small and key spacing is too narrow.
Con User Security
No password option.
Con No Backspace/Undo
You can't backspace binary code
Con Can only type binary code
This keyboard is useless for typing anything other than ones and zeros, which makes me wonder why it's even on Slant.
Con No android support
Con No support for Mac OS X
This keyboard offers no software support for Mac OS X. It only works with Windows or Linux operating systems.