Time is gonna come soon I think. Doing enough coding now to warrant one, and think it's a good idea. Good for the hands, good for the coding, etc. etc.
So after doing a bit of research, I've concluded that genuine Cherry Mx switches are best, also "Double shot" keycaps are best, also if they're not made out of ABS (whatever that is) but rather are made out of PBT or POM (whatever they are - obviously all of these are different types of plastics) then the keys will not develop the "shine" over time, and also the legends will not fade with double shot keycaps because they go through like a stick of Brighton Rock.
Now, do I need "Backlit"? Well, it certainly looks nice, it appears that the choice is clear double shot inserts with led backlighting, or coloured double shot inserts without backlighting. This raises the question - how long do the backlighting led's last? Is getting not backlit better because it will last longer, or, being led's is this not really an issue?
What switch do I want? It looks to me like a toss up between Cherry MX Browns and Cherry MX clears. The clears apparently are fairly stiff, whereas the browns are looser.
Are there shops that have switch testers that one can walk into and have a try of?
Budget, probably around £120, that kind of region.
Now the ones that have really caught my eye as being not only of high build quality, but great value for money are "Ducky". Especially this one :
Seems to have teh schizzle. Except I would be wanting it with a black case, not brown. I'm researching that one can't go wrong with a Ducky.
Other boards that caught my eye have been the "Code" keyboard with Cherry clear switches (can we get this with brown switches?), and the Filco Majestouch 2 keyboard. However, the Filco has printed legends and ABS keys. Not sure about the "code" keyboard. I think that is backlit and another plastic for the keys, similar to the Ducky.
My money's with the Ducky at the moment. Of course, I'll make up my own mind about this, as it seems very personal, but any thoughts on the matter or recommendations would be much appreciated, I understand there's also a "Das Keyboard" coding keyboard, and there are also some by Corsair, I believe that are quite good.