The best way to find out if HID devices are meant for you, is to
test them in person. At a big box store. Maybe you could call
here, and see if they have samples to look at. Key travel and
key response are pretty important. Fat fingers too.
Alas, the retail stores now carry such a poor selection of input devices
(keyboards and mice) that you get very little selection to "try before
you buy". Either you get over-priced wireless keyboards with features
you won't use or the super-cheap crappies that can twist several inches.
You don't get to try the intermediate keyboards or the ultra-pricey
gaming ones and forget about trying any with mechanical switches.
Many retail stores now provide for online orders. You'll be lucky if
they carry a quarter of what they list online is available for you to
try in their retail store. The number of computer stores has dwindled
or completely disappeared in many areas. We had 4 major lines of
computer stores in our area and 3 disappeared and the 4th dialed way
back on inventory. In many areas, all you have available are catch-all
stores carrying everything from cameras, cell phones, washing machines,
room heaters, TVs, car stereos, and, oh yeah, a sprinkling of computer
items (e.g., Best Buy), or they're an office supply store with a
sprinkling of computer parts (e.g., Staples, Office Depot/Max). Even if
you are willing to pay the price premium of getting something today
(because yours broke or you need one now), you end up not finding what
you need and settling on crap that might get you buy.
Some retails stores are more usable than others for trying out stuff you
order online from them. For example, I went through 6 keyboards finding
the first 5 sucked and returned them to Walmart to get a full refund.
Shipping is free for in-store pickup but you have to wait for delivery.
I ordered several gel wrist rests but found most so unbelievably hard
that I'd be better off using a loaf of smashed stale bread but I could
return them to Walmart (I eventually found a good one at Staples).
The days of running down to the local retail store to compare a large
selection of computer monitors, keyboards, and mice is gone. Just a
couple weeks ago I needed a powered USB hub and needed it *now* but
after going to 4 retail stores I just lucked out on find the last one in
the last store that I visited. Computer inventory sucks at retail
stores nowadays. Some folks are lucky that in their area there exists a
computer superstore but many other areas have long dried up even for
many large metropolises. Those days are gone or dwindling.