Silence in keyboards is not golden. Part of what makes the IBM M Design superior to ALL OTHERS is the psycho-auditory feedback of the springs "breaking over", as you type, signalling your fingers via your ear-brain-synapses to stop pressing (bottoming unnecessary) and move on to that next key, now. Many users are 15-20% faster on a Model M board - and this is part of the reason.
Yes, even IBM made a "Quiet Touch" buckling spring using silicone grease filled springs, maybe necessary in a library - but in an office - The IBM Sound is a happy sound! It's the sound of safer fingers, hands and wrists from the evils of carpal tunnel!
It's the sound of Work Getting Done! It should not just be accepted, it should be seen as the powerful symbol of American Commerce that it once was!
Achievement, Progress and everthing that should be taking place in an Office "brought to your ears". The sound of enterprise! Your boss should LOVE this sound. Silence, on the otherhand, should make him suspicious....... ThinkpadFan.