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Mechanical Keyboard

Discussion in 'off topic' started by DongLao, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. DongLao

    DongLao New Member

    Hi all does anyone have any good ideas for a Mechanical Keyboard ? Taking all suggestions or recommendations! thank you in advance.
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    What is the budget?

    PS The answer is a vintage IBM Model M and a USB conversion cable, though there is a very good mechanical keyboard thread in the archive here somewhere with lots of cool smaller footprint options should one not need a numeric keypad (I like having one myself).
  3. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    One thing I’d highly recommend is to only consider keyboards that can be easily disassembled and properly cleaned. This, along with the ‘clicky key’ typing action, being a key reason the Model M is so sought after. They really are all but indestructible, even after decades the (easily removable) keycaps show no wear and the whole thing can be stripped down and properly washed. I have two and they both still look like new. Every couple of years I strip them down, wash all the keycaps and give the chassis a good hoovering. I really can’t cope with the filthy keyboards some folk use!

    PS The earlier thread is here. I may merge them later as there is a lot of good info on that one.
  5. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

  6. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    I agree.

    Mind you I sold my two mech keyboards, after I started having RSI issues. I now use something boring:


    but at least I am pain free. They last about 3 years before playing up. I just got a new one for work which is the second one.
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  7. matthewr

    matthewr spɹɐʍʞɔɐq spɹoɔǝɹ ɹnoʎ sʎɐld

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  8. sam_cat

    sam_cat C'est Crounchifique!

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  9. Konteebos

    Konteebos Traitor Re-joiner

    I had a quick look in our stock to see if we still had any of these, but we only have a couple of PS2 keyboards left now (41A5076 which is a Black, US-English European type). I must have sold hundreds (if not thousands) of these back in the 90s...
  10. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    I just LOVE the way that these are called "mechanical". They are all touch-switch pads with "mechanical" keys set above them.
  11. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Don’t tell anyone, but even the legendary ‘buckling spring’ Model M upon which all these are based is actually a membrane switch (it just has a buckling spring mechanical actuator in the key assembly)! The earlier and also hugely desirable Model F is a different and fully mechanical switch. I’d love a Model F, though they are very hard to find/expensive in mint condition. I’d actually really like a complete IBM XT computer!
  12. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    Filco all the way. They last forever.
  13. Paulicus

    Paulicus pfm Member

    Filco user here as per Matthew 's recommendation.
  14. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

  15. matthewr

    matthewr spɹɐʍʞɔɐq spɹoɔǝɹ ɹnoʎ sʎɐld

    I tried the super compact keyboards (Poker 3) but couldn't adapt. IME only old school Linux heads really get on with them (e.g. you HJKL instead of arrow keys is second nature and you never move from a touch typing position). My favourite compact form is the 75% like my lovely Vortex Race 3:

  16. As I’m building my own silent pc audio workstation sometime this week I thought I would have a go at making my own keyboard as well are there any recommended 60% kits out there?

    I like the 60% form factor because it’s small and doesn’t take up much deskspace and it’s good for just filling in digital scribble strips, file names etc, not writing war and peace...
  17. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    Silent PC, noisy keyboard? ;)
  18. sam_cat

    sam_cat C'est Crounchifique!

    Satan GH60 pcb from Aliexpress, lot of sellers offer than as bundles with various bits.

    https://mechboards.co.uk/ are good, used them a couple of times.
  19. chiily

    chiily PFM Special Builder

    I've a 65%, K6 on order from Kickstarter, wireless too.

    Keychron K6 | A Compact 65% Wireless Mechanical Keyboard, via @Kickstarter

    Currently using a MAGICFORCE 82KEY, keyboard, very clackerty.
  20. o rings mitigate that,
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