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Old 03-28-2012, 05:16 AM   #1
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Is anyone into mechanical keyboard?
As an INTJ, I always looking for something better. I found and fell in love with mechanical keyboard.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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I like mechanical keyboard. Keys to pressing like before, but make click instead of nothing.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:20 AM   #3
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I don't know what a mechanical keyboard is but mine looks just like the picture above, except with windows buttons. Didn't have anything else at the time and it doesn't bother me at all now. It's just what you get used too.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:42 AM   #4
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I have a Unicomp Model M replica at work courtesy of my predecessor. Recently, I bought a
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at home. Love them Cherry MX blue switches!
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #5
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I have a Steelseries 7G. It looks pretty plain. Kinda looks like shit actually, but it's the best keyboard I've ever used.

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:42 PM   #6
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Here are some pictures of mine.


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INTJ makes me appreciate high-quality stuff more... I know that some will find it unnecessary or illogical to spend so much on a keyboard.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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I wanted a keyboard without the lettering, but the ones I found are priced higher than the one I bought. Where do you buy the keycaps? Are they for Cherry MX switches?
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:09 AM   #8
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  Originally Posted by bobabrowncoat
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I wanted a keyboard without the lettering, but the ones I found are priced higher than the one I bought. Where do you buy the keycaps? Are they for Cherry MX switches?

You can purchase blank keycaps from WASDkeyboards if you're in USA.
The other keycaps are from a Mass/Group buy.
Yup, they are all for MX switches.

There's a community just for keyboards called geekhack.org
Be careful when you visit, it's a money pit...

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Old 03-30-2012, 07:45 AM   #9
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My boyfriend recently got a mechanical keyboard, and it's magical to type on. I'm going to buy one in the next few years, once I'm out of uni and in a stable place where I can use a desktop.

I sort of want to go for an all pink and white thing...


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Old 03-30-2012, 09:15 AM   #10
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Wow. That's... pink.

  Originally Posted by kittencuddler
...it's magical to type on.

People underestimate how good a keyboard can be. I don't think they've really had any other choice though. Mechanical keyboards are so rare and have to be tracked down.

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I wanted a keyboard with the red switches instead of blue just so it would be quieter. I'd like to try it out first, though.

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
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My keyboard is almost worn out. I didn't know about mechanical keyboards, but now I am nerd-lusting after one. I like the keycaps. What is the price range?
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:24 PM   #12
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Man, very l33t keyboards. Used to have a Unicomp Endura Pro that uses IBM buckling-spring mechanical keyswitches, but eventually sold it because it was too much resistance to handle.

Now using an older generation white Apple keyboard that's non-mechanical, and softer to the touch that I'm content with. The Apple Extended Keyboard II was incredible and liked its mechanical feeling better. I think it used Alps keyswitches, and they're also used in other higher-end keyboards.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:32 AM   #13
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:51 AM   #14
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  Originally Posted by Bevan
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My keyboard is almost worn out. I didn't know about mechanical keyboards, but now I am nerd-lusting after one. I like the keycaps. What is the price range?

Keyboard range from $99-$299
The unique keys range from $0.5 to $200++ per key.

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:32 AM   #15
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The one exception I've found to the price range is the one I bought:
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:55 PM   #16
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i'm always on the lookout for a model m. used to have a bunch but not anymore. best keyboard ever, though my $3 one i bought online has lasted 3 years now.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:54 PM   #17
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I've a Unicomp model M remake. I really like the springs, the feedback it gives when I write. And yes I'm a geekhack member aswell.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:13 PM   #18
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:42 AM   #19
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I don't know why, but when I clicked on this thread I was kind of expecting a discussion on Steampunk-type keyboards. What you guys are talking about are "regular keyboards." LOL...


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Old 04-01-2012, 03:15 AM   #20
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  Originally Posted by bobabrowncoat
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I wanted a keyboard without the lettering, but the ones I found are priced higher than the one I bought. Where do you buy the keycaps? Are they for Cherry MX switches?

couldn't you just, err, rub the lettering off? fingernails are free!

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Old 04-05-2012, 10:21 PM   #21
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It makes me feel important when I type away on my clickey keys! *tap tap tap* :D
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:08 PM   #22
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  Originally Posted by Dru
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couldn't you just, err, rub the lettering off? fingernails are free!

Some keyboards have a protective layer on top of the letter printing. So you would have to scrape through that layer first, thereby changing (ruining?) the feeling of the keyboard.

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Old 04-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #23
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I have two keyboards, a mechanical for playing video games and another one that I use for typing normally.

The one I use for typing is a Dvorak keyboard, and the mechanical is standard layout.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:14 PM   #24
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I loved my IBM Type M. Sadly, I no longer have it and haven't found a replacement. I am currently using a Dell/LiteON USB keyboard with large keys and it works OK, but I miss that tactile click of the Type M.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #25
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I loved the old Apple Extended Keyboard and Extended Keyboard II. Those things were battleships. I used one with an ADB-USB converter long after it was discontinued. I don't think a finer keyboard was ever made.

Link to the AEK and the IBM model M.


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