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So there I was, exploring the treacherous confines of my buddies attic. When lo and behold I see an IBM Model F sitting there... Having never even seen a mechanical keyboard in real life, I was in a bit of a daze, fondling, caressing, and depressing every last dirt ridden key. After realizing that I would be unable to use this fabled keyboard I reluctantly set it down amongst the exoskeletons of insects of old... Disheartened, I crept begrudgingly further into the darkness. After being shown a vintage Mac II and several ancient machines, I was left to explore own my own accord... When suddenly, a wild beige color appeared in the corner of my slightly hazy vision... I used Air Duster, and it was very effective. I'd just unearthed my very own IBM Model M. Manufactured in '93, it may not be the oldest of 'boards, but by God it's mine. I'm currently in the process of cleaning dead things out of it, and need to order a cable for it, but I couldn't be any happier... I've been typing on my ASUS branded Lycosa for over a year now, and can't stand chiclet keyboards at all. The action on the mech keys is just amazing!

Any Model M owners out there? How's the keyboard for gaming? I'm not a serious gamer, just enjoy fragging some n00bz every once in a while.
Edited by Sooner348 - 5/1/11 at 4:28pm
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I grew up with one, and recently bought one for my new rig. My dad threw about 15 away a few years ago, he hates mechanical keyboards =(
    
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Do they live up to the hype? The fact that it's solid enough I could brandish it at a burglar and most likely kill them with it has impressed me quite a bit.
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post #4 of 28
I have 4 Model M's (Tucson craigslist ftw) and I love them so much.

They're such a pleasure to type on, but once you use such a mechanical keyboard, you don't want to go back to using a membrane keyboard. People say it feels like typing in Jello and I couldn't agree more biggrin.gif

I use it for gaming too and it works fine, but it doesn't have full NKRO, so it will ghost if you mash on the keys. And it gets a bit loud when you game. Maybe keep the Lycosa for late night gaming sessions.
    
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post #5 of 28
That Model F, was it an XT or AT?

XT:
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AT:
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You can press up to 8 keys at once and have them register.
Quote:
(CTRL-ALT-SPACEBAR-SHIFT-Z-X-C-V)

Just like a Logitech G series.

But sadly, like a Logitech G series, it's 2KRO.
Edited by ripster - 5/1/11 at 6:29pm
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post #7 of 28
I like M.

M.jpg
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;13345576 
That Model F, was it an XT or AT?

XT, sadly.

Nice collection, webwit!
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post #9 of 28
The black ones are so sexy. I don't think I could ever pay 300 bucks for a keyboard though.

And what is the model number on that tenkey pad. I would really like one of those with model m feel.
    
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The tenkey pad is cheap. At least relative to the keyboard it connects to.
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