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I guess the question I have now is then... anyone know where to get a Deck Legend Frost from? Their website is out of stock. Are there any other backlit MX Clear Keyboards?
Well, there is a tactile version of the Deck Legend Ice, but it's out of stock until July 1 just like the Frost. It's a great board though, I've been the proud owner of a Deck Legend Frost for nearly two years now, and I love it to death. If you're after a heavier keypress the Clears feel great, the board itself is very well-made, and the keys will NEVER wear out. I honestly feel that the Deck Legend is one of the best hardware purchases I have made in my life.
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In case anyone was curious, this is why I wanted a keyboard with function keys. My current keyboard:



For the macros, it literally hits Windows key, program name, enter key.
     
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post #33 of 43
Can you get this where you are?

http://www.guru3d.com/news/qpad-mk80...ming-keyboard/

Is has everything except macro keys. I'm sure i've seen one like that and with macro keys before earlier this week.
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I've got an ergonomic mechanical with white Alps. Interested?
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As an addendum...

I ended up buying a Unicomp Customizer for the keyboard, and a Genovation ControlPad 683 PS/2 to handle my macro features.
     
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Why the PS/2 version?
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So I could plug both it and the keyboard into the PS/2 header on my mobo. I am tapped out of USB ports.

Well, I had ordered both... but a few hours after ordering the 683, I got an email saying they're backordered (despite them STILL showing 10 in stock), so I canceled the Unicomp until the 683 is delivered.

In the meantime, I cleaned out my keyboard, which unfortunately made it quieter, but at least I stopped having problems with some of the keys not registering.
     
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Im a bit late to this but there are several other options I wanted to tell you about, all of which would have required more or less modding. Possibly they will be of use to someone else llooking for something like this.

First: Buckling Spring:

One option to get what you want (and nearly exactly what you want) would be to buy a used XT Model M terminal board, specifically the 1397000 would work.
Here comes the modding part: converting the keyboard to USB using a teensy controller also gives you the ability to FULLY PROGRAM the board, media and macro keys would be possible. Unicomp have made media keys for other geekhackers as special orders.
Backlighting is also possible, though not the individual switch backlighting found on the modern keyboards, but you could easily rig some ccfl tubes or smd-LED strips inside the keyboard (smds could be soldered to the 5.5v lead from usb, you might need two usb plugs depending on the amount).

Another option are vintage alps boards like the omnikey or assorted ortek boards (I have an Ortek MCK-104 Pro that has 12 programmable function keys using complicated white alps).

Yet another option is a simpler mod that would allow you to use the easily obtainable gaming cherry boards and make it match your need for a stiff, hard switch.
Take the black widow for example, it has everything you want except the switch isnt as stiff as you want it. One way is to stiffen the blue switch with springs from MX Black boards, which are easy to get. Another is to buy MX Green switches and exchange the switches on the black widow for these.
Ive done this mod to a g80-3000 of mine, since I needed a harder switch, with tactile feedback and click. The clears were too quiet, blacks werent tactile...but mx greens fit the bill perfectly. To be honest it was a bit of work tracking these switches down, but I found a fellow geekhacker that had ordered the MOQ of 500 directly from cherry and had/has plenty leftovers.


Also, if you end up needing more macro keys then that unit can supply, check out used Access or Tipro POS boards, those are fully programmable as well and come in many different sizes and configurations.



Either way, enjoy your solution!
    
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Elsa Ecomo 24H96 CRT x-750 Xigmatek Midgard 
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Elsa Ecomo 24H96 CRT x-750 Xigmatek Midgard 
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I would have bought a USB hub. Never can have enough USB ports.
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683 just got here... I am happy I didn't buy a Ducky. The 683 has Cherry Blacks, and they are as soft (if not softer) than my rubber dome keyboard. They are slightly louder, however, when bottoming out. I will write up a review on it eventually if there isn't one already.
     
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Intel Core i7-3770k ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 EVGA GeForce GTX 780 FTW (03G-P4-3784-KR) Crucial Ballistix Sport 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721075KLA330 Hitachi X Mobile 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG CH08LS10 (SATA BD-R / DVD±R / CD-RW) Prolimatech Megashadow Scythe S-Flex SFF21G x2 Scythe S-Flex SFF21F x2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Thermalright TR-FDB-1600 x4 XCLIO Amazing Fan 250mm Scythe Kama Bay SCKB-1000BK x3 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 
OSOSOSOS
Windows XP Home x64 SP3 (via Virtualbox) Fedora 15 LXDE (via Virtualbox) Slackware Linux XFCE (via Virtualbox) DOS 5.0 (via DOSbox) 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
LG 47LH40 Acer G276HL Gbd Acer G276HL Gbd Unicomp Classic 104 Black Buckling Spring PS2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone OP1000-E Modded Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS Logitech G500 Massive generic black foam mat 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty C... Denon AVR-1910 Polk Audio Monitor 40 Polk Audio Monitor 30 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Polk Audio CS1 Polk Audio PSW10 Jamo C400SUR Plantronics Gamecom 377 
AudioOtherOtherOther
LG HBM-235 Genovation ControlPad 683 Canon Imageclass MF4450 12" Dual White Cold Cathode Kit x3 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Microsoft Strategic Commander UPEK Eikon Digital Privacy Manager Logitech G27 Playseat Revolution (NASCAR) 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Playseat Revolution Gearshift Holder Sony DualShock 3 Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000 D-Link DBT-120 
OtherOther
APC SMT1500 HP Photosmart 3210xi All-in-One 
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Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 Merom Toshiba ISRAA 1.0 (Socket 479) ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600 modded CCC 10.6 OCZ2MV6674GK 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HD20500 Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD6400BEVT-22A0RT0) Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA Stock heatpipe system 
CoolingOSOSOS
Thermaltake Massive23 CS Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Windows XP Home x64 SP3 (via Virtualbox) DOS 5.0 (via DOSbox) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
17.0" Diagonal Widescreen WSXGA+ Internal only 19 V, 6.32 A Stock 17" Satellite shell (8.5 lbs) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G500 Small generic black foam mat HP Thin USB Powered Speakers Fiio E5 Headphone Amplifier 
AudioOtherOther
Griffin iTrip P1141 Microsoft GPS 168 Toshiba Backpack PA1366U-1NCS 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP-M 2500+ Barton Hewlett-Packard 0024 ATI Mobility Radeon IGP-320M Crucial CT6464X265.16FG 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Toshiba MK4021GAS Toshiba SD-R2512 Stock heatpipes Windows XP Home SP3 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
15.0" XGA TFT Internal only 18.5 V, 4.9 A Stock 15" Pavilion Shell (8 lbs) 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech MX510 Gaming Optical Generic gel-based green Internal Altec Lansing only Targus PAU10KU 
OtherOther
D-Link DWL-G650M Generic black messenger-style bag 
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Intel Core i7-3770k ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 EVGA GeForce GTX 780 FTW (03G-P4-3784-KR) Crucial Ballistix Sport 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721075KLA330 Hitachi X Mobile 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG CH08LS10 (SATA BD-R / DVD±R / CD-RW) Prolimatech Megashadow Scythe S-Flex SFF21G x2 Scythe S-Flex SFF21F x2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Thermalright TR-FDB-1600 x4 XCLIO Amazing Fan 250mm Scythe Kama Bay SCKB-1000BK x3 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 
OSOSOSOS
Windows XP Home x64 SP3 (via Virtualbox) Fedora 15 LXDE (via Virtualbox) Slackware Linux XFCE (via Virtualbox) DOS 5.0 (via DOSbox) 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
LG 47LH40 Acer G276HL Gbd Acer G276HL Gbd Unicomp Classic 104 Black Buckling Spring PS2 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone OP1000-E Modded Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS Logitech G500 Massive generic black foam mat 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty C... Denon AVR-1910 Polk Audio Monitor 40 Polk Audio Monitor 30 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Polk Audio CS1 Polk Audio PSW10 Jamo C400SUR Plantronics Gamecom 377 
AudioOtherOtherOther
LG HBM-235 Genovation ControlPad 683 Canon Imageclass MF4450 12" Dual White Cold Cathode Kit x3 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Microsoft Strategic Commander UPEK Eikon Digital Privacy Manager Logitech G27 Playseat Revolution (NASCAR) 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Playseat Revolution Gearshift Holder Sony DualShock 3 Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000 D-Link DBT-120 
OtherOther
APC SMT1500 HP Photosmart 3210xi All-in-One 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 Merom Toshiba ISRAA 1.0 (Socket 479) ATI Mobility Radeon HD2600 modded CCC 10.6 OCZ2MV6674GK 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 HD20500 Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD6400BEVT-22A0RT0) Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA Stock heatpipe system 
CoolingOSOSOS
Thermaltake Massive23 CS Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Windows XP Home x64 SP3 (via Virtualbox) DOS 5.0 (via DOSbox) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
17.0" Diagonal Widescreen WSXGA+ Internal only 19 V, 6.32 A Stock 17" Satellite shell (8.5 lbs) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G500 Small generic black foam mat HP Thin USB Powered Speakers Fiio E5 Headphone Amplifier 
AudioOtherOther
Griffin iTrip P1141 Microsoft GPS 168 Toshiba Backpack PA1366U-1NCS 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP-M 2500+ Barton Hewlett-Packard 0024 ATI Mobility Radeon IGP-320M Crucial CT6464X265.16FG 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Toshiba MK4021GAS Toshiba SD-R2512 Stock heatpipes Windows XP Home SP3 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
15.0" XGA TFT Internal only 18.5 V, 4.9 A Stock 15" Pavilion Shell (8 lbs) 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech MX510 Gaming Optical Generic gel-based green Internal Altec Lansing only Targus PAU10KU 
OtherOther
D-Link DWL-G650M Generic black messenger-style bag 
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