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Oh, finally found it.
Edited by Coronado is dead - 8/12/11 at 5:47am
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My Filco is built like a tank. I don't think this thing will go anywhere anytime soon. It's like typing on a brick.
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post #23 of 45
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Originally Posted by dotcom View Post
My Filco is built like a tank. I don't think this thing will go anywhere anytime soon. It's like typing on a brick.
Hahaha. I completely agree. It even has the weight of a brick. If this thing doesn't out live me, I will be annoyed!

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Hahaha. I completely agree. It even has the weight of a brick. If this thing doesn't out live me, I will be annoyed!

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Cherry switches will fail on Filcos exactly as will fail in any other cherry board.

Cherry made included that aren't built like bricks, doesn't weight like bricks but unlike Filcos comes with durable keycaps and cost a quarter than a Filco.

Aren't the steel plates that made a keyboard durable.
post #25 of 45
Yes and no.

Early failure rates of mechanicals are much higher due to the higher number of moving parts.

However, once the early failure hump is overcome mechanicals should long-outlast their domed brethren. Excluding some very delicate switches like MX blues. And if a switch fails it is replaceable, unlike a rubber dome.
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However, once the early failure hump is overcome mechanicals should long-outlast their domed brethren. Excluding some very delicate switches like MX blues.
Define what means working. If you mean the contact will be closed and opened, yes likely a random cherry board will outlast a great number of rubber domes.

But if a RD can become mushy after a while, a tactile cherry switch will surely become almost linear after a definite number of strokes.

Is exactly what happen with combustion engines v.s. electric motors or tubes v.s. transistors, the former have a definite life, the latter have, more or less, an indefinite life, they can last forever, they can fail in a week.
post #27 of 45
Tactile Cherries do become linear after about a decade of use. But in that case your MX browns have simply turned to reds. And linear switches suffer almost no degradation at all. Buckling springs retain their feel indefinitely, limited mainly by the failure of the plastic rivets holding the plates together. Complicated Alps seem to retain their feel for over a decade as well, although simplified Alps don't fare quite as well.

A Logitech rubber dome can lose its feel in less than a year. Even Keytronic boards wear out after a few years. MX browns last at least that long or longer, and most other switches are more durable.
post #28 of 45
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And linear switches suffer almost no degradation at all.
Indeed is what I said before.

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Buckling springs retain their feel indefinitely, limited mainly by the failure of the plastic rivets holding the plates together.
I said that BS are practically unbreakable, but they becomes mushy too.

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A Logitech rubber dome can lose its feel in less than a year. Even Keytronic boards wear out after a few years.
I have clients tha use the same (first price, no brand) keyboard since the time of win 95, using them 12 h a day. and most of them are yellower than a lemon but still feel like new and with all the legends in place, logitechs are average boards sold mainly because the brand is well known, surely aren't the reference on durability.

BTW be sure that the pad printed legends of a logitech keyboard will last way longer than the ones of a Filco.
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Buckling springs retain their feel indefinitely, limited mainly by the failure of the plastic rivets holding the plates together.
I've typed on mushy ones, but I think bad storage is a more common issue than spring wear, although the latter will happen.

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Complicated Alps seem to retain their feel for over a decade as well, although simplified Alps don't fare quite as well.
I wouldn't agree with that, I've typed on more than a few complicated Black Alps keyboards that felt like rubber domes.

I think the clicky ones may last longer because the tactile leaf is a bit more robust.
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I've typed on mushy ones, but I think bad storage is a more common issue than spring wear, although the latter will happen.



I wouldn't agree with that, I've typed on more than a few complicated Black Alps keyboards that felt like rubber domes.

I think the clicky ones may last longer because the tactile leaf is a bit more robust.
I think you may be right on that, my Dell AT101W feels like a slightly above average rubber dome, while my nearly-as-old Chicony with click white Alps feels pristine.
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