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Really, why does everyone like them so much? I've typed on Blues, Browns, and Blacks, and they feel like I'm typing on nothing (Browns especially). How can you guys stand it? They're better than domes, sure, but the typing experience is pretty god awful.



The Model M is only keyboard I need, and the only one with a built in pen and USB drive holder. It's the only one that feels completely solid when typing, and the only one I absolutely swear to to not break. No Windows key? NO PROBLEM. Remap that fool to Caps Lock since you know you don't use it anyways. Want a mechanical for cheap? Buy a Model M for $30 off of Fleabay or cheaper at a Goodwill.

I just don't know why the heck everyone recommends a Cherry Board at all for their ridiculous price point of $70+ for people who just want to try out a mechanical board. Tell me why! And yes, I mad.
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Not everyone dislikes having to use a small amount of force.
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Because not everyone wants a keyboard that uses buckling springs?
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post #4 of 61
They're common, available to anyone who wants them, and comparatively simple to implement a keyboard based around them.

But otherwise I do agree. The world needs some variety other than 10,000 Blue/Brown Cherry keyboards, and buckling springs are hella underloved.
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post #5 of 61
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lime View Post
They're better than domes, sure, but the typing experience is pretty god awful.
You hit the nail on the head. Better than domes, don't cost as much as a Realforce, and are modern readily available boards.
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Buy a Model M for $30 off of Fleabay or cheaper at a Goodwill.
Model Ms are old and can sometimes be found for cheap, but often not in perfect condition. Picking up one from eBay or Goodwill could result in the person getting a very dirty, sticky board that needs a lot of cleaning, or a board with a few broken keys. They also lack any kind of new features such as media keys and backlighting, two features which I personally don't care for, but I have seen numerous people on this forum require when considering which Cherry MX switch board they will purchase.
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Originally Posted by Lime View Post

I just don't know why the heck everyone recommends a Cherry Board at all for their ridiculous price point of $70+ for people who just want to try out a mechanical board. Tell me why! And yes, I mad.
If you decide you want a brand new keyboard, you'll still be paying $70+ for a buckling spring board if you decide you want one. Unicomp boards go for around $80+shipping I believe.

Also, if you want a tenkeyless board, be prepared to pay WAY more for a good condition (tenkeyless) Model M than you would for a brand new (tenkeyless) cherry MX board. Tenkeyless Model M's are somewhat rare I believe.
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post #6 of 61
I liked Cherry Switches before they were cool. Just kidding, ALPs are the shiznit, homeslice.
    
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post #7 of 61
I keep my pens in cup.

Anyway Rep+ for strong Manly fingers.
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Quote:
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Not everyone dislikes having to use a small amount of force.
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Because not everyone wants a keyboard that uses buckling springs?
While I'm aware that not everyone may want a keyboard with buckling springs, I still don't get the logic of recommending a $70-$140 keyboard to someone that has no idea what a mechanical keyboard feels like in the first place. Doesn't the idea just seem... off-putting to a user new to mechanicals in the first place?
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Quote:
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While I'm aware that not everyone may want a keyboard with buckling springs, I still don't get the logic of recommending a $70-$140 keyboard to someone that has no idea what a mechanical keyboard feels like in the first place. Doesn't the idea just seem... off-putting to a user new to mechanicals in the first place?
Even if you recommend that they go get a cheap used Model M instead of spending the dosh for a new Cherry MX board, using that Model M won't let them feel Cherry switches.

Best thing to do is tell them to buy via Amazon or directly from Das Keyboard and take advantage of the great return policies.
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I just got my xArmor U9W mechanical keyboard 2 days ago w/MX blues, and i simply love them. I love not using any force to type (3-4 year-old heavily used rubber domes are harder than lightly used MX Blues), i love the clickyness (i now hate the bluntness of the rubber dmes), its weight (feels like i can bat off a robber if one ever gets into my house with that), and the little fact that it is wireless (show me a wireless model M).

Not saying a model M is bad (an uncle still has one, even tho he does not know what the hell are mechanical switches, he only keeps it for the typing deliciousness), but to every person it's switch. I prefer MX Blues because they're softer and more silent.

Based on sound recordings, i guess i'd dislike MX browns for the lack of sound and being softer than MX blues. Reds and blacks would be less clickier, and buckling springs are way too noisy for me.
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