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What kind of Switch is this?

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I found this old AST keyboard in our server room:



I'm not quite sure what kind of switches this keyboard has....Whatever they are, it's a joy to type on.
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Buckling spring? like the old IBM model M keyboards? I can't tell if there is a spring in there or not. Do you think it looks like this?
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After closer inspection, I figured out they are domes. The stem is connected to the key cap and goes through a rubber sleeve that looks like a dome with no top.

Interesting though, it sure does feel good and doesn't feel nearly as mushy or rubbery as, say the Dell L100 keyboard I'm typing on right now.
    
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After closer inspection, I figured out they are domes. The stem is connected to the key cap and goes through a rubber sleeve that looks like a dome with no top.

Interesting though, it sure does feel good and doesn't feel nearly as mushy or rubbery as, say the Dell L100 keyboard I'm typing on right now.
The individual dome style keyboards do indeed feel better than today's sheet rubber dome boards.
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post #5 of 8
It is domes probably with a metal backplate so they feel a bit more tactile than poopy rubber dome keyboards with no backplate.
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Could be a QuietKey?
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post #7 of 8
It's a Chicony Rubber Dome.

I have a Compaq with those. Better than average. But it's like todays USA education. Average is pretty bad.
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Hah, thanks for the help fellas.
    
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