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I found an old keyboard in my basement; it is a dell quiet key with buckling spring keyswitches. Is this model considered to be any good? It seems to be in good condition.

Here's a picture I took with my phone.

Edited by Art Vanelay - 10/27/12 at 9:58am
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Have you tried to use it yet?
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My dad has a ton of these, and I always use them when I go home. I really like the keyboard. It's so noisy, but I love it.
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Have you tried to use it yet?
I don't have access to a computer with a ps/2 port yet, so I haven't had the chance to try it.
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Can we see what's under the key cap? I'm pretty sure these boards a are plunger type and not springs.
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Can we see what's under the key cap? I'm pretty sure these boards a are plunger type and not springs.
I vaguely remember a keyswitch that looked like that being called buckling spring. It doesn't feel like any of the other rubber dome keyboard I have used.


Edit: it looks like it is a rubber dome keyboard. It's amazing how much better this one is than every other one I have owned.
This one was made in Thailand .
Edited by Art Vanelay - 10/27/12 at 10:07am
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Originally Posted by Art Vanelay View Post

I vaguely remember a keyswitch that looked like that being called buckling spring. It doesn't feel like any of the other rubber dome keyboard I have used.

Edit: it looks like it is a rubber dome keyboard. It's amazing how much better this one is than every other one I have owned.
This one was made in Thailand .
Yup, it's a plunger type keyboard. It feels better to type on than a rubber dome keyboard. I have the same one and used it until I got a Dell AT101w. biggrin.gif
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Mechanical Keyboards will always be in my heart <3

If that's the right term, anyway
    
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That is one of the better feeling plunger/membrane keyboards I have used. They must have produced higher quality membrane keyboards back then. A lot of the newer, cheaper rubber membrane keyboards stop registering or require a lot of force to register after awhile. This Dell Thailand still works good for me and does not feel as mushy as other membrane keyboards.
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That is one of the better feeling plunger/membrane keyboards I have used. They must have produced higher quality membrane keyboards back then. A lot of the newer, cheaper rubber membrane keyboards stop registering or require a lot of force to register after awhile. This Dell Thailand still works good for me and does not feel as mushy as other membrane keyboards.
Yeah, I think this actually the keyboard, I used when I was a lot younger, that made me want to get a keyboard with MX blue switches. It has a very mechanical feel to the keys, which is pretty good to type on, though not nearly at the level of feedback that you get from an actual mechanical keyboard.
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