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Need Compact/tenkeyless keyboard that feels like Model M

post #1 of 5
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I had this before when I was a teenager (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_M_keyboard) before my mom threw it out. I am trying to look for something similar but compact if possible but it must be at least tenkeyless.

If the price can stay under $100, that would be great, but I am willing to go a little over if its needed. Currently, I have a mac keyboard (full).

Thank you!

Edit: I found $99 keyboards here (http://www.elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=special&filter=spacesaver) but I have no idea which one to get./try... D:
post #2 of 5
The Model M's I know of have buckling spring switches and those have cherry switches which are different but nicer imo. Still much better than rubber dome by a long shot either way. If you want an affordable tenkeyless mechanical that is good, Coolermaster quickfire rapid keyboards are where it's at. They are manufactured by Filco so they are great quality. While the key caps are not PBT but ABS, the build is still the same, you can go wrong for the price.

In case you're wondering, filco makes some of the best cherry mechanical boards out there, my personal favorite.

Amazon link; different cherry switch types to choose from
http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Mechanical-SGK-4000-GKCL1-US/dp/B0068INSUM

Official Link
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3060
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip View Post

The Model M's I know of have buckling spring switches and those have cherry switches which are different but nicer imo. Still much better than rubber dome by a long shot either way. If you want an affordable tenkeyless mechanical that is good, Coolermaster quickfire rapid keyboards are where it's at. They are manufactured by Filco so they are great quality. While the key caps are not PBT but ABS, the build is still the same, you can go wrong for the price.

In case you're wondering, filco makes some of the best cherry mechanical boards out there, my personal favorite.

Amazon link; different cherry switch types to choose from
http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Mechanical-SGK-4000-GKCL1-US/dp/B0068INSUM

Official Link
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3060
Thanks, I just ordered a blue one. smile.gif
post #4 of 5
good choice with the QFR. IF you want to take it a step further, crack that thing open and replace the blue springs with black springs and you'll have a closest thing to buckling springs.

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2014 Refresh
(18 items)
 
Spare Parts
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 4970K Asus Maximus VII Hero 2 x EVGA 780 TI SC In SLI Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2 x Samsung 840 Pro SSD Raid 0 Western Digital Black Corsair H100i Windows 8.1 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus VG248QE with G-Sync Board Asus VS247H-P Happy Hacking Keyboard Corsair 1200AXi 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 750D Razer Deathadder 2013 Razer Goliathus Maverick Audio TubeMagic A1 Headphone Amp 
AudioAudio
Schiit Modi Dac Sennheiser HD650 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel 3450 Asus P8z77 - v  MSI R9 280x x2 CrossfireX Corsair 8g Vengenece 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Evo Western Digital Black Corsair 105 Windows 8.1 x64 
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post #5 of 5
You could also buy model m ssk (tenkeyless version of model m) but I don't think you could find one under 200$
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