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post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by ADHDadditiv View Post

Ok thanks for the honest opinions everyone. biggrin.gif

sorry if my post came off a little blunt.


IF you want I'd say go to a store and try some keyboards, not sure which ones as I'm in Australia and don't know any in USA, and try all Cherry MX switches.

All of them feel different, try them all and see what happens you might like blacks, or you might like reds, just try them because they all feel different. thumb.gif
post #22 of 24
I used to buy keyboards like the Logitech G11 and other "gaming" keyboards only to find that they become quite hard to press down or mushy after a while. When I went with an MS Sidewinder X6 I felt that was the best membrane type keyboard available. The price wasn't extraordinarily high like some of the other gaming keyboards either.

Eventually I got to try out mechanical keyboards starting with the black switches, then to blues and finally the browns and felt that mechanical keyboards were a step up from membrane types. Granted it took me a bit to find the perfect mechanical for me but I was glad I took the time to try 'em before trashing 'em. I feel that a lot of these membrane type gaming keyboards are way overpriced in which you could get a good mech keyboard for not much more if not at the same price point. If you are on a budget then I would recommend the MS Sidewinder series as they are cheaper than the Razer and Logitech stuff without sacrificing in quality.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by larymoencurly View Post

I'm biased in favor of mechanical keys, but the best keyboards I've used are ancient Compaq and NMB models made with the same basic rubber dome/flexible circuit board key mechanism found in the worst keyboards. IOW it's the implementation that matters, and those Compaqs and NMBs weigh twice as much as the junk does -- mere coincidence?
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Originally Posted by ADHDadditiv View Post

Very possible its a mere coincidence but I digress. Why do you use a mechanical keyboard?
Mostly because with mechanical keyboards the keys bottom out more firmly and consistently than with most rubber dome keyboards. I make a lot more mistakes when the key feel is inconsistent.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by hawker View Post

I've been using a IBM Model M from 1996 for like 4 years. I've never had a keyboard that was as good as this one. It died because I spilled an entire bottle of beer on it and left it for 5 minutes... Even the old girl couldn't handle that biggrin.gif
You gave up too soon on that patient!

Those keyboards can be fixed if you hold the keyboard vertically, remove all the key caps at both ends, and spray 90%+ isopropyl alcohol into the key holes at the top. Leave the keyboard that way in a warm room for a couple of days. You may have to repeat the rinse a few times. You can fix the keyboard faster if you slice off the plastic disks on the bottom of the curved metal plate to gain access to the flexible circuit board sandwiched between it and the plastic plate on top. Clean that circuit board with alcohol and let dry. Later replace those plastic disks with screws and washers, taking care when drilling holes for the screws.
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