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I've had my Saitek Eclipse I for 3 years now. Solid keyboard.

I do envy you guys, those keyboards do look very, very comfortable for typing on.
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I didnt realize that there were other people who shared my preference for the old fashioned IBM type key pressure. Every time I go to an office/computer store I check out the keyboards on sale looking for a "modern" equivalent. Thanks for the excellent info, I am leaning heavily toward the Filco "Tenkeyless". I use a Belkin N52 for gaming so typing is the only requirment I have. I really miss my old XT IBM keyboards. I go through a Logitech/Microsoft wireless desktop every couple of years.
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I think Manyak deserves a round of applause!
I have tried to start some threads about keboards here but never managed to get such a lot of responses.
I think its down to his constant surveillance of the thread and his concise and helpful replies. Well done mate. I hope to see a lot of you over on geekhack.com very soon
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I have looked around Geekhack.com, but it doesnt fit my general "Uber" computing bent, too narrowly focused. Excellent source for keyboard knowledge though.

And yes, Manyak richly deserves praise. +rep
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I didnt realize that there were other people who shared my preference for the old fashioned IBM type key pressure. Every time I go to an office/computer store I check out the keyboards on sale looking for a "modern" equivalent. Thanks for the excellent info, I am leaning heavily toward the Filco "Tenkeyless". I use a Belkin N52 for gaming so typing is the only requirment I have. I really miss my old XT IBM keyboards. I go through a Logitech/Microsoft wireless desktop every couple of years.
If it's the pressure you like, and you want something tenkeyless, you might want to just stick with a Model M Mini. Cherry switches require a lot less force to press than BSs, and the tactility of the browns in that Filco isn't as 'crisp' either. If you want something that feels closer to BS but looks modern, go for Cherry blues. They are still pretty light, but have a crisper tactile bump. The guy who owns elitekeyboards.com is planning on getting a shipment of specially made Filcos with them, and if you send him an email he'll reserve one for you.


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I think Manyak deserves a round of applause!
I have tried to start some threads about keboards here but never managed to get such a lot of responses.
I think its down to his constant surveillance of the thread and his concise and helpful replies. Well done mate. I hope to see a lot of you over on geekhack.com very soon
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I have looked around Geekhack.com, but it doesnt fit my general "Uber" computing bent, too narrowly focused. Excellent source for keyboard knowledge though.

And yes, Manyak richly deserves praise. +rep
Thanks guys

It just saddens me to see the sheer number of people on this site who spend hours each day on their PCs, yet give more thought to choosing a case fan than to choosing a keyboard. I mean you can buy whatever you like, but at least make it an informed decision
Edited by Manyak - 5/9/09 at 12:45am
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Cool guide man.

What do you think about the ABS A1 Mechanical keyboard?

My G15 v2 is a flimsy joke for what I paid for it. I am a fan of workhorse products, not gimmicky ones (which is what the G15 is).

For example, instead of a flashy branded glowing gaming headset, I would prefer some solid HD555s.

So, is this keyboard worth it if you've ever tried it?
I'm sick of glowing, macro-key, LCD, flimsy, shiny, matte, overpriced hunks of plastic. I just want a solid keyboard that will work day in day out with no problems and that is comfortable.
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I have been looking at the ABS A1 as well, can anyone fill us in on this board?
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Cool guide man.

What do you think about the ABS A1 Mechanical keyboard?

My G15 v2 is a flimsy joke for what I paid for it. I am a fan of workhorse products, not gimmicky ones (which is what the G15 is).

For example, instead of a flashy branded glowing gaming headset, I would prefer some solid HD555s.

So, is this keyboard worth it if you've ever tried it?
I'm sick of glowing, macro-key, LCD, flimsy, shiny, matte, overpriced hunks of plastic. I just want a solid keyboard that will work day in day out with no problems and that is comfortable.
The ABS may be just what you're looking for then . No extra buttons for 'play', 'pause', 'sleep', or 'more lotion', and no clear plastic for hair and crumbs to fall in and grow science experiments.

I haven't tried the ABS itself, but I've tried other keyboards with the same switches (black alps copies) and have only heard good things about ABS's manufacturing quality. I've recommended it to a few people and noones ever complained so it can't be that bad

But really, any mechanical board will be what you're looking for, because they are all workhorses and easily last 10 yrs +. Hell, I'm typing on a keyboard made in 1987 right now lol. You just gotta decide on what kind of switches you want - tactile? clicky? do you like to pound the board or want to barely have to press the keys?
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Looks have got to be a consideration for many people though. I want old school quality, but I also want style to go along with my modded and customized equiptment. I would love it if a mechanical keyboard would have a good backlighting system also. I was very interested in the gigabyte keyboard with its USB hub, USB audio, and Cherry black keybs but no backlighting?! And of course, I cannot find one retail anywhere.
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Looks have got to be a consideration for many people though. I want old school quality, but I also want style to go along with my modded and customized equiptment. I would love it if a mechanical keyboard would have a good backlighting system also. I was very interested in the gigabyte keyboard with its USB hub, USB audio, and Cherry black keybs but no backlighting?! And of course, I cannot find one retail anywhere.
Oh I definitely understand about the looks, I'm just pointing out that whatever you get will last you for many years to come (unless its a manufacturing defect or you manage to get coffee on the PCB, heh).

By the way, I've heard some bad things about that gigabyte board, apparently their manufacturing is pretty shoddy.

And if you want a mechanical keyboard with backlighting, there are three options I know of.

For Cherry Blacks, you've got the DeCK (pick blue, red, or green lights), and it has full n-key rollover. Their warranty is the best you can find - 10 years, and they even cover modding as long as you don't ruin the PCB doing it.

Also, I was asking them about their switch model, and they said that pretty soon (maybe in the middle of summer) they will have a model with Cherry Blues. Link to thread. I fully plan on buying one


For Cherry Blues you've got the Scorpius M10 BL. Pretty hard to find though.


Then there are a couple of keyboards from TG3 Electronics that use a bunch of different Cherry switches (all tactile though, so they are either Blues, Browns, or MLs, I'm just not sure about most of them). They are DeCK's parent company. The only catch is that these keyboards are advertised as industrial grade, so thy may be a bit more expensive (but feel free to contact them anyway). They also custom make keyboards, but there might be a minimum order if you do that.

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