Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
Let's see what switches I've heard of...
Cherry MX Blue/Black/Brown/White, ML Black, more...?
Black/White Alps and imitators
Model M buckling spring and imitators
Any others out there?
Those, and Cherry MY's, are by far the most common ones, and pretty much the only ones you'll find on boards manufactured today AFAIK. But if you want to go back a few years to the 80's and 90's:
And FYI, there aren't any Buckling Spring imitators per se. The license was just passed on from IBM to Lexmark to Unicomp. The mechanism - and even the entire keyboard - is still exactly the same as when it was originally made with only a few minor differences (drainage channels were added, a ribbon cable was used internally instead of a few wires on a connector, they use single-piece keycaps instead of dual-piece now, the plastic is a tiny bit thinner, and Unicomp's springs are a bit lighter).
Originally Posted by Su77en187
Does all Microcenter have the Das? I've never been to one, but there is one in Tustin/Santa Ana which is about 30 mins from where I live. I'll probably drive down there today if holiday traffic isn't hectic from and to the OC.
I don't what board I used, but it's very old bought back in 1998-99. It was a generic brand, I believe, but it had a very good feel to it when typing. I know for sure it was clicky, but not sure what kind of switch it used. I watched that video from hot hardware and it does sound like the third keyboard which is the M10.
Microcenters? Possibly not, because at the end of the day the store makes the choice on what to keep in stock. But most likely it should be there. Hey, worst case, at least you'll get to check out the place
Yeah the M10 uses Cherry Blues, but SMKs sound pretty close too. If you really
want to find the exact same switch I can point you to a couple of older (and cheaper) boards to order and try out before getting an expensive one.Edited by Manyak - 12/26/09 at 5:24am