Originally Posted by Prosiddon
Are there any options for a small mechanical keyboard (80-88 keys I guess) with blank key caps that doesn't cost $300 (HHKB Pro 2)?
Well as far as the blank keycaps though, you can always just use rit dye
to turn the keys black, and the letter won't be visible anymore.
The only tenkeyless board you can get with
blank keycaps is a Model M Mini
. Well, you'd buy it as is, and then get the keycaps from Unicomp
- just call them up and you can order any type of replacement part for it.
But if you don't mind dying, the closest keyboard to the HHKB layout is the SIIG Minitouch, with white alps switches. However, only the older models are mechanical, the new ones are all rubber dome and feel like crap. And I can't seem to find any.
Then there's the Cherry ML4100
. They use ML Blacks, which are low profile mechanical switches, and the keys are a bit closer together than usual. As long as you don't have big hands you'll be fine with it though.
Then if you just want a tenkeyless board, there's the Filco FKBN87M/EB
. It uses cherry MX browns, and is really well made. One of the best boards on the market.Edited by Manyak - 5/12/09 at 2:12am