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Now, if I could only put a mechanical keyboard on my Eee PC and Macbook...
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Now, if I could only put a mechanical keyboard on my Eee PC and Macbook...
lol you and me both
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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)?
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Ive grown to like my Lycosa/Arctosa but really after using differant styles and types of keyboards or mice, once I am in a game and concentrating I could be using a Block a wood for all I care.
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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
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Ive grown to like my Lycosa/Arctosa but really after using differant styles and types of keyboards or mice, once I am in a game and concentrating I could be using a Block a wood for all I care.
Agreed. These are more for typing
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I posted on the Deck Forums about a backlit Cherry Blue keyboard and asked if they had plans for one. The admin responded saying that there was no plans for a cherry/blue keyboard but stay tuned for a new, more tactile, keyboard later this summer (as you mentioned before) but this does clear up the question whether it will be with cherry/blue switches or not. (Darn it) I would be perfectly happy with Cherry/brown and blue backlighting though.
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I posted on the Deck Forums about a backlit Cherry Blue keyboard and asked if they had plans for one. The admin responded saying that there was no plans for a cherry/blue keyboard but stay tuned for a new, more tactile, keyboard later this summer (as you mentioned before) but this does clear up the question whether it will be with cherry/blue switches or not. (Darn it) I would be perfectly happy with Cherry/brown and blue backlighting though.
Ah crap, yeah they'll most likely be browns then.


Well, if you want one in blues, you can always buy another keyboard with blues and do some soldering/desoldering!
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I don't want to offend anyone but, for gaming or typing, I prefer a low profile keys, keyboard.

I'm using one right now (It's an acteck AT-SLX700) http://acteck.com/_es/prod_detail.ph...eclados%20Slim and it works fine for me.

But I don't get the point, and i'd like that someone explains me the advantage of a mechanical keyboard, vs. the common gaming keyboards we all use...
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I don't want to offend anyone but, for gaming or typing, I prefer a low profile keys, keyboard.

I'm using one right now (It's an acteck AT-SLX700) http://acteck.com/_es/prod_detail.ph...eclados%20Slim and it works fine for me.

But I don't get the point, and i'd like that someone explains me the advantage of a mechanical keyboard, vs. the common gaming keyboards we all use...
Why do you like a low profile keyboard? Because they have a nice 'bump' when you press them? Because they are easier to press than full size keyboards? Because you don't have to push as far down to get them to switch?

These are the same reasons why mechanical keyboards are better than both rubber domes and scissor switches. While on the outside you see a plain old keyboard, you only have to press the keys about halfway down before they actuate, there's absolutely no 'mushy' feeling, they can be both extremely light to press or pretty hard depending on which you prefer, and the tactile feel is much more crisp than even the scissor switches you are used to.

And while your fingers get less fatigued on scissor switches than on full size keyboards, they get even less fatigued on good mechanical switches. Because you only have to press the keys down halfway, once your muscles get used to typing on it you will rarely be bottoming out the keys - meaning you put the minimum amount of stress on your fingers. With domes and scissors you still have to press the key all the way down for it to register, which wastes energy since you are pushing against nothing but a solid piece of plastic at the end of each keystroke.

Often enough, people might get a mechanical board, try it out for a few minutes, and be like "I still don't get the point". But once you give yourself enough time to get used to it you won't want to go back anymore.
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