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Hahaha the lycosa is the reason I will never touch another razer product again. thumb.gif
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Same here, I've got the Lycosa at the moment and cannot wait to get rid of it.
I'm still undecided on which between Cherry Black, blue and brown. I can be a bit ham-fisted, so I think the Cherry Black might suit me best.
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Are there any MX Blue boards with old school layouts? By that I mean the double row Enter key and the short single key sized backspace key. I've been using this keyboard, minus a 2 year or so break for literally my entire typing life. I have no idea what switches it has, just that it's a Chicony KB-2961. Some say it's a dome keyboard, but it does type much better than the G15 I had, which makes me doubt that it has domes. No idea how to take the keys off, don't want to damage it.

Grab an old school cherry board off ebay. G80?
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Are there any MX Blue boards with old school layouts? By that I mean the double row Enter key and the short single key sized backspace key. I've been using this keyboard, minus a 2 year or so break for literally my entire typing life. I have no idea what switches it has, just that it's a Chicony KB-2961. Some say it's a dome keyboard, but it does type much better than the G15 I had, which makes me doubt that it has domes. No idea how to take the keys off, don't want to damage it.

It does use rubber domes but quite a few people have mentioned that model has exceptionally good feel for a rubber domes. Most of the keyboards that have that layout do not have cherry switches. Some of the most common mechanical keyboards of this layout are: NMB RT101, Chicony KB-5181, Chicony KB-5191( Has fake cherry sometimes) . They all have clicky and tactile switches.
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@Nhb93: You could try going old school. Grab an old Model M off someone. There are usually some on fleebay or even our own sale forum. It probably will have the feel you want and be cheaper.
 
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Hello. I was wondering if the keyboard experts could help me out. smile.gif I have a keyboard that I bought with my Micron PC about 14 years ago. I have used it ever since then, because I like the shape and layout, and the keys feel good and are responsive, also the weight of the keyboard tends to keep it nice and steady when playing games. And though I have used it heavily, to my suprise none of the keys have ever broken and work fine. A very well-made keyboard.

But I had been having problems with stability of my pc's recently, MB stability problems on multiple top-quality MB's over a period of time, PC's shutting down randomly. And the tech support guy at my pc maker mentioned that using a mouse that is ps/2, but has an adapter for usb (I like the regular two button MS ps2 mice with roller balls, so got some with usb connections built in on the end, but maybe they convert them in the middle of the cable, instead of being pure usb versions), can cause problems with MB's, they've seen this problem before apparently. So I got a regular usb mouse, optical, hoping that would fix it. But the stability problem persisted. Then I had an idea, I wondered if the problem could actually be my keyboard. After all, I had been using it for 14 years, and though it works fine, it might have developed some kind of electrical problem that was causing havoc with my MB's. So I bought some key cheap Logitech usb keyboard, just to test the idea. Poof, PC stability problems gone. It must be the keyboard causing the problems. Some kind of subtle internal electrical fault, I guess.

The problem is I really like this keyboard, and I'd like to get one just like it if I can. Same full size, heft, and shape, slightly concave front surface, same type of keys and so on (PS/2 connection would be nice for unlimited keypresses, but a pure usb version is fine too). But I'm not sure exactly what kind of keyboard this is and where I might get one, I have tried looking, but couldn't find anything. So I was hoping I could provide the experts here with the details of the keyboard and you could tell what the proper name for this variety of keybord is, what types of keys this keyboard uses, and what are some makes and models out there that I can get that are the same as this one, or as close to the same as possible. The details are below. Thanks very much for any help! smile.gif

On the back on a white label it says the following:

FCC ID NO. : AQ6-CYPRESSZ15
MODEL NO. : RT6856TW
NMB P/N : 121507-002 REV.E
SERIAL NO : B2063254

NMB Technologies Inc.
Keyboard Division
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Made in Thailand

5 VDC
300mA MAX

It also has the Designed for Windows 95 logo and "NetWare tested and approved" logo, if that means anything.
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The keyboard you have is made by NMB, they are famous for their space invaders mechanical switches. The model that you have is one of their older models and is a high end rubber dome keyboard. NMB has some rubber dome keyboards that are known for being nice to type on and their keyboards are generally built solid as well. There are quite a few listings on ebay for their keyboards and you might want to try out their mechanical model with the tactile and clicky space invader switches. You can probably pick up most of their keyboards around $20-40 although ebay sellers usually try to extort their vintageness and sell them for insane prices.
Edited by magna224 - 1/6/12 at 11:53am
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magna224: Thanks for the info., it's very helpful. smile.gif What are the other model numbers I should be looking for with NMB keyboards on ebay that have the same shape (concave front), full size key layout and high-end rubber dome keys? Since I might not be able to find this precise model.

Yes, the key strokes on this keyboard are very smooth and light, like silk, but not mushy at all, just smooth, clean and precise. I rather assumed they might be mechanical switches of some variety, given the quality feel and extreme durability (I can hardly believe that none of the wsad keys has broken, given the thousands of hours of hard competitive fps game time I have put in on it for 14 years). I guess there is something to be said for top-of-the-line rubber dome switches. smile.gif

It might be interesting to try a keyboard that is identical in shape and design, except with mechanical switches. What model numbers should I look for on the mechanical models, from NMB or other companies that have the same physical key layout?
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Well I just picked up the Razer Black Widow Ultimate as my first mechanical keyboard experienced. Just as is stated on page 1, I love typing on it, but it's not really a good gaming board. I am going to return it and try out a Ducky Shine with some Reds >biggrin.gif
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Have to say almost no keyboard out there today is even close to the model M in terms of build qulity

I wouldn't go that far. Sure it's a great board but there's definitely other boards with just as good build quality.
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