Originally Posted by SkoalFineCut
I got a scorpius m10 about a week ago, from a link in this thread no less. After a week of using it I have to say I am extremely pleased. I have no idea if I type faster on it, but I do enjoy typing on it far more.
It also makes the rest of my keyboards feel mushy and slow, except for my old fujitsu one, but the layout of the keys on that one are in the old style (double spaced enter key) and I could never get used to reaching that far for backslash, and I've grown too accustomed to using windows-key shortcuts.
That's great news!
Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p
My Saitek Eclipse has a great backlight, and a pretty good keystroke, but it takes up too much space. Are Deck the only brand that does backlighting on mechanical boards? Also, what all models have small footprints? I know Deck makes mini-boards, and the SIIG Minitouch is obviously small, but anything else? Any other backlit boards?
There are only three companies I know of with backlit mechanicals: Deck, their parent company TG3 Electronics
, and iOne with their Scorpius M10 BL
BUT, if you don't mind a bit of modding, you can get custom keycaps made for any keyboard, with the clear lettering for backlighting (see here
, or here
). But I believe that those companies have a minimum order amount, so it might be a bit expensive unless you can get some other people who want the same keycaps to share the cost.
As for a small footprint, there's the Topre HHKB
(arguably the best keyswitches ever made, beware of the 'lite' model), the Cherry ML 4100
with short-travel cherry ML switches (pic
), the smk-85
, and the Filco FKB-86E, both with alps switches (I think they are white alps, but I forget). Oh, and some of those backlit boards as well Edited by Manyak - 5/18/09 at 3:06pm