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I type really fast and i sometimes press the wrong key and i'm a crazy gamer and i hate it when you melee in battle via modern warfare 2 and it doesn't go in contact makes me feel like i pressed it twice to make it work. This is my keyboard. http://www.xoxide.com/superslim-illu...ard-black.html I know.. VERY CHEAP and stupid of me to get it,it has done nothing but give me stress and i wanna snap it. PLEASE recommend me a better keyboard in the range of 30 to 60 dollars that'll last a long time and only 1 keyboard that costs 80 bucks. Help! Even my letters worn out. I only got this because i needed a lit keyboard for nights.
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I'm interested in buckling spring boards, what are the differences between Unicomps and Model M's? I know about the space saver versions, but is there any very compact boards?
There's the tenkeyless one, and there's one without the giant bezel around the board. That's it.

There are a bunch of differences between Unicomp and IBM. Unicomp switches are about 5g lighter, they have a thinner steel backplate, thinner plastic, 1-piece keycaps, drainage holes, the entire board is a bit lighter...and I'm really tired I can't remember what else.

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I type really fast and i sometimes press the wrong key and i'm a crazy gamer and i hate it when you melee in battle via modern warfare 2 and it doesn't go in contact makes me feel like i pressed it twice to make it work. This is my keyboard. http://www.xoxide.com/superslim-illu...ard-black.html I know.. VERY CHEAP and stupid of me to get it,it has done nothing but give me stress and i wanna snap it. PLEASE recommend me a better keyboard in the range of 30 to 60 dollars that'll last a long time and only 1 keyboard that costs 80 bucks. Help! Even my letters worn out. I only got this because i needed a lit keyboard for nights.
If you want the ultimate in durability, get a Model M 1390120, 1390131, or 1391401 off of ebay. You can expect them to last at least half your lifetime.

But for something a little bit more modern, try an ABS M1 (newegg) or MX-11900 (ebay).
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Let me add my Cherry G81 I bought from VCheeZ. Spray painted it with automotive paint

Sick paint job. Which switches does that board use?
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Sick paint job. Which switches does that board use?
Cherry MY
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Sick paint job. Which switches does that board use?
Cherry MY switches.

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Thanks. How are the MY relative to other Cherry switches?

P.S. just got the Dell AT101W in the mail this morning for my home rig. Black ALPS - really liking it so far. I'm still on the hunt for a Black Cherry standard layout board for under $100

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Thanks. How are the MY relative to other Cherry switches?

P.S. just got the Dell AT101W in the mail this morning for my home rig. Black ALPS - really liking it so far. I'm still on the hunt for a Black Cherry standard layout board for under $100

They are linear, like MX blacks, except the force curve is very different. They both actuate at 60cN, but MX Blacks start at 40cN and end at 80cN, while MY switches start at 25cN and end at 125cN. So the curve is a lot steeper.
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ok guys, I'm ready to take the mechanical plunge, what would you recommend for the 1st try? Unfortunately there are no places around me to try them out so I thought about ordering an ABS M1 from newegg as it's not too expensive. I also checked the for sale section and didn't see anything there. I would love to buy one used to try but can't find any.

What would a be a good choice for a 1st time mech keyboard try?
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ok guys, I'm ready to take the mechanical plunge, what would you recommend for the 1st try? Unfortunately there are no places around me to try them out so I thought about ordering an ABS M1 from newegg as it's not too expensive. I also checked the for sale section and didn't see anything there. I would love to buy one used to try but can't find any.

What would a be a good choice for a 1st time mech keyboard try?
I bought an M1 first. Mine had problems so I sent it back but it was enough to know I loved the feel. I then jumped straight to a Filco. Many people don't have problems with the M1 and from what I've seen, it is about 50/50 chance or having errors. If nothing else, it will help you to see if you like it or not.
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For a first board I recommend something cheap, so if you don't like it it wasn't a huge loss. Used IBM Model Ms can be had on ebay for as low as $20-$30 shipped CONUS, and Dell AT101Ws for as low as $15-$25 SCONUS (sales prices are generally the same, but the Model M is a lot heavier so shipping is more). There are also various Cherry and Chicony boards that use mechanical switches, but they both also have rubber domes and the only way to tell them apart is by model number... and there are a lot of models!

The IBM Model M has a heavy keypress (~70g), and is tactile and clicky. They use buckling spring switches, which are only found on IBM boards and their direct descendents (IBM/Lexmark Model M and Unicomp Customizer) and cousins (Model F, M15, etc). They're built like tanks and even the oldest ones (~22-23 years) still function perfectly. Mine is just over 21 years old and is still one of the best keyboards I've ever owned. They're very durable, but they're heavy and huge, and loud. But they're a great starter board.

Dell AT101W uses Black Alps switches and has a moderately heavy keypress (~60g) and are tactile, but not clicky. However they still make more noise than most rubber dome keyboards. They're another good starter board because they're usually fairly cheap when used. They're not as bulletproof as the Model M but are still relatively durable, and can take a fair bit of abuse. They aren't as physically huge as the Model M, but they're still fairly weighty.
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