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Hey guys, Ive been looking at getting one of these for a while since I am tired of my keyboards breaking on me.

For the most part the little "tab" that holds my keys on to the board tends to crack under all the pressure I give it.


Are there any keyboards that aren't mechanical that have some sort of metal tabs for connecting the keys to the board? (I am currently using a Saitek Eclipse w/ Blue LED's which has a loose key because like I said half the tab has cracked off)

I was looking at most of the keyboards and I was hoping to go nice and cheap but I noticed all the ones for a reasonable price don't come with an attachable wrist rest. Why would they do this? I can't type very long without a wrist rest, or even game well.
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I don't know why they don't come with a wrist rest (henceforth called a "wrest"), but most of the ones you're probably used to are the hard plastic stuff that get tacked on as a last minute gimmick. If you want a *really* nice wrest, the Filco one is amazing, but it's expensive as hell at $45. You can also "hack" your own, using a long balloon, sand, and fabric (socks will do). Or wood, foam, and fabric. I think you can figure out what you're supposed to do with them.

I don't know what you mean by "tab"--but the most durable keyboards are the IBM Model M and its modern version the Unicomp Customizer. These can withstand more than twenty years of use and abuse and still work fine.
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I don't know why they don't come with a wrist rest (henceforth called a "wrest"), but most of the ones you're probably used to are the hard plastic stuff that get tacked on as a last minute gimmick. If you want a *really* nice wrest, the Filco one is amazing, but it's expensive as hell at $45. You can also "hack" your own, using a long balloon, sand, and fabric (socks will do). Or wood, foam, and fabric. I think you can figure out what you're supposed to do with them.

I don't know what you mean by "tab"--but the most durable keyboards are the IBM Model M and its modern version the Unicomp Customizer. These can withstand more than twenty years of use and abuse and still work fine.
And they're extremely affordable.

Oh yeah, and 1keith1: I still don't know what "tabs" are in this context.
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Hey guys, Ive been looking at getting one of these for a while since I am tired of my keyboards breaking on me.

For the most part the little "tab" that holds my keys on to the board tends to crack under all the pressure I give it.


Are there any keyboards that aren't mechanical that have some sort of metal tabs for connecting the keys to the board? (I am currently using a Saitek Eclipse w/ Blue LED's which has a loose key because like I said half the tab has cracked off)

I was looking at most of the keyboards and I was hoping to go nice and cheap but I noticed all the ones for a reasonable price don't come with an attachable wrist wrest. Why would they do this? I can't type very long without a wrist wrest, or even game well.
Like Phaedrus suggested, a Model M is probably the best keyboard for you. You can find them on ebay for like $10-$20. Or buy a new Unicomp for $60-$100, depending on the model you pick. They don't have metal tabs, but they use ABS plastic, which is a lot more durable than the PVC (or some derivative) that the Saitek most likely uses. But they do have a steel backplate, so no matter how hard you hit the keys the board won't flex under the pressure. And it's weight stops it from moving around the desk while you type.

And those plastic wrist rests are junk. Try out a real one. Filco makes a really nice one, and there's also Belkin and Fellows and a few others that you can get from newegg or amazon for cheap.

Note: If going the ebay route, always make sure that you check the connector (must be AT or PS/2), and avoid the "semi-clicky" ones - those are rubber domes.

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And they're extremely affordable.

Oh yeah, and 1keith1: I still don't know what "tabs" are in this context.
He's talking about the keycap stem.
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I don't know why they don't come with a wrist rest (henceforth called a "wrest"), but most of the ones you're probably used to are the hard plastic stuff that get tacked on as a last minute gimmick. If you want a *really* nice wrest, the Filco one is amazing, but it's expensive as hell at $45. You can also "hack" your own, using a long balloon, sand, and fabric (socks will do). Or wood, foam, and fabric. I think you can figure out what you're supposed to do with them.

I don't know what you mean by "tab"--but the most durable keyboards are the IBM Model M and its modern version the Unicomp Customizer. These can withstand more than twenty years of use and abuse and still work fine.
Well I wish I could buy the Filco at Newegg, also I can't buy the small one that lacks a number pad, this needs to be your standard keyboard.

So if possible try to link me newegg only, or If you could find it at microcenter that would be nice as well.

And by Tab I mean what is part of the keyboard, you remove the key and you see a little plastic circle that looks like it aligns the key right over the silicon pad. Yea about half of that is snapped off.
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The only mechanical keyboards at Newegg at the ABS M1, and some Cherry G84 boards (which wouldn't work well for you). The ABS M1 is a decent board, but it isn't as durable as the others mentioned. It would be more durable than any rubber dome you've used though.


If you want a good mechanical board you'd have to look in other places. So I'm going to have to link you to someplace other than Newegg.

Filco:
http://elitekeyboards.com/products.p...estouch_104key
Das:
http://www.daskeyboard.com/
Deck:
http://www.deckkeyboards.com/
Unicomp:
http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/keyboards.html


Also look for Cherry G80 and G81, Dell AT101W, and IBM Model M keyboards on ebay.
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I just don't think any of these boards are going to work for me, there are so few styles and none have any wrist rests.


I think I would rather find a board that has metal parts including the keystem.
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The keystem is never made of metal. On any board.


ABS will be fine. I don't think you realize how much tougher it is than PVC. Kind of like the difference between aluminum and steel. And the Model M/Unicomp... Hell, I think that thing could stop a .22 bullet, though I wouldn't want to test it myself.
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I just don't think any of these boards are going to work for me, there are so few styles and none have any wrist rests.


I think I would rather find a board that has metal parts including the keystem.
Well, good luck then. The only keyboards with metal keystems are hall effect keyboards, found in NASA space shuttles and nuclear power plants.

Trust us. Get a Model M. It's impossible to find a more durable keyboard anywhere on the market.
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Well I wish I could buy the Filco at Newegg, also I can't buy the small one that lacks a number pad, this needs to be your standard keyboard.

So if possible try to link me newegg only, or If you could find it at microcenter that would be nice as well.

And by Tab I mean what is part of the keyboard, you remove the key and you see a little plastic circle that looks like it aligns the key right over the silicon pad. Yea about half of that is snapped off.
Are you talking about the part of the keycap or the part on the board?

The keycap connects directly to the switch on mechanical keyboards. Either way, there are no tabs, just a piece that snaps over or into the stem of the switch.

A model M or unicomp might be good, but I've read they are pretty loud, which you may not like after using rubber dome keyboards.

IIRC its not the best for your wrists to rest them on the wrist rest while typing anyway.

link to newegg wrist rests
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