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I bought my Das in a retail store but I would play it safe and say no.
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I've looked around a bit but haven't found anything regarding plastic or silicone covers for the mechanical keyboards mentioned in this thread. Are they just not that popular? Or do they interfere with the whole tactile clicking experience?

I noticed that Unicomp does sell covers and am considering the Endurapro and asking if I can order black keycaps. I really really like the Filco tenkeyless and the HHKB though. I love the minimalist look and mechanical functionality. I just really hate having the paint/finish/lettering come off or having dirt fall into the cracks. I did see that I could request matte keycaps for the Filco that wouldn't wear as fast, but having a keyboard cover just seems easier.
Edited by fancysocks - 6/6/10 at 1:40pm
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I've looked around a bit but haven't found anything regarding plastic or silicone covers for the mechanical keyboards mentioned in this thread. Are they just not that popular? Or do they interfere with the whole tactile clicking experience?

I noticed that Unicomp does sell covers and am considering the Endurapro and asking if I can order black keycaps. I really really like the Filco tenkeyless and the HHKB though. I love the minimalist look and mechanical functionality. I just really hate having the paint/finish/lettering come off or having dirt fall into the cracks. I did see that I could request matte keycaps for the Filco that wouldn't wear as fast, but having a keyboard cover just seems easier.
I can't imagine having one of those sanitary covers on my keyboard. I think it would completely destroy the feel. I am a drummer, so I'll make this analogy: I think it would be like trying to play while wearing thick winter gloves on a cheap black rubber pad electronic drumset as opposed to holding the sticks with my bare hands and playing on a well-tuned drum set.

Besides, I just vacuum my keyboard a couple times a day or more (whenever I see any debris, actually) using a special horse hair brush attachment. The horse hair is gentle enough on the keyboard that I can do this, and it's about 1½" long which makes it great for cleaning my keyboard.

I've had my keyboard since 3/9/10, and it's still 100% perfectly clean (although I think I may need to wash the keycaps soon, but I'm not sure yet).
Edited by TwoCables - 6/6/10 at 1:58pm
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post #4314 of 14551
Did you remember in which store you bought it?

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I bought my Das in a retail store but I would play it safe and say no.
post #4315 of 14551
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I've looked around a bit but haven't found anything regarding plastic or silicone covers for the mechanical keyboards mentioned in this thread. Are they just not that popular? Or do they interfere with the whole tactile clicking experience?

I noticed that Unicomp does sell covers and am considering the Endurapro and asking if I can order black keycaps. I really really like the Filco tenkeyless and the HHKB though. I love the minimalist look and mechanical functionality. I just really hate having the paint/finish/lettering come off or having dirt fall into the cracks. I did see that I could request matte keycaps for the Filco that wouldn't wear as fast, but having a keyboard cover just seems easier.
I agree with twocables. I couldn't even imagine having one of those covers on all the time. It completely defeats the purpose of having a nice keyboard. Its like leaving a plastic cover on a nice leather couch. Whats the point in getting leather if you're not going to enjoy it?

Just try to get good keycaps. Get blanks, laser etched, or double shot if you can. Those don't wear out as much as the pad printed ones like the filcos (correct me if I'm wrong).
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post #4316 of 14551
I'd use one of those covers just to keep dust out when I'm not using it.
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Hey guys,

Which keyboard would you recommend for a budget of approximately $50
? I absolutely adore my IBM Model M, but my roommate can't tolerate the noise. Currently have a Logitech Wave (I love the media keys), but its tactility leaves much to be desired.

I've looked into the iOne Scorpius but have been put off by issues with its cheap PCB. The ABS M1 seems too loud and too much of a knockoff. I'd very much prefer to at least have a Windows key (another reason I can't use my Model M).

Heck, even something similar to my ThinkPad T60's keyboard would be just grand ....

Maybe something like this Cherry board? http://cgi.ebay.com/CHERRY-G80-11900...#ht_500wt_1091 According to someone on geekhack.org, this board uses MX Black switches.
Edited by JaYp146 - 6/7/10 at 8:07am
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I've not used, but I've heard some good things about the Keytronic Designer 2
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Hey guys,

Which keyboard would you recommend for a budget of approximately $50
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I've looked into the iOne Scorpius but have been put off by issues with its cheap PCB. The ABS M1 seems too loud and too much of a knockoff. I'd very much prefer to at least have a Windows key (another reason I can't use my Model M).

Heck, even something similar to my ThinkPad T60's keyboard would be just grand ....

Maybe something like this Cherry board? http://cgi.ebay.com/CHERRY-G80-11900...#ht_500wt_1091 According to someone on geekhack.org, this board uses MX Black switches.
Cherry MX Blue, Black and Simplified Alps in Black are not exactly a downgrade in decibel level not to mention Black are Linear.

you are looking for something tactile and quiet you might want to take a look at the Keytronic thread over at geekhack.
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Hey guys, a question for you. I ordered a Das Model S Professional keyboard from Sidewinder computers a few days ago. I just got an email from them saying that they were out of the Model S and are instead sending the original Das Professional Keyboard. They said they were about identical, cost the same, and if I didn't like the original, I could send it back and they would exchange it for the Model S.

So my question is, what's the difference between the two?
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