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does anyone know if this is a mechanical?

had this for awhile and had it in storage for awhile i got it back in 2000 at a garage sale. and it really needs a clean up lol

but from what it says it was made in 95 96.

i got the pics as attachments if that is ok.

had too resize them too had it at 10 mega pixle.. lol
It isn't any switch I've ever seen. It might just be a discrete rubber dome switch.
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hmm is there any tests i can do too see if is really a mechanical or not?


i thought i would do this test were you push alot of keys too see if it registers and i did this 12345678 all eight keys and it did it which my saitek cybord fails at... i even tried it on my Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite which is made in 1998 which im using now sense it feels nice too me but its a dome membrane sense i pulled the key off and it has a hole too a rubber pad.


but does that mean anything that it registers all 8 keys?


i know one thing the keys do have a much solid feel when you push down on them.
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hmm is there any tests i can do too see if is really a mechanical or not?


i thought i would do this test were you push alot of keys too see if it registers and i did this 12345678 all eight keys and it did it which my saitek cybord fails at... i even tried it on my Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite which is made in 1998 which im using now sense it feels nice too me but its a dome membrane sense i pulled the key off and it has a hole too a rubber pad.


but does that mean anything that it registers all 8 keys?


i know one thing the keys do have a much solid feel when you push down on them.
If the keys have to be pressed all the way down in order to send the keystroke to the computer, then it's likely just a rubber dome keyboard. But if the keystroke can be sent by just pressing the key only about halfway down, then it might be a mechanical.

However, thanks to the fancier-looking Spacebar and that curvy wrist rest, I'm betting that it's just another rubber dome keyboard.
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yep your right lol i figure i take it apart and see what it is really and there's those little rubber domes... lol but they look too be better made than the new stuff that's for sure.


i know i have a mechanical somewhere sense i have keyboards from the 80s.

when did they start making rubber domes?


this is one of the old computers that i have which says 1987 on the keyboard

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...26tbs%3Disch:1

but the keys are very loud and has really good feedback but really don't know if its mechanical or not sense i cant find any info on it.
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Originally Posted by gordesky1 View Post
yep your right lol i figure i take it apart and see what it is really and there's those little rubber domes... lol but they look too be better made than the new stuff that's for sure.


i know i have a mechanical somewhere sense i have keyboards from the 80s.

when did they start making rubber domes?


this is one of the old computers that i have which says 1987 on the keyboard

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...26tbs%3Disch:1

but the keys are very loud and has really good feedback but really don't know if its mechanical or not sense i cant find any info on it.
That keyboard probably has the Buckling Spring type. As I said before, if the keys need to be pressed all the way down in order to send the keystroke to the computer, then it's likely a rubber dome. But if the keystroke can be sent by just pressing the key halfway, then it's likely a mechanical keyboard.

But does it sound anything like the IBM Model M?

YouTube- IBM Model M Keyboard Loud Clicks

This video is a great example of how the Buckling Springs sound.
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here is a link to webwit's IBM simulator.
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here is a link to webwit's IBM simulator.
Holy cow, that's awesome. They should make them for more keyboards/switch types.
Edited by Maytan - 6/17/10 at 10:49am
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hmm is there any tests i can do too see if is really a mechanical or not?


i thought i would do this test were you push alot of keys too see if it registers and i did this 12345678 all eight keys and it did it which my saitek cybord fails at... i even tried it on my Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite which is made in 1998 which im using now sense it feels nice too me but its a dome membrane sense i pulled the key off and it has a hole too a rubber pad.


but does that mean anything that it registers all 8 keys?


i know one thing the keys do have a much solid feel when you push down on them.
A test for whether it is mechanical or not? Lawl

There's no guaranteed advantages of a mechanical keyboard over any other type of keyboard. There's mechanical keyboards that have worse rollover capabilities than some rubber dome keyboards, some are less reliable than some rubber dome keyboards, some are even less pleasant to type on... Really what you should concern yourself with is whether you like typing/gaming on it, which is something that you can test quite easily.

Besides, some of the best keyboards around are non-mechanical - take the Model M for example.

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i know i have a mechanical somewhere sense i have keyboards from the 80s.

when did they start making rubber domes?
Around the mid eighties, but they didn't become popular till the 90s. Before that, they had what were called foam and foil switches, which were arguably worse than rubber dome keyboards, in particular they had no tactility and were quite mushy.

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this is one of the old computers that i have which says 1987 on the keyboard

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...26tbs%3Disch:1

but the keys are very loud and has really good feedback but really don't know if its mechanical or not sense i cant find any info on it.
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That keyboard probably has the Buckling Spring type.
That thing is definitely not a Buckling Spring keyboard, it's some clone keyboard, but almost definitely mechanical with Alps or similar switches... There's a lot of Japanese/Taiwanese keyboards from that age that all look alike and the identification of them is something of an arcane art... Post it up on Geekhack.org, someone will be able to identify it easily enough.

EDIT: Not the same keyboard, but similar... here -

http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?t=9727&do=comments
Edited by ch_123 - 6/17/10 at 2:48pm
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The Model M... not mechanical?

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The Model M... not mechanical?

That's what I was thinking. Perhaps he is talking about some of the more recent M's that were domers.
    
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