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This link is soooooooo win. I want at least 8 of those dual molded flat profile red eye skulls for my home row... maybe some of the textured ones too, though I'm wondering if that might feel funny for typing.

I particularly like the splat designs. I think they're really neat .
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Originally Posted by Blueduck3285 View Post
What keyboard did you upgrade to, I love my G110 and if you found a mech one that you like better, might work for me as well.
He upgraded to one of the Deck Legend "Ice" boards:

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/

Many people feel that these are just about the absolute best, highest-quality mechanical keyboards available.


However, I upgraded from the Lycosa and also the G15 Rev.2 to the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO (link), and it was a massive upgrade. Everything about this board is dramatically superior to both the Lycosa and the G15.

So it's just best to first do some research to find out which switch type you believe you would like the most, and then find out which keyboard you think you would like the most that has that switch type.

In other words, try to avoid jumping into the world of mechanical keyboards without first making sure you are making an informed decision.
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Glad you're enjoying them

But hey, what switches does that packintell have? it looks almost like an Omnikey, but different.
They look like white Alps, but the lettering on the switches looks more like 'APC' or 'RPC'. Ripster on GH is saying they are Simplified Type 2's (XMs). While I do like the layout, the activation point is decidedly different than a proper white Alps. What is interesting is the sound reminds me of a cross between an M and a white Alps... there is a distinct metallic quality to it.

My guess is that SBI Computer Products (Packintell) wanted to emulate the Omnikey Ultra at a lower cost, so they had Key Mouse Electronic Enterprise (KME) of Taiwan produce a similar design using Alps-like switches. SBI (Packintell) was a small computer company in Sacramento in the late 80s/early 90s.
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Haha good luck. I definitely should pay a visit to my thrift store sometime too.
I hit about a dozen a week, sometimes more. My best finds so far are a couple of Omnikeys for a buck. Old computer surplus stores have turned up a few good finds as well.
    
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You're very welcome!

Anyway, that's quite a nice collection!! Do you have a favorite yet?
Thanks! As far as a favorite, I suppose I'm torn between my Omnikey 101 and my Ms. I'm giving the 101 a week-long trial, and will then switch back to my M to gauge which of the two I prefer. I love the build quality, layout, and metallic-sounding activation of the M, so I have a feeling I'll end up switching back.

The 102 is great as well, but the wear on the switches is considerably more apparent, as some no longer click. Somebody loved/used the heck out of that thing.

I've never tried blue Alps, so that's something to look forward to.
    
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He upgraded to one of the Deck Legend "Ice" boards:

http://www.deckkeyboards.com/

Many people feel that these are just about the absolute best, highest-quality mechanical keyboards available.

I wish there was a store in NYC I could test a linear switch. J&R only has a Das Pro to test, and the rest of the computer stores here are lame. I'd hate to buy a Das or Filco only to find out I would have preferred a linear switch. Anyone know of any?
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I wish there was a store in NYC I could test a linear switch. J&R only has a Das Pro to test, and the rest of the computer stores here are lame. I'd hate to buy a Das or Filco only to find out I would have preferred a linear switch. Anyone know of any?
I would have thought J&R had Steelseries 7G's for you to try out. If not, you could try other brick & mortar stores...as Steelseries is a popular gaming brand so I'm sure they would have the keyboards on display to try out.
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I'm finally doing it: I'm typing on my Lycosa right now, and this is the first time I've typed on it since I upgraded from it back on March 9th (I have since returned my G15 which was still new enough to return).

I am embarrassed to admit that I still kinda like the rubber coating. But I think that it makes up for the way the rubber domes respond or something - I really don't know. I'm even more embarrassed to admit that the typing technique I have developed for my Filco Majestouch Tactile Click is working surprisingly well on the Lycosa; I hover my wrists while I type so that I can be completely relaxed. Of course, it's not working as well as it works for the Majestouch, but it's still a better typing experience than I used to have on this Lycosa! I mean, I always kept my wrists planted while typing on it. So typing this up wasn't as awful of an experience as I thought it was going to be.

I guess what I'm saying is that even though the typing experience on the Lycosa is inferior to the Tactile Click, this technique should improve the typing experience for anyone on any keyboard - but that's not why I am posting; I am just bored!

However, I have 1 other keyboard to try before I go back to my Majestouch (this is a pic I found using Google Images):




It's a cheap $20 Dell "QuietKey" multimedia keyboard. I replaced this with the Lycosa. When I begin typing on it in the next paragraph, it will be the first time I've used it in perhaps 2 years.


Typing on the keyboard in the picture:

Ok, well this is an interesting experience. This is the first time that I have ever typed properly on this keyboard. I mean, this is the very first time that I have ever hovered my wrists while typing on it, and I'm just flying. Of course, it's certainly requiring more force for each keystroke and of course it's mushy and whatnot, but I mean that it's kind of neat to be experiencing this proper "hovering wrists" typing technique on this crappy little keyboard.

The Lycosa is definitely a better keyboard than this Dell though. But I think that's due to my Dell keyboard being kind of old. I mean, I think I used my Lycosa for less than a year while I got at least 7-8 years out of my Dell!

However, I have only been goofing off with my Lycosa and this Dell for about 15 minutes, but I'm already longing for my Majestouch. But I'm glad I did this even though my fingers probably aren't: I'm already feeling the fatigue from this little workout - even a little bit of physical pain.



Edit: omg. I'm typing on my Majestouch Tactile Click again. Y'know what?! I damn-near forgot how much better this is than both that Dell and even the Lycosa! I mean, if those two keyboards were my only two keyboard choices in this entire world, then I'd choose the Lycosa. But damn... I've become so used to the Tactile Click that going back to it after experimenting with my old rubber domes for like 20 minutes gives me a new appreciation for it.

It's just like I've said before: with both the Lycosa and that Dell board (especially with the Dell board because it's older), it feels like the keyboard is working against me and making me do all the work. But with the Tactile Click, it feels like it's working with me and doing half the work! It's like the difference between drumming on a pillow vs. drumming on a very high-quality and well-tuned snare drum.
Edited by TwoCables - 8/5/10 at 8:27am
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Many people feel that these are just about the absolute best, highest-quality mechanical keyboards available.
There are also some people who think that the earth is flat.
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There are also some people who think that the earth is flat.
Yeah, and that's why I didn't say "Deck's keyboards are the best keyboards available".

So do you have an opinion as to which is the best? I know what I'm asking, but I'm also trying to further illustrate the point I made.
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