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OH SNAP! Found an old IMB Model M in the back of the office! Sounds like a paperclip is loose inside of it so I hope it still works! I'm pretty excited that I found one!
Its probably a few plastic rivets...a very common occurrence with the Model M, but it shouldn't hurt the workings of the board.
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So, if any of you get the Elitekeyboards newsletter, you've read the awesome news
104-key Filco Majestouch Tactile Clicks--with the Cherry MX Blue switches--with full NKRO, in printed keys and "Otaku" (blank keys). Also comes with a free red Esc key, in case you wanted to know . People who get the newsletter can preorder now; those who don't have to wait until the 27th (admittedly, only two days).
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So, if any of you get the Elitekeyboards newsletter, you've read the awesome news
104-key Filco Majestouch Tactile Clicks--with the Cherry MX Blue switches--with full NKRO, in printed keys and "Otaku" (blank keys). Also comes with a free red Esc key, in case you wanted to know . People who get the newsletter can preorder now; those who don't have to wait until the 27th (admittedly, only two days).
I'm so dying to pull the trigger on one :/


And coming soon in Cherry Blue and Brown variants (no joke):




If you've got a girl in your life who likes pink, this keyboard along with an Iron Lady mouse would be the perfect gift
Edited by Manyak - 8/26/09 at 5:19am
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So, if any of you get the Elitekeyboards newsletter, you've read the awesome news
104-key Filco Majestouch Tactile Clicks--with the Cherry MX Blue switches--with full NKRO, in printed keys and "Otaku" (blank keys). Also comes with a free red Esc key, in case you wanted to know . People who get the newsletter can preorder now; those who don't have to wait until the 27th (admittedly, only two days).
Any word on price? Or hows about a linky as I am too lazy to Google

I would get that pinky for my daughter if I could get wife to let me spend that sorta $$ on a 3year old But it may be the only thing she would not destroy, but she would use it to destroy other less well made things.
 
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Just an anecdote:

I have a Scorpius M10, and I ordered a set of blank Filco keys from Elite Keyboards.

There are only two keys that don't fit, the right Win key, and the Context Menu key.

So, if you are strapped for cash, and can figure out what to do with those two keys, you could make an "Otaku" Scorpius M10.

Although, if you aren't patient with small parts, you might have some difficulty with the keys that require stabilizers.
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im confused, they all look like normal keybaords what makes them mechanical
    
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im confused, they all look like normal keybaords what makes them mechanical
It's the mechanism under the keycaps. The easiest way to tell if a keyboard is mechanical is if there is some sort of switch under a keycap.
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Any word on price? Or hows about a linky as I am too lazy to Google

I would get that pinky for my daughter if I could get wife to let me spend that sorta $$ on a 3year old But it may be the only thing she would not destroy, but she would use it to destroy other less well made things.
It's not out yet, but by the way he prices the limited edition Cherry Blue boards the same as everything else, I doubt it will cost much more, if any more at all than the standard models.

At worst, the same price as the Red ones.
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Any word on price? Or hows about a linky as I am too lazy to Google

I would get that pinky for my daughter if I could get wife to let me spend that sorta $$ on a 3year old But it may be the only thing she would not destroy, but she would use it to destroy other less well made things.
Both of the Filco Blue keyboards are priced at $129

Printed
Otaku


If it bothers anyone that I posted the links because the email said not to, I'll take 'em off.
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Stumbled onto this thread from a google tangent and having read through the whole thing I signed up here just so I could add a few random, disjointed comments.

One question which came up a lot is why mechanical is better. Sheer comfort has already been covered extensively enough. Accuracy has been hinted at--many cheaper keyboards are rather inconsistent in their response depending on if you hit the keys perfectly centered or not, in addition to the lack of good feedback as to whether a key has registered. Another reason which I haven't seen mentioned yet is the long term effects on your hands; after some thirty odd years of keyboard use I can definitely say that the standard membrane keyboards do strain my wrists after a while. In fact, it was my hunt for a new keyboard which lead me here.

Someone along the way commented that the old IBM PC/AT keyboards lack the positioning nubs for touch-typing. Many older keyboards had F and J keys which were more concave than the rest, which served the same function and which I found much more comfortable. I hated the nubs when they first started appearing and it took a few years to finally get used to having my fingertips stabbed by the various incarnations, from dots in the middle of the key to the bar-shaped ones at the bottom.

Someone else asked for a programmable mechanical keyboard. Just as the Model M is now made and sold by Unicomp, the old Northgate OmniKeys are now made by Creative Vision. They're based on ALPS switches, white if I remember right, and for programmable keys you want the Avant Stellar.

Speculation was made regarding the keyboards made by Deck's parent company, TG3. I spoke with Brian Carpenter of TG3 and got a few answers already. The mechanical switches they use are Cherry MX black. There's a rubber membrane which helps spillproof them, and which also lends a slight tactile feel. Sorry, no brown or blue switches.

Right now I'm trying out a Deck 87-key. One of the first things I noticed was that Deck uses PCB-mount keyswitches, and there's absolutely nothing protecting the PCB but the keycaps. Any liquid or metal (such as paperclips) accidentally getting between the keys means an almost certain short circuit. This seems like a serious design flaw, since it would take little to include even slight shielding, either molded in as part of the case or as a rubber sheet. I also can't stand the linear keys for typing, so it's going to be returned.

I have a HHKB Lite kicking around too. Despite being membrane, it seems to be built to better tolerances than most, mostlymitigating the problems of hitting keys off-center. Not the best feel, not quite the worst either.

It almost seems like the ideal setup might be a linear response 10-key specifically for gaming in place of the wasd mapping, since it's mainly the directionals which benefit from that type of keyswitch. Something like one of the X-Keys could work pretty well for that, negating the need for one full keyboard for gaming and another for typing.
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