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So, I'm considering a mechanical keyboard. I like the idea of a clicky board, and have started using a dvorak layout, so ideally that layout or blank. I also type alot as a programmer, so I was thinking cherry blues?

This said, I don't want to spend £100, and need it in the UK. Any ideas?
Your cheapest option is the iOne Scorpius M10 but it's not a great mechanical keyboard.
Review of the Scorpius M10

You could also get a Cherry MX Black or Blue , Filco Tactile Click or Das Professional

It's a little hard to find Mechanical Keyboards in the UK for a good price.

If you go used on Ebay; it's not a whole lot. But shipping is kinda killer (since it would come from Canada.)
But there's a Fujitsu board for cheap.
I don't know what the switches are; it just says Metal Spring + Rubber Membrane. Which would normally mean Topre, but I don't think Topre switches are as old as this keyboard?

There's also a Cherry MX Brown keyboard for sale as well; but again shipping from the US so that's a bit of a kick in the pants for cost. It's the MX8100 which I think Phaedrus here had/has.
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Originally Posted by lattyware View Post
Hrm, looking on that site, they do this:
http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_d...sp?PRODUCT=667
Which is blank, with Cherry MX Blacks £70
and this:
http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_d...sp?PRODUCT=510
Which is not blank, with blues. Same price.

Still a bit more than I'd want to spend, but so it goes, what really bugs me is I can't get it blank with the right switches...
You can always just move the keys around so they are in the dvorak layout. I'd grab the blues if that is the switch you really want, because there is no point in compromising when you have an easy solution otherwise.
    
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You can always just move the keys around so they are in the dvorak layout. I'd grab the blues if that is the switch you really want, because there is no point in compromising when you have an easy solution otherwise.
But doing that would change the way it feels since most of these keyboards use that Sculpted style.
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But doing that would change the way it feels since most of these keyboards use that Sculpted style.
you sure? The lettered one looks like that, but the blank one looks normal. I chalked it up to the terrible lighting, but I don't know that board personally so. . . lol


We all know this is the board he really wants lol


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You can always just move the keys around so they are in the dvorak layout. I'd grab the blues if that is the switch you really want, because there is no point in compromising when you have an easy solution otherwise.
It's not necisarily so that all the keys are the same shape, which is the problem, but yes, I'd definitely go for the right switches over blank, just annoys me I can't have both.

Edit: I'm currently using a Cherry Cymotion Linux, which is a rubber-dome board I got free with a Linux Format subscription (has a tux key instead of a windows key). I'm presuming this'd be a worthwhile upgrade?

Interestingly, it still has 'The Microsoft Windows symbol is a trademark of the microsoft corporation." stamped on the bottom, despite having a tux key. (I presume they just swap over the key for the different model).
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you sure? The lettered one looks like that, but the blank one looks normal. I chalked it up to the terrible lighting, but I don't know that board personally so. . . lol
Unfortunately, I am not sure either. But if I were judge it based on that picture alone, then I would only end up being about 75% sure.

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Originally Posted by lattyware View Post
It's not necisarily so that all the keys are the same shape, which is the problem, but yes, I'd definitely go for the right switches over blank, just annoys me I can't have both.

Edit: I'm currently using a Cherry Cymotion Linux, which is a rubber-dome board I got free with a Linux Format subscription (has a tux key instead of a windows key). I'm presuming this'd be a worthwhile upgrade?
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The fun about mechanical keyboard collecting: buying a keyboard on ebay for cheap and waiting for it to arrive wondering if it'll be worth $400 or $40.
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I emailed the Keyboardco last night, and got a response this morning:

Quote:
Thanks for your email.

We just have to take what we can get from Cherry.They never made one blank with Blues in 105.
We could do a key swap for you though. I'd have to charge labour but that would give us what you want.
It would be an extra £15 though.
Really excellent, fast response, and giving me the offer of the key swap. It's even more money, but I think it's probably worth it to get what I really want.

Only problem is it comes to £85 total >.> More than I really wanted to spend, but so it goes.
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That's service; not having the configuration you want so they offer to do it by hand? Granted it would be more impressive if they did it for free, but I wouldn't expect that of anyone in this economy.
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I emailed the Keyboardco last night, and got a response this morning:



Really excellent, fast response, and giving me the offer of the key swap. It's even more money, but I think it's probably worth it to get what I really want.

Only problem is it comes to £85 total >.> More than I really wanted to spend, but so it goes.
keyboardco has a sub-forum under the vendors section on geekhack. I think the owner is there a lot.
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