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Is it possible to buy blank alps keys somewhere, or do I have to buy a board and cannibalize it?
Call these guys up and ask. Since they won't be printed I don't think it'll cost that much.
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Hey guys, I'm looking for a keyboard around $50, right now I'm debating between a B-stock Filco, and the ABS M1. Thoughts?
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Hey guys, I'm looking for a keyboard around $50, right now I'm debating between a B-stock Filco, and the ABS M1. Thoughts?
Some people who bought the ABS found that its got terrible quality, so I'd say watch out for that.

As for which one you'll like better - well the Filco Zero has a more significant tactile bump and clicks when you press it, while the ABS's switches aren't as sharp and don't click.

Personally, I'd take the Filco
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I'd really recommend the Scorpius above the ALPS-clones, like the Filco Zero and the ABS M1.
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I'd really recommend the Scorpius above the ALPS-clones, like the Filco Zero and the ABS M1.
http://www.parkoz.com/zboard/view.ph...album&no=51766

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I've had my Scorpius for a while and it's never had that kind of issue. They do seem to be better soldered than they used to be.
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Is it possible to buy blank alps keys somewhere, or do I have to buy a board and cannibalize it?
Similarly I'm looking for some (cool?) blank Cherry MX keys for a keypad. I don't need sculpted or whatever it's called. I would prefer flat on top, but at this point I'll probably take what I can get.

I bought some relegendable ones from a surplus joint and they were crap. I also bought some blank ones from Deck, but they're goofy (black perimeter with white face). I'm not backlighting them.

These look cool (Tipro), but I'm in the US, not Australia:
http://www.umd.com.au/itd/products/kt_keycaps.html

Any leads in the US for decent looking blank Cherry key tops anyone?
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Here's where you can get some:
http://www.smcelectronics.com/swkey.htm

There's not much variety, and they probably don't have thousands of them, but they are blank.

(The sets of keys are toward the bottom of the page)
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Hello

I've been reading through this thread with interest and have also been doing my own research. I really want a mechanical keyboard, since I spend a lot of my time typing and currently the only thing I have available is a horribly uncomfortable £5 keyboard that I really, really do not enjoy typing with.

The unfortunate problem I seem to have is that my options are very limited. My choices is essentially restricted to the Unicomp Customizer or Spacesaver keyboards, the Cherry G80-3000 or the Das Keyboard Model S (if I wait until mid-December). That's not a lot of choice and I would quite like something that fits in with everything else on my desk (borderline OCD, apparently :/) which pretty much rules out the Unicomp. The Cherry looks a little cumbersome, also.

What I'd like to know is, are the Filco Majestouch, ABS M1 or iOne Scorpius M10 available with a UK layout? They all look much nicer and appear to have a smaller footprint, which would be helpful. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to cope with a US layout, so if it isn't possible to get one with the UK layout then I'm out of luck. Which would be a shame :/

Any input is appreciated

Kind regards,

Joel.
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The Filcos don't come in a UK layout for sure, but I don't know about the other two.

But one question: do you want the UK layout just for the shapes of certain keys (like Enter), or do you only need it for the extra characters and symbol placement like the £ sign? Because if it's just for the characters you can just use Autohotkey to program any keyboard you like.
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