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I just got the ABS M1 from newegg. This is the best computer purchase I've made since my q9550. I can't believe the difference this makes for typing and gaming! Why don't more people know about how awesome mechanical boards are?
I just acquired one as well and while it's a nice keyboard, I don't know that it's as big a deal as I've seen it made out to be on these forums. I do know one thing: if these switches are supposedly quiet, I'd hate to hear the ones that are designed to be loud. It's definitely not as big a deal as the first time I used a good mouse pad.
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post #142 of 36843
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I just acquired one as well and while it's a nice keyboard, I don't know that it's as big a deal as I've seen it made out to be on these forums. I do know one thing: if these switches are supposedly quiet, I'd hate to hear the ones that are designed to be loud. It's definitely not as big a deal as the first time I used a good mouse pad.
What are you using, the ABS M1? If so then it's the keys bottoming out that's making the noise, not the switches. When you practice a bit and really start to sense the tactile bump then you'll stop bottoming out and make less noise.
post #143 of 36843
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I just acquired one as well and while it's a nice keyboard, I don't know that it's as big a deal as I've seen it made out to be on these forums. I do know one thing: if these switches are supposedly quiet, I'd hate to hear the ones that are designed to be loud. It's definitely not as big a deal as the first time I used a good mouse pad.
You need to train yourself not to bottom out. Not only will that stop the noise, but it makes typing a lot less fatiguing.
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Unrelated:

I'm still bottoming out on my Model M sometimes, and I know why. The switches are worn!

If you compare, say, home row with Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause the home row keys are definitely fractionally lighter (maybe by ~5-10g) and the tactile bump is less pronounced. They still work just fine, it isn't at all like what I've heard described for ruined springs. It's just... Worn.

Not nearly as much as my old HP multimedia board, mind. I used that for ~2 1/2 years and the home row is almost useless. These buckling spring switches have worn down as much in twenty one years as that old membrane did in four months. And that's impressive. But I think now I'm looking forward to typing on a board that hasn't seen such extensive (read: decades of) use.
post #145 of 36843
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I'm still bottoming out on my Model M sometimes, and I know why. The switches are worn!

If you compare, say, home row with Print Screen/Scroll Lock/Pause the home row keys are definitely fractionally lighter (maybe by ~5-10g) and the tactile bump is less pronounced. They still work just fine, it isn't at all like what I've heard described for ruined springs. It's just... Worn.

Not nearly as much as my old HP multimedia board, mind. I used that for ~2 1/2 years and the home row is almost useless. These buckling spring switches have worn down as much in twenty one years as that old membrane did in four months. And that's impressive. But I think now I'm looking forward to typing on a board that hasn't seen such extensive (read: decades of) use.
You know what else is absolutely amazing about buckling springs?

If you call up unicomp they'll sell you 104 springs and hammers (and a few extras) for something like $10. Or you can ship it to them and they'll do all the work for $30. Either way you're left with a brand new keyboard.
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I just acquired one as well and while it's a nice keyboard, I don't know that it's as big a deal as I've seen it made out to be on these forums. I do know one thing: if these switches are supposedly quiet, I'd hate to hear the ones that are designed to be loud. It's definitely not as big a deal as the first time I used a good mouse pad.
The sound of a keycap bottoming out against the board is actually louder than the switch. In order to truly see what I mean, try this experiment:
  1. Pick an alpha key for this experiment.
  2. Press that key in the way you normally do.
  3. Now press it while making absolutely sure the keycap does not touch the body of the keyboard (make sure that it doesn't bottom out).
If it was quieter for step 3, then it means that you have to practice typing gently so that you're not bottoming out the keycaps against the body of the keyboard. Yes, it will take time, but I can already assure you based on my limited experience so far that it is absolutely worth it.

Here's a practice technique that I am using that I highly recommend: slow down all of your typing every day for a while so that it's easier to avoid bottoming out. This will eventually cause your "muscle memory" to make you type like this automatically, but at your normal speed.
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Unicomp is quickly rising on the list of companies I have respect for. That is excellent customer service, and they persist in offering those services even though it must be killing their bottom line. If I had more time (for option #1) or money (for option #2) I would definitely do that. As is I half feel like just giving them $10 for nothing because they're an awesome company that insists on offering that stuff even in a tanking economy.
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I will be joining you guys very shortly. I expect it to arrive this Tuesday will report back with some pics when it does.
 
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post #149 of 36843
Bumpity.


Better add my Cherry G84-4100 up there alongside my Model M.
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I ally lik my nw sopius m10!

*plugs in spare keyboard*

Looks like my membership to the club is gonna be postponed.
    
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