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I think this club is fine unless people SERIOUSLY want an OCN Keyboard club
Sub-club.

It's still a mech keyboard, no need to get redundant with it IMO.
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post #1722 of 36805
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Sub-club.

It's still a mech keyboard, no need to get redundant with it IMO.
Well we do have an ABS M1 club.

Sub-clubs happen. Though it doesn't really matter how many we have as long as they are maintained.
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I just cannot stand mechanical keyboards lol. They sound too loud.
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I just cannot stand mechanical keyboards lol. They sound too loud.
I was precisely the same way. I have spent the last 15 years trying to find a keyboard that's basically just as quiet as a high-end laptop's keyboard. But I could never find one that I liked.

Then one day (about a year ago now) I made a thread here on OCN asking for help in choosing a new keyboard to replace the Razer Lycosa that I had back then. I was having some technical problems with it, but I wanted another one that was relatively similar and noticeably quieter. I even considered getting that silver and white Apple keyboard with the flat keys because that thing is very quiet.

But in the end, I bought a mechanical keyboard and I'm extremely happy with it (the Filco Majestouch Tactile Click NKRO). Yes, it makes way more noise than I was looking for, and yes it is basically the opposite of what I thought I wanted, but yet the quality of the sounds this thing makes is very pleasing to my ears - unlike the way that most rubber dome keyboards sound.

Besides, form follows function. Sound is in the category of "form". But when it comes to quality mechanical keyboards, the sounds are nice and pleasing. They're crisp and they're a constant reminder of the superior build quality that comes with good mechanical keyboards.

So, I went from hating any keyboard that made any sound at all to loving every last detail about the Filco Majestouch. I'm even considering a good keyboard with the Buckling Springs such as a brand new Unicomp SpaceSaver 104, or perhaps a genuine IBM Model M.

Actually, I want to make an analogy: having a preference for quiet keyboards is like a drummer having a preference for drums that don't make any sounds.
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post #1725 of 36805
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Actually, I want to make an analogy: having a preference for quiet keyboards is like a drummer having a preference for drums that don't make any sounds.
That's a terrible analogy.
The purpose of the drums is to make sound
The purpose of the keyboard is to make shiny letters appear on your monitor.
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That's a terrible analogy.
The purpose of the drums is to make sound
The purpose of the keyboard is to make shiny letters appear on your monitor.
Thank you for your harsh judgment, I guess. Do you at least understand my point?

Can you make a better analogy?
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Thank you for your harsh judgment, I guess. Do you at least understand my point?

Can you make a better analogy?
There's just no analogy. Keyboards aren't supposed to be noisy, it's a byproduct of how physics work.

It's like cars. Not everybody wants them to be noisy.
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Prolly; No offense but that was pretty bad analogy. Even this lame one is better: having a preference for quiet keyboards is like a driver having a preference for cars with a muffler installed.
    
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post #1729 of 36805
I have no practical need for a quiet keyboard, but yet I used to say the same things because I was the same way: I wanted the quietest keyboard on the planet. But now that I have this "noisy" keyboard, I absolutely love it. For me, it's like playing a musical instrument: it's very helpful to be able to hear what I'm doing.

So yes, I can see a need for a quiet keyboard for practical reasons. But when there's no practical need for it (a practical need would be having the computer 3 feet away from the bed of someone who's sleeping), I think it's silly to just say that you hate mechanical keyboards because they're noisy. That's why I reminded the fact that form follows function.
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Are keyboards meant to be noisy? Well, IBM certainly thought so when they started to make electronic keyboards, claiming that it was useful to have "auditory feedback" to help people accustomed to the clack of typewriters. Everyone else who made clicky keyswitches were following their lead. If typewriters were somehow silent, I'm not sure the need would have ever existed. And indeed, there's no reason why keyboards have to be particularly noisy. My HHKB is still one of my favorites despite making a subtle thocky noise.
Edited by ch_123 - 2/18/11 at 5:53am
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