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IBM would have stopped making them in the late 80s or early 90s. Alps made a simplified copy in the 80s and 90s for some Japanese IBM stuff, which is meant to be quite a nice switch, but nowhere at the standard of the IBM original

Some pictures here. The Beam Spring switch is a case study in the sort of jaw dropping levels of overengineering that IBM was famous for back in them good 'ole days. No one would be stupid to make a keyboard with such a complicated mechanism these days.
Edited by ch_123 - 2/18/11 at 10:45am
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post #1742 of 36906
I could see a Niche keyboard being made with such switches. Just not in large quantities/mass production like Cherry MX Boards are.

Honestly, even if it was $200 a board, I would probably buy one just to own it/try it. Though I'd expect a more modern styling than what Unicomp offers.
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post #1743 of 36906
These days, $250 buys you a rubber dome with a spring under it, and some dye sub'd keys. Even the mass produced capacitive buckling spring Model F keyboards were about $300-400 (in the dollar value of the early 80s). You'd be looking at some pretty insane costs to make a board like that in small numbers as a niche item.

There were some issues with those switches. One of them was that the switches themselves are pretty substantial. The switch module with the keycap attached is about as tall as my thumb is long (I have relatively big hands). This led to this -



On the plus side, you could use your keyboard as a tire wedge for a truck...
Edited by ch_123 - 2/18/11 at 11:13am
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On the plus side, in a zombacalypse your keyboard won't break from bashing

I won't lie, I like trying things. It's just fun to experience.
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post #1745 of 36906
Quote:
Originally Posted by ch_123 View Post

The height of the Displaywriter is not because of the beam springs, but because of the vertical placed logic board at the back. This one has a horizontal mounted logic board:

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Even if you ignore the back of the keyboard, it is pretty steep.
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post #1747 of 36906
Yep. This is not a low profile switch
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In regards to the keyswitch, not at all.

Many 70s and early 80s keyboards were built in the style of the beam spring keyboards, and had these wide wedge shaped cases that were mostly hollow.

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Yep. This is not a low profile switch
IBM actually marketed the Model F terminal keyboards as being low profile. While they were compared with the Beam Spring boards, the idea of a Model F being a low profile keyboard is rather amusing.
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post #1750 of 36906
i think i can join now. got this keyboard from Acsaii from OCN and now im in love with mechanicals biggrin.gif. took a month to get to me from the UK but the wait was worth it now i need to save my money for a better board tongue.gif

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