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Some sweet metal keyboards, the 356cl. I love white spherical keycaps on the bottom one.




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So after having some free time, I finally got the chance to take pictures of my IBM Model M from 1994. Comes with the original Keytronic box, though it has seen better days.




I posted a while back but my name didnt get added to the list.
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So after having some free time, I finally got the chance to take pictures of my IBM Model M from 1994.

Is this thing as good as it legend claims? Is it worth a whole shift's pay (what it costs to get one in Australia)?
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Is this thing as good as it legend claims? Is it worth a whole shift's pay (what it costs to get one in Australia)?
If you're going to be using it for typing, yes. Gaming, no.
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Not sure about Aus but here in USA, I got mine for $20 shipped from ebay. Was all cleaned and everything.

After typing on it, I prob wont go back to a regular kb, lol.

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If you're going to be using it for typing, yes. Gaming, no.
This, Ill prob still use my g15 for playing cs 1.6 though, haha
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Not sure about Aus but here in USA, I got mine for $20 shipped from ebay. Was all cleaned and everything.

After typing on it, I prob wont go back to a regular kb, lol.



This, Ill prob still use my g15 for playing cs 1.6 though, haha
Actually, I think it would be on par with the G15 for gaming. Only downside would be the clicking, and if you have headphones that's a non-issue. The G15 has no inherent gaming advantages, like rollover or anything.

Sorry, but the G15 and Lycosa are the two most overpriced junkpile keyboards around.
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Some sweet metal keyboards, the 356cl. I love white spherical keycaps on the bottom one.
http://i44.tinypic.com/wqvwg2.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/20ubyac.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/kexlcp.jpg
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Whoa. How can I get my hands on these? Are there other models? These look really nice! Which switches do these have?
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Sorry, but the G15 and Lycosa are the two most overpriced junkpile keyboards around.
This.

I should know because I owned both the G15 and Lycosa and I now think that they're both worth less than like $15 each.
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Whoa. How can I get my hands on these? Are there other models? These look really nice! Which switches do these have?

This.

I should know because I owned both the G15 and Lycosa and I now think that they're both worth less than like $15 each.
Ebay or something. There's a few models apparently, even a keypad. They made a limited run of them, it's a DIY keyboard. Comes with the case (metal), metal plate, pcb and a few chips, and a few other things. The kit costs about $300, and the rest is up to you to get. I'd like to see them anodized, like the plate. It's a damn nice keyboard, I'd love to have that all white key one in the pic I posted, but I think that would cost about $500-600.

More info here.
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Am I the only one who thinks a DIY keyboard would be awesome? Seriously, it's just a controller and bunch of switches (basically, I know its a little more complicated than that), it would be pretty easy I imagine. Then you could mod the layout however you wanted, add diodes for NKRO, solder led's to the pcb next to the switches, build a custom case to your liking... It must be simpler (and cheaper) than salvaging from old boards. You could buy the switches off mouser or digikey, and keycaps wouldn't be to hard to find for cherry switches.

Anyone? I'd love to do this, I'd just need to figure out where to start as far as getting the correct controller, programming it, and wiring all the switches correctly. I imagine it would turn out to be a pretty reasonable price too.
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Am I the only one who thinks a DIY keyboard would be awesome? Seriously, it's just a controller and bunch of switches (basically, I know its a little more complicated than that), it would be pretty easy I imagine. Then you could mod the layout however you wanted, add diodes for NKRO, solder led's to the pcb next to the switches, build a custom case to your liking... It must be simpler (and cheaper) than salvaging from old boards. You could buy the switches off mouser or digikey, and keycaps wouldn't be to hard to find for cherry switches.

Anyone? I'd love to do this, I'd just need to figure out where to start as far as getting the correct controller, programming it, and wiring all the switches correctly. I imagine it would turn out to be a pretty reasonable price too.
Well you could use an Aikon controller, the schematics are available here. The made a limited run of them, so you might be able to find some of those. There's other places to scavenge controllers, I've seen someone take a wii keyboard controller to make a wireless mechanical keyboard.

Technically you wouldn't need a pcb, you could just wire all the switches to the controller. I don't think making a PCB with one of those kits would work either. Best bet would be to scavenge one or have one made.

As for mounting the switches, it wouldn't be hard to make a plate, and if you make a PCB you could mount the switches onto it. With a PCB you couldn't be as creative with the layout.

Making a custom case you be the hardest part. Though if you have the skill or resources you have lots of possible options. E.g., metal case, acrylic case, wood case, and anything else you can think of. There's been a few custom keyboards like this:





Edited by clownfart - 5/2/10 at 11:42pm
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