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I've been looking around for a mini mechanical keyboard that I can lug around with my laptop because I assume its a lot lighter but I haven't been able to find anything. If it comes with its own mini container that is a plus.
post #2 of 14
How mini is mini? The tenkeyless keyboards are quite compact, and I think EliteKeyboards sell carrying cases for them.

The ultimate compact mech board is the HHKB Pro, but it's rather expensive. Again, available from EliteKeyboards
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I wouldn't consider a Topre (HHKB Pro) a mechanical keyboard. They're extremely good keyboards, but they use a rubber-dome based design.

What kind of feel are you looking for with this new keyboard?
    
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I wouldn't consider a Topre (HHKB Pro) a mechanical keyboard. They're extremely good keyboards, but they use a rubber-dome based design.
Still awesome to type on.
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post #5 of 14
A keyboard doesn't have to be mechanical to be good. There's lots of good-feeling rubber dome keyboards, including Topre's (there are lots of bad ones too). If your wallet's not thick enough for a Topre and you're still in the mood for a good-feeling rubber dome keyboard, I'd recommend a Dell Quietkey (only Model RT7D5JW; the other model numbers were lower-quality rubber domes).
    
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post #6 of 14
cherry ml4100 is mini, cheap (for a mech) not as great to type on as a mx board (uses ml switches) but better than laptop rubberdome/scissor. Especially if you have a netbook. (never using my netbook to type on ever again, still reeling from the week of using it over the holidays)
post #7 of 14
A friend of mine recently got a netbook. I couldn't stand the keyboard. It had "chiclet"-style keys like a lot of those new Apple keyboards do.
    
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post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by microsoft windows View Post
I wouldn't consider a Topre (HHKB Pro) a mechanical keyboard. They're extremely good keyboards, but they use a rubber-dome based design.

Edited by ch_123 - 1/13/11 at 4:20pm
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post #9 of 14
Check out the Siig Mini Touch. Uses simplified white Alps switches (tactile and clicky)....I have read people say that these switches are "what Cherry MX Blues wishes they were." Not sure of the accuracy of that statement, but you get the idea.

http://5k177.com/more/?p=242
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post #10 of 14
If you can't afford the other options, Cherry G84 keyboards are very compact and can be had on ebay for extremely cheap. I got a refurbished G84-4100PPAUS for $16.50 last year. Very compact, not my favorite to type on, but a solid board.
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