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I'm currently using a G15, and although nice, I am in the market for a mechanical keyboard. I first thought about picking up one of the razer BlackWidows, then I stumbled on this while searching around. I've read very little about these older keyboards, but I know most people love them. I just wanted to post the link here and see if this is a good deal/worth it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/IBM-71G4644-PS-2...item3cb43f5497

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They suck for gaming.


Everything else they are good.
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They suck for gaming.


Everything else they are good.

I'll still use my g15 for gaming because I pretty much rely on the macros. I just want this for when I'm coding/anything typing intensive. How do the keys on this board compare to the keys on say the BlackWidow?
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That's a rubber dome Model M. Yes, such things exist, and they are supposedly quite bad even by the standards of a regular rubber dome keyboard. Same seller sells what appears to be a buckling spring one for $10 more, but it has the picture and description from the rubber dome one, so it's a bit vague.

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They suck for gaming.
Debatable. Not ideal, perhaps, but suck is too strong a word given that people play on them just fine.

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How do the keys on this board compare to the keys on say the BlackWidow?
The Black Widow and many other popular mech keyboards use Blue Cherry switches. Buckling springs and Blue Cherry switches are both very well regarded, some prefer one, some prefer the other. In regards to people who have tried both - those who prefer the buckling spring usually cite the crisp and substanial feel of them, whereas those who prefer the Cherry usually like the fact that the Cherry switches are less stiff.

Either way, with a few rare exceptions, buckling spring keyboards are far better built and more durable than just about any Cherry switch keyboard, and the mechanisms itself are more durable and likely to last longer. (Blue Cherry switches are rather fragile)
Edited by ch_123 - 1/16/11 at 12:25pm
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That guy is a good seller, I've gotten stuff from him before.

That's an interesting variant you linked to there. It's a Unix workstation keyboard, with an inbuilt beep speaker. Still completely PS/2 compatible though.
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