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post #11 of 25
model m's are 25-60 on ebay, again you get what you find for 25 year old products, make sure it's buckling spring (check model numbers) compaq mx 11800 cherry browns go for 40ish on ebay.
if you want new browns, DAS or wait for EK, or overseas it.
post #12 of 25
Be careful with those old Compaq MX boards, browns become essentially linear with wear. They really don't age well.
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I payed $5 for a like new IBM Model M at a local swap meet. Besides looks, I couldn't imagine typing on anything nicer. I don't know if I could ever justify buying any of the $100+ keyboards after using this one.

My recommendations would be to check the salvation army, swap meets, and yard sales and get yourself a bargain.

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/p...120_180135.jpg
And yet you still keep the G15 on your desk...
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post #14 of 25
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And yet you still keep the G15 on your desk...
I figured since I already have it, I might as well take advantage of the screen that I find usefull at times.
Edited by JasonCz - 1/22/11 at 5:46pm
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After looking around a lot I kind of want to get a G80-3494 just to try the reds. The cheapest I found was $180 shipped. Dunno if I can spend that kind of money...

Anyways, I think a G80-8200 sounds pretty good if I could get one with brown switches, but buying a used board makes me scared of getting one that is really worn then getting stuck with it.
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post #16 of 25
Mechanical keyboards are personal issues and you have to try several keyboards to discover what works for you.

Therefore, I advise you try some second hand keyboards found in ebay or junk shops first before buying something new like Das, Filco, Noppoo, Razer etc.
post #17 of 25
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After looking around a lot I kind of want to get a G80-3494 just to try the reds. The cheapest I found was $180 shipped. Dunno if I can spend that kind of money...

Anyways, I think a G80-8200 sounds pretty good if I could get one with brown switches, but buying a used board makes me scared of getting one that is really worn then getting stuck with it.
With the G80-8200 being a POS board, odds are good that if it's extremely worn, it's the custom keys and/or numpad that took most of the abuse. I don't see store employees doing a lot of typing, but numbers and things like merchandise categories I could understand. Also keep in mind that the 8200 came with clears also, you may want to ask the seller to pop a keycap off and tell you what color the stem is to be certain.

I wouldn't worry about getting stuck with the keyboard... You can pick these up for ~$40 or less if you keep an eye out, and should be able to resell it to recover most of that money, since there's always someone wanting to try out browns for the first time without spending a ton of money. Plus, abused browns are still SO much better than a rubber dome keyboard...
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Are clears bad or something? I rarely hear anything about them.
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post #19 of 25
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Are clears bad or something? I rarely hear anything about them.
It's more that not many keyboards use them. Some of the Deck Legends have them, as well as some Cherry G80s (if you go in the peripheral sales section there's ascaii selling some, but they're probably german layout).

They're basically like browns but stiffer.
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I really want a mechanical keyboard but I think i'm going to have to wait at least until I can see if leopolds would be best for me. If not I am most likely going to buy a das if I can't find the perfect cherry board by then.
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