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Do you have a Goodwill/Thrift store around you? That's where I found my keyboard.
I was gonna do that this weekend!
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post #32 of 34
Drive to L.A. I'll let you try the ones I have which are brown, blue, black, Alps & BS switches. I'm getting red and clear next. lol



Oh and I have a Noppoo Choc Mini with MX blue coming in next week.
Edited by reaper~ - 2/26/11 at 7:11pm
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post #33 of 34
You're not going to find Cherry MX's easily at a thrift store. More likely, you'll stumble upon an Alps board or maybe an old IBM Model M, though the majority there are going to be rubber domes.

Also, check out the electronic typewriters. IBM Wheelwriters use a mechanism almost identical to that of the Model M, and I found a Sharp PA-1000H had green Alps and double shot keys, which were a curiosity.
post #34 of 34
Unfortunately, that's a problem with mechanical keyboards. No one locally sells them, therefore you can't test them.

My advice would be to buy from a site like Newegg so you can at least return it if you don't like it. I just ordered a 6Gv2 from them today and I can't wait for it to arrive. Way I see it, I use a lot of force when typing, so the blacks should work fine. Although I've never tried a mechanical keyboard before, so if I don't like it I'll have to stick it on ebay or pay the restocking fee on Newegg.

I can't speak from experience, but I've done a ton of reading on the different keyswitches and such so I believe I've made an informed decision. Check forums like this one or geekhack and reviews online.
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