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so i have an ibm model m laying around, used it here and there but i wasn't too impressed with it, greatly prefer my logitech illuminated

how does modern mech keyboards w/ mx brown compare to the model m? would it be a similar experience or a night & day improvement? i'm dying to try the u9bl-s but for some reason i cant get myself to pull the trigger
post #2 of 14
The feel is very different. Main drawback of the Model M is that the force required to actuate it is relatively high. Technically it's only slightly heavier than your Logitech; but it feels much heavier for some reason.

However the tactility on Model Ms is excellent. If you don't like the feel of the Model M you might prefer a board with MX browns, which have a softer tactile feel.


It's also possible you may have a rubber dome variant of the Model M, which are generally considered mediocre. Try removing a key to see if it's a buckling spring underneath.
post #3 of 14
Springs can wear with age, or if the keyboard was stored improperly.

There's also the chance you have a rubber dome one. Should have a part number beginning with "71G"

As someone who has tried most of the common (and some uncommon) mech switch designs, the Model M's buckling spring is probably my favorite of the still-produced mechanical keyboard designs.

YMMV, as always.
Edited by ch_123 - 3/8/11 at 1:32pm
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My Model M is from 2007, what do you mean compared to modern tech?

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My Model M is from 2007

that's a spacesaver right? how much do those run for these days? eek.gif me so jelly
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That was the last one ever made. True story.
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My Model M is from 2007, what do you mean compared to modern tech?

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Looks gorgeous stuff.
post #8 of 14
Actually Unicomp made up a bunch of those for SKcheng later out of spare parts. I would complain to iMav about false advertising.

And the ones with Labels Mo Bettah anyway.
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Skcheng's were NOS. He paid a better price than those who buy on ebay.
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They were all ISO keyboards too. Boo-urns.
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