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I have had about 3 keyboards since they were made, the ones in my sig. One went bad about 5 years ago and I didn't even think to gut it and clean it. I have my main one and then a backup, about six months ago I replaced main with backup cause it was getting gummy. The keys were beginning to stick and it was getting harder to type on. Just yesterday I stripped the old main, gutted all the keys. Poped them out and the top base and cleaned it with a toothbrush and hot water in the shower. I mean new type clean, just hooked it back up and it's working fine.

The purpose of this thread is to see how this 11 year old keyboard stacks up to mechanicals. The button shortcuts work, the keys are slightly bouncey with alot of response. The keys are laid out nicely too, and all the buttons work even though the drivers were initially made for windows ME, but I found a xp set and it works fine. So the macro keys are programmable and smooth if alittle rubbery.

The one thing that always suprised me about this keyboard, is the drive open key, press it and it will give a intstruction to open the dvd drive. Left side macro keys,furtherest right side next to center macro keys. (Pushs sometimes for fun.)

http://images.addoway.com/items/1373...3_1_592dfb.jpg

The top row macro keys are programmed to Google, desktop, live mail, internet explorer, chat program, newegg, winamp.
Edited by Maelthras - 3/9/11 at 1:55am
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If it's just a rubber dome keyboard (rubber sheet of rubber domes over a membrane circuit "board"), then it doesn't compare to any good mechanical keyboard. But if it's the type of rubber dome keyboard where each key has its own little rubber dome as opposed to the keyboard simply having a big sheet of rubber inside, then it has a chance of being a bit comparable to some mechanical keyboards.

However, it's still unfair to compare most rubber domes keyboards to mechanical keyboards.
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It has a rubber sheet with each button having it's only individual dome.
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It has a rubber sheet with each button having it's only individual dome.
Believe it or not, you just said two different things. Having a rubber sheet means that it's the sheet that has all the rubber domes. But having an individual rubber dome for each key means that there's no rubber sheet, but instead there's a little rubber dome attached to each key.

So I'd imagine that since this Compaq board is just rubber dome board (the kind with the sheet of rubber), then it is likely that it's nothing like a good mechanical keyboard. :/ Mechanical keyboards are spring-loaded and actuate roughly half-way down while a rubber dome requires the key to be pressed all the way down and they feel mushy in comparison due to the rubber.
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post #5 of 11
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Well it has the sheet, but it doesn't feel quite rubbery, it's smooth and takes alittle push to get the button. Probably since they are so old, and the domes have alittle pop to them. So it makes the key motion smooth and then it pops back up.
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I just took the other keyboard apart, they look the same outside but they are very diffrent. The one I am using now has a rubber sheet with the domes, the other has a plastic sheet that is more like the circuit itself.
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There's another word for a rubber sheet. I forgot what its called.
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Well they are the same keyboard, so I always figurd they were the same, the one with the rubber sheet has alittle bit rounded snaps for the keys to pop into, makes it alittle more difficult to pop them up, but it's still smooth.

The other has individual domes on a plastic sheet, and those holes for the key locks are more square, they also snap out of place alot easier then the rounded type. The keyboard with the sqaure holes for the keys also it more complex, everything is screwed together and into everything else.
Edited by Maelthras - 3/9/11 at 4:48am
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If it's just a rubber dome keyboard (rubber sheet of rubber domes over a membrane circuit "board"), then it doesn't compare to any good mechanical keyboard. But if it's the type of rubber dome keyboard where each key has its own little rubber dome as opposed to the keyboard simply having a big sheet of rubber inside, then it has a chance of being a bit comparable to some mechanical keyboards.

However, it's still unfair to compare most rubber domes keyboards to mechanical keyboards.
thats why my liteon keyboard felt so nice..
i have a mxbrown and i say the liteon is great for a rubber dome,
i opened it and it has all little rubber domes.

i hate the pcb, a piece of 2mm or 1mm thick plastic..
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Yeah the individual rubber dome over plastic is pretty nice. The domes are actually glued down to the plastic sheet, alittle better then the rubber sheeted one. But both keyboards are very clicky when they were new, and sinstead of the spring they have the rubber bounce the key back up so they are responsive.

Edited by Maelthras - 3/9/11 at 5:23am
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