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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I want to buy a mechanical keyboard. My middle school had an IBM Model M keyboard, and I remember how much I loved the sound and feel of it. Mechanical keyboards are better because they use mechanical switches. The feeling of typing on them is very precise and comfortable.

Here is a good guide for the different types of switches they can use:
http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/4...ard-guide.html

I'm thinking an MX Cherry Clear switch is for me. I'm going to use the keyboard for a lot of gaming, so I want to be able to double click reasonably well, and dont want the noise. If it was just for typing I think MX Cherry Blue or buckling springs would be my choice.



Any impressions on clear switches? I went to Fry's to try some out, but the only mechanical keyboard they had on display was the Razer Black Widow, which uses MX Cherry Blue switches.
post #2 of 17
I grew up with these but hold no particular longing for them. I really like split key ergo keyboards more than I do clicky keys. We had a dude in my office who bought one of these. He shared a workspace with a few other people and when he was let go, they took his keyboard and smashed it into a million pieces.
post #3 of 17
I wish IBM made a 104-key version of their old original AT 101-key battle axe so it could be used effectively w/ modern versions of Windows. I could easily hit 100wpm on it. Everything else I struggle to get out of the 90's, and I wear them out after about 6 months....
post #4 of 17
I have a Das Keyboard that I like, but it will be too noisy for the OP. edit: I see that they make a "soft" version now, so maybe it will be quiet enough. --Andre
post #5 of 17
That was an interesting link, Reggs, thanks. As a mechanical engineer, one would think I would really be into this sort of thing, but funnily enough, I really don't like mechanical keyboards, and type rather slowly on them. By far my favorite keyboard is this Rosewill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823201033 I was surprised to see that Rosewill (newegg's private label) also does a mechanical referenced in that link. ~ H
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by QBNCGAR View Post
I wish IBM made a 104-key version of their old original AT 101-key battle axe so it could be used effectively w/ modern versions of Windows. I could easily hit 100wpm on it. Everything else I struggle to get out of the 90's, and I wear them out after about 6 months....
You can get this, but at a steep price: http://pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net/customizer.html Unicomp bought IBM's factory, and thus makes an "authentic" Model M, with options like USB and Windows keys. I'm typing on one now and it's great.
post #7 of 17
That, is awesome.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post
Here is a good guide for the different types of switches they can use:
http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/4...ard-guide.html

Holy hardware nerd heaven batman!
post #9 of 17
I still have my original IBM keyboard from like 1993 (daily use for multiple hours going on 18 years now). Speaking of which, I really need to clean this crumb dumpster out..

At any rate, I can see wanting a mechanical keyboard--they are awesome and last forever!
post #10 of 17
I'm partial to blues (typing on a factory second Blackwidow as we speak), but for your criteria Brown or Clears FOR SURE. Honestly, unless you are a hardcore gamer, the "doubletap" phenomena is really overstated... it's the noise that will get to you.

I had a Das Keyboard silent (brown) and it was wonderful... until I spilled coke into it. I dislike black switches having tried a steelseries- having to bottom out on every keystroke made my hands sore after hours of continuous typing.
post #11 of 17
MX browns are best choice for overall usage. FPS type stuff would be blacks/reds. That said, I'm on MX reds and it a slight adjustment as theres no tactile feedback whatsoever. I'd recommend trying some of these out in person to see if you like that particular switch. But you can grab a few of the FILCO Majestouch from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html...A104717BI2VJF7
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
I want LED lights under my keys. The Deck Legend has MX Cherry clear keys, but the font is very ugly, and it's $180.

I think I'll have to buy MX Cherry Brown switches after all. The XArmor U9BL-S looks good to me.
http://www.amazon.com/XArmor-U9BL-S-...9063785&sr=1-6

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post #13 of 17
This is gauche (I know), but I happen to be selling a Model M on eBay. Click the link in my signature.

With that out of the way, I can weight in on the thread topic.

These keyboards rule. I originally purchased mine to do webdev / appdev stuff. It was amazing.

The action is very very comfortable, and the keyboard itself is in a U shape (Numbers and ZXCV row are higher than the rows in between).

I had to make the touch decision to sell only because I can't talk on the phone with clients while I use it. Plus, it woke my GF up. Sucker was loooooud.

http://www.daskeyboard.com/ Makes a version that is quiet, a version that is classic, and a version that has no key markings. Pretty cool stuff.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
I recently got my XArmor u9bl-s.

I almost did not get one. This keyboard has been discontinued, and it's only one of two keyboards that is both backlit, and MX Cherry Brown. The other one has ugly font. I originality ordered from http://www.brilliantstore.com/ , but that is truly an awful site. The keyboard was marked as in stock, when it was not, then a month later they said they were not able to source one. After that, I ordered one of the last remaining from an Amazon vendor for the hefty price of $170. None were on ebay, or other e-stores.

I've had a few days to use it. The keys actuate mid-way down, and you feel it, but only slightly. The keys make more noise than a membrane keyboard, but it's not a large difference. It took me more time to type when I began using it, and I would make typos more frequently. After a few days, I'm making a lot less typos, and my speed has increased, though it's not back to normal. I'm OK with that since it's very comfortable to type on. The key's feel very satisfying to use. The keyboard is extremely solid and heavy. All the plastic is very thick.

The intensity of the lights can be changed with Fn+Numpad 8 and 2. Every time the computer sleeps or is restarted, you must reset the light setting. Although I wish that setting would be saved automatically, pressing Fn and 8 twice is now a normal reaction for when I wake my computer up. The keyboard requires 2 USB ports; one dedicated for power, I assume. There are 5 levels of light intensity, so there is a level for everyone. The strongest intensity is bright, and lowest is just a slight glow. The light is also concentrated well on the key display and does not "bleed" in between keys very much.

Everyone I've told so far scoffs at the price I paid for the keyboard, but it's a device I use often and I feel happy about my purchase. I'm sure I'll use this for many years.

Not my pics:
XarmorU9BL_43_night_closeup1.jpg

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post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by gauche.story View Post

This is gauche (I know), but I happen to be selling a Model M on eBay. Click the link in my signature.

With that out of the way, I can weight in on the thread topic.

These keyboards rule. I originally purchased mine to do webdev / appdev stuff. It was amazing.

The action is very very comfortable, and the keyboard itself is in a U shape (Numbers and ZXCV row are higher than the rows in between).

I had to make the touch decision to sell only because I can't talk on the phone with clients while I use it. Plus, it woke my GF up. Sucker was loooooud.

http://www.daskeyboard.com/ Makes a version that is quiet, a version that is classic, and a version that has no key markings. Pretty cool stuff.

That version is actually a great way to learn how to type quickly without looking at the keyboard.
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