Mechanical Love - Hardware talk
Ivyl
I bet some of you remember old, ugly, heavy keyboards that does CLICK CLAK and occasional goes PING. There's no other thing as sexy as those bastards (IMB and Uncomp Model M). Years passed, yet nothing new with buckling springs on horizon. Luckily for us there are few companies that make mechanical switches, and few companies that make keyboards out of those switches.

Cherry with their MXes, ALPS, Topre (master race) with semi mechanical rubber domes. They come in lots of flavors. Linear switches that have same "stiffness" all the way down. Switches with tactile bump, so you know by touch when press is registered. And even those comes in many variants. They differ in force needed to press the key, sound they make and many other smaller details. Everybody can find something suiting their needs. I won't kid you. Mechanical keyboard is luxury. It's not essential. It's not something that will make you typing/programming superhero. It's feels better, it's fun, and the noise makes you space-mates envy/angry and some people just wet their pants.

If you like to join this elitist club of people who think their keyboards will make them popular among ladies/gentlemen and you like to annoy family, go ahead, prepare $100 or more and read in:

[http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/](http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/)
[http://deskthority.net/](http://deskthority.net/)

Post your mechanical keyboard if you have one.

PS. Topre switches, despite having rubber domes, are considered mechanical thanks to springs and not having to bottom them out to register key.

I'll start with my rig:

It's Chinese HPE 87. 87 is number of keys. Those keyboards are also know as TenKeyLess (it's more than ten less actually) since they don't have numpads.
I bought it for about $90 including shipping from china.
It's almost the same as Filco Majestouch.
Mine came in Cherry MX Blue flavor, which means it's clicky, tactile and pretty stiff.
Bright blue leds. I see them rarely.
Rubber feet. They make keyboard really hard to move.

Some of you may have spotted it in my [battlestation pics](http://forums.unixhub.net/showthread.php...93#pid2993).

It's really awkard for me to write on rubber dome/scissor switches keyboards now. I carry my HPE almost everywhere.

I would like to buy [KBT Pure](http://kbtpure.com/index.php/kbt-pure/vo...-ansi.html) with no backlight (since I touchtype) next. It's portable, as small as it can get and looks nicely. No F keys, no arrows. It's perfect. It's bit pricey though so I'm considering also [Noppoo Choc Mini](http://www.amazon.com/Noppoo-Mechanical-...B0091Q34EI), slightly bigger, much cheaper.

Obvious choice for portable keyboard would be Cherry MX Brown switches. They are tactile but much less clicky. I would also add o-rings (small rubber circles that comes under the keycap silencing it when bottoming out.
crshd
I can tell you from experience, MX Blues are *not* going to make you popular with the ladies. At least not if you live with them.

Also, for your "choice for a portable keyboard", I think you meant Browns? Blacks are linear.

I also like 10keyless, I can't stand these huge things that take up the entire desk. Also a full-size board moves the mouse too far away. I do like what CM did with the QuickFire TK - 10kl width, but with number block, and it comes with a choice of Black, Brown or Blue <3



I've seriously been considering picking one up, but I feel stupid using an external keyboard on a laptop. But the KBT is seriously tempting, too.

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Lith
(13-01-2013, 10:55 PM)crshd Wrote: I've seriously been considering picking one up, but I feel stupid using an external keyboard on a laptop. But the KBT is seriously tempting, too.

lol, same here you seen the 'STEEL KEY' series of the keyboards?

sexy they are.
Ivyl
(13-01-2013, 10:55 PM)crshd Wrote: Also, for your "choice for a portable keyboard", I think you meant Browns? Blacks are linear.
Sure thing. Fixed. Thanks.

(13-01-2013, 10:55 PM)crshd Wrote: I've seriously been considering picking one up, but I feel stupid using an external keyboard on a laptop. But the KBT is seriously tempting, too.

It won't change your life but if you love gadgets and have money do so, you won't regret.
crshd
Ducky unveiled a 60% board at COMPUTEX, that thing looks pretty sweet. And a Shine 3 with aluminum body. And a Shine 3 Year of the Snake edition. Being a snake myself, I need one of those. Actually, I need one of everything.
yrmt
I just got a model m as well, very noisy but amazing to type one. dat click clack
Nihility
wow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb5eNzm7oiY

I like the selected keys backlit
tbuck153
Just ordered me a KBT Pure with MX Browns as a little birthday present to myself. Can't wait.
NelsonAGilli
Which companies keyboard you all uses?
Hans Hackett
(26-06-2013, 02:08 AM)NelsonAGilli Wrote: Which companies keyboard you all uses?
Cheery 3800... something.. blah I forgotten




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