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    Keyboard Discussions

    Hello,

    I'd like to propose this thread for all discussions related to computer keyboards.
    And, as always, I have a query.

    When I was a kid, I had an original IBM Model M keyboard. I loved to look and feel of it; it was a remarkable hardware piece for any enthusiast. Those that still have these, in working condition, charge a fortune for them. And those in mint condition even more so. The question is this: are there any other keyboards on the market with the same feel and functionality of these old M keyboards?


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    if i understand you right , you mean mechanical keyboards, google and see.
    I use one now and i cant use anything else
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    My my, the following images must be posted.

    Spoiler :
    The only thing you can't do with a Model M is shower together, because they don't have liquid drain holes.



    Relegating the Control key to a corner? What a tragedy.


    Anyway, mammamia11 is right and see https://wiki.installgentoo.com/wiki/...ical_keyboards. Cherry switches are great, but just like with mice, you won't know until you actually have the keyboard in front of you and have used it for a while.

    If you're on a tight budget, keyboards from 2000s era HP computers are good; of course, they're rubber cup stuff and nowhere on the same level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor View Post
    The question is this: are there any other keyboards on the market with the same feel and functionality of these old M keyboards?
    What made the Model M keyboards feel the way they did is, that they were not mechanical keyboards. IBM used springs, which is why these style of keyboards is called 'buckling-spring keyboard'. There is an american company that produces the 'New Model M'. They are called Unicomp if I remember correctly and they try to stay as close to the original keyboards as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cybvik View Post
    There is an american company that produces the 'New Model M'. They are called Unicomp if I remember correctly and they try to stay as close to the original keyboards as possible.
    What's the price on those things? Here you can't find the (old) Model M for less than $200.
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    I just looked it up, the Model M bootleg costs about 104$

    https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/category/UKBD
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    If the quality really is on par with the originals, then that's a good investment for a serious typist.
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    Spoiler Ssssssss!:
    "I just remembered something that happened a long time ago."
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    Quote Originally Posted by anon View Post
    Exactly. And that's the other problem. I recently found out about the Compose key. The F-fleet I already knew from back in the day. The thing is, I'm looking for something specific, a keyboard with the most completed keyset. For example, all F-keys, and Compose, and whatever I'm missing. Through the years, manufacturers just kept on reducing keys, more and more to the piece of crap we have today on our 14" notebooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor View Post
    The thing is, I'm looking for something specific, a keyboard with the most completed keyset. For example, all F-keys, and Compose, and whatever I'm missing.


    With that said, do you use all function keys? And what do you want another twelve for?

    Through the years, manufacturers just kept on reducing keys, more and more to the piece of crap we have today on our 14" notebooks.
    As a 10.1" laptop user, I found that switching the logical keyboard layout goes a long way into making the most of the physical one. US English is so good for programming, if only because my region dumped < and > into a tiny key next to Left Shift and made ; and \ require two keypresses instead of one, in addition to the acrobatics for ~ and `. You could also look into creating your own...
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