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Peripherals Mechanical Keyboards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Raptor77, 27 Dec 2011.

  1. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    Ooft... I mean it's a nice idea an' all that, but a tad on the expensive side for the most gimmicky keyboard I think I've ever seen. Hot-swappable switches are a nice idea, but I'd be worried about contact issues if that feature was to be used regularly. On the plus side, the walnut looks super tasty.

    One of my mates just got himself an Atreus and we were chatting about it at the weekend. I can't even survive with 60% as my daily, so that says it all. :lol:
     
  2. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Hot-swap switches are well established by now, and I don't think I've seen any unusual failure rates. 'sides, pop the switch out and give it a squirt of contact cleaner and it'd probably resolve any issues on that front.
     
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  3. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Hey lads. Been using a Filco Majestouch Manila for about 5 years. It has a nice wooden wrist support too. I'm thinking I'd like a slightly bigger keyboard, with a full set of F1 etc keys - but no numbpad (not sure what size that is?)

    I do quite a bit of gaming, and some work on it too. What are my options/your recommendations. Would quite like something funky.
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    You're looking for "tenkeyless," "TKL," or "80 per cent."
     
  5. LennyRhys

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    Yeah, no shortage of options where funky is concerned either. I'm currently using a TKL with MX Reds as my daily and I absolutely hate the darn thing. Reds are waaaay too light for me... I'm forever mistyping because the keys are so sensitive (or perhaps I'm just lazy and clumsy) and I really miss the tactile feedback I get from my Blues.

    @Parge any idea what switch you would go for? I really want to like Browns, but I'm always going back to Blues. I've tried numerous other brands and don't really rate them... ok, good old buckling springs for the nostalgia, but for pure typing pleasure it's Cherry all the way for me.
     
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    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    I have absolutely no idea! I am quite happy with whatever I have right now. I think they might be browns.
     
  7. Vault-Tec

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    Brown are like red, only harder to push. I don't like either. I'm just glad I got this one with red optos on it cheap. Blue for me all day.
     
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    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Ok, cool - so what are the go to place for mechanicals these days - what about this place
     
  9. Mr_Mistoffelees

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    That's where I bought my Filco, was the only place here in the UK, where I could find exactly what I was looking for.
     
  10. BeauchN

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    There are also the 75% keyboards if you don’t mind the keys being a bit closer together, something like the keychron k2, or one of several more funky options with hotswap switches etc that I’m sure are available
     
  11. Gareth Halfacree

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    Not sure if anyone's lurking right now, but I'm writing an article on an ortholinear keyboard add-on for a modular laptop. Anyone with Opinions™ on ortholinear, positive or otherwise, fancy being quoted?
     
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    I have zero idea what it does but with the word Ortho it's bones... and linear sounds good when it comes to keeping my bones in line with expected areas. So .. I await the outcome of wiser heads, with equally linear bones
     
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    "Ortho" is a Greek prefix meaning "straight" or "rigid," and "linear" means... well, straight. So it's basically a "straight straight" keyboard - all the keys are arranged in a perfect grid, no staggering.

    I had one once, imported from the US at great expense. Couldn't get on with it, personally, and sold it at a hefty loss during the last clear-out. The fans swear by 'em, though.
     
  14. BeauchN

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    @Gareth Halfacree, depends what sort of quote you’re after I guess :) I’ve considered getting one to try but, a bit like ergo boards, I suspect there are too many years of bad habits and muscle memory that I’d need to undo to be able to use one competently. Certainly in the short term! However, I’ve also read they’re no better for your finger/wrist joints than a normal keyboard as the straight columns of keys just makes you twist them differently. So, probably not much help :D
     
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    You mean like the old Commodore Pet keyboard?

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Gareth Halfacree

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    Exactly like that. What is old is new again!
     
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    Had the mountain Everest max arrive recently so hope to have a review of that up on the site
     
  18. Gareth Halfacree

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    I somehow managed to convince the wife to buy me a corne/helidox kit from mechboards for my birthday. I needed some caps and switches to go with it so I snagged the last 50 blueberry switches they had in stock and they arrived today. I can not wait to build it with those switches they are so nice. They feel so much better than cherry clears which were my previous favourites.
     
  20. Gareth Halfacree

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    Keychron's got another Kickstarter, this time for a 65% board dubbed the K7.

    The Keyboardio Model 100's broken $500k, meanwhile, which means everyone gets a free travel case!

    ...'cos, obviously, a hefty keyboard MADE OF WOOD is a great thing to take on your travels.
     
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