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Doug Clark

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Greatest keyboard of all time?
« on: January 02, 2020, 05:49:55 am »
The one in the photo was built Sep 1993, and is hooked up to my ASUS/AMD system via a PS/2 to USB convert that runs through a USB KVM switch.

I am partial to the IBM Model M, as is the Linus Tech guy -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7wmMZmMinM.

I get parts for mine at www.clickykeyboards.com

If you are partial to the older Model F you might be able to pick up a new modern one from https://www.modelfkeyboards.com
This guy is "Bringing back the classic buckling spring keyboard, built to last for decades but out of production since the 1980s, for a short production run ending soon!"   He is building the F62 Model F – Kishsaver and the F77 Model F.  I don't like the keyboard layouts of the Model F, but you can get customization of the key layouts so that it comes close to the Model M.

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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2020, 02:01:13 pm »
Unicomp has been manufacturing buckling-spring keyboards for many years, and continues to do so, including model M layout models. They also do special orders for specific IBM models, apparently.

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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2020, 04:30:30 pm »
If you are partial to the older Model F you might be able to pick up a new modern one from https://www.modelfkeyboards.com

The URL has been sent to https://curlie.org/en/Computers/Hardware/Peripherals/Keyboards/

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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2020, 06:26:46 pm »
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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2020, 08:16:40 pm »
I'm a fan of Cherry ErgoPlus MX 5000 Keyboards (with MX 5700 Numeric Keypad) like in https://www.geek.com/chips/cherry-mx-5000-auction-1491235/. It cured me from RSI (repetitive strain injury) and so I understand why people are willing to spend such an insane amount of money on such ancient keyboards.

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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 08:34:17 am »
I am partial to the IBM Model M, as is the Linus Tech guy -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7wmMZmMinM.

I get parts for mine at www.clickykeyboards.com

I used that exact keyboard as a teenager  8).
It was great but i'm afraid I now need to use a split key keyboard to not get pain in my hands(currently using micro innovations but have also used microsoft elite keyboards before that).
My hands aren't as nimble as they used to be apparently.

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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2020, 09:17:25 pm »
It was great but i'm afraid I now need to use a split key keyboard to not get pain in my hands.

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Re: Greatest keyboard of all time?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 11:45:19 pm »
As of keyboards, I always found the Logitech G15 (first generation) and G19 VERY useful. It provides a small display for status, has live macro recording, offers lots and lots of macro keys, even in three presets.
Macros can either recorded or scripted via software. Even delays between key presses can be recorded.

Same goes for the G19, which is a macro keypad. - Same features as the G15, just that the G19 only has macro keys, and is an addon to regular keyboards.

Unfortunately the only USEFUL drivers for the Logitech G15 exist only for Windows.
Linux has rudimentary support for the G15 display, but nothing to record or script macros via these macro keys. :/
OS/2 not even has this rudimentary support. To OS/2 this is only a regular keyboard with no advanced functions at all...
So.. only Windows can use the full potential of this keyboard.

Logitech G19 support in other OSes than Windows is even worse... it is not supported at all in Linux or OS/2.

Maybe that would be something for a driver wishlist....