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Unread postPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:23 am 
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Hi there, I'd like to buy either SGI with ALPS (I assume the caps are profiled and can't be swapped around), or IBM Model M (ideally the spave-saving without numpad).
If you're in the U.S. I would need it shipped to NYC before May 25th.

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Unread postPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:13 am 
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The great IBM Model M... I am still using a pair of them everyday. Best keyboard ever, although quite noisy :). If you do not find it, maybe these guys can help you:

http://www.clickykeyboards.com/

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Unread postPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 9:58 pm 
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Ah, a man with good taste.

The '80s to early '90s Apple Extended Keyboards were good as well.

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:47 am 
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There is also an Olivetti keyboard, very similar to the model M, that is extremely good. Too bad I cannot find a pic. I saw it in a friendĀ“s house, attached to a very old Olivetti PC. Sadly, they trashed the machine and I could not rescue it :(

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:54 am 
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SAQ wrote:
The '80s to early '90s Apple Extended Keyboards were good as well.


From the Apple family I have the 2006 model with transparent see-through which shows all of your food and crumbs :P - it's good because I can swap the keys just like in Model M, but I don't really like it's feel that much - it's rubber dome and has this weird resistance throughout the move.

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 7:09 am 
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While going though some stuff (looking for something else) I ran across a Model M. This one is anything but space-saving, it's a full-sized original PS/2 version, part number 1391401 (dated 24 July 1987). If you don't find something a little closer to what you're looking for......

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:16 am 
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Thanks recondas,
I went through the ebay, and there are zero space-saving models, and I'm not sure if want the classic one - need to dwell on it for a bit, and another issue is that most of the ebay sellers take some time until shipping so there's a risk it might not arrive on time (or It would cost me another keyboard in shipping cost for air/priority).
'87 is a little dated, I was rather hoping for something newer >= '92 but will let you know how it goes.

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:55 am 
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Don't worry about the age - they don't wear out easily.

The Apple keyboards introduced since the PPC transition have been junk pretty much universally. Heck, keyboards in general have gone downhill - they've now got things where you have a desktop keyboard apparently attempting to emulate the horrible feel of a laptop (see HP's offerings and the Apple "who cares how it feels - it looks cool" offering).

Then again, I'm a pretty well known grump who can complain about many things - from computer keyboards to piano actions, typewriters (IBM Selectric all the way), and even pencils (is General the only company to make a decent mass-market pencil nowadays?)

Pause to shake my cane at the "kids".

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 4:07 pm 
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I swapped between the IBM M keyboard and my TG3 for a while before deciding that the TG3 was far superior (and also backlit!) and giving the M to a friend. but I do most typing on a net book which works just fine.

my second favourite kb is the model that came with white and purple compaq PCs from 2000-2001 or so with the smart credit card reader inside. heavy tho...

hurray for another religious debate on keyboards


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Unread postPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:22 pm 
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guardian452 wrote:
hurray for another religious debate on keyboards


BRING THE COMFY CHAIR!

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