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Matt
06-30-2010, 07:33 AM
Just bought one of these keyboards, they're expensive, but all I can say it WOW! They feel soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nice to type on!

I just wanted to tell the world! :D

This is the one I got:

http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_3066.html

HIGHLY recommended!

Matt

biliousfrog
06-30-2010, 10:56 AM
geez...I'd want someone to type for me at that price!...I'll stick with my Logitech Ultra-Flat which I bought for 5 to replace my 35 MS one :D

Matt
06-30-2010, 11:42 AM
They are expensive, but boy, are they worth it! It's like night and day!

biliousfrog
06-30-2010, 11:52 AM
In what way? I don't actually notice much about a keyboard unless it's noisey or exceptionally high...(which that keyboard seems to suffer from on both accounts)...but I don't type much and I guess it's just one of those things that 'feels' right or wrong...a bit like a decent mouse or monitor.

Dexter2999
06-30-2010, 11:57 AM
Those are a bargain compared to these

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/

This one is 375 (pounds)

http://www.maltron.com/maltron-kbd-ltype-intro.html

Matt
06-30-2010, 12:01 PM
In what way?

You have to try one really, they just _feel_ sooooooo much more precise and clean to type on! Not all mushy like rubber actuated ones.

Cageman
06-30-2010, 12:13 PM
http://ii.alatest.com/product/600x400/3/c/Logitech-UltraX-Premium-Keyboard-CZ-0.jpg

That's what I use and prefer. Really neato and quite cheap.

:)

EDIT: Logitech UltraX is the name of the keyboard. :)

geothefaust
06-30-2010, 12:21 PM
I recently had the chance to type on a Filco keyboard, and you are totally right. They feel wayyy different than most keyboards, it's like... Typing with keys that have joints made with hot butter, or molten iron... They are really smooth!


Unfortunately though it is way out of my price range. :(


So I went with the next best thing, a Goldtouch:

http://www.goldtouch.com/p-64-goldtouch-adjustable-keyboard-black.aspx

Lightwolf
06-30-2010, 12:39 PM
Just bought one of these keyboards, they're expensive, but all I can say it WOW! They feel soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nice to type on!

That's why I only buy Cherry keyboards... they're a lot cheaper though.

It does makes me wonder how different it feels.

Cheers,
Mike

Matt
06-30-2010, 04:08 PM
That's why I only buy Cherry keyboards... they're a lot cheaper though.

It does makes me wonder how different it feels.

Cheers,
Mike

With the amount of coding/typing you do Mike, you need one of these! Seriously.

Lightwolf
06-30-2010, 04:10 PM
With the amount of coding/typing you do Mike, you need one of these! Seriously.
I've got the same key switches in mine (or ones that are close enough, certainly the same brand though).

Cheers,
Mike

OnlineRender
06-30-2010, 04:32 PM
ASDA USB Keyboard 4.99 , even has the same keys :rock:

True fact , I'm 88% faster than whole of Bebo @ Typin :D

Matt
06-30-2010, 04:40 PM
ASDA USB Keyboard 4.99 , even has the same keys

Orly?

Lightwolf
06-30-2010, 05:10 PM
Only?
I doubt it's using the same switches. The original keyboard manufactured by Cherry with these switches costs around 70€ (it's the most expensive "simple" and wired keyboard they manufacture - G80-3000). You can also choose between three kinds of key responses for that model ;)

I tend to buy G83s... around 20€ and almost as nice.

Incidentally, Cherry also produced the keyboards for the Amiga 2000s made for Europe.

Edit: The Amiga 1000 keyboards as well.

Cheers,
Mike

Matt
06-30-2010, 07:17 PM
Incidentally, Cherry also produced the keyboards for the Amiga 2000s made for Europe.

Edit: The Amiga 1000 keyboards as well.

I knew I wasn't going mad when I thought it reminded me of my Amiga!

Besides the switches, this keyboard is very, very solid, no plasticy creaking keyboard, just solid and heavy, nice! :)

biliousfrog
07-01-2010, 02:13 AM
Those are a bargain compared to these

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/

This one is 375 (pounds)

http://www.maltron.com/maltron-kbd-ltype-intro.html

I'd buy the maximus in a heartbeat if I had the cash. It would make learning new apps a breeze

Lightwolf
07-01-2010, 02:15 AM
I'd buy the maximus in a heartbeat if I had the cash. It would make learning new apps a breeze
Yup, by the time you set up all the keyboard icons for the shortcuts you better know the app inside out ;)

Cheers,
Mike

biliousfrog
07-01-2010, 02:33 AM
Yup, by the time you set up all the keyboard icons for the shortcuts you better know the app inside out ;)

Cheers,
Mike

ha...I guess...it would be good for training centres or training new staff though too. I'm sure that I saw it featured on TV and there are already a lot of custom templates designed for it such as Photoshop, Cubase, Protools etc.

Dexter2999
07-01-2010, 10:04 AM
I want one of these.
http://www.datamancer.net/vonslattkeyboard/vonslattkeyboard.htm

PIZAZZ
07-01-2010, 04:46 PM
I want one of these.
http://www.datamancer.net/vonslattkeyboard/vonslattkeyboard.htm

that is definitely cool. I agree I will take one over a plastic piece any day.

SBowie
07-02-2010, 11:18 AM
I want one of these.
http://www.datamancer.net/vonslattkeyboard/vonslattkeyboard.htmMan, these belong in an art gallery - WOW!

Myagi
07-02-2010, 05:22 PM
(it's the most expensive "simple" and wired keyboard they manufacture - G80-3000).

Cherry G81-3081 (from 1992), best keyboard ever made. I'm still using mine (with the Highscreen sticker on it and all) :D

I've been kicking myself many times for not buying an extra for backup when I bought my second PC. I bought one of those again around 2 years ago as backup, and while decent I was bummed that they no longer were the same. Nothing comes near the early 90's model.

Hopper
07-02-2010, 08:22 PM
I've been kicking myself many times for not buying an extra for backup when I bought my second PC. I bought one of those again around 2 years ago as backup, and while decent I was bummed that they no longer were the same. Nothing comes near the early 90's model.
Funny you should mention that. After reading this thread yesterday, I thought I'd have one more last go at trying to find my keyboard on eBay (1993 NMB 255C). I found one! New old stock and everything. It WILL be mine dammit .. It WILL be mine... (in 4d 6h3s). :D

I've had this thing since new and it still looks perfect. It was back when they actually screen printed the characters directly into the plastic mold before the hardening agent... Not even a single spot of any letter has worn off. And it's got an outstanding "clickety" feel without the chunk of the old original IBM keyboards.

My wifes crappy a** Dell keyboard is less than a year old and almost every letter is half worn off. What a p.o.s.

And mine is uuuuuuuuuugly... but I wouldn't have it any other way. Has a great "shelf" to put all my favorite guitar picks. :D

http://comdotslashnet.com/images/nmb_rt8255c_small.jpg

jay3d
07-04-2010, 06:34 AM
Nothing beats my old ZX Spectrum+ 128k _engraved letters_ keyboard that no body now manufacturing!, my logitech keyboard letters worn off after 3 months of use.

The overall build quality of the Spectrum back then was top notch, i've never seen something like it even the Amiga, a master piece of quality manufacturing!

http://dic.academic.ru/pictures/wiki/files/90/ZX_Spectrum128K.jpg

Medi8or
07-04-2010, 07:38 AM
Talking about the ZX Spectrum and keyboards... :D

http://lazarustrance.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/341172969_4e3003228b.jpg