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The Oracle Answers
The Oracle Answers

The Keyboard Oracle
Thy wish is to buy a mechanical keyboard, but eternal doubt is eating éow irrelevant mortal soul? The Leopold with Cherry MX Blue…

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Do you think Topre Realforce Keyboards need LED backlight function?

eldorange
I just visited the Facebook page of Topre Realforce Keyboards and found the post: Do you think Topre keyboards need LED backlight function? https://m2.facebook.com/story.php?stor… Hopefully…

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Something I did not expect..

photekq
So, as we know, Cherry has a few types of keycaps. ⋅ Thick ABS doubleshots ⋅ Thick PBT dyesubs ⋅ Thick PBT lasered ⋅ Thin PBT lasered ⋅ Thick…

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Blocked by Cherry G80-2551 Ebay seller

derzemel
There is a Cherry G80-2551 (one of the most attractive keyboards ever made) on ebay and I wanted to place a bid on it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cherry-PC-Tast… I sent a mail to the…

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Debunking a legend about languages and keyboard layouts

Sigmoid
So far when I have asked about keyboard layout suitability and non-English languages, most people usually just shrug, some say one should stick to QWERTY or an equally bad old modified…

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Inside the Varmilo VA87M?

wafflepc
Hey, I dont currently have a mechanical keyboard, but i am working on that, and have tested switches, and i want a Blue/Green KB, with blues for the letters numbers, maybe functions, arrow keys, but…

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Model F XT refurbishing
Model F XT refurbishing

Sigmoid
Hey :) I've gotten a well-preserved XT keyboard off eBay, and I intend to return it to its full glory. :) Some pics below... Anyway, I…

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IBM multi-wide key anatomy

Sigmoid
While refurbishing the XT I have, I have started looking at later Model F boards. The XT uses very uncommon, center-stem stepped keys that are no longer manufactured, and a single barrel & pad per…

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Topre Realforce 87U ANSI or JIS?

derzemel
Hello, I have a friend in who is in Tokyo until Monday, and Sunday he will have the whole day to himself. I want to ask him to get me a 55g Topre Realforce 87u Silent. I am wondering now, what…

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Matias 60 Choices
Matias 60 Choices

Hypersphere
I am considering ordering a Matias 60 keyboard, despite the strange configuration of the bottom row. There are two layout choices: PC and…

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Topre switch / Cherry MX compatible
Topre switch / Cherry MX compatible

CM Bram
Thoughts? http://i.imgur.com/lSRg709… Japanese Topre 45g with cherry MX key cap compatibility. Tenkeyless low profile…

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Wang 725-7951
Wang 725-7951

seebart
I got this from webwit recently. While it looked quite clean from the outside it was nasty filthy internally. This keyboard is AT/ XT switchable. The…

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Towards an ErdoDox keycap set with legends
Towards an ErdoDox keycap set with legends

trauring
I've long wondered why there has never been a set of keys for the ErgoDox that have legends. Without getting into the argument for blank keycaps, some…

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Model F key failure

dramsey
After using Mod Ms for years, the commercialization of Soarer's Converter finally prompted me to try a Mod F. Needless to say, it was love at first type. I found two very nice units,…

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Help finding perfect Arabic/English layout!

Ace
Now looking for a layout template for the Cherry G81-3000SAA. Is it somewhere in the database? :?: :| I’m sure you’ve all heard of Etsy making superb keycaps over at the…

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Can you tell me more about this keyboard?
Can you tell me more about this keyboard?

Bitsquid
I'm still trying to figure out what kind of switches I actually prefer. I really wanted to try blue alps (because I almost like cherry MX blues...…

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Identify this switch!
Identify this switch!

Chyros
Hiya guys, anyone know what this is? It's a dome with slider design, and it accepts Alps caps, though the caps that come with it have wider bars than…

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IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Prelim
Hi guys, I've search the forum but I can't find a thread for keyboards identification... so I thought the best was to create one by myself. Here's the first one since I have no clue of…

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Bottom case color for IBM Model F PC/XT

prdlm2009
Okay, the metal bottom case part on my IBM Model F PC/XT was rusting in a few places, so I stripped away all the paint, removed the rust, and now I have bare metal. I would like to repaint the plate…

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Saved this Model-M from the junk yard
Saved this Model-M from the junk yard

PMKFTW
Long story short, I found this 1994 Model M while cleaning out a shared storage unit last night. The owner of the board said liquid was spilled on it…

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Ergodox Layout Compedium

squarefrog
Hi all. After discussions with Matt3o and jdeblese, it was decided that it would benefit group buy organisers if we could compile a giant list of Ergodox layouts. This list can then be…

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fixing loose fitting IBM caps

elRetto
I recently noticed that a couple of the caps on my Model M come loose when I tap them quickly. When you compare the stems of the affected key with others theres a noticeable difference in width. I…

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What layout do you use?

z3ta
I was just wondering what is the most spread keyboard layout between mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. So, what is yours, and, most importantly, why? :D EDIT: I use colemak because it is (for…

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Alps ultra low profile?

hydragon
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-1992-Na…

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Gamerfinger?
Gamerfinger?

GF357
I'm not associated with this in any way, I stumbled upon it this morning while looking for parts for a MAME cabinet. While not a keyboard, it seems as…

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Found a Dolch Pac 486 for sale... personally not interested though.
Found a Dolch Pac 486 for sale... personally not interested though.

Jimi14
I was browsing through a local buy/sell site today and came upon this (rare?) thing. 90-talare-4475235.jpg Should come with blue Cherries and PS/2…

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Laptop Keyboards

Ace
So, lately I’ve been thinking of buying a laptop. I love my PC to death; I do everything there, from schoolwork to gaming to typing forum posts. But even I can recognize the need to have a…

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IBM 4683 keyboard

Touch_It
http://www.ebay.com/itm/131487080490?a… Did anyone here get it and does anyone know anyting about this keyboard?

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What is the purpose of buying Realforce-boards as a backup?

hKing
Disclaimer: This is not a Topre-hate-thread. I own a Realforce and I love it!!! Hi there, as mentioned above, I am asking myself this question. Every few weeks I come across some thread or post…

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Hi-Tek Corp. History

Dmiloh
All, just ran across your site during a search for any references to Hi-Tek Corp. My father founded Hi-Tek in the early 60's, began manufacturing the Hi-Tek keyboard in the early 70's, and sold the…

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Measuring activation force.

Mal-2
If you lack a scale, I might have something better than the nickel method, particularly for places that don't have nickels. What is easy to get, easy to measure, and has a standard, known density? …

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Cherry G86-61400 less than ideal for remapping Alphas

Mal-2
So my ordered Cherry G86-61400 arrived today. I'm typing this message on it currently, with my OS set to US ANSI layout (though I'm typing Dvorak). First, while it does allow reprogramming of all…

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First computer keyboard with "inverted 't'" arrow layout?
First computer keyboard with "inverted 't'" arrow layout?

mr_a500
Everybody mentions the 1982 DEC LK201 when talking about the first inverted 't' arrow layout, but I was sure I saw that layout on a couple…

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Help selecting a tenkeyless

kile
I've been using SteelSeries keyboards for years, but recently I realized I need a more portable board. So I would like a little help from you guys to help with my search. These are my requirements: …

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Keyboard Field Identification Guide
Keyboard Field Identification Guide

XMIT
A very real problem is sorting keyboards at a recycler. The vast majority are rubber dome keyboards that are more valuable for their reclaimable…

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