Tell me your first keyboard!

My first keyboard was IKBC Poker2. The feeling was amazing. My friend told me, I need a mechanical keyboard. Then I search the Google and youtube to found a dream keyboard Poker 2. Only one thing make me unhappy ---the price !!

I compared the price of all the online store, such as Newegg, wish, eBay, amazon, etc. Then I bought it from http://www.armyourdesk.com with $92.99 8-)

Hope you can tell me your experience about the first keyboard you bought.

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You must be quite young if the first keyboard you ever typed on was a Poker 2, given they came to the market sometime around 2013. :P :mrgreen:

The first keyboard I ever typed on was an IBM Model M, specifically a 1391411, that came with my parents PS/2 in 1987 (though I didn't use it until a few years later).
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Khers wrote:You must be quite young if the first keyboard you ever typed on was a Poker 2, given they came to the market sometime around 2013. :P :mrgreen:

The first keyboard I ever typed on was an IBM Model M, specifically a 1391411, that came with my parents PS/2 in 1987 (though I didn't use it until a few years later).

Right very young, but I think he might mean the first mechanical keyboard after "getting into" the mech-hobby. Otherwise my first was this:

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Well, the first mechanical keyboard I bought was a Tipro MID from kbdfr. I also bought some weird caps with it, and I am now trying to get the hang of typing without looking so I can use them!

Before that I got a Cherry G84-4400 for free, which is my work board. Before I got into mechs I bought a roll-up silicone keyboard rather like this :oops: - and also a spring-over-membrane keyboard attached to a Canon electronic typewriter, which is actually quite nice leaving aside the inexactness at actuation. As for the first one I used, I don't know what switches it had (heavy linear of some sort), but it was for a Cifer terminal and had sharp-edged caps that looked rather like Topre HiPro.
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First one I used: Dell Quietkey at my dad's office some time in the 90s.

First mechanical keyboard: Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid (mx browns) in 2013.

I have to admit that the first time using a mechanical keyboard was in 2013, before then I was quite content with my Logitech rubber dome keyboard with chicklet keys! That being said I might have used one at my dad's office without noticing, but it would probably be a crappy Viglen/Acer (KB-6312-TW) with Acer mechanical membrane switches so I'm not sure if that even counts :lol:
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My First. My second was this one:

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Got rid of it in a recent move, and I wish I hadn't.

I had an IBM PC, and at this point I know that it had a mech keyboard, but didn't know at the time. My first MK that I purchased was a Logitech G710+. Then the Logitech Orion Spectrum, and on to the Pok3r last year. That was the beginning of the rabbit hole.
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I had one of these back in the day ... :P

Then a couple of real typewriters. I suspect that the one I had at my father's office when I was a kid could have been a Selectric III but if it was, it is long long gone.
My first computer was a C64: late-model breadbox with beige keys. First mech when I got into the hobby was a Dolch
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Khers wrote:You must be quite young if the first keyboard you ever typed on was a Poker 2, given they came to the market sometime around 2013. :P :mrgreen:

The first keyboard I ever typed on was an IBM Model M, specifically a 1391411, that came with my parents PS/2 in 1987 (though I didn't use it until a few years later).

Right very young, but I think he might mean the first mechanical keyboard after "getting into" the mech-hobby. Otherwise my first was this:

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Yeah, I kinda figured, but the actual question was regarding the first keyboard you ever used, so that was what I answered ;)

The first mechanical keyboard I got in recent years, was a Ducky Shine 2 with MX Browns after having been happy with Apple's aluminium ones for quite some time. Uncharacteristically large and shiny when compared with the rest of my collection.
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IBM Model M with an IBM AT PC
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So glad I'm not the only one who started on a toy typewriter :lol:

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My first OWN keyboard was on an Amiga500 ...

Unfortunately, my dad dumped it a few years ago :(

But I got some G80-0904 to over-compensate for the loss

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Hi siobhan :D
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Wodan wrote:My first OWN keyboard was on an Amiga500 ...

Unfortunately, my dad dumped it a few years ago :(

But I got some G80-0904 to over-compensate for the loss

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Hi siobhan :D

My first was also an Amiga 500.
Then a cherry in German ISO (can't remember the model) with blacks,
Then a Chicony ANSI (also can't remember the model, nor the switch).

After that there were mostly rubberdomes.

When I started working, I salvaged an old IBM M2.

Then a Ergo4000 rubber dome I used for a lot of time, and it's still working well, just gathering dust.

And some year ago, I got back into mechs with a LingYi TKL with Outemu blues, and after that my main and most favorite keyboard is the Plum 87.
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Amiga 500 with linear mitsumi hybrid - the first computer I owned as a kid. I also used my dad's work PCs which were IBMs with Model Ms, and some Dell and HP boxes but those were most likely rubber domes.
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First one I used was in high school, a Teletype 33 ASR connected to an HP-2000C running time share BASIC. I can still hear it - it had the paper punch tape so we could keep local copies of our programs which was very cool.

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The first one I actually owned was on the Atari 400 - ouch!

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My fathers IBM Model M back in the mid 90s
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I don't recall anything about the keyboard whatsoever. The computer, yes, and its curious quirks, and the different deaths that ROMs experienced, but the keyboard, no memories of any kind. It was a Wong's-made BBC Micro keyboard using Futaba MR-6C switches. It was a number of years before I started noticing how bad some keyboards were, and before I got an old blue Alps keyboard.
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First mechanical keyboard I bought for myself was the Das Keyboard (Model 1 I think with cherry browns). But the first I used is a different question. All the keyboards we had when I was young had rubber dome switches from what I can remember.
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snuci wrote:Commodore PET 4032

Hm, I just realised why I like numpads so much... a PET 4016 was probably the first keyboard of any sort I used. (Unless we're including the very mechanical keyboards for Solresol...)
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First keyboard was a Royal manual typewriter from the 1940s or 1950s in about 1962. First computer keyboard was an IBM beamspring and terminal, hooked up over 300 baud modem in 1976.
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Khers wrote:You must be quite young if the first keyboard you ever typed on was a Poker 2, given they came to the market sometime around 2013. :P :mrgreen:

The first keyboard I ever typed on was an IBM Model M, specifically a 1391411, that came with my parents PS/2 in 1987 (though I didn't use it until a few years later).

Haha , I only used the membrane keyboard before I knew the mechanical one. And after Poker2, I spend a lot of money in this mechanical hobby. :oops:
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OldIsNew wrote:First one I used was in high school, a Teletype 33 ASR connected to an HP-2000C running time share BASIC. I can still hear it - it had the paper punch tape so we could keep local copies of our programs which was very cool.

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The first one I actually owned was on the Atari 400 - ouch!

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Soo cool :o :o
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My first ever keyboard was a Compaq SDM4540UL. Yeah I feel quite a bit young compared to a lot of people in this thread :shock:
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snuci wrote:Commodore PET 4032
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Amazing!!! :o
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One of these:

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Not sure what type of keyswitches it uses; it was somehow criticised in the computing press at the time (yeah, in a market that also featured such horrors as the Atari 400's keyboard and anything made by Sinclair, but the UK press was... well, the UK press) but actually I thought it was quite nice to type on.

Prior to that I'd used a Research Machines 380Z and a Commode PET, which were much of a muchness. Oh, and my grandfather's ancient mechanical typewriter!
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A 32 … not sure. The 64 could have Hi-Tek modular or Alps SKCC switches, but the 32 was possibly just Hi-Tek modular (dovetail).
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Mattr567 wrote:My first ever keyboard was a Compaq SDM4540UL. Yeah I feel quite a bit young compared to a lot of people in this thread :shock:

I was gifted a C64 when I was about 10 and by then it was already ancient, but the first computer I got about 3 years later had a keyboard similar to yours. It was a Compaq SK2800 that came with a Presario 5726. I guess I am also a whipper snapper.

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Daniel Beardsmore wrote:A 32 … not sure. The 64 could have Hi-Tek modular or Alps SKCC switches, but the 32 was possibly just Hi-Tek modular (dovetail).

I think I just automatically assume Alps if I don't know what else it might be. :D It feels quite similar to my BBC Micro, which appears to have Futaba switches, and the Dragon certainly doesn't use them. I pulled a keycap off a couple of years back to see if it gave me any clues: it didn't, other than it having a hollow square post rather than a cross.

Edit: looks like you're right with the Hi-Tek thing, based on the Wiki corresponding with what I seem to remember; I'd need to dig it out of the garage to check, but perhaps another day... it also had quite nice spherical double-shots in that off-white-on-sludgy-dark-grey that was popular at the time. My main gripe (apart from its rather limited layout) is that there's no curvature, which I'm not desperately keen on.
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