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by Daniel Beardsmore
23 Sep 2012, 23:46
Forum: News
Topic: Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard with sound-dampened ALPS switches
Replies: 62
Views: 7376

This YouTube video suggests that it's reasonable for a mechanical, being quieter than plate-mount Cherry switches. What I find curious about that video is how much quieter the QuickFire Rapid is compared to the other Cherry boards*– sounds like a PCB mount from that video, although the sound qualit...
by Daniel Beardsmore
23 Sep 2012, 13:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: acer mechanical keyboard
Replies: 5
Views: 1641

Sorry, no. General opinion on Acer hammer-over-membrane switches is negative. At least one person reported being able to feel the membrane, and disliked it for that reason. I can't remember the exact problems reported, although I recall that they didn't remotely match my experience with them (I stil...
by Daniel Beardsmore
23 Sep 2012, 04:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Oracle Answers
Replies: 1533
Views: 150675

Oh mighty ORAKEL! Give me your advise, which keyboards can i buy with a straight, flat non-sculpted profile... i've even made a high quality picture of my demand: http://www.abload.de/thumb/keyboard-profileyss2w.gif :mrgreen: Ha. Few keyboards have a curved backplane – most use sculpted keycaps. Yo...
by Daniel Beardsmore
22 Sep 2012, 14:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 6720

Findecanor wrote:Seriously, no matter how much I like the Topre, it does feel like a rubber dome because it uses a rubber dome.
Don't forget that it has a property otherwise reserved for so-called mechanical keyboards: mid-travel actuation. No other dome board is capable of that.
by Daniel Beardsmore
22 Sep 2012, 01:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: We need a better adjective than "mechanical".
Replies: 55
Views: 6720

So you'd exclude Topre? Rubberdome isn't a bad term (includes Topre); membrane isn't a bad term (includes membrane buckling springs).
by Daniel Beardsmore
22 Sep 2012, 00:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Switch identification
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Where did you find that picture? Surely there must be a large version and a picture of the rest of the keyboard in which is found? Unless of course this is a contest in disguise and you already know!
by Daniel Beardsmore
21 Sep 2012, 22:29
Forum: News
Topic: Matias Quiet Pro Keyboard with sound-dampened ALPS switches
Replies: 62
Views: 7376

I hate marketing lies as much as the next guy, but when you're comparing a production product range to decrepit hardware from the 80s, that's just dumb. Good luck connecting a keyboard harvested from a Commodore 64 to a Windows or Macintosh computer and selling that to people! You'll need a lot more...
by Daniel Beardsmore
19 Sep 2012, 22:40
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Sony SMI-7060
Replies: 8
Views: 1223

It's funny how completely over-engineered it looks nowadays :)
by Daniel Beardsmore
19 Sep 2012, 00:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: The Oracle Answers
Replies: 1533
Views: 150675

Oh mysterious Oracle, the Focus FK 2001 has complicated or simplified white alps? Varies – here's one with blues , probably complicated blue given the duller shade of blue. IIRC the ones with Windows keys had the simplified switches. I think you'll see simplified and complicated blues and whites … ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
27 Oct 2011, 19:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Pink Vs. Orange ALPS
Replies: 47
Views: 9911

I've just checked my AT102W – white switch plate, and very visibly doesn't reach the bottom of the switch. Something gives the keys an odd force curve – there's a second tactile point after the first, at the end of the travel, but not on all of the keys. Maybe this is why I was finding the keys to h...
by Daniel Beardsmore
11 Oct 2011, 21:46
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Perhaps they should bundle those revisions in with some universal matrix wiring and switch holes that would allow ANSI and ISO to share the same circuit ;-)
by Daniel Beardsmore
09 Sep 2011, 10:30
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

how to drown in a glass of water... these are not flaws, just personal preferences. Normarily, of course, if you don't like a product, you buy a rival product that you do like. Leopold vs Cherry vs FILCO vs Noppoo for example. Now, there aren't exactly a lot of keyboards in this form factor to choo...
by Daniel Beardsmore
07 Sep 2011, 17:22
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Aw, I was really looking forward to my ISO Poker :P

D’oh.
by Daniel Beardsmore
28 Aug 2011, 22:33
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Just curious, do you all want blank, fully lettered, or front (Fn layer) legends only? The ISO demand is deeply reassuring, but I don't know about the MOQ for lettering for individual nationalities and I doubt we'd make it. I'm happy with blank, although it would be very helpful if the key fronts we...
by Daniel Beardsmore
26 Aug 2011, 22:48
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Well, if it makes you any happier, I've just ordered a 105-key Realforce (variable weight). I've been needing to try one for a long time, so here goes. Fukka white, Cherry MX brown and complicated black ALPS are all giving me no joy right now, so it's time for a change.
by Daniel Beardsmore
25 Aug 2011, 00:23
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

maybe you should stop your trolls about HHKB2 and Topre. The fact that you can't afford them should not push you to keep on calling them rubber domes, implying they are inferior to MX cherry ones, which is actually by far the opposite. Opinion varies, some people prefer them to Cherry MX, others do...
by Daniel Beardsmore
24 Aug 2011, 22:03
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

yes, and Topre switches are very expensive. Is there a good reason for this? I mean the whole point of rubberdome keyboards was to make them cheap, so I don't quite get how Topre can make a dome and a spring cost more than an ALPS switch! They must be using some really premium rubber and spring ste...
by Daniel Beardsmore
22 Aug 2011, 19:49
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Also, how about offering the boards as a kit with some or all of the switches not yet soldered into place. This would enable the user to choose between ISO and ANSI layouts. I wonder how well that would work with left shift in terms of it being either one or two keys, in such a small space, and whe...
by Daniel Beardsmore
21 Aug 2011, 15:41
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

It could be like a Majestouch Ninja, with front lettering just for the Fn layer … That would be awesome.
by Daniel Beardsmore
21 Aug 2011, 15:09
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

My technology teacher at school had an interesting name for bad solder jobs: Dolly Partons … (which applied to most of my attempted soldering) My only fear is that I won't be able to whack Esc single-handedly without losing the ` character. I've never used a PCB-mounted Cherry or ALPS so this would ...
by Daniel Beardsmore
19 Aug 2011, 20:46
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Edit: sorry, getting Esc lock and arrow lock mixed up. Esc lock is the right idea but it should be a DIP switch or programmable option.
by Daniel Beardsmore
19 Aug 2011, 14:56
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

Can they be plate mounted this time? :3 What would you consider to be a fair price for the keyboards if the redesign and retooling is taken into account? I'd be happy if the top-left key was Esc normally and ` with Fn (matches normal Windows usage with the ease of cancelling things but with the nee...
by Daniel Beardsmore
17 Aug 2011, 23:18
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

rouston wrote:but hhkb ARE mechanical capacitative switch keyboards and you cannot classify them into ruber domes as well in that case. that's just a stupid troll
I disagree, but let's keep this topic on topic :)
by Daniel Beardsmore
17 Aug 2011, 23:10
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

3x blue. Shocking that I would not get even *1* rubber dome HHKB for that money... you mean hhkb2 so a mechanical keyboard. The rubber dome is the lite... The HHKB2 still uses domes, and it doesn't have any electrical contacts. I wouldn't class it as mechanical myself. Dome keyboards aren't all bad...
by Daniel Beardsmore
17 Aug 2011, 19:32
Forum: Group buys
Topic: Interest Check - European Poker Group buy Round 2
Replies: 127
Views: 10205

(Edit: I'm mixing up Esc lock with arrow lock. The problem with Esc lock is that it's not a DIP switch setting yet the default setting is the wrong one IMO as Esc is used far more than ~ or ` in Windows and Mac OS) And would there be the option of nice PBT engraved keycaps? The stock keycaps shown f...

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