IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

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Polecat

02 Oct 2022, 23:36

guidemetothelight wrote:
02 Oct 2022, 22:41

Impressive , thank you.
Since iam limiting my collection to Alps , MX , One Model M & hopefully some topre in the future, not for me.
Datacomp, like Chicony, has a history of using different switches in the same keyboard design. They used a different model number or suffix to indicate that, but we don't have a model number on this one. There were other Datacomp 500-series keyboards that aren't in the wiki, so there is a chance of that one having Alps switches. But physically the only documented match is the DFK-501F.

edit: changed DFK-501 to DFK-501F. Searching for a DFK-501A or DFK-502A, the likely model numbers for Alps versions, gives no matches. Later Datacomps used a different model number with no switch suffix, like DFK-121/DFK-191 for Futaba/Alps.
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hellothere

03 Oct 2022, 00:42

guidemetothelight wrote:
02 Oct 2022, 22:41

Since i am limiting my collection to Alps , MX , One Model M & hopefully some topre in the future, not for me.
While I can't fault a limitation like that, Futaba MA is pretty decent. If you can get one with MX-style stems, so much the better. They do feel a bit like Alps plate spring, because they ... are plate spring. I think the Alps plate springs feel a bit better, but I've really enjoyed the Futaba MA keyboards I've owned.

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guidemetothelight

03 Oct 2022, 21:21

Polecat wrote:
02 Oct 2022, 23:36
Datacomp, like Chicony, has a history of using different switches in the same keyboard design.
Interesting ! Thanks for sharing. I wont go for the board, if someone wants the link to it , ill gladly post it here :)

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guidemetothelight

03 Oct 2022, 21:22

hellothere wrote:
03 Oct 2022, 00:42
While I can't fault a limitation like that, Futaba MA is pretty decent.
I just have to start shrinking down my keyboard collection. I came to the realization that i dont need 50 boards , maybe just 10 really good ones :D

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Muirium
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03 Oct 2022, 22:47

And 4 spares for each of them. ;)

Honestly, prioritise Topre. If that doesn’t ruin you on all other keyboards, then give Model F a chance. A Model M in an exclusive rroster like that is a waste.

There are other classics too, and new things once again. But yes Topre first.

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guidemetothelight

04 Oct 2022, 08:11

Muirium wrote:
03 Oct 2022, 22:47
And 4 spares for each of them. ;)
Jep , same reasoning. ;) Just need to convince my girlfriend that this is the case. :D
Muirium wrote:
03 Oct 2022, 22:47
Honestly, prioritise Topre. If that doesn’t ruin you on all other keyboards, then give Model F a chance. A Model M in an exclusive rroster like that is a waste.
I dont think i can justify a 400+Euro Keyboard right now, cause iam one of the younger people here in that sub and money is always a bit tight.Sadly thats the lowest i´ve seen a model f in germany. But i badly want to have one in the future. I do gotta say, typing on the Model M is quite nice, i dont (yet) get why people on this sub dislike it so much. But like i said, never had a Model F.
Muirium wrote:
03 Oct 2022, 22:47
There are other classics too, and new things once again. But yes Topre first.
So many cool boards, so little closet space :D
I own a BTC Dome with slider board which Chyro described as the poor mans topre, it is ok but nothing that blew me away.

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Muirium
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04 Oct 2022, 11:13

Well, I'm not exactly minted, either, but I'm patient. I've never spent anything like €400 on a board and surely never will. The way to get into Model F is to find an XT. I sold mine for £150 last year to Anachronism in person: he had fun cleaning it out after my old cat was done with it! The XT will absolutely ruin you on M. F is so clearly what they were aiming for, and all M can do is try and fail, like an anxious younger brother trapped in his shadow. Better layouts on M, though.

Unless an XT comes into your sights—there are surprisingly many of them out there—I'd aim for Topre. I've only a handful of them myself, and they're all right at the high end of my favourite keyboards. Again, patience will score you one for a reasonable price. This winter I got my second HHKB, new in box for less than a Unicomp. Absolutely delighted with it! Though yes, I went and ordered a Bluetooth controller from Hasu before it even arrived, which pushed the total price up a fair bit; but you really don't have to. ;)

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guidemetothelight

18 Oct 2022, 15:04

Muirium wrote:
04 Oct 2022, 11:13
...I'd aim for Topre. I've only a handful of them myself, and they're all right at the high end of my favourite keyboards. Again, patience will score you one for a reasonable price. This winter I got my second HHKB, new in box for less than a Unicomp.
As if it was destiny (or something lol) i got a very good deal on a NIB HHKB2 yesterday , ordered it on the spot
Muirium wrote:
04 Oct 2022, 11:13
Though yes, I went and ordered a Bluetooth controller from Hasu before it even arrived, which pushed the total price up a fair bit; but you really don't have to. ;)
Might need to do that too & some mx sliders while we are at it :?

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Muirium
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19 Oct 2022, 21:08

:ugeek: Congratulations. Welcome to the executive suite. ;)

I absolutely swear by Hasu’s controller. Superbly professional piece of kit. Even puts the stock controller to shame!

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Bluetooth is transformative for me. Love it on HHKB Pro 2. They’re a classic board without it, but Hasu really makes them sing.

As for MX sliders in an HHKB: I’ve never tried it. Intriguing idea, but I’ve a Novatouch for MX dress-up like that. The HHKB is harder because of that 6.0 unit spacebar. 6.25 just won’t fit.

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Muirium
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19 Oct 2022, 21:11

Back on topic:

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Yes, Empire of the Sun, but what about that tape console system he’s so not playing the monitor isn’t even on?

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Muirium
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22 Oct 2022, 20:08

Result from my nerdy brother: Amstrad CPC464

https://www.retrogamer.net/profiles/har ... d-cpc-464/

John Doe

23 Oct 2022, 09:14

May someone know what this board is?
Spoiler:
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Lalaland124

23 Oct 2022, 21:34

John Doe wrote:
23 Oct 2022, 09:14
May someone know what this board is?
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What a beauty! Don't know about the board but screams green alps to me.

John Doe

24 Oct 2022, 00:36

Lalaland124 wrote:
23 Oct 2022, 21:34
John Doe wrote:
23 Oct 2022, 09:14
May someone know what this board is?
Spoiler:
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What a beauty! Don't know about the board but screams green alps to me.
Yeah, green or yellow is aswell my guessing but this is the only pic I have about it, sadge

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guidemetothelight

25 Oct 2022, 11:11

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Anyone have any Info about possible Switch Type ?
Some kind of Yakumo branded Chicony Board ? They are notorious for using a lot of different switches in their boards.
Thanks in Advance

davkol

25 Oct 2022, 12:31

GYUR31SK is Silitek (GYU), my guess is rubber dome.

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guidemetothelight

25 Oct 2022, 14:08

davkol wrote:
25 Oct 2022, 12:31
GYUR31SK is Silitek (GYU), my guess is rubber dome.
:) thx

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guidemetothelight

19 Nov 2022, 11:25

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What could that be ? :)
looks kinda like something siemens would build

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guidemetothelight

19 Nov 2022, 11:27

Got one more:
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Polecat

19 Nov 2022, 16:27

guidemetothelight wrote:
19 Nov 2022, 11:27
Got one more:

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Monterey K9 variant, with DEC layout (probably what the -D suffix stands for). Only the second one I've seen. Switches could be blue or green Alps, Mitsumi miniature, or something different.

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OleVoip

20 Nov 2022, 22:39

guidemetothelight wrote:
19 Nov 2022, 11:25
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ACS keyboard with Siemens STB11 switches, like this one,
wiki/ACS_AN90

79f0167

22 Nov 2022, 01:40

John Doe wrote:
23 Oct 2022, 09:14
May someone know what this board is?
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hellothere

22 Nov 2022, 02:45

79f0167 wrote:
22 Nov 2022, 01:40
John Doe wrote:
23 Oct 2022, 09:14
May someone know what this board is?
Spoiler:
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I don't think I've seen a keyboard with pine black Alps. Nice find.

engr

22 Nov 2022, 03:05

hellothere wrote:
22 Nov 2022, 02:45
I don't think I've seen a keyboard with pine black Alps. Nice find.
There was one specific version of Bigfoot that had them, it pops up on eBay every once in a while. Looks like there is one available right now.
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Polecat

22 Nov 2022, 03:22

hellothere wrote:
22 Nov 2022, 02:45

I don't think I've seen a keyboard with pine black Alps. Nice find.
I have a NeXT with pine black Alps. They're clean but they feel terrible. Very inconsistent, and lots of binding. Some of them literally squeak. I had planned to buy a Drakware converter for it, but they've been out of stock for a while now. Plus I'd have to change the switches, and the layout isn't great. So it'll probably become a cap donor like the first one I had.

John Doe

24 Nov 2022, 09:10

Does anyone have any clue about this beamers' info after so long period?
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New_User1

24 Nov 2022, 11:59

Any thoughts?
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UPD. I forgot to mention - there is a Siemens logo on the back side.
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guidemetothelight

24 Nov 2022, 13:08

New_User1 wrote:
24 Nov 2022, 11:59
Any thoughts?
Looks like something out of a portable / luggable pc ...

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Muirium
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24 Nov 2022, 13:42

One with particularly idiosyncratic opinions about user interface. Note the Zoom key where Tab should be, and Window Select above it.

With Scroll Lock and the like in attendance, it's mostly a PC keyboard but definitely not quite.

ThePipersSon13

27 Nov 2022, 12:21

Hey all really struggling to figure out what this is. https://imgur.com/a/yk9pz7B
My only thought is I don't think I have ever seen a keycap with a Spade on it.
Cheers in advance.

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