IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

tatsurou

28 May 2018, 21:57

1st big one is 99% IBM Model F122. Looking for others now

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snufflecat

30 May 2018, 10:01

Anyone know what type of switches these are? It's on an Olivetti M21.
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Tons of pictures here: http://www.nightfallcrew.com/gallery/olivetti-m21/

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Keybug

30 May 2018, 12:49

No doubt a variety of these.

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EvilJester

30 May 2018, 16:11

Hi. This is my first post on Deskthority. I stumbled upon these and don't know what they are. I expect rubber-domes, but at $2 each I'm picking them up no questions asked. I think the black one looks really sexy. Notice it has a weird "Macro" key next to left shift (in place where ISO boards usually have backslash). Does anyone know what it's for?

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Blaise170
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30 May 2018, 16:21

First one is definitely rubber dome. I imagine the second one probably is too, but could potentially be a surprise. My guess is Alps slider over rubber dome but I have no evidence other than a hunch.

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EvilJester

30 May 2018, 20:25

Blaise170 wrote: First one is definitely rubber dome. I imagine the second one probably is too, but could potentially be a surprise. My guess is Alps slider over rubber dome but I have no evidence other than a hunch.
Thanks for the reply. The first one is some variant of Chicony KB-2971. So yeah - normal rubber dome. It's still puzzling me though, because there is no brand mentioned anywhere on the case, plus there's that suspicious macro key.

I heard Alps sliders over domes are pretty bad, but I'll take anything with Alps compatible keycaps.

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zrrion

30 May 2018, 20:28

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I know it's a focus 2001, but is there any way to tell which switches are in there? It uses a din5 connector if that helps.

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Blaise170
ALPS キーボード

30 May 2018, 20:30

EvilJester wrote: Thanks for the reply. The first one is some variant of Chicony KB-2971. So yeah - normal rubber dome. It's still puzzling me though, because there is no brand mentioned anywhere on the case, plus there's that suspicious macro key.

I heard Alps sliders over domes are pretty bad, but I'll take anything with Alps compatible keycaps.
Chicony was (and still is) a huge OEM provider, so it's likely that it's just a generic keyboard for a generic PC. Alps slider feel depends, I can think of at least 3 different types of Alps sliders and they all feel different.

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EvilJester

30 May 2018, 22:37

zrrion wrote: I know it's a focus 2001, but is there any way to tell which switches are in there? It uses a din5 connector if that helps.

According to the wiki, it uses Hua-Tie clones of clicky Alps.

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Keybug

30 May 2018, 22:47

EvilJester wrote: I stumbled upon these and don't know what they are. I expect rubber-domes.
The second one is a Chicony 5311 - an okay rubber dome board.

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Blaise170
ALPS キーボード

31 May 2018, 00:37

EvilJester wrote:
zrrion wrote: I know it's a focus 2001, but is there any way to tell which switches are in there? It uses a din5 connector if that helps.

According to the wiki, it uses Hua-Tie clones of clicky Alps.
The FK-2001 can also uncommonly be found with both blue and white Alps.

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EvilJester

31 May 2018, 06:39

Blaise170 wrote: The FK-2001 can also uncommonly be found with both blue and white Alps.
This one has Windows keys though, so no genuine Alps.
Keybug wrote: The second one is a Chicony 5311 - an okay rubber dome board.
You're right. Thanks.

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zrrion

31 May 2018, 08:17

I know focus went through a bunch of different changes to that keeb, and was hoping that someone knew what kind of switch happened after windows keys but before ps2. reading the wiki more closely it looks like there are only 2 possibilities and none of them are alps. Should still be a god board either way.

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kbdfr
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31 May 2018, 09:05

zrrion wrote: […] keeb […]
I wonder how headphone nerds abbreviate their stuff: "hephs"?
And people who are into Barbie dolls: "barbs"?

And are other aficionados to be pitied for not being able to differentiate themselves from the common mortal,
who also calls a screen a screen, a watch a watch and a shoe a shoe?

andrewjoy

31 May 2018, 15:17

kbdfr wrote:
zrrion wrote: […] keeb […]
I wonder how headphone nerds abbreviate their stuff: "hephs"?
And people who are into Barbie dolls: "barbs"?

And are other aficionados to be pitied for not being able to differentiate themselves from the common mortal,
who also calls a screen a screen, a watch a watch and a shoe a shoe?

I want to know how the washing machine guys do it!

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Blaise170
ALPS キーボード

31 May 2018, 15:19

kbdfr wrote:
zrrion wrote: […] keeb […]
I wonder how headphone nerds abbreviate their stuff: "hephs"?
And people who are into Barbie dolls: "barbs"?

And are other aficionados to be pitied for not being able to differentiate themselves from the common mortal,
who also calls a screen a screen, a watch a watch and a shoe a shoe?
To be fair, a lot of audiophiles call them "cans" but I also can't stand that nickname. :twisted:

andrewjoy

31 May 2018, 15:22

Many people call them that in the pro space too , but usually only for proper closed sutdio monitoring headphones.

No beats by dre crap.

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zrrion

31 May 2018, 17:05

I just think it sounds neat.

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elecplus

31 May 2018, 22:21

What switch please?
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chip chop

31 May 2018, 23:50

Looks very much like the ones used on the Sony Hitbit MSX2 - Its a SMK made switch/board - dome with slider capacitative switch.

https://youtu.be/uf6LRVGjK6E?t=8m25s

rich1051414

01 Jun 2018, 08:52

"Cans" are short for closed back headphones, which are meant for monitoring. Doesn't apply to open backs meant for listening :)

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Felima

06 Jun 2018, 09:07

Hello everyone I am new to mechanical keyboards and I found a guy selling some keyboards for very cheap price. I don't have many pictures of the keyboards but maybe you could help me identifying what they are. Thank you
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Myoth

06 Jun 2018, 09:16

this is a chicony rubber dome, I don't remember the article name though

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Felima

06 Jun 2018, 09:46

Aw that's unfortunate but thank you for help. I found one more keyboard. It's from IPC. I've never heard of this company. Here I am sending a pic. Could it be mechanical?


Also I am sending one more keyboard because I don't want to miss any deal.
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ScottPaladin

06 Jun 2018, 15:49

Spotted this at an estate sale near me.

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Those look like rubber domes to me. Am I wrong?

andrewjoy

06 Jun 2018, 16:22

That bottom one looks a bit like a dell quiet key ( a decent RD) but i could be wrong its not the best photo.

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JP!

08 Jun 2018, 21:12

A contact of mine sent me some pictures of some interesting finds. What do you guys think? Some of the stuff is a bit too big and heavy for me to take though but the keyboards look nice but I don't know anything about them.
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Blaise170
ALPS キーボード

08 Jun 2018, 21:30

I'm not able to identify most of them but I'd be that most of them are mechanical. They look sweet!

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JP!

08 Jun 2018, 21:31

Blaise170 wrote: I'm not able to identify most of them but I'd be that most of them are mechanical. They look sweet!
So much for downsizing ;)

cnrmsn

08 Jun 2018, 22:47

webwit wrote: I had one of those. Had vintage MX blues.

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is that a lexmark model m on the right?

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