IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

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chuckdee

20 Aug 2018, 11:51

Someone on another site I'm on just bought this one:

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What is it?

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Myoth

20 Aug 2018, 12:03

unicomp Model M 122

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DatOtherJosh

22 Aug 2018, 04:56

Any ideas what switches this keyboard have? The machine is a Panasonic w1505
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Griff2142

22 Aug 2018, 19:27

Hi there. Can anyone identify this board? It's an AT/XT switchable board with no branding or model number and Mitsumi KLT-11 switches.
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Myoth

22 Aug 2018, 19:54

Looks like a Chicony KB-5160

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Mattelec

23 Aug 2018, 11:18

Found this old Canon kb, with maybe Blue Alps. Anyone know the model?
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Blaise170
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23 Aug 2018, 14:06

Not offhand, but that's a nice find. I'll have to keep my eyes open for similar boards.

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 10:57

Hi I recently found this keyboard and I need help with identifying. It's screenshot from internet so I can only work with the photos. There isn't any any kind of branding on it either. Thank you
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Muirium
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25 Aug 2018, 12:12

I’m notoriously bad at IDs, so I won’t guess. Those caps look to have a crazy profile, however, which makes me curious. The big old DIN AT cable is a good sign, as are the stepped mods. And look at that 7 key. Mounted upside down, presumably been taken off and put back on wrong by mistake.

If it weren’t for that key, something about the look of the board says NMB Space Invaders to me. But I don’t think the caps can go on upside down. And I’m honest, I’m terrible at ID!

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 12:16

Oh wow I didn't notice the upside down keycap if you wouldn't point that out. I'll get it alongside with qtronix Mistsumi miniature mechanical. It really looks interesting and I don't think I've ever seen such strange looking keyboard. Thank you

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Muirium
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25 Aug 2018, 12:19

Yellow Mitsumis are a neat idea but a lousy switch in practice. Bindiest keyboards I’ve ever used. Make sure not to pay much for that one! The mystery keyboard is way more interesting.

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 12:20

It's 40$ for both keyboards combined. Do you think that's a good price for them?

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Muirium
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25 Aug 2018, 12:44

Could be. Depends on shipping, I suppose. The mystery board is the one you want. The Mitsumi will feel lousy, guaranteed. Those switches are #2 in the Top 10 worst switches of all time list by Chyros, if you fancy a chuckle!

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 12:46

I'll collect the best and worst keyboards. The shipping is included with the 40$

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Muirium
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25 Aug 2018, 13:15

We’ll see about the “best” bit! But there’s a couple of good signs about that mysterious one. It just might be quite nice. Fingers crossed you get one for both your best and worst collection goals!

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 13:18

Aw thank you so much. At first I thought that my IBM model F will be endgame but nope. There's one more keyboard where I will just pay shipping and it's mine. It's DTK computer with (probably) alps mount doubleshots

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Blaise170
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25 Aug 2018, 13:57

This is just a guess, but the second board looks rubber dome to me.

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 14:07

I asked to seller to pop off the keycap and show me. We'll see what will see what it is soon

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Felima

25 Aug 2018, 23:15

I also found this keyboard. It has no branding and no one knows what it is
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davkol

26 Aug 2018, 20:29

It's probably the Copam K-425 as the other picture in that auction suggested. I haven't found anything about it, but there are other models, such as K-430 that look good.

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Keybug

28 Aug 2018, 19:24

Christ, I wish everyone would just stop bashing Mitsumi miniature switches and just can-spray some lube on the tops of the switches / sliders, wiggle them up and down a bit and they're good to go. Some of the very best tactile switches with some of the fastest touch typing potential out there IMHO - especially whites and greens, I don't like yellows quite as much.

Muirium wrote: Yellow Mitsumis are a neat idea but a lousy switch in practice. Bindiest keyboards I’ve ever used. Make sure not to pay much for that one! The mystery keyboard is way more interesting.

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Muirium
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28 Aug 2018, 19:34

Go on then: what lube? And how to get it in there? Should I try a good mist of general door hinge spray?

Because they truly are miserable as they come. I wanted to like them. Beardsmore got my hopes up with a handful of loose switches—which feel so promising—only for the keyboard itself to hammer that illusion like nothing else I’ve experienced in keyboard form! It was such a disappointment (and I’ve had a few, including several miniature Mitsumis now). I’ve honesly nothing to compare it to in keyboarding. I knew MX brown was shite the moment I tried a loose switch. But this? So wrong!

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Keybug

28 Aug 2018, 19:41

Any silicon based spray will do, WD-40 for example. Just remove the caps and spray each switch from above - no more binding, guaranteed. Now, this may cause some problems with dust gathering in the lube long-term (talking years of use), but it's a great short-term fix.

I've done hundreds, if not thousands of typing speed runs with all kinds of switches (many more than listed here) on 10fastfingers and green / white Mitsumis are in / near the top five of all times with comparatively few attempts:
108 WPM Kailh Box Royal (106 1m, 102 1m, 102 1m, 100 1m, 100 1m, 99 1m, 99, 98, 97 1m, 97 1m, 97)

106 WPM Compaq Eraze-Ease RD (105 1m, 102, 99 1m, 98), Mitsumi miniature green (103, 100 1m, 99, 97 4m)

105 WPM Matias Ergo Pro (1m, 103 2m, 102 1m, 100 4m, 99, 96), Cherry vintage MX black (1m, 105 2m, 104 2m, 103, 102 1m, 101, 100 2m, 100 1m, 100, 99, 97 1m, 97, 97), [35g Kailh box brown (1m, 101 1m, 100 1m, 100, 99 1m, 99 1m, 99, 98, 98 1m, 97, 97, 96, 96 2m, 96 1m, 96 1m)]

104 WPM Mitsumi miniature white (101 1m, 99 1m, 98 3m, 97), Cherry MX blue Mist Barocco o-rings (102 1m, 102, 100, 99, 98, 98, 98, 97, 97, 97, 97), Cherry MX Brown (103 1m, 101, 101, 99, 99, 99 1m, 98, 98, 98), Cherry MX Clear G80-3000 / Vortex Race (104 1m, 103, 103, 102, 102, 102, 101, 101 1m, 100 3m, 100 1 m, 100, 100 3m, 99, 99 1m, 99 2m, 98, 98, 98, 98, 97, 97, 97 1m, 96, 96 1m)

Kankurou1010

29 Aug 2018, 11:20

Found this yesterday. Has Futaba MA41 switches and a 5 pin DIN connector. Anyone know anything about it? Possible year?
It has all they keys except the left ctrl; took the pic while pulling keycaps off (which are doubleshot).
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xxhellfirexx

29 Aug 2018, 12:34

Kankurou1010 wrote: Found this yesterday. Has Futaba MA41 switches and a 5 pin DIN connector. Anyone know anything about it? Possible year?
It has all they keys except the left ctrl; took the pic while pulling keycaps off (which are doubleshot).

wiki/Sejin_Electron_EAT-1010
According to the wiki, they were made sometime around 1993.

Kankurou1010

29 Aug 2018, 19:07

wiki/Sejin_Electron_EAT-1010
According to the wiki, they were made sometime around 1993.
Thanks man!

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PlacaFromHell

31 Aug 2018, 01:32

What's this? :?

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Tomatt

31 Aug 2018, 15:17

I have looked across the entire internet for information on this keyboard, or even a picture of it, but I cannot seem to find one. I identified one of the chips on the board as a Schmitt trigger, which leads me to believe that it's a Hall Effect keyboard. Can anyone tell me more about it?
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Chyros

31 Aug 2018, 15:59

That's an inductive keyboard.

Very interesting, I didn't know LE had them. What's the model number of that keyboard?

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Tomatt

01 Sep 2018, 04:41

Chyros wrote: That's an inductive keyboard.

Very interesting, I didn't know LE had them. What's the model number of that keyboard?
The FCC ID is DJ268K8815K, and the only other label on the back (which I assume to be the model number) is E001758.

Some additional info on this keyboard: It has an NEC chip dating back to 12/07/83, and the switches have cross-mount stems which are a little bit larger than Cherry's. The PCB appears to be made by a company called Keytek, and when you look up the FCC ID, it yields the following phrase: "The use of a non-shielded keyboard connection cable is prohibited". This thing is quite shrouded in mystery and improper archiving.

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