IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Razerban

05 Jun 2020, 19:09

kbdfr wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 18:48
kmnov2017 wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 17:50
Razerban wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 17:06


30€ is the price for the Desko keyboard. Do you have an opinion on that one ?
If its cherry MX black, then definitely worth it...
As it has lasered caps (recognizable by the bars on the F and J keys), it will most certainly have MY switches.
Thank you for your input.

ntv242

05 Jun 2020, 20:44

Razerban wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 17:06
John Doe wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 16:56
Quite Siemens style keycaps, 30€ still okay.
30€ is the price for the Desko keyboard. Do you have an opinion on that one ?
Hey man just wanna jump in and say i have seen that board floating on ebay for ages so there definitely something that keeping it there. Be it someone already asked but the seller won't take off a cap, or the seller did and it is MY switches. So yeah my advice is to stay away from it XD

Razerban

05 Jun 2020, 22:29

ntv242 wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 20:44
Razerban wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 17:06
John Doe wrote:
05 Jun 2020, 16:56
Quite Siemens style keycaps, 30€ still okay.
30€ is the price for the Desko keyboard. Do you have an opinion on that one ?
Hey man just wanna jump in and say i have seen that board floating on ebay for ages so there definitely something that keeping it there. Be it someone already asked but the seller won't take off a cap, or the seller did and it is MY switches. So yeah my advice is to stay away from it XD
I see. I have asked the seller to remove a keycap and see what's underneath it but no answer so far.
I think I'm gonna pass on it at a second thought.
Thanks for the advice ;)

Razerban

06 Jun 2020, 10:12

Hello again!
I found this Philips keyboard on a French advertising website.
Do you if it's worth th 20€ the seller is asking ? Is it mechanical ?

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ARCTIC

08 Jun 2020, 17:00

Guys, can you help me identifying this keyboard? It looks like a Model F clone and switches look similar to Cherry MX Blacks, but im not sure. https://imgur.com/a/0mfwGOV

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Myoth

08 Jun 2020, 17:06

Razerban wrote:
06 Jun 2020, 10:12
Hello again!
I found this Philips keyboard on a French advertising website.
Do you if it's worth th 20€ the seller is asking ? Is it mechanical ?
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it is mechanical, it uses those switches : wiki/Ericsson_RMD_973_series
ARCTIC wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:00
Guys, can you help me identifying this keyboard? It looks like a Model F clone and switches look similar to Cherry MX Blacks, but im not sure. https://imgur.com/a/0mfwGOV
Probably a Chicony KB-5150, as the logo suggests

Razerban

08 Jun 2020, 17:42

Myoth wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:06
Razerban wrote:
06 Jun 2020, 10:12
Hello again!
I found this Philips keyboard on a French advertising website.
Do you if it's worth th 20€ the seller is asking ? Is it mechanical ?
Spoiler:
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it is mechanical, it uses those switches : wiki/Ericsson_RMD_973_series
ARCTIC wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:00
Guys, can you help me identifying this keyboard? It looks like a Model F clone and switches look similar to Cherry MX Blacks, but im not sure. https://imgur.com/a/0mfwGOV
Probably a Chicony KB-5150, as the logo suggests
Thank you for your answer!

ARCTIC

08 Jun 2020, 18:14

Myoth wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:06
Razerban wrote:
06 Jun 2020, 10:12
Hello again!
I found this Philips keyboard on a French advertising website.
Do you if it's worth th 20€ the seller is asking ? Is it mechanical ?
Spoiler:
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it is mechanical, it uses those switches : wiki/Ericsson_RMD_973_series
ARCTIC wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:00
Guys, can you help me identifying this keyboard? It looks like a Model F clone and switches look similar to Cherry MX Blacks, but im not sure. https://imgur.com/a/0mfwGOV
Probably a Chicony KB-5150, as the logo suggests
thanks for the answer!
do you think it has MX Blacks?

MacV2

08 Jun 2020, 18:18

(Just deleted my old thread and reposted it here. I didn't know there was a thread for it lol)
It appears to be a Brazilian made board (it's probably a rebranded board, but I'm not sure). It seems to be from 1988 ("DATA: 88"), it uses a 34-pin serial connector.
There are some pictures on the listing. I've attached the best ones here. There's a symbol stamped on the switch and probably the brand's name, but I can't make out what's written in there. I'll ask the seller to see if he can attach some better pictures on the listing.

The switch looks like the ITT ETL18, but it isn't an exact match.
wiki/ITT_ETL18

https://produto.mercadolivre.com.br/MLB ... r-db34-_JM

(I'm almost buying it to take a closer look, it's really rare to find ancient keyboards like this in Brazil and the pricing is not that bad.)
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Razerban

08 Jun 2020, 20:10

ARCTIC wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 18:14
Myoth wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:06
Razerban wrote:
06 Jun 2020, 10:12
Hello again!
I found this Philips keyboard on a French advertising website.
Do you if it's worth th 20€ the seller is asking ? Is it mechanical ?
Spoiler:
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it is mechanical, it uses those switches : wiki/Ericsson_RMD_973_series
ARCTIC wrote:
08 Jun 2020, 17:00
Guys, can you help me identifying this keyboard? It looks like a Model F clone and switches look similar to Cherry MX Blacks, but im not sure. https://imgur.com/a/0mfwGOV
Probably a Chicony KB-5150, as the logo suggests
thanks for the answer!
do you think it has MX Blacks?
The second image shows two MX blacks switches.

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arcanius

10 Jun 2020, 06:33

This keyboard was found in an industrial setting (as evidenced by its cleanliness). My girlfriend saw it and instantly knew I'd be interested in it, but she wasn't allowed to touch or pull caps.
I thought Unitek/Chicony initially, but the AEKII-like profile, relegendable caps, and the position of the lock lights is something I haven't seen before. Any ideas?

Cheers,
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PlacaFromHell

10 Jun 2020, 06:39

arcanius wrote:
10 Jun 2020, 06:33
This keyboard was found in an industrial setting (as evidenced by its cleanliness). My girlfriend saw it and instantly knew I'd be interested in it, but she wasn't allowed to touch or pull caps.
I thought Unikey/Chicony initially, but the AEKII-like profile, relegendable caps, and the position of the lock lights is something I haven't seen before. Any ideas?

Cheers,
I had the exact same keyboard. It has rubberdomes and the keycaps are not removable, so be careful.

kelvinhall05

10 Jun 2020, 15:49

Memes aside...red alps, or clone?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/383582503769

Razerban

10 Jun 2020, 16:08

kelvinhall05 wrote:
10 Jun 2020, 15:49
Memes aside...red alps, or clone?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/383582503769
The FCC ID present on the label on the keyboard's underside is: GM8MCK101SX
The product model for this keyboard is: MCK101SX.

Ortek keyboard model numbers frequently end in "SX" and "FX"; it appears that SX indicates Alps SKCL/SKCM series and later Alps SKBL/SKBM series, while FX corresponds with the use of Alps clone switches.

So I guess those are genuine Alps SKCM Orange switches ;)

ntv242

10 Jun 2020, 18:06

Pretty sure my orange alps looks nothing like that. Plus this is a clone because of 4 tabs on the side

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hellothere

10 Jun 2020, 21:33

I think I'll +1 on the clone comment.

Oddly, I'm aware of Ortek because the MCK-201 and this "MCX-201" have the same keycaps as on my NTC-6251EA (note that zero on the number pad). My keyboard has alps.tw Type T5 grey clones. Also, unless the guy in the ebay ad is much less a photographer than I am, and I take pictures barely better than my cat can, those switches look red, not orange.

With my NTC, I'm leaning toward saying that you have a model number that's in the FCC ID, but the revision number on the PCB determines what switches and mounting plate you have (in my case, "Rev. 6.0"). That could be the case for Ortek, as well.

I'm definitely not an Ortek expert, so please take it with a grain of salt. As said, I only looked up Ortek because I looked into them when I was researching my NTC.

kelvinhall05

10 Jun 2020, 21:40

hellothere wrote:
10 Jun 2020, 21:33
I think I'll +1 on the clone comment.

Oddly, I'm aware of Ortek because the MCK-201 and this "MCX-201" have the same keycaps as on my NTC-6251EA (note that zero on the number pad). My keyboard has alps.tw Type T5 grey clones. Also, unless the guy in the ebay ad is much less a photographer than I am, and I take pictures barely better than my cat can, those switches look red, not orange.

With my NTC, I'm leaning toward saying that you have a model number that's in the FCC ID, but the revision number on the PCB determines what switches and mounting plate you have (in my case, "Rev. 6.0"). That could be the case for Ortek, as well.

I'm definitely not an Ortek expert, so please take it with a grain of salt. As said, I only looked up Ortek because I looked into them when I was researching my NTC.
Agreed, they do look red, and when I originally saw the listing I figured it was likely clones cause there were no logos on the switch. Still have no idea what they are besides "clones", lol.

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hellothere

11 Jun 2020, 00:16

I've gotta say that I'm pretty happy with those grey clones. Relatively heavy weight and a nice click. If I had money to burn, I'd be happy to get the Ortek. However, unless one of the Elder Gods on this forum say that's a really rare switch that deserves the $149 price (and variable shipping price), I'd pass.

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Polecat

11 Jun 2020, 04:07

Looks like orange 4 tab clones to me. Hua Jie AK-D5 is one possibility, and the mold markings look similar, but I can't justify $149 just to find out.

Alectardy98

14 Jun 2020, 13:48

What is this guy ?
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HC514

15 Jun 2020, 16:14

Looks like ordinary rubber dome. The gold-coloured lasered lettering looks like early 2000s HP/Compaq stuff to me, although I wouldn't have pictured them doing video editing gear.

lauralouise

17 Jun 2020, 22:05

I know what this keyboard is -- (Coleco Adam) but I haven't connected it up yet and I'm wondering if anyone who's used one of these can tell me.... what on earth does the 'WILD CARD' key do???
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18 Jun 2020, 01:00


Alectardy98

21 Jun 2020, 20:12

what is this switch, its looks like alps?
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kelvinhall05

21 Jun 2020, 20:30

Acer switch I think, or that weird Alps slider/clicker over membrane that has been mentioned/spotted here before.

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ddrfraser1

21 Jun 2020, 21:50

Alectardy98 wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 20:12
what is this switch, its looks like alps?
Looks beautiful in the cream color. Is that a distinct switch or is the housing a part of the case?

4_404

22 Jun 2020, 00:18

Alectardy98 wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 20:12
what is this switch, its looks like alps?
Looks like the Tai Hao clicky spring over membrane semi mechanical switch
wiki/Tai-Hao_APC_semi-mechanical

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ddrfraser1

22 Jun 2020, 00:56

4_404 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 00:18
Alectardy98 wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 20:12
what is this switch, its looks like alps?
Looks like the Tai Hao clicky spring over membrane semi mechanical switch
wiki/Tai-Hao_APC_semi-mechanical
Cool! Anybody know if it’s any good? Would love to see a Chyros review on it one day.

4_404

22 Jun 2020, 01:37

ddrfraser1 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 00:56
4_404 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 00:18
Alectardy98 wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 20:12
what is this switch, its looks like alps?
Looks like the Tai Hao clicky spring over membrane semi mechanical switch
wiki/Tai-Hao_APC_semi-mechanical
Cool! Anybody know if it’s any good? Would love to see a Chyros review on it one day.
I have a 'Gear G2101' branded 'Type III' with one click leaf. It is genuinely the rattliest keyboard I know. Shaking it sounds like shaking a box full of springs, which is basically what it is. Typing on it sounds like typing on a box full of springs. The click is pretty light, the spring is very heavy, so it basically feels like a wobbly Cherry MY that is broken and clicks for some reason - the dead octopus analogy holds true, except this octopus is full of a bunch of crunchy bits that click when you poke it. The click is usually right at the top of the stroke, but it's pretty inconsistent. They're also scratchy, even though mine is NOS, but they don't bind at all. I got mine cheap for the caps and it's a funny board to mess around with but not something that is pleasant to use at all. The Acer switch is vastly superior. I have a typing video somewhere if I can find it.

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ddrfraser1

22 Jun 2020, 02:02

4_404 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 01:37
ddrfraser1 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 00:56
4_404 wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 00:18


Looks like the Tai Hao clicky spring over membrane semi mechanical switch
wiki/Tai-Hao_APC_semi-mechanical
Cool! Anybody know if it’s any good? Would love to see a Chyros review on it one day.
I have a 'Gear G2101' branded 'Type III' with one click leaf. It is genuinely the rattliest keyboard I know. Shaking it sounds like shaking a box full of springs, which is basically what it is. Typing on it sounds like typing on a box full of springs. The click is pretty light, the spring is very heavy, so it basically feels like a wobbly Cherry MY that is broken and clicks for some reason - the dead octopus analogy holds true, except this octopus is full of a bunch of crunchy bits that click when you poke it. The click is usually right at the top of the stroke, but it's pretty inconsistent. They're also scratchy, even though mine is NOS, but they don't bind at all. I got mine cheap for the caps and it's a funny board to mess around with but not something that is pleasant to use at all. The Acer switch is vastly superior. I have a typing video somewhere if I can find it.
Yikes

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