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IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:07
by Prelim
Hi guys,

I've search the forum but I can't find a thread for keyboards identification... so I thought the best was to create one by myself.

Here's the first one since I have no clue of what it is:
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Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:11
by elecplus
Does it say Burroughs on the back? or any kind of ID number?

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:17
by ramnes
No idea, but it sure looks nice. Reminds me those Nixdorf Soft Touch boards layout.

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:19
by wheybags
Looks like an SDL plug on the cable, anyway

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:25
by Redmaus
Could we see the back and switches?

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:42
by Prelim
I've no more photos since the keyboard isn't mine, just saw it in an advertisement.

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:45
by elecplus
Seems like there is one of these upstairs. I can check Fri or Sat.

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 01:47
by Prelim
thanks @elecplus, aparently it's a Burroughs Keyboard Model No.B-25 K21. same as this: http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Burroughs-Keyboa ... 1158255461

what switches does it have?

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 02:00
by webwit
http://inrussia.us/index.php?option=com ... 1031575609
Slightly different version, but maybe same switches?

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 02:14
by Findecanor
elecplus wrote: Does it say Burroughs on the back? or any kind of ID number?
Yes! There are a few on eBay. Burroughs B-25 Terminal.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Burroughs-B25-T ... 1031575609
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Burroughs-Keyboa ... 1158255461

Keyboard switches seem to be rubber sleeve with slider, as the keyboard in this thread.

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 02:44
by elecplus
Prelim wrote: thanks @elecplus, aparently it's a Burroughs Keyboard Model No.B-25 K21. same as this: http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Burroughs-Keyboa ... 1158255461

what switches does it have?
If you look back through the threads, this is one of the early ones I posted.

Posted: 08 Apr 2015, 20:11
by XMIT
Pretty sure I took one of these home or something very much like it. Rubber sleeve with slider. But - the slider is an ITW/Cortron magnetic valve switch! Or as I call it, "poor man's Hall effect".

It has a nice tactile feel.

Posted: 12 Apr 2015, 21:42
by acolombo
Does someone recognize this keyboard?

Posted: 12 Apr 2015, 21:47
by photekq
That's a G80-1000HAU, G81-1000HAU or a similar variant :)

Nice doubleshot keycaps. If it's G80, it will be MX. Possibly NKRO, otherwise 2KRO. Definitely worth buying depending upon condition. Keycaps are worth around $100+ if in mint condition.

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 01:04
by acolombo
photekq wrote: That's a G80-1000HAU, G81-1000HAU or a similar variant :)

Nice doubleshot keycaps. If it's G80, it will be MX. Possibly NKRO, otherwise 2KRO. Definitely worth buying depending upon condition. Keycaps are worth around $100+ if in mint condition.
Thanks for the good news, it's in its way to my house also with this one:
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But I don't think this is also as relevant as the 1000HAU. Can you recognize also this one?

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 10:46
by Prelim
seems like cheap rubber dome to me!

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 12:50
by acolombo
Prelim wrote:seems like cheap rubber dome to me!
Well, for the price I paid one out of two is still very very good.

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 13:16
by andrewjoy
Some rubber domes can be ok if they are well built, topre are pretty good i hear. :P

But in all seriousness, standard domes can be ok some IBM boards that are rubber dome are quite nice, as are some older compaq.

I think having sliders above the dome can help, again if well designed.

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 13:25
by seebart
hehe I love when people remind me that Topre is the most expensive dome in the world. Another nice example is Fujitsu peerless which is more like a hybrid rubber dome.

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 15:22
by XMIT
I have a Coleco ADAM keyboard that is surprisingly nice. It also uses sliders over domes. It will be much nicer once cleaned and lubricated. :-D

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 21:21
by Chyros
seebart wrote: hehe I love when people remind me that Topre is the most expensive dome in the world. Another nice example is Fujitsu peerless which is more like a hybrid rubber dome.
Heheheh :p .

I haven't tried Topre yet, but it's got a pretty loyal following at least. Dome with slider designs like those of Fujitsu (including Peerless), NMB, BTC, Monterey, Alps, Acer, or even Key Tronic (who are supposedly pretty good with domes) - when's the last time you heard anyone say "Yeah, those are REALLY good, I really like that one"?

Posted: 13 Apr 2015, 23:02
by ramnes
Chyros wrote:
seebart wrote: hehe I love when people remind me that Topre is the most expensive dome in the world. Another nice example is Fujitsu peerless which is more like a hybrid rubber dome.
Heheheh :p .

I haven't tried Topre yet, but it's got a pretty loyal following at least. Dome with slider designs like those of Fujitsu (including Peerless), NMB, BTC, Monterey, Alps, Acer, or even Key Tronic (who are supposedly pretty good with domes) - when's the last time you heard anyone say "Yeah, those are REALLY good, I really like that one"?
Olivetti domes are teh shit

Posted: 14 Apr 2015, 04:23
by 002
ramnes wrote: Olivetti domes are teh shit
Amen. Shame that they're not exactly abundant, at least not in US ANSI layout.
I think a large part of the reason they feel good is the keycaps too. On the ANK-25 series at least, the caps are very nice thick PBT dye-subs, and the whole board is really solid and well-made, although I would hate for something to go wrong with the membrane as it doesn't look easy to get to.

Was the recent meetup your first time trying Olivetti domes, ramnes? (nice pics btw :))

Posted: 14 Apr 2015, 05:21
by Muirium
Caps make the switch. Even more so for domes. But just try telling that to people who haven't felt the effect for themselves. It's one of those makes-little-sense-objectively factors that keyboards, and all tactile things, are really about.

I haven't tried Olivetti domes. But I can certainly vouch for this effect on the NovaTouch and (with Mr. Interface's adapters) my Monterey SMK board. Thick caps and tall caps add different things to the keyfeel, in a pretty big way in fact. They'll easily overpower a spring swap.

Posted: 19 Apr 2015, 23:37
by ramnes
What is this ?

Posted: 20 Apr 2015, 04:16
by Touch_It
That looks something like a Futaba MX mount switch but I haven't seen a slider that color before. Also I don't know enough info about the different variants to say for sure unfortunately.

Posted: 20 Apr 2015, 09:52
by Chyros
Touch_It wrote: That looks something like a Futaba MX mount switch but I haven't seen a slider that color before. Also I don't know enough info about the different variants to say for sure unfortunately.
It's not; Futabas aren't as flat at the base. It's either a different generation, or it's a completely different switch. I've never seen one like that before and couldn't find it under MX mounts in the wiki either.

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Posted: 21 Apr 2015, 11:37
by acolombo
Image I've found this in my local listings. Could it be mechanical? Do you recognize it?

Posted: 21 Apr 2015, 11:47
by 002
Might be! Looks like a Chicony board with the crappy tiny backspace and fat-ass enter :)

Looks similar to this one: http://mmc.bolha.com/0/image/135899/138 ... 517084.jpg

Posted: 21 Apr 2015, 12:33
by webwit
I had one of those. Had vintage MX blues.

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