Honeywell D3013 / Grid Compass

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seebart
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10 Aug 2017, 19:12

This is a keyboard unit for a laptop, I've never seen the laptop though. It uses tactile Micro Switch ST Series switches which I had not tried up to this point. I must say these slider over rubber dome switches are very nice, for domes that is.
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The travel of the switch is smooth with the tactility crisp at the same time, no mushieness at all. For me these compare to Torpe domes surspassing BTC domes in terms of feel.

More about the Micro Switch ST Series switch: wiki/Micro_Switch_ST_Series
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The Honeywell label reads 40th week of 1989 as the production date.
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I have no idea why three swiches have the white housing the keyweight feels the same to me. Notice how there are different number/letter combinations on the top of the slider but all these swtiches have the same keyweight.
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The main unit with the domes is fixed to the plate which sandwiches the membrane via small metal hinges.
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Excellent spacebar stabilization with two switches on either side and that solid metal bar.
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Since the laptop layout is cramped they opted for colored sub legdens making the keycaps quite nice in this case. There are white, yellow, red and turquoise ledgends. The keycaps have a nice texture to them.
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Last edited by seebart on 10 Aug 2017, 22:24, edited 4 times in total.

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zslane

10 Aug 2017, 19:15

Nice double-shots. Too bad they aren't spherical...

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seebart
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10 Aug 2017, 19:17

zslane wrote: Nice double-shots. Too bad they aren't spherical...
Double and tripple shots, and yes these are from a post spherical era.

Engicoder

10 Aug 2017, 21:56

This came from a Grid Compass laptop did it not? I've been hoping someone would come up with one of these! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Triple shot keycaps!!

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seebart
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10 Aug 2017, 22:22

Engicoder wrote: This came from a Grid Compass laptop did it not?
Ugh, your right thanks for the info! Here we go:
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More infos on the laptop:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_Compass

http://www.rugged-portable.com/history- ... d-compass/

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Techno Trousers
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11 Aug 2017, 03:00

Dayum, those triple shots are gorgeous. If only they still made caps like those.

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joebeazelman

18 Nov 2020, 08:35

Wow! Amazing multishot keycaps. No expense spared for tax funded military contracts.

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