"Vandal-proof" K-TEK-A361-MTB trackball keyboard

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sharktastica

07 Oct 2019, 12:18

Saw this strange thing on eBay (UK). I couldn't find a previous mention of it here, so thought I'd post it.
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Photo from the listing.

The best details the listing and its manufacturer website says about the keys is that they are "carbon-on-gold" switches. It's got a 38.1mm trackball and is rated IP65. Probably the most interesting things about it for me are the web-centric keys, but those single-unit modifiers, tab, and backspace wouldn't suit me personally at all.

If you're curious, the eBay listing (I don't intend to buy it): https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/K-TEK-A361-M ... 3845680455.

And the website: http://key-tek.cn/Productview.asp?id=119. Be warned that there's pesky Adobe Flash elements on it!

Findecanor

07 Oct 2019, 12:25

Ewww. I remember those. They were part of the terminals at the local rail-way station some twenty years ago.

kmnov2017

07 Oct 2019, 12:39

Most public kiosks have some form of this metal keyboard. The key feel is horrible.

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sharktastica

07 Oct 2019, 12:48

Findecanor wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 12:25
Ewww. I remember those. They were part of the terminals at the local rail-way station some twenty years ago.
Guess I should glad I haven't came across this one yet!
kmnov2017 wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 12:39
Most public kiosks have some form of this metal keyboard. The key feel is horrible.
Interesting! I've seen something similar without the trackball a few times here in Wales (and once a trackballed one at a library I used to go to when I was young), but I thought most public terminals had long switched to touchscreens (for better or for worst). I'm relatively young (22) so I don't completely remember pre-touch age that this would have been prevalent in.

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