Smith Corona Leaf Springs, not that bad!


07 Oct 2020, 03:03

I recently got a Smith Corona typewriter at a thrift store for $20 and figured I'd take it home, partly for the memes and partly because...well, the switches were hilariously smooth.

So I brought it home, removed the keyboard module, cleaned it up, and was quite happy with it. Without the rubber dome sheet inside, the switches feel great. Very smooth, good weight, etc. The only problem is that with the domes, the travel feels hilariously short. Still fairly smooth or whatever.

It took me a few hours to map the matrix, but once I got it, I set up a QMK config for it and wired the board up to a Pro Micro, and it works great! I typed this entire post on it. Now I just have to figure out the second layer for my keymap and some sort of a case (or at least standoffs so I don't have to balance the board on a roll of solder).

Here is my beautiful creation:
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Let me know what you guys think. I know these switches are quite controversial, especially with one certain YouTuber, but I quite enjoy them :)

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Gotta start somewhere

07 Oct 2020, 03:22

where are the LED's?

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