SHARP X68000

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Blaise170
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SHARP X68000

Unread post by Blaise170 » 13 Feb 2016, 18:06

I created a new page for the [wiki]Sharp X68000[/wiki]. I tried adding as much information as I know about them to the wiki, but if anyone has some photographs or similar that would be very helpful in making it complete. :)

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Unread post by seebart » 13 Feb 2016, 18:11

Thanks, I found this just now, hasu might let us use his pics for our wiki.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=29060.0

http://imgur.com/a/N1yMX

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Unread post by Blaise170 » 13 Feb 2016, 19:18

I borrowed an image from Wikipedia since it was licensed under Creative Commons, I'll have to see about asking Hasu to use his images

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Unread post by ohaimark » 13 Feb 2016, 19:19

Hasn't Hasu been absent from the keyboard world for a while?

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Unread post by Blaise170 » 13 Feb 2016, 19:33

Nah Hasu is still active. He was just on GH a few hours ago.

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alh84001
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Unread post by alh84001 » 04 Jul 2016, 19:02

@blaise, any chance of a (mini)-review of these? And how they compare to the usual Alps suspects - northgates, bigfoots, aeks?

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Unread post by Blaise170 » 04 Jul 2016, 23:01

Pretty busy these days but as a quick thought they are some of the best Alps boards I've owned. I'm pretty sure they are 100% Alps made.

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Unread post by terrycherry » 06 Jul 2016, 05:07

Great job, fellow.

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Unread post by Chyros » 06 Jul 2016, 10:40

Blaise170 wrote: Pretty busy these days but as a quick thought they are some of the best Alps boards I've owned. I'm pretty sure they are 100% Alps made.
Probably, I spoke to an Alps employee who had been making keyboards in the 90s and he mentioned they made Sharp keyboards in their Milton Keynes plant.

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Unread post by alh84001 » 05 Nov 2016, 22:04

Here are soma potato pics of mine. Unfortunately, I still haven't gotten the 7pin mini DIN connectors so I can make proper converters, so I couldn't have a typing session with them, but from just handling them around, they seem like really nice boards. Layout is a bit weird, but I don't think there would be many problems with getting used to it, except with that additional key to the left of right shift.

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These pics were taken before they were cleaned, so excuse the dust, especially visible on black board.
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The keycaps are doubleshot ABS, except for the ones with LED cutouts. I guess these are pad-printed?
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Two top left keys (BREAK and COPY) are really heavy. They have an SKCM switch that I dubbed Heavy Cream. I'll need to make a wiki entry for it.
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That bottom pic has a mix of 16x nickels (5g), 2x 1HRK (5g), 3x quarter (5.6g), 1x 5HRK (7.5g) - so that's about ~115g, and it was close to bottoming out, but not there yet.

As for SKCL greens and SKCL yellows
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Second pic is blurry, but there are two nickels more on SKCL yellow than on SKCL green.

I actually got two DSETK0016CE01 boards, and the other one has a tiny bit of a yellowing tint, but it also has that legend below the spacebar and it has some really nice stickers on the front side of the keys.
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I also got the DSETK0024CE00 model. It's a real beauty of a keyboard
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There's just one "minor" issue - due to NMB switches it is an absolutely horrendous typing experience
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Unread post by Blaise170 » 31 Jan 2018, 21:00

Yuck, I've had that keyboard with NMB switches as well. Nasty switches those. Fortunately the secondhand X68K market in the US is great for resale, as I still managed to resell my NMB model for over $100.

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Unread post by alh84001 » 12 Apr 2018, 17:27

I thought I got stuck with a ~$150 paperweight, but it didn't take long after I put it on ebay to see it snagged by someone in Switzerland, for a small profit to boot. So no complaints there :)

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