[Call for nominees] Best regular keyboard 2012

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Wild Duck

23 Nov 2012, 21:20

Please suggest nominees for the Best regular keyboard or keyboard family in 2012. Only full size keyboards. You have to give a short motivation for each suggestion. It is not a requirement that the keyboard was released in 2012. If you think a vintage keyboard was the best, you can suggest it.

Current suggestions (this list is frequently updated):

IBM Model F family
Cherry G80-3000
Cherry G80-1800
Cherry G80-2551
Ducky Shine
IBM Model M

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23 Nov 2012, 21:25

Model F 122-key. Layout that's still useful 29 years later, durable construction (except the top case), one of the best feeling keyboards ever, and extremely useful with Soarer's converter.

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The Beard

24 Nov 2012, 09:19

Cherry G80-3000...the standard. Still one of my first recommendations to anyone wanting to get into mechanical keyboards.

Cherry g80-1800...my absolute favorite "full-size", everything is there, but it is still compact. I really wish there were more keyboards that took this kind of an approach.


24 Nov 2012, 17:34

Model F XT - noisy, crisp feedback, completely remappable thanks to Soarer's excellent converter and relatively small distance between main section and mouse.

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24 Nov 2012, 23:48

G80-2551 for the switches, the smooth blackes and the case!


25 Nov 2012, 00:13

Model F 122.


26 Nov 2012, 23:38

Some of you might oppose this, but...

I would like to nominate Ducky Shine, simply because it is a no-nonsense keyboard with backlighting and 6-KRO available in several ISO layouts, and in several switch variants.
It does not look over-the-top like some gaming keyboards do, it does not have a glossy surface and is not overpriced.
Ducky sets the standard for what a modern mechanical keyboard should be like.

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30 Nov 2012, 00:07

WASD v1.

manufactured by Costar, fully customisable keycaps in different colours, different fonts, and choice of custom graphics.
Also great customer support.

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30 Nov 2012, 00:42

Model M!


30 Nov 2012, 00:51

IBM Model F

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Wild Duck

30 Nov 2012, 00:57

XT? AT? Both? I think I'll combine the F 122 key, XT, etc. in the Model F family unless one objects.


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