Datadesk Switchboard review (Alps SKCM White)

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Chyros

03 Nov 2018, 10:31

Today we look at an early configurable board in which you could swap keyboard modules around and create your own layout (more or less): the Datadesk Switchboard! Hope you enjoy the video :) .

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snufflecat

03 Nov 2018, 10:38

First! Just because I can, heh. :)

Edit: You mention that the board is worth looking into, but after a quick scan on ebay I can only find a single board priced at $500, which is, imho, insane.

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Chyros

03 Nov 2018, 10:52

snufflecat wrote: First! Just because I can, heh. :)

Edit: You mention that the board is worth looking into, but after a quick scan on ebay I can only find a single board priced at $500, which is, imho, insane.
...that's ridiculous xD .

I saw several of these on sale NIB a while ago for a pretty acceptable price. I don't know if this one was one of that batch, but it came nowhere near $500. As always with Alps, you have to be opportunistic ;) .

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Hypersphere

03 Nov 2018, 14:00

Reminds me of a mother ship splitting off its saucer section and escape modules.

As you pointed out in your review, it would have been nice if each section could have been used independently without relying on the frame. The main typing module would have made a nice 60% board.

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zrrion

03 Nov 2018, 16:51

This is one of my endgame boards! I'm so jealous that you have one in such good condition. Nice review as always.

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XMIT
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03 Nov 2018, 17:22

Hypersphere wrote: it would have been nice if each section could have been used independently without relying on the frame. The main typing module would have made a nice 60% board.
What's to say it can't? I'm guessing the edge connector on each section just exposes matrix rows/columns. Plug in a Teensy, flash tmk or some firmware, program the layout and you're off to the races. :lol:

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Hypersphere

03 Nov 2018, 18:59

XMIT wrote:
Hypersphere wrote: it would have been nice if each section could have been used independently without relying on the frame. The main typing module would have made a nice 60% board.
What's to say it can't? I'm guessing the edge connector on each section just exposes matrix rows/columns. Plug in a Teensy, flash tmk or some firmware, program the layout and you're off to the races. :lol:
Interesting. Perhaps BT could be added as well, and you're off to the races wirelessly.

@zrrion: I've given up being jealous of Chyros. Finding interesting keyboards in pristine condition for free or next to nothing is just who he is and what he does. His charmed life, at least in this respect, has been imprinted in his genome. ;-)

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Chyros

03 Nov 2018, 20:42

Hypersphere wrote:
XMIT wrote:
Hypersphere wrote: it would have been nice if each section could have been used independently without relying on the frame. The main typing module would have made a nice 60% board.
What's to say it can't? I'm guessing the edge connector on each section just exposes matrix rows/columns. Plug in a Teensy, flash tmk or some firmware, program the layout and you're off to the races. :lol:
Interesting. Perhaps BT could be added as well, and you're off to the races wirelessly.

@zrrion: I've given up being jealous of Chyros. Finding interesting keyboards in pristine condition for free or next to nothing is just who he is and what he does. His charmed life, at least in this respect, has been imprinted in his genome. ;-)
If it makes you feel any better, I get jealous of other people's boards on a daily basis, too :lol: .

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adamcobabe

04 Nov 2018, 02:25

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SWITcHBOARD-Th ... 3908188187

Here's one with a trackball ...if you have a cool $500 in your pocket.

Teresa998

26 Apr 2019, 07:58

I've given up being jealous of Chyros. Finding interesting keyboards in pristine condition for free or next to nothing is just who he is and what he does. His charmed life, at least in this respect, has been imprinted in his genome.

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