Best keyboard switch 2015

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The Keyboard Oracle
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14 Dec 2015, 21:35

The nominees in the category Best keyboard switch 2015 are:

Alps SKCL/SKCM switches • Introduced in the early 1980s, Alps SKCL/SKCM series switches, aka complicated Alps, are a design classic with a range from delicate, damped tactiles to succulent clicks; and an impenetrable vortex of no return for wiki writers the world over.

Gateron switchesGateron keyswitches are clones of Cherry MX keyswitches, and have a lot of buzz this year as the first worthy rival to the true Cherry. They have gained great popularity because of an innovation called "availability", that Cherry has struggled with, as well as a smoothness modern MX lacks.

IBM buckling springs • The famous, legendary, and downright notoriously loud IBM buckling spring is a mainstay of the mechanical keyboard realm. IBM made the king of click with an unusual design of switch where the spring buckles outwards instead of compressing. Buckling spring is at the heart of IBM's highly prized Model F and Model M families of keyboards.

Project Zealio switches • "Project Zealio" switches are a custom switch project by Zeal PC together with Gateron. The springs are gold-plate, the housings are fully transparent (not translucent), and you don't have to be <INSERT EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT COMPANY NAME HERE> to get them!

Topre switches • Love/hate: take your choice. There's no ignoring Topre. Topre switches power the "Only one Made in Japan electrostatic capacitive non-contact type keyboard in the world". They're either the most overpriced domes on Earth, or magic inside the greatest keyboards in the world today.

And the Wingnut for Best keyboard switch 2015, as voted for by the members of deskthority, goes to...
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The famous, legendary, and downright notoriously loud IBM buckling spring is a mainstay of the mechanical keyboard realm. IBM made the king of click with an unusual design of switch where the spring buckles outwards instead of compressing. Buckling spring is at the heart of IBM's highly prized Model F and Model M families of keyboards.

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Buckling springs from a 1996 Greenock blue label IBM Model M, made in Scotland, from girders.

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7bit

14 Dec 2015, 21:35

YES!!!
:ugeek:

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scottc

14 Dec 2015, 21:36

Of course. The eternal champ!

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HzFaq

14 Dec 2015, 21:36

I really should try it one day :D.

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DanielT
Un petit village gaulois d'Armorique…

14 Dec 2015, 21:37

Buuuuuuu! It's boring ! Buuuuuuu!

ettasian

14 Dec 2015, 21:38

I expected no less. :)

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webwit
Wild Duck

14 Dec 2015, 21:42

It means the new switch maker kids on the block should try harder!

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hypkx
Chasing the Dream

14 Dec 2015, 21:46

webwit wrote: It means the new switch maker kids on the block should try harder!
Gateron-buckling spring, much smoother than everything you ever feeled :)

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DanielT
Un petit village gaulois d'Armorique…

14 Dec 2015, 21:46

webwit wrote: It means the new switch maker kids on the block should try harder!
That is true :lol: I was hoping for some Alps love this year :(

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E3E

14 Dec 2015, 21:51

It's hard to beat IBM over here. There's so much love for IBMs. Really, it's pretty universally admired on every forum and facet of our community, but the love is concentrated over here on Deskthority.

Gah, okay... Maybe I'll pick up a Model M.

Better yet, an F... Oh but the ping! Ew. :(
DanielT wrote:
webwit wrote: It means the new switch maker kids on the block should try harder!
That is true :lol: I was hoping for some Alps love this year :(
Maybe we'll have a chance next year! We need some love for this charming Japanese switch. How dapper~

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Chyros

15 Dec 2015, 01:30

Heheheh, it's funny. It goes to show just how good these are that such an old design with so little versatility can still win an award like this. A deserved win!

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vsev

15 Dec 2015, 10:43

Loved linear NMB is back on his box by reading this ..

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