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Old 06-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #61
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The only keyboards I'll use are the old keyboards I buy at second hand stores. I despise the mushy keyboards being shoved on us today. Yes, I'm old - old enough to remember when keyboard were made with QUALITY, something most keyboards today don't have.

And what ever happened to white keyboards? Yes, black keyboards look sleek and cool, etc., but have you ever sat in a dim room and tried to use a black keyboard? You simply cannot see the letters on the keys. I'm not racist, mind you, but give me a white keyboard so my tired old eyes can see the keys!
 
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #62
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Although work environments (close quarters) have a few coworkers that will not tolerate such loud things.
I actually do sorta understand where they're coming from.

When I went through college in the 80's our computer lab had nothing but Model M's so it became a sort of white noise that you could easily ignore and even helped to block out extraneous noise while you were working (if that makes any sense). It was simply the 'sound of computing'. In the quiet offices of today however being the lone 'clicky guy' could definitely be distracting.

Solution: Ban silent keyboards!
 
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #63
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been using key tronic kb 101 professional series WITH keyboard condom I think around 20 years?

just looked it up, it's 'vintage'
 
Old 06-11-2013, 11:47 AM   #64
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FedX left about 20 minutes ago -- new Ducky Zero DK2108 Red Switch installed (well, swapped one USB cable for another, old keyboard in the closet). Types like a dream, well worth the price of admission.

Don't know why I've got (red) extra key caps (A, D, S, W) -- some kind of gamer thing? -- but I do and I'll throw 'em in the drawer with all the other extra stuff I've collected over the years.

Really, really nice.

Thanks for the recommendation.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 11:57 AM   #65
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Nice keyboard tronayne... from what I've read it looks like a fine piece of equipment!
 
Old 06-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #66
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... new Ducky Zero DK2108 Red Switch installed ...
Does your keyboard have three keys between the 'L' key and the ENTER key? I saw a photo of the DK2108 which showed three keys between those two.

For six months I tried to use a keyboard with the extra key to the left of the ENTER key but finally gave up. It probably didn't work for me because all of my other keyboards didn't have the extra key there. Maybe my hands are too small.

Now when I buy a keyboard I make sure the extra key is not present.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 10:28 PM   #67
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FedX left about 20 minutes ago -- new Ducky Zero DK2108 Red Switch installed (well, swapped one USB cable for another, old keyboard in the closet). Types like a dream, well worth the price of admission.

Don't know why I've got (red) extra key caps (A, D, S, W) -- some kind of gamer thing? -- but I do and I'll throw 'em in the drawer with all the other extra stuff I've collected over the years.

Really, really nice.

Thanks for the recommendation.
I'm glad you like it! Yes, the extra keycaps are for gamers (who I assume hit the A, S, D, and W keys more than anything else).

It's hard to believe that one has to mail-order a decent keyboard today.

Tracy Tiger - the U.S. version of the DK2108 has the usual two keys between L and Enter.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:33 PM   #68
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After accidentally demolishing my HP keyboard with Jack Daniels and Coke last week my brother found an old IBM Model M keyboard in his basement and gave it to me. This thing is fantastic! It must weigh at least ten pounds if not more, and is solid as a rock. I'd forgotten how much I miss the clicky sounds of the old style keyboards, and how sturdy everything was built back then.
Well, to answer the topic question, is that an XOR or an inclusive-OR?

(I was born in 1959, so I'm rapidly heading to "both". [To you whippersnappers muttering "Whaddaya mean 'heading'?", all I can say is "Get off my lawn!"])
 
Old 06-12-2013, 05:52 AM   #69
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Does your keyboard have three keys between the 'L' key and the ENTER key? I saw a photo of the DK2108 which showed three keys between those two.
No, it doesn't, just the ;: and '" keys. It has four keys along the top edge above the number pad that appear to be volume controls plus one at the upper right that has arithmetic symbols (plus, minus, times, divide) -- no clue what that's for. I've had keyboards with bells and whistles for who-knows-what-all, never used 'em, won't be using these either.

The unit is heavy -- 1210 g -- and doesn't slide around; I like that that it feels solid.

After only a few hours use I'm getting happier and happier with it -- great feel, everything I'll use in the places I expect them to be, just a little nosier than the Logitech I swapped out (which I really don't care about anyway, I came up with typewriters, Teletypes and really noisy typing critters).

So far, 4 stars.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 12:36 PM   #70
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Thanks EdGr & tronayne for responding to my 3 key query. Like tronayne, my background is with heavy mechanical keyboards/typewriters and I also never install software to use the extra bells & whistles buttons on a keyboard.

It looks like my next keyboard purchase may be the DK2108.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #71
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No, it doesn't, just the ;: and '" keys. It has four keys along the top edge above the number pad that appear to be volume controls...
Those volume control keys come in pretty handy and work in both KDE and Xfce.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 03:21 PM   #72
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Those volume control keys come in pretty handy and work in both KDE and Xfce.
Hey, thanks -- I did punch a couple early today and they "just worked;" off, on, up, down (Xfce). Still don't know what that last one does but it looks ominous.

Thing doesn't come with a poop sheet. I think you're supposed to know all that beforehand. It does come with a duck head cutout with dimension, weight, voltage, and two function key diagrams (with Chinese(?) and English labels) and a blurb about switching USB 6-key rollover or N-key rollover.

Wow.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 07:42 PM   #73
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Clunky Wireless Keyboards?

I believe this post is on-topic.

Does anyone know of a "heavy duty" wireless keyboard?

Keeping the theme that the feel of the older style mechanical keyboards is desirable, does some company make one that is wireless?

As someone with three keyboards on my (large) desk I like that I can move one of my wireless keyboards to a side table (or across the room) and use the surface for paper work, then easily move it back to continue typing (or set it on top of the papers for some brief typing). In the past I've used long extension cables to accomplish this but it doesn't work as well as wireless.

I'm not happy with the feel of my wireless keyboards. I briefly tried the Logitech K520 and it wasn't terrible. The HP (AOB42AA) I'm currently using to type this is light and convenient but at the opposite end of the scale compared to a "real" keyboard.

Looking for recommendations of wireless keyboards with "excellent" mechanical key feel.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 09:47 PM   #74
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I believe this post is on-topic.

Does anyone know of a "heavy duty" wireless keyboard?

Keeping the theme that the feel of the older style mechanical keyboards is desirable, does some company make one that is wireless?

As someone with three keyboards on my (large) desk I like that I can move one of my wireless keyboards to a side table (or across the room) and use the surface for paper work, then easily move it back to continue typing (or set it on top of the papers for some brief typing). In the past I've used long extension cables to accomplish this but it doesn't work as well as wireless.

I'm not happy with the feel of my wireless keyboards. I briefly tried the Logitech K520 and it wasn't terrible. The HP (AOB42AA) I'm currently using to type this is light and convenient but at the opposite end of the scale compared to a "real" keyboard.

Looking for recommendations of wireless keyboards with "excellent" mechanical key feel.
I only spent a few minutes googling, but I found this one
http://www.amazon.com/XArmor-U9W-wir...8451295&sr=8-1
I've no idea about the quality but it has cherry brown switches.
 
Old 06-13-2013, 04:00 AM   #75
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I found this one ... XArmor-U9W-wireless-mechanical-keyboard
Thanks D1ver. The XArmor-U9W model may be the ONLY wireless keyboard with mechanical switches.

According to this page I saw on Amazon, the Cherry Brown switches may be a good fit for me, tactile feedback and quieter than the Blue switches.

In another thread H_TeXMeX_H pointed out the security implications of using a longer range 2.4GHZ signal.
 
  


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