OCAU Mechanical Keyboard Thread (No selling here, please use the Trading Forums)

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Hardware' started by stenchlord, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Darko

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    I'd have to say It's the best keyboard I've used
    It has proprietary blue switches, feels very good and the overall quality is superb.
    I bought it from PLE computers............https://www.ple.com.au/Products/627021/AZIO-MK-Retro-Typewriter-Inspired-Mechanical-Keyboard-Kailh-Blue-Switches
     
  2. broccoli

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    Nobody would keep it in stock. Do you have a "good shop" you could ask whether they could get it in for you? Any shop with a decent turnover of corsair products should be able to get it from their rep.
     
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    How is it to type on? Do you do a lot of straight typing? (The keys on a typewriter are not that close together.)
     
  5. Darko

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    I'm not the quickest typer in the world but it feels great to me
     
  6. sonicthemouse

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    Don't tell me he's OCD about quality & stuff like that, I like my money (or lack thereof) where it is in my account :upset:

    Me when I read this thread: I have enough keyboards I have enough keyboards I have enough keyboards I have... ordered another keyboard?! Again?! How did this happen :upset:

    But still going to give this one a miss.

    If you do need a Model M in future, flick me a PM. One of mine is missing a few keycaps but the spares you have from that op shop F might do it (they do vary slightly from year to year in terms of font etc but can be a pretty close match). I'm not selling any of mine as such but if another enthusiast needs one, I don't really need all the ones I've got.

    Also, I'm hoping you tested the op shop Model F on an XT protocol? They ain't AT :lol:

    (there are people in the "younger generation" that don't know these things, but then again if you've had your M for 20 years, I'm sure you're aware of all that :D)
     
  7. elfoam

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    Think I plugged it into my Pentium Pro 200, nothing happened so that as the end of that :p. How do you get them to run? Anyway that was like 15 years ago when they were 2 dollar keyboards, no big loss :).
     
  8. sonicthemouse

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    Ah. Yeah. Pentium Pro is waaay too new to run a Model F. That's a shame :upset:

    Still as you said, no big loss for $2. (Although I wouldn't mind buying a handful for $2 ea now lol :lol:) :thumbup:

    To run it you need to go back to an XT or XT clone system. Think IBM Model 5150 (IBM PC), IBM Model 5160 (IBM PC XT) or similar. Green and black CRT screen, DOS 3, that kind of thing. If the machine could run Windows (even Win 3.1), chances are it's too new to natively run a Model F.

    You can of course run them on newer PCs but you need adaptors.

    Many old old keyboards had a little switch on the bottom that let you switch between AT and XT mode too :thumbup:
     
  9. davo-cc

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    Thanks Broccoli, I did try quite a few stores and Corsair themselves - both directly and through their facebook PR people, I've tried a number of vendors in Europe (I'm in the UK now) including several on the continent. There were some Swedish, German and Finnish sites that claimed to have a kit but they were always sold out and only ever had one in stock - it's an item that Corsair doesn't seem bothered to stock nor to ship to anyone.
    Some vendors said they'd tried to get them but apparently Corsair only bother to produce the kit (which has a part number and is formally in their inventory) when they have spare parts from a production run; it means basically that if you buy Corsair you're stuck with without parts and are in a throw-away proposition if anything goes wrong. Wonderful considering I paid $200USD for this thing to get it in from the US. I liked much about the unit but I can't go with a brand that has zero support like this, it's reminiscent of Deck (who also abandon users and refuse to sell catalogue parts).
     
  10. broccoli

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    I've only heard of Deck in relation to keyboards, but Corsair sells LOTS of stuff. You'd think they'd want to maintain good customer relations/reputation. They probably think that the number of keyboard users/keyboard users who need new feet is low, but I (and others on computer sites) read what you say, and I'll think twice about buying that case, or that cooler or whatever. I can't be bothered with any company that tells you to piss off once they've got money off you. It'll only ever be the one lot of money a company gets off me, when I come across this sort of crap.
    :D

    Oh, you might try asking for some feet. Some people don't raise their keyboards and might be prepared to let you have theirs. I gave away the wrist thingie on one of my (former) keyboards.
     
  11. davo-cc

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    Thanks, Deck were woeful - I also needed feet as they snapped and they said Ihad to buy a plastics kit - the entire case - for 20 usd but they wouldn't sell it to me, only a resller who refused to sell it unless I also bought 100 usd worth of other stuff (this is without postage too). Deck was woeful, Ihad spent over 500 aud on their keyboards - never again ever.
     
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    So I haven't had any success so far with fixing my '94 M spacebar ghosting. I'm reluctant to go nuts on it and check the membrane as all the rivets are still intact :thumbup:

    Unfortunately I can't test if it's the controller because the M that brought you this post is an '88 IBM and the other one is a Lexmark.
     
  13. vladtepes

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    I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction of a CHEAP mechanical keyboard with the following features.

    - Cherry MX Blue switches (or copy thereof)
    - TKL / 87 key layout (ideally)

    What I DON'T need or want
    - LED backlighting
    - Additional / Macro keys
    - Numerical keypad

    Why? Well, I'm looking for a keyboard that I can "steampunk". I have some cherry mx style keycaps that I can harvest the stems from so that's why I need an mx-switch style keyboard.

    To fit in with the 'typewriter' vibe I suspect blue switches are the best option.
    It will be a Linux computer so it won't be for any fancy gaming.

    I have done some googling but most of the recommendations are on US websites. One of the recommended models was the Redragon K552-M KUMARA @ USD$30 (I think this had no LED backlighting)
    Unfortunately ebay tells me that the Redragon K552 KUMARA(with LED backlighting) is $95. More than I'd hoped to spend.

    Looking to see what is available inexpensively on ebay shows the Redragon K561
    @ $57 but it has horrible LED's...


    Anyway I am hoping that some of you mech keyboard warriors :) have some suggestions for me. Obviously I don't need new either, a working 2nmd hand one would be perfectly fine.

    Thanks for your help :)
     
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    Those AZIO keyboards are nice - but I'd much prefer a gold one for a more 'steampunk' aesthetic. And they only see to do silver/black versions like the one you pictured.



    elfoam - thanks I'll have a look.
     
  16. DUS x SSJ4 x

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    I can recommend Drevo keyboards as a cheap option. They have a few to choose from. I have a Drevo Gramr I bought from a member here I use as my home unit. Love it so far. Out of all the key mech's out there these look to be the best, and also have a real brand (as in not just a random name change), proper website, full lineup and seller of alot of other tech. Watched multiple reviews of each of the boards drevo offers and have no worries recommending them.

    I think you will struggle to find non backlit boards these days. Picking up a used board maybe your only option there. My work horse is a old ducky with no backliting, but I bought that used 2 years ago lol.
     
  17. vladtepes

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    Thanks mate.

    I suspect that the backlighting issue could be 'resolved' if necessary with some judicious wire cutting... :)

    I'll keep an eye out / see if I can find a mob that sells them. Ta.
     
  18. ausduckz

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    Are there others here that MUST HAVE a palm rest?

    I've gone from the Logitech G15 (Flip up screen version), Mionix Zebal 60 and now the Corsair K70 RGB. All of which have a palm rest.

    I've tried other boards recently, that don't have a palm rest, and I just can't get used to them and they feel uncomfortable.

    I say palm rest, because my wrist rests on the desk, and then my palm of my hand rests on the attached rest on the keyboard (massive hands here).

    I really like the design of the Logitech G213 (not mechanical though) and G613, how the palm rest part of the board.
     
  19. DUS x SSJ4 x

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    All backlit keyboards give you an option to just turn them off. So no need to mod it.
     
  20. broccoli

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    No, from learning to type and learning the piano, I keep my wrists up, never drop them. Your wrists should be in line with your arms.
     

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