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Old Oct 13, 2006, 02:57 PM   #1
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The Legendary Apple Extended Keyboard

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Description:: Introduced in 1987, this extended keyboard was well designed and very solidly built. It remains a favorite of long-time Mac users.

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Old Oct 13, 2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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being a pc guy until only a few years ago, i used the IBM iterations for almost my whole life. every time i bought a computer that came with accessories, i'd throw them in with the rest of the cheapies and use my nice ibm keyboard.

it's still alive, i just need a usb adapter [plus it doesn't have an apple key ]

also a nice note: this keyboard has survived about 3 ice tea spills and numerous water spills!
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Old Oct 13, 2006, 04:11 PM   #3
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I didn't realize it before, but I've got one of these keyboards on my Mac II. I'm sure they're durable, but I don't really like the way it feels while typing at all.
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Old Oct 13, 2006, 05:19 PM   #4
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Although I liked the IBMs (never had a chance to try the Apple) I now prefer the laptop like scissor cut keyboards. (ice-key from macally) Easier to type on and very hard to not push a key down all the way.
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Old Oct 13, 2006, 05:49 PM   #5
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My theory is, you get used to a keyboard and don't want to change.

I loved the Sun4 keyboard with the function keys packed close above the number keys (not a long reach) and extra function keys on the left, and the control key where God Always Intended It To Be.

So I bought an adapter and still use it on my PC today. I'm thinking about trying a USB one for a Mac.
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Old Oct 13, 2006, 06:50 PM   #6
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I have 3 of those keyboards in a closet. Built like a tank, except for the height/tilt adjustment.
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