The Best Keyboard in the World

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  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Here is a tribute to the best keyboard in the world, the old, clunky, really loud IBM ones.

    [​IMG]

    Yes, they were very loud to type on, yes they were huge, but it is also true that I have never found a keyboard that is as pleasant to type on then the IBM ones. I have two of them that I still use regularly, none of the new Apple ones or any other keyboard will convert me.

    Who else has used one of these before?
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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  3. Mord macrumors G4

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    I like my keyboard like I like my women. Loud, Obnoxious and build like a brick **** house.

    Model M <3
     
  4. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Mighty mighty, letting it all hang out.

    This was maybe the best Apple Keyboard.
    [​IMG]

    And the one I used for years.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Mord macrumors G4

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    It's my favorite keyboard that doesn't have mechanical key switches, that's for sure.
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Apple just doesn't make keyboards like they used too.
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    [​IMG]

    I have this on my P3, and I loved it, after about 2 months of total effort.

    But my chicklet is my new love. Only took about 2 weeks to get away from the 1/2" drop in the keys when pressed. ;)
     
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  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    My parent's currently use my black Apple keyboard and I still use my Extended Keyboard a fair amount.

    I don't really like my White BT one as the space bar is crap.


    I always wanted the Apple Adjustable Keyboard, but at £150 it was too expensive.
     
  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I can see the feed-back, on the display.

    It might be of interest if there is a variance among touch-typists vs. hunt-n-peck people.

    Touch-typist here. :D
     
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I really like the new Apple keyboards. You could kill someone with those old IBM keyboards.
     
  12. firstapple macrumors 6502a

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    I love my skinny alum apple keyboard. I don't think I could ever go back to a big clunky keyboard. Unfortunately I have to use a big clunky keyboard at the office. Sigh
     
  13. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    I can type much faster on the Apple aluminium keyboard simply because it requires less movement to type. I'm not a super fast typer but can reach about 90 words per minute which is healthy improvement over the old Apple keyboard for me.

    It did take me two or three weeks to get totally used too though.

    I could never use a US keyboard though, the return key is just retarded. How do you guys cope with it?
     
  14. MacNut macrumors Core

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  15. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I like Apple's slim keyboard. Always been a fan of laptop style keyboards and was about to buy myself a non-Apple one till they made their own.

    If only the USB ports were real.
     
  16. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I have my mouse in one, and have used my camera in the other.

    Me no understand.
     
  17. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    You mean they're just stickers? I don't quite understand.
     
  18. localoid macrumors 68020

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    I have four or five IBM model M keyboards including one "Space Saver" model (image below). There's nothing quite like buckling spring keys for tactile feedback.

    BTW, Unicomp still makes them (they purchased the license to the buckling spring keyboard technology from Lexmark in 1996).

    [​IMG]
     
  19. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68020

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    Here's the keyboard I'm using now:

    Logitech Wave (USB wired port version)

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    The Wave keyboard is both PC and Mac compatible. :) Sure, I miss the clackety feel of the old IBM keyboards, but the Wave makes up for it with its excellent ergonomics.
     
  20. Cromulent macrumors 603

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  21. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    My Grandma have one with a 10 years old comp. I wanted to take it with me to college until I realized it was lacking its Window buttons, which are used as cmd under Mac.
     
  22. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

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    My keyboard's return/enter button is the size of 3 keys wide and 2 keys tall. THAT is a return key, not the one you pictured. The thing I hate about my keyboard is the backspace key is only one key in size. It took me forever to get used to it!
     
  23. tonywalk macrumors member

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    Typing this reply on one as I speak a 1989 vintage UK made 1391406. Cost me a tenner (£10) with a free PS/2 PC.

    The best was to come some weeks later when at the same computer fair (Bowlers in Manchester) I picked up 11 of the little blighters for 50p each. Yes £5.50 for 11 of these classics.

    There does appear to be two slightly different types of springs in use as some seem to have a slightly deader feel than others. This one I'm typing on is one of the better, more tactile ones.

    I have yet to find a keyboard which can match this for typing accuracy and comfort.
     
  24. John.B macrumors 601

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    Still my favorite keyboard:

    [​IMG]

    About 400 lbs. lighter than the original. ;)
     
  25. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

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    Yes, they do. I just bought one from them. I would like to try the Das keyboard to compare the two. But, I cannot justify another CDN $140.00 on another keyboard.
     

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