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Old 6th February, 2007, 03:45 PM
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So? That's what spraypaint is for, dude!

'Course, you WOULD have to do something about the labels on the keys.
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Old 6th February, 2007, 04:01 PM
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Been there, tried that. Can't find a paint that will stick to plastic properly, without making the keys sticky.

Its the strangest thing in the world, but I just can't find, beg, borrow or steal a good black keyboard.

Somewhere around here I have my old IBM black keyboard, which after all its years (its older than I am) still has the ultimate press, rebound, and feedback. I don't know what's happened to us. We had the holy grail, and we through it away.

Why don't we make real keyboards anymore?
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Old 6th February, 2007, 06:29 PM
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I have a black Enermax keyboard made from a heavy chunk of aluminium.

It has all the standard keys and none of the gimmicky ones. Nice clean and solid design, with non-rattling keys.
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Old 6th February, 2007, 09:45 PM
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Unacceptable. It has Win keys, it has no spacing between the main key block and the cursor keys, there is no decent peak to peak spacing between the keys, and the F keys are half height.
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Old 6th February, 2007, 10:18 PM
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You have big hands?
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My housemate used to have a white one, exactly what your refering to. Full height F keys. No gimicky crap and no windows key. Except he smashed it one night after a bad day at work.
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Can't beat a good keyboard. My Saitek Eclipse is awfully soft...sometimes i feel the response is too low; it can't be good for my wrists!
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Once upon a time there was a princess who was of the most delicate disposition and could find no bed soft enough to ensure her rest.... ":O}

Still the tool should fit the hand, not the other way around.
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A keyboard is a personal thing, and something that needs to be perfect in order to make its owner happy. I know exactly what I want in my keyboard. Its a tangible list of requirements in feel, spacing, travel, resistance, feedback, key angle, key size, offset, keys present, solidness, build quality, reliability, connection method, and lastly colour.

I have all of these things in my mind, and I know what I want. And IBM used to make them by the million in the 80s. For some reason people are afraid of keyboards that click when you press them, that dont creak with you twist them, that don't break with you hit them. Real keyboards are dead. Now we're in cheaply made junk territory.
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Yes, dsio. Welcome to "modernisation"
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Trust me diso, your list of things that need to stand to correct just gets longer from here.":O}
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A keyboard is a personal thing, and something that needs to be perfect in order to make its owner happy. I know exactly what I want in my keyboard. Its a tangible list of requirements in feel, spacing, travel, resistance, feedback, key angle, key size, offset, keys present, solidness, build quality, reliability, connection method, and lastly colour.

I have all of these things in my mind, and I know what I want. And IBM used to make them by the million in the 80s. For some reason people are afraid of keyboards that click when you press them, that dont creak with you twist them, that don't break with you hit them. Real keyboards are dead. Now we're in cheaply made junk territory.
In the 1980s all PC keyboards were much the same. All the brand keyboards were top-notch, IBM, Compaq, etc.

Then you had the cheapo ones, but at least they were the same dimensions and conformed to the same standard as the IBM. But, they were a bit flimsy and didn't feel as nice to type with.

One major bonus, was when you sat down in a client's office you wouldn't look like a numb nut hitting the wrong keys. All keyboards were the same so your fingers would hit the right key regardless of who's computer it was.

Now we have Microsoft making keyboards, so kiss good bye to standards (bar the poxy redundant windows muppet keys).
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