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I'd have bought the steel series 7 or this had either of them simply offered a single row of extra function keys. I loved the old clicky keyboards - bring one of those into the modern world with some short cut keys and I'd be almost happy.
Neighbourhood keyboard facist here...Sounds like a nice keyboard. Would be nice if there was somewhere to try one of these out.To those who balk at the price - run the crappiest CPU, lowest memory, smallest hard drive, but never compromise on the holy trinity of computing. Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse. Get these right and you'll protect your precious body and eyes.For the record mine are a Dell 2405WFP monitor, an IBM model M keyboard (the one they supplied with PS/2 systems), and a Logitech MX620 mouse.
This looks a pretty nice keyboard. That's the kind i like. I am extremely happy there are no extra keys (gaming and multimedia) on it, they are just a waste of space and creative time.I think its time to replace my no name 5 euro Chinese keyboard with something like this for games and everyday use.@Tony WalkerNever heard anybody else sounding so good. Totally agree with you.
You can still buy the original IBM keyboards from a company called Unicomp http://pckeyboards.stores.yaho...
The only problem with this is I can't try before I buy! Something I'd want to do before spending £100+ on a keyboard purely for its function. Oh, that and the awful model number ;)
@PoisonJam - re model no.You looked on the back of an IBM model m :)
PoisonJam - Re the model number I agree it does not role off the tongue but there is some method to the madness. FKBN105M/UKB FKB – Filco Keyboard, N stands for NK Rollover, 105 is the number of keys (104 is a US layout). M is the type of Cherry switch – Brown’s in this instance, and finally UKB – UK Black. Makes sense… I know Filco keyboards have been at the iSeries LAN events held at Newbury Race Course. Not sure if they will be there later in the year. Maybe the guys at Keyboard Co can tell you.
I wouldn't totally agree with the statement that it's 'incredible build quality' as there's an issue of the key legends wearing out after a couple of Months typing resulting in shiny key-caps. I do agree that it is a good keyboard but not outstanding, the Cherry G80-1863/5 HUMUS is better, IMHO. It's a 19" keyboard as used by the most prolific World gaming champions, Team wNv. These 19" KBDs which uses the Cherry MX switches with options of all Blue/Brown/Black, but most importantly it has high quality Double-Shot key-caps and in a smaller format. Note that Cherry-Corp has just announced that Double-Shot key-caps will no longer be produced in the future. MX Blues 50cN for typing, MX Blacks 60cN for gaming, MX Browns 45cN for both. Some people may find the Black Linear switches to be too heavy and like the lighter MX Browns but without the Tactile touch, there's the option of Cherry G80-3494 (MX Red Switches=Linear 45cN) with PBT key-caps.For those who wish to purchase a Majestouch but prefer more options, Diatec will provide all.NB: Full NKRO is only with PS/2 Socket.
@TonyWalker Good call, the IBM model M rocks!
The IBM Model M does "rock" but the Model F arguably rocks even more. If "...but never compromise on the holy trinity" then the Model M isn't going to protect your hands/arm @ 65-70cN, it's too heavy for long hours of typing, but each to their own preferences. There'll be a keyboard to be released in the 3rd Quarter of 2010, design inputed by people who "Live, Eat and Sleep keyboards" for people who "Live, Eat and Sleep keyboards". It is called The MiniGuru and it's also configured to suit all preferences. Arguably the ultimate keyboard, considered to be better than Topre 86/87U and HHKB2For those who are interested in all keyboards produced in the past and maybe in the future, please visit Geekhack where the people who "Live, Eat and Sleep keyboards" congregate.
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