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[Sunday 14th December 2014 at 9:55 pm]

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Of course, nothing ever goes right and now I've discovered that one of the keys on Nyx's keyboard has failed.

Specifically, the letter U.

As it happens I do have a spare keyboard, however it has a European AZERTY layout and so is rather confusing to use when the computer is set to QWERTY (I can type on it as long as I don't look to see which key I'm pressing!). It's also got a horrid spongy feel to it, unlike the one I normally use which is a genuine mechanical switch-per-key model that dates back to the Windows 3.1 days.

Unfortunately there seems to be this massive gulf in the market between cheap nasty membrane/dome-switch keyboards at the low end and crazy expensive gaming keyboards with more bling than a chav's car. All I want is a decent switch-per-key model with a full-size layout, but I'm struggling to find one where I'm not having to pay an extra £50 for RGB backlighting or replaceable keycaps that I don't actually want. It's widescreen laptops all over again, where the marketroids have decided that what they think consumers want is more important than what consumers actually want and consequently ignored an entire market segment.
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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
Tuesday 16th December 2014 at 12:10 am (UTC)
http://pckeyboard.com/page/category/UKBD <- Unicomp got the factory that used to manufacture IBM model M keyboards. I don't know what price range you'er looking at, but if you want a genuine mechanical-key keyboard, I think that's your best bet.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Tuesday 16th December 2014 at 12:31 am (UTC)
I think my price range is going to be around the £70 mark, purely because of this assumption that only gamers want mechanical keyboards. From a quick bit of research I'm leaning towards something with Cherry Brown switches or similar - they're the closest match to the keyboard I was using, which has a bump in the travel but is quiet(ish) unlike a buckling spring switch. Other requirements are full-size including numpad, and a UK layout (which rules out the Optimus Maximus, tempting as it might be). Perhaps one of these? Or I could do something completely different and get a ThinkPad keyboard (they exist in desktop versions, complete with TrackPoint).
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