Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Jul 2017 17:29 UTC

You may not know the Model F by name, but you know it by sound - the musical thwacking of flippers slapping away. The sound of the '80s office. The IBM Model F greeting the world in 1981 with a good ten pounds of die-cast zinc and keys that crash down on buckling metal springs as they descend. It's a sensation today's clickiest keyboards chase, but will never catch. And now it's coming back.

I used several of these growing up, and I've come to understand I'm the only one who didn't - and doesn't - like mechanical keyboards one bit - I find them tiring and way too loud. I want the thinnest possible keyboard with the shortest possible travel while still having a decent, satisfying, but very quiet click. I find Apple's Magic Keyboard is the exact right keyboard for me, but I also know I'll be one of the very few, especially on a site like OSNews.

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by ssokolow on Tue 18th Jul 2017 19:49 UTC
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As much as I'd like to have the option of Model F buckling springs, that layout is too authentic, so I'll stick with the "cost-reduced spring+membrane" design introduced by the Model M and inherited by the "Old Classic 104" Unicomp board I tracked down on eBay.

(The only thing about my muscle memory that I'm willing to re-train is how hard to press the keys, so my old Cherry MX Blue board and my current Unicomp board both have the exact same 104-key layout as the stack of PS/2 membrane keyboards in my closet... and I use both Windows keys for one-handed custom keybinds.)

Edited 2017-07-18 19:51 UTC

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