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

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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RE[4]: Comment by leos
by leos on Tue 18th Jul 2017 23:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by leos"
leos
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In retrospect this is arguable. Obviously, for cars this is true, but for other products it really isn't.


"Made in small batches" and "handmade" is mostly marketing. Certainly for a keyboard that is 100% suitable to volume and automated production and has absolutely no components that benefit from a human touch in the process.

Uhm, yes it does? Not sure how saying it doesn't apply magically makes it not apply. When an item is included in a purchase with a high margin, there is less pressure to cut corners on it. If its a stand alone product, then consumers are going to be more price conscious and seek the lower price. Just checkout the crappy crappy Cherry knock offs on amazon.


Now you're changing the argument. You're saying the included keyboards used to be better than they are now. Sure, I agree. Keyboards included with budget computers are so bad they are unusable.
That's not the topic though, we are discussing mechanical vs modern keyboard design. Not a mechanical keyboard vs a $1 bundled thing that came in the box.

Edited 2017-07-18 23:20 UTC

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