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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Apple and IBM
by REM2000 on Wed 19th Jul 2017 07:31 UTC
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im surprised to find so many other apple keyboard fans i thought i was in a minority.

I love my apple keyboard as others have said that it's well spaced, nice tactile response and surprisingly hardy too, ive had one ive used at work for the last four years and it's still fine with no broken keys, it gets a lot of use. My own personal iMac ive had since 2011 and it's original keyboard is still going strong, again it's had a lot of use.

One of the other big reasons i love the keyboard is that it's also got the same feeling as my MacBook Air and other apple laptops, which means going from home (imac) to work (WinPC + Apple Keyboard) to mobile (MBA) is easy as the keyboards are all the same. It sounds trivial but when youre pounding the keys theres nothing worse than having to 'recalibrate' your hands for a new machine.

As for the IBM keyboard is used these a lot at college, i dont know if they were exactly the model m or the ones being advertised but they were mechanical IBM keyboards and ive never typed as quickly as i have with them, the perfect balance of keyboard spacing and response i loved them.

Edited 2017-07-19 07:32 UTC

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