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: Microsoft Natural 4000
by Troels on Wed 19th Jul 2017 07:58 UTC in reply to "Microsoft Natural 4000"
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Good thing i scanned the comments before writing, as i would pretty much have written a duplicate of your comment :-)

I love it too, probably the only thing bearing the Microsoft name that i actually like other than a few of their developer frameworks.

I used to love the Model M, the F layout felt antiquated very early on, but these days it is way too noisy and takes too much effort to type on. With the noise level though, imagine sharing an office with someone using one of these...

For me the chiclet keyboards like the Apple keyboards are okayish on laptops for occasional use, but give me one full time and i would kill myself, or someone, or something, within a few days. Someone should make a law against these, preferably at the same time introducing a law against calculators with squishy rubber buttons (or wobbly hard plastic buttons, i am looking at you TI)

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