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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RE[3]: Microsoft Natural 4000
by ssokolow on Fri 21st Jul 2017 03:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Microsoft Natural 4000"
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The second time I remember thinking to myself "this is freaking evil" was when all the PC laptop manufacturers got together and all decided that it was a great idea to add a numerical keypad to laptops. Shifting the keyboard, spacebar, and touch pad to the left side of the laptop.

I always assumed it was an ill-considered way to keep the lower half of the laptop from looking too empty as a result of switching to widescreen LCDs.

(Another decision I've never been a fan of. My desktop PC uses a spread of three 1280x1024 LCDs and I'm about to swap the centre one out for a 1920x1080 panel (which I got for free) because there are too many indie games which were designed to run in a widescreen resolution and the only option for a 1280x1024 configuration is "widescreen, windowed, too small".)

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