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 Bobthearch on Fri 21st Jul 2017 15:46 UTC
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$300+ for a remake 'retro' keyboard? Ridiculous.

But maybe not as ridiculous as those horrible Apple keyboards, which are also grossly overpriced.

I sincerely hate Apple Magic keyboards (but not nearly as much as hate their touch-sensitive mice - useless). Flimsy, thin, no tactile or audible feedback, and lacking number pads.
But going back to vintage keyboards isn't the answer either. So obnoxious.

I've found a happy medium with KeyTonic keyboards. Good springy keys with excellent tactile feedback, not too loud or 'clacky', very reasonable prices ($20-$30), and they last forever. They're a big step up from most OEM keyboards nowadays in quality and usability. Remember in the past when Dell actually came with decent keyboards? These KeyTronics seem identical to those older Dell QuietKey keyboards.

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