Linked by David Adams on Sat 2nd Oct 2010 16:47 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Humor If you follow the keyboard collectors market (yeah, didn't think so . . .) then you'd certainly know that the IBM model M15 split ergonomic is pretty much the most desirable keyboard out there. A small number of them were made over a short span of time (1994-1995), and their clunky plastic knob and super-adjustable design meant that over years many of them broke. So when one lands on eBay, it's a big deal.
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Comment by tomchr
by tomchr on Sun 3rd Oct 2010 18:00 UTC
tomchr
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2009-02-01

I never really got on well with IBM Model Ms or any buckling spring keyboard for that matter. In my opinion, they're simply too noisy and have awkward and uncomfortable key travel distance. The best keyboard I've come across, is the IBM laptop ThinkPad T4x Series NMB type. Quite tactile and snappy.

Edited 2010-10-03 18:01 UTC

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RE: Comment by tomchr
by Morgan on Mon 4th Oct 2010 01:04 in reply to "Comment by tomchr"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I have a long-standing project in the back of my mind that one day I'll get around to doing. I used to own a G3 PowerBook Pismo (well two, actually...one was a parts mule) and that was the absolute best laptop keyboard I've ever used. I want to buy one off eBay and put it in a regular keyboard chassis -- or perhaps build my own chassis for it -- so I'll have a good "writing" keyboard for my desktop machine. I'm sure it's possible, even if I have to use a prototyping board or something similar. It would have to be converted to USB of course.

I'm currently using an original Macally iKey which is not bad for what I paid for it, but I find it a bit mushy on some keys.

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RE: Comment by tomchr
by Doc Pain on Mon 4th Oct 2010 10:59 in reply to "Comment by tomchr"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

In my opinion, they're simply too noisy [...]


A keyboard is about typing, not about listening to it. :-)

[...] and have awkward and uncomfortable key travel distance.


That is debatable. Personally, I think key handling (resistance, vertical travel, inter-key distance) is just fine. But I admit that this might be seen differently by anyone else.

The best keyboard I've come across, is the IBM laptop ThinkPad T4x Series NMB type. Quite tactile and snappy.


The IBM Thinkpad keyboards really are very good. Especially the Trackpoint and the three (!) mouse buttons make it powerful. I have a Thinpad 755C which has a keyboard that is even slightly better than all the new models. Your chances to try out such a keyboard are nerly zero, but let me ensure you that it is REALLY excellent.

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