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- Looking for new keyboard.
April 19, 2008, 5:02 am
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First I want one with the feel of a Model M.
Second I want it to have a modern layout to it. In particular I want
it to have a Windows key ( or some key free of standard functionality
that can be mapped to a Windows key ).
Third I want it to be spillproof. ( I'm not sure Model M feel and
spill proof can work together. )
Forth I want it to be moderately repairable, meaning I can get at the
works and wipe them with a damp cloth. if a spill is really bad I want
to be able to dry it off. Any suggestions?
Re: Looking for new keyboard.
Nothing comes close, but Alps, Focus, and Fujitsu models made with
metal switches come closer than anything else.
Model M keyboards aren't floodproof, but I believe they're almost
spillproof, at least if the liquid doesn't enter above the top row of
keys. Spillproof keyboards are generally made with a rubbery sheet
containing crushable dome switches, but they feel soft, almost the
opposite of the Model M. Metal switches are among the least resistant
Model Ms are hard to fix since they use a 2-layer membrane circuit
board set between a piece of hard plastic and a plate of steel.
Fortunately they tend to last a long time without maintenance because
the plastic keeps out dust and liquids. Membrane keyboards are the
easiest to clean -- usually just spraying distilled water or
electronic parts cleaner (90% pure alcohol) is enough, but the
membrane can easily be removed so the can be sprayed on the bottom and
the circuit board matrix also sprayed (don't rub -- the nickel traces
are not very rugged). Metal switches can be unsoldered and replaced,
but replacements can be hard to find. Some switches can be
disassembled for cleaning.
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