Mechanical Keyboards...

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  1. InsanityOne

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    I don't think I have ever seen anyone use a flexible PCB in a keeb build yet. Do you know of any websites or services that will take an existing solid PCB design and turn it into a flexible design? But I definitely would like to. As for wire-wrapping, I definitely think that could have been done here. The build I posted was just the first proto-type AFAIK. So he probably didn't really feel the need to go all-out.
     
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    I don't, but then again I've had no reason to look for one.
     
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    I've been using a big and bulky cherry mx keyboard from Corsair for the last year or so. My coworker just brought this thing in from his home, and I really like it.

    Anyone have any thoughts on it, or better alternatives or suggestions? I like the slim form factor, full size, and short travel mx cherry blue feel of the keystrokes. I could care less about RGB bullshit or USB ports.

    Thanks
     
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    Taverius Smells like sausages

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    There's a few things out there with the kailh low profile switches, they're not super common and relatively recent.

    I think except that one the only way is a custom - not sure which pcbs are compatible, novelkeys has a set of keycaps for the standard switches, the havit has custom stems that are different.

    I *think* the massdrop shift keyboard might be compatible, but that's a December product.
     
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    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    If you like the feel of the keyboard, go for it. Cherry only makes low profile keys in linear red right now, so if you want clicky, you have to go with a different switch manufacturer.

    Funny enough, this article came out today: https://kotaku.com/low-profile-mechanical-keyboards-are-getting-really-goo-1834617011
     
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    Lately I've been really infatuated with the look / feel (Alps switches) of the old Apple M0110 models and would like to get one. They can be had in fairly "mint" condition on Ebay from $50 - $80. However, they require a lot of work to truly make them "useable" on a modern PC. I'm not quite sure how ready I am to jump into my first hand-wiring project, but there are plenty of guides online for this particular board, so it might not be quite so difficult. I could still probably buy an original board, rewire it, add an Elite-C, retrobrite the whole thing, and then add a custom cable for less than what it would cost to buy someone's used "Modern M0110" from the group buy last year. For any of those interested:

    Apple M0110 Keyboard Science: https://imgur.com/a/HxOZz

    Build Examples:
    1. https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?t=1067
    2. https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?t=5772
    3. https://imgur.com/a/9A8eN
    4. https://nathantornquist.com/blog/2016/12/apple-m0110-rebuild/

    With all of these examples I suspect that one could figure it out fairly quickly with enough trial and error.
     
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    Can someone reiterate what differences I should be looking for when comparing Outemu, Cherry, and Gateron Brown switches? I have Outemu and Cherry available to test and I am having a hard time distinguishing between them. The keycaps and keyboards are built differently so it is hard to isolate them. I bottom out when I type, so the slight tactile bump isn't as noticeable for me as someone who might type a whole lot more and quickly than I do.

    Main reason is that I am considering getting a new keyboard and Cooler Master makes a nice looking one with Gaterons at an attractive price.
     
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    The information you seek can be found here: https://input.club/the-comparative-guide-to-mechanical-switches/tactile/
     
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    I have this (the one without the tenkey) and I really dig it. I'm a longtime mech fan, and quite a few mech and capacitive dome models have passed through my office.

    The low-profile-but-still-mechanical feel of the Havit is super sweet. I only wish my iPad Pro could do system-level key remapping, but that's a first world problem for sure.
     
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    Thanks for that. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on it yesterday. Glad to hear other opinions on it. I'm usually very skeptical and hesitant when buying anything from a brand I know nothing about.
     
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    Got it. It types nicely. Time will tell if it's good.

    The size difference makes it feel like I have 100% more desk space.

    Keyboard1.jpg Keyboard2.jpg
     
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    Anyone have advice for switch maintenance?

    The 'T' on my CMStorm keyboard is acting up and doesn't work 10% of the time. Probably wouldn't be a big deal if it was a key I rarely used, but I never really realized how many words have the letter T until you get constant interruptions.

    While I have some DIY skills, I would rather not totally replace it with another Cherry blue switch. I've had this keyboard since 2012, but I haven't used it very much because I tend to share computers a lot and other people don't share the same enthusiasm for typewriter sound.
     
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    I honestly don't think that there is any easy way to fix a contact problem. The switch mechanism can only be accessed by taking the top plate of the switch, and unless you have a very unusual and recent board, the only way to remove the top plate requires de-soldering the entire switch off from the back of the PCB. If you're doing this, you may as well be replacing the switch entirely rather than trying to fix the existing one.

    On the bright side, if you're even only very slightly handy with a soldering iron, this is a simple thing to do.
     
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    Cspirou They call me Sparky

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    I just looked up a tutorial on removing a switch and it's not as bad as I thought. While I might as well just replace the switch, just ordering one switch is kind of a hassle.
     

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