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Title: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Tue, 09 October 2018, 22:28:41
Mine: Velocifire VM01  $39.99
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: YC1920 on Tue, 09 October 2018, 22:47:18
About $150: Corsair rgb strafe silent cherry red. It was a gift. Had some back in late 90’s and early 2000’s as a kid.  Adult me doesn’t remember much about them sadly.


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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: subcat on Tue, 09 October 2018, 22:53:28
Noppoo Lolita 87 - $120
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Post by: BlindAssassin111 on Tue, 09 October 2018, 23:18:14
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium w/reds - $140 + $20 for silencing o-rings
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Post by: sexzual on Tue, 09 October 2018, 23:30:19
Wyse pce .25c
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Lanrefni on Tue, 09 October 2018, 23:36:48
Eagletec KG010 $40.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Leslieann on Wed, 10 October 2018, 00:18:40
Free, Model M.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: chyros on Wed, 10 October 2018, 00:23:56
Free :) . An Acer 6312.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: rorix on Wed, 10 October 2018, 04:56:15
Ducky One $95
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: JohanAR on Wed, 10 October 2018, 05:07:21
Raptor Gaming K1 that I bought for €9 (90% discount). German layout but that didn't bother me much. Currently using the keycaps for my Nyquist since it had 1U modifiers
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: malu1989 on Wed, 10 October 2018, 05:13:37
Filco TKL with MX Browns. 160€
Sent it back shortly after as browns were not for me.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: overlypedantic on Wed, 10 October 2018, 05:14:54
Oof, I had to go wayyyy back to figure this out. I think it was a Cooler Master CM Storm Quickfire Tk for $70.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: fohat.digs on Wed, 10 October 2018, 06:24:47
I got an AT101W with a Dell system in 1997.

Otherwise, I got some kind of a Northgate Omnikey at a thrift store for about $2 but it had a few dead keys.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: fer.real on Wed, 10 October 2018, 06:45:09
A no-name board with Outemu blues on clearance from Micro Center for $40.

Dirty little secret: I like Outemu blues better than Cherry MX blues.  Much less rattle.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: killyou on Wed, 10 October 2018, 08:10:26
1st - $145 - Coolermaster Novatouch (sold for $135)
2nd - $50 - some crap from aliexpress (sold, broke even)
3rd - $46 - Magicforce68 (sold for $40)
4rd - $170 - Vortex Pok3r MX Clear Black (installed holtites and R11 Zealio 67g)
5th - $100 - Vortex Pok3r MX Clear White (sold, broke even)
6th - $80 - Vortex Pok3r MX Blue

I also sold all keycaps, accessories and switches that I acquired in the mean time. If I would sell my two Pok3rs I would be even or have a slight surplus on the entire keyboard hobby thing.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: sncbraxsc2 on Wed, 10 October 2018, 08:30:26
Unfortunately, I was a bit too young to remember using mechanical keyboards in my youth - or if I even did for that matter. I remember there being little PCs with big keyboards set up in my preschool that we would play learning games on. Those might've been mechs, it was '95 or '96 and they definitely weren't brand new systems. The first real household system my family had was around 2000 and that came with one of those horrible Gateway 2000 rubber dome boards.  :rolleyes:

so

CM Storm TK, white case, white led, red switches - 80$
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: fer.real on Wed, 10 October 2018, 08:40:35
My first computer was a Commodore 64.  Those had mechanical switches, but I'm not sure if it counts as a keyboard.

Unfortunately, all of the PC clones I had in the 90s were rubber domes.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: tp4tissue on Wed, 10 October 2018, 10:20:23
Were free,  I stole it from wurk
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Sup on Wed, 10 October 2018, 10:32:57
Poker II 85 Euro's
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: JP on Wed, 10 October 2018, 10:35:57
1st - Rosewell with MX blues ~$80ish maybe less with rebate. This was several years ago.
2nd/3rd - IBM Model F XT + Model M - Free!
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: danwomansan on Wed, 10 October 2018, 11:23:17
about 4 years ago, a friend sent me a model m, for $friendship :)
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: terrpn on Wed, 10 October 2018, 11:38:27
Free........IBM Model M a hundred years ago


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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Riverman on Wed, 10 October 2018, 16:51:02
My first one was an Apple Extended Keyboard II, bought back in 1989 or 1990 for about $160.  Accounting for inflation, that makes today's keyboards look pretty affordable!  My first more modern mechanical keyboard was a Das Keyboard that I picked up for $80.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Meowsaur on Wed, 10 October 2018, 17:27:50
Zero pounds and zero pence.

Old keyboard broke. Needed a new one. Mate gave me one from work;
It was a Dell AT102W.

I'd say that ultimately it's cost me a few thousand pounds in consequences, but I expect that's a stale joke by now.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: portbaron on Wed, 10 October 2018, 18:04:37
Apple extended II keyboard in the 90s with cream alps, although I didn't know it at the time. Came with computer.
First one I purposely bought was around 2005? Deck with MX blacks. Maybe like $95.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: jamster on Wed, 10 October 2018, 20:21:01
First one that I actually had to pay for? Model M, $20.

First one that I ever had? Model M, free.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Wed, 10 October 2018, 20:45:52
A no-name board with Outemu blues on clearance from Micro Center for $40.

Dirty little secret: I like Outemu blues better than Cherry MX blues.  Much less rattle.

I guess it's also Velocifire? lol
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Wed, 10 October 2018, 20:47:11
about 4 years ago, a friend sent me a model m, for $friendship :)

I love your friendship.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: typo on Thu, 11 October 2018, 04:57:52
It was some junk Microcenter off brand. like $50. Legends wore off in 3 days and I returned it. I got so many after that can't tally. That is knowingly. Excluding not knowing I was using Model M's back in the day. Recently I paid $750USD for a new in box model M LOL. I know that is a lot for it but how many are there brand new. Not Unicomp.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: StickyBlueJuice on Thu, 11 October 2018, 06:38:22
$170 That's how much a poker II costs in Denmark.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: tp4tissue on Thu, 11 October 2018, 07:17:15
$170 That's how much a poker II costs in Denmark.

But chu'ge'dat fr33 health care and antidepressants..
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: StickyBlueJuice on Thu, 11 October 2018, 07:40:03
$170 That's how much a poker II costs in Denmark.

But chu'ge'dat fr33 health care and antidepressants..
Haha yes, can't argue with that.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: chyros on Thu, 11 October 2018, 08:45:56
Actually, if you count the very first mech I ever used at all, it'd be the 5155 F XT, which cost my dad 10,000 guilders or something.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: DALExSNAIL on Thu, 11 October 2018, 08:58:13
$60 bucks, QFR on sale with mx browns
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Olumin on Thu, 11 October 2018, 10:03:52
ISO DE Model M...

60€ I believe...

maybe just 40?

Don't quite remember...


Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: dallman5 on Thu, 11 October 2018, 10:09:14
Coolermaster TKL with MX Browns for about $80
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Delmondo on Thu, 11 October 2018, 22:24:16
rosewill rk-9000 v2 with bona fide mx browns. $80 CAD. it didn't take me long to realize that i didn't like it at all and instead looked to alps boards for safety and comfort.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: BlindAssassin111 on Thu, 11 October 2018, 22:46:36
rosewill rk-9000 v2 with bona fide mx browns. $80 CAD. it didn't take me long to realize that i didn't like it at all and instead looked to alps boards for safety and comfort.

I wonder how many of us started with an mx board and realized we would rather search for a vintage alps board than use that lol. I went from MX Reds, to SKCM Black, MX Green and then went back down the alps rabbit hole...now have somewhere north of 6 alps boards(actually can't remember lol).
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Delmondo on Thu, 11 October 2018, 23:08:47
I wonder how many of us started with an mx board and realized we would rather search for a vintage alps board than use that lol. I went from MX Reds, to SKCM Black, MX Green and then went back down the alps rabbit hole...now have somewhere north of 6 alps boards(actually can't remember lol).

i hope to have that many alps boards one day... currently, the only genuine alps board i have is a black at101w. i would seriously trade anything for something with even just SKBMs.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: BlindAssassin111 on Thu, 11 October 2018, 23:17:00
i hope to have that many alps boards one day... currently, the only genuine alps board i have is a black at101w. i would seriously trade anything for something with even just SKBMs.

It isn't hard to have as many as me tbh...I don't have a large stock of expensive ones and all were under $100. I just made a lot of purchases I honestly shouldn't have...but it is hard to resist sometimes.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: romevi on Thu, 11 October 2018, 23:30:53
$80 Unicomp.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Sat, 13 October 2018, 06:04:45
First one that I actually had to pay for? Model M, $20.

First one that I ever had? Model M, free.

$20? Kidding?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Sat, 13 October 2018, 06:06:23
1st - $145 - Coolermaster Novatouch (sold for $135)
2nd - $50 - some crap from aliexpress (sold, broke even)
3rd - $46 - Magicforce68 (sold for $40)
4rd - $170 - Vortex Pok3r MX Clear Black (installed holtites and R11 Zealio 67g)
5th - $100 - Vortex Pok3r MX Clear White (sold, broke even)
6th - $80 - Vortex Pok3r MX Blue

I also sold all keycaps, accessories and switches that I acquired in the mean time. If I would sell my two Pok3rs I would be even or have a slight surplus on the entire keyboard hobby thing.
'

What to consider for the 7th?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: PointZero on Sun, 14 October 2018, 12:07:17
CTRL keybaord bareboned: 160$.
With switches and keycaps: 210$.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: ojrask on Mon, 15 October 2018, 10:34:48
Ducky Premier DK9008P Creamcheese and Green, around 130 euros.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: RehnMan on Mon, 15 October 2018, 11:21:30
I suppose my first keyboard was a Ducky One with Cherry MX Browns or Blues. I remember buying like 3 mechs from MicroCenter so I could try the switches and return them all. So technically that was my first board but I only had it for a week or so.

The first board I purchased with the intent of keeping was either a Corsair K70 with MX Browns or a TT eSports Poseidon with MX Browns. I bought them at roughly the same time (one for home and one for work).

Since then I have acquired an Anne Pro with Gateron Blues and a Pok3r with MX Blues. Waiting on my Planck Rev 6 and that 75 Key XD75RE knockoff on Massdrop. I think that hotswappable PCBs is really going to help keep my spending in check, but Im not sure how much.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:08:38
I suppose my first keyboard was a Ducky One with Cherry MX Browns or Blues. I remember buying like 3 mechs from MicroCenter so I could try the switches and return them all. So technically that was my first board but I only had it for a week or so.

The first board I purchased with the intent of keeping was either a Corsair K70 with MX Browns or a TT eSports Poseidon with MX Browns. I bought them at roughly the same time (one for home and one for work).

Since then I have acquired an Anne Pro with Gateron Blues and a Pok3r with MX Blues. Waiting on my Planck Rev 6 and that 75 Key XD75RE knockoff on Massdrop. I think that hotswappable PCBs is really going to help keep my spending in check, but Im not sure how much.

How was the ducky one?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:13:35
Ducky Premier DK9008P Creamcheese and Green, around 130 euros.
How are you feel about the keyboard?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:20:00
Noppoo Lolita 87 - $120
Do you like it?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:23:36
Free, Model M.
Wow! So lucky!
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:27:26
Poker II 85 Euro's
Do you like the keyboard?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:28:25
Free, Model M.
So lucky!
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: john08099 on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:37:48
ISO DE Model M...

60€ I believe...

maybe just 40?

Don't quite remember...

Haha, It's been a long time! :)
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: diseeease on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:44:44
Only started this hobby a few weeks ago. First one was a lightly used Aukey KM-G6 with Outemu Blues for a whopping 15€. Followed up by a second one of these, NIB, for 20€.

My third is where things started to get serious - a Cherry G80-3000LGADE for 3€. And now I'm always hunting for more vintage boards and also just ordered the parts for my first DIY board on Aliexpress yesterday.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: whalematrontron on Fri, 30 November 2018, 02:56:44
It was a cooler master Pro S RGB with cherry blues, which was about 100 AUD I think. Great board, I still have it
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Cynamin on Fri, 30 November 2018, 10:53:00
$70 for an opened razer blackwidow ultimate 2016 edition at bestbuy.
Ah, simpler times.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: NewbieOneKenobi on Fri, 30 November 2018, 11:10:40
Model F and then Model M, not technically mechanical and yet the typically acknowledged father of all mechanical boards. ;) It's still not mine, actually.

Afterwards I can't really recall, but either those old Dell AT101/whatever boards with Alps at a couple bucks apiece, or Filco Majestouch 1 with Blues (can't recall the price, perhaps something to the tune of 120 euros/dollars/pounds). The Filco isn't ideal, but I always keep coming back to it, like that special kind of GF you just can't dump.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Pitrek on Sat, 01 December 2018, 16:42:31
Simple, CM Storm Quickfire TK with MX Blue switches. The start of addiction.   :p
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: whiffysole on Sat, 01 December 2018, 20:08:26
Mine was a used Razer Blackwidow 2014 I got off my friend for $40. This is what eventually lead me to discover the mechanical keyboard community and I fell in love.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Ptolemy on Mon, 03 December 2018, 10:48:03
My first true mech was a Razer Blackwidow  $150 :confused:

Now I've upgraded to much better things.  :thumb:
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Hyperdimension on Mon, 03 December 2018, 14:55:34
First one is a Ducky One TKL with Cherry MX Browns and ****ty ABS keycaps for 90Euros. Bought on 27 July 2016. Has terrible stabilizers and I puked on it while being ****faced on vodka last summer. Thankfully the only damage was my right arrow key. Now I have an Anne Pro 2 with a GMK set that costs twice as much as the keyboard itself, whoo!
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: jamster on Mon, 03 December 2018, 22:48:57
Free, Model M.
Wow! So lucky!

You can just use the Multiquote option instead of rapid-firing a bunch of separate one liner replies to separate posts. Makes for an easier to read thread.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: ArchDill on Mon, 03 December 2018, 22:50:22
I think my first board was a logitech. I paid like $130ish iirc

It went up from there...
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: jcoffin1981 on Tue, 11 December 2018, 03:59:30
Cherry MX 2.0, pain $99.  I ultimately left it at work to use cuz I couldn't stand the full size board, though I liked the profile of the keys.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Merranza on Tue, 11 December 2018, 08:20:31
First one is a Ducky One TKL with Cherry MX Browns and ****ty ABS keycaps for 90Euros. Bought on 27 July 2016. Has terrible stabilizers and I puked on it while being ****faced on vodka last summer. Thankfully the only damage was my right arrow key. Now I have an Anne Pro 2 with a GMK set that costs twice as much as the keyboard itself, whoo!

If you are not trolling, this is one of the many reasons why I never buy used keyboards.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: MGMorden on Wed, 12 December 2018, 20:57:00
My first 3 that I owned were all less than $2 at thrift stores but this was ~20 years ago. 

Since then I think they most expensive I've bought is a Matias Tactile Pro for $140 - I'd put off buying one for years and when they discontinued the PC version I figured I'd snap one up while they were still available.

My normal use keyboard at home though is still a $90 Unicomp.  At work I use a cheap chinese board that I desoldered the Outemu blue switches on and replace with a set of Novelkeys Box Jades.  Total investment on that one was probably ~$75 or so.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: abhixec on Thu, 13 December 2018, 13:52:56
My first keyboard was CM storm quickfire rapid- $80 for the cherry mx blue.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: dhb82 on Thu, 13 December 2018, 16:38:11
Ducky Shine II, only had blue LED with cherry mx browns. Was 150$ back then. Man i loved that keyboard, used it so much it broke in the end.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Gati on Tue, 25 December 2018, 17:35:01
Logitech G710+, $60
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Reiep on Wed, 26 December 2018, 10:27:38
WASD CODE, $120-ish in a group order.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: MTXjunkie on Wed, 26 December 2018, 11:58:38
WASD Code V2B. I got a deal on a lightly used one for ~$100.


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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Chevy_Monsenhor on Wed, 26 December 2018, 13:10:22
A few years ago i got a Nixeus Moda V2 as my first MK, i think it cost me around R$300 or US$70
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: livewirerc on Wed, 26 December 2018, 19:24:50
Fifty dollar Magicforce, then a hundred dollar KUL ES-87.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: hwood34 on Thu, 27 December 2018, 19:23:36
Hell yea that's a trip down memory road. I couldn't even remember or pick out what I had from the one ****ty picture I posted, but:

Ducky DK9008 with MX blacks woulda been like $109 back then?
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: sherminnater on Thu, 27 December 2018, 20:44:47
~$75 for Rosewill RK9000 with cherry MX Browns, almost went back to a rubber dome because I really hated browns but now I have a board with cherry clears and another wither gateron greens. Currently waiting on parts for a KBD75 with Kailh Bronze.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: sdg2416 on Mon, 31 December 2018, 16:13:39
I paid around $85 for a Noppoo Choc Mini MX Black on Amazon about 4 years ago. It was nice because it was my first mechanical keyboard experience and I loved the layout. However a part of me believed that I had a bootleg version because it didnt look like the one in the pictures in regards to the laser-etching - and there were no caps and num lock windows for the lighting. Some of the switches felt weird to press, as there would be this unpleasant massive bump on the "T" and Page Up keys. It finally broke a few months ago which made me stumble upon the world of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts!

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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Darkside on Tue, 01 January 2019, 02:15:50
It was a Poker II with MX Reds. I think it was around $100 and bought through eBay.  :cool:
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: LeoShi on Tue, 01 January 2019, 11:35:22
filco, about $150  :-X
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: ThereminGoat on Tue, 01 January 2019, 11:37:14
Funny enough, I got my Cherry MX Brown Anne Pro for free due to a shipping error. The site that I had bought it off of had estimated me two weeks shipping and after a month of waiting I just asked for a refund. Another month after that it showed up at the door and I called to say that I received something that wasn't mine but they had claimed they had no record of any order that was open since mine was closed out/dealt with.

If only I could have kept that luck for the more expensive stuff.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: nickheller on Tue, 01 January 2019, 11:37:47
Ducky Zero, about 100$ at Micro Center.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: NegaYouDontKn0wMe on Tue, 01 January 2019, 14:16:08
20$ Ebay Mechanical keyboard w/blue switches and RGB lighting, arriving in the mail soon :)
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: mbardeen on Tue, 08 January 2019, 19:44:06
IBM Model F XT. Probably around $2000 USD. But it included the PC and 640KB of RAM. In 1984  ;D ;D
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: snozberries on Sun, 13 January 2019, 18:12:52
If I remember correctly it was a Quickfire Rapid with MX Blues for $40. Still miss that thing...
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: efftwo on Sun, 13 January 2019, 18:58:49
Corsair Vengeance K65, got it really cheap for about $65 four years ago.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: mattlach on Sun, 13 January 2019, 20:51:47
My first one?   I don't know.  It was some sort Model M AT model that came with my 286 in 1991.  You know with the large round DIN connector.

I was 11, it was my first PC of my own, and click Model M's were practically given away at the time, as the new trend where the new "QuietKey" rubber domes.  Everyone wanted those because they were quiet!   My computer was practically obsolete even when I first got it, and someone threw in a free keyboard.

Fast forward roughly 15 years to 2005.  I had recently graduated from college and had long stopped using old clicky keyboards and switched to the modern modern rubber domes.   One day I remembered how much I missed typing on a solid tactile keyboard, checked out eBay, and won a Model M in pristine condition for $8.95

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2X0iy_SAF6TeQf98ujM5ldUgjoxK5lQBYvsvk67pknPuaJ9y6995xKAVTIwtb5i4Ww0m_KI7lRbhc1SoEwcsQmyY9I9HwcnKDi6MEtQy1lSB--mUX3UHCVnCJ6eMhWfgA1rx6o_r2tUiSmWmZSAPa0Ak8yq1MvJUftKifTTEDEaheT_aYAaJiIGOXO8y_KwcOlZfOpM9yA3PVH5Ls9iqFmpsw8KgP199mIjDm7nVwZ5JPrvSB2-UqEBDMbHy4XXiszELI7Zv9E-Zp6BYlZW6on5YUGGpc5Udgg5P2eTgpwEHb9xFzS_KDPWuRpYsl0lZuB06PY2cwPe_gHSQAFBlT71C3-HLENWL9YfEtJb4NYdode52lxqPT0z6Y1X7d41Dov5pVPGIHChVJ2GQwKgluqELlrwQlsUnp-4Ez1xfhHhgA8LZExCA2-aQE0GA4K43VXcxWf_0CwbIXtQXnM2nECNlPCwtA2Sz83dcm3h-D2rqTwdimsgwSX_ZAkqu6c5-RbO59vHQ4cJqtvNamyMcwI4udtVfDT5Urbn2IBfliPjBeZUH6q9jWoD-enmRvSKh8B_GQUFD65Xaywi45lUT9yYzNIAB_smQ9z6Ofw-tWIAZqiiA8SZb9hsh_xsvgx7OTDk74lMTVzOeKcK1m3zg0MDaGBvwoA8xx8KX4c_8iF20oFoVW1KLLGIWBJ5D2ZTml9EqutDZnkblQ1QIqA=w724-h624-no)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2648/3978720980_74b128759b_z.jpg)


This was a time before people rediscovered mechanical keyboards, so these guys were going for next to nothing on eBay.

I recently looked into picking up a similar replacement (The Model M above became a casualty of a ceiling leak at work in 2011, where I had moved it after I replaced it with a Black M13 Trackpoint II model) and was shocked how expensive they had become on eBay.

Demand must have gone up :p
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: thearctican on Sun, 13 January 2019, 22:16:47
Free. I had a Model M that came with the IBM PC330 I was given in 1998 or so. That got scrapped when we moved out of state in 'favor' of the dell keyboard that came with the Optiplex I got for homeschooling.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Ruskie on Wed, 16 January 2019, 00:01:05
My first mech that wasn't bought for me was a Drevo Calibur, which I think I paid 60 dollars for off amazon.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: abhixec on Wed, 09 June 2021, 03:45:01
My first mech was quick fire rapid from cooler master. I think $40

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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: rowdy on Wed, 09 June 2021, 03:58:31
First one ever - no idea, it was too long ago, I didn't take any specific notice of the keyboard, and they were generally supplied as standard back then.

First one I remember - NEC APC-H4100E that I got with an NEC APC 4 PowerMate 4C '286 computer (no, the NEC APC-H4100E that I have now is not the same one).

First modern mechanical keyboard - Ducky Shine 1, red LEDs, Cherry MX blue switches - $172.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Sup on Wed, 09 June 2021, 05:47:04
Poker II with MX blacks 2017
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: fohat.digs on Wed, 09 June 2021, 07:58:18
I bought many keyboards second-hand $1-$5 before I ever sprang for something on ebay, a 1991 Model M for about $65 if I am remembering correctly.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: jamster on Wed, 09 June 2021, 09:11:54
First one I paid money for? GBP20, Model M.

First mech board? Free, Model M.

Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: phughes on Wed, 09 June 2021, 10:28:00
Model F XT - £40 (back in 1991).

It did come with the rest of the PC, though.

PC long gone, but still using the keyboard (typing this) 30 years later with internal Soarer's.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: CarnageHimura on Wed, 09 June 2021, 10:42:21
1st - CMstorm MECH with brown, using it right now at work, like $150 on a friend store, but payed it configuring a couple of servers with VMware jejeje
2nd- Ducky One 2 Horizon, $99 solded to a friend.
3rd- Drop Alt High Profile, $245 + Everglide Pandas + Gat Ink Yellow v2
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: chadrezzar on Wed, 09 June 2021, 10:56:33
Aliexpress hotswap Board ~50$(teamwolf CIY TKL), switches ~80$(zealV1) right afer my G11 broke down(rubber in one of the keys broke)
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: MIGHTY CHICKEN on Wed, 09 June 2021, 11:00:13
Think it was a used $40 razer chroma v2, honestly I loved the wrist wrest that it had, nice and plushy
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: diazel on Wed, 09 June 2021, 11:34:20
$139.99 - Razer Black Widow Ultimate Tournament 2014

I have a keyboard drawer below my desktop surface that is its new home. Flavor of the day on top, trusty blackwidow underneath just in case I can't remember where the hell I programmed the print screen button on that particular keeb, lol
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: kizuna on Sun, 13 June 2021, 14:25:08
Vortex POK3R was my first, not sure how much i paid for it.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: azzipa on Sun, 13 June 2021, 17:28:54
my first was a pok3r bought off fleabay. mx blues (turns out they're not really my style, at all). maybe usd $60 or $70? now, a few years later, i'm very reluctant to say how my wallet has fared with this hobby. i wish i had known then what i know now. could be an idea for another thread...


My first mech that wasn't bought for me was a Drevo Calibur, which I think I paid 60 dollars for off amazon.

the only reason i know about this board is from following the eclipse gb. i really dig the layout. when eclipse debuted in spring 2020 it was the first 70% (fkl/tkl) in ic. i looked for similar layouts and that was the only one i could find. next came onyx and calliope. all three made it to gb, but none have been delivered yet. (and maybe cucumber eventually moves past concept stage.)
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: james97 on Tue, 15 June 2021, 21:04:56
Razer Huntsman v2 Analo - $250
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Kinso on Thu, 17 June 2021, 01:11:40
Portico 65 + back case so it was about 150$ for the board then on top of that I got keycaps and switches (tangerines and infinikey port so it was about 300$)
for just the keyboard at least
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: seokjin on Fri, 18 June 2021, 15:05:37
I honestly can't remember my *very* first one but the first one I remember was my Razer BlackWidow Chroma v2 for around £120. I bought it with my first paycheck and I still have it and love it to this day but ever since discovering custom mechs, it hasn't been used for a while!
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Darthbaggins on Fri, 18 June 2021, 15:16:04
First one I bought for myself was $80, a MX-Blue CM Quickfire TK (I still have it in storage).
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: jcoffin1981 on Sat, 19 June 2021, 03:43:19
I had a Cherry MX 2.0-  It was $99 I believe.  I loved the keycaps.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: noisyturtle on Sat, 19 June 2021, 17:34:58
this much:
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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: JucheCatgirlTS on Sat, 19 June 2021, 18:04:23
My very first mech was an IBM Model M I got off eBay in about 2008 for about $75. Good thing it was sturdy because I was just getting into a serious heroin habit and I tended to be hard on my belongings back then.

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Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: rowdy on Sat, 19 June 2021, 20:30:40
this much:
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Ooohhh yellow keys!  Very nice :)

I tried to buy one of tyhose over here, ordered it, waited a few months, then they said they could not fulfil the order and refunded my money.

Eventually I tracked down a set of the keycaps here - still got them.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Maledicted on Tue, 22 June 2021, 19:20:01
I had random assortments of old computers and peripherals I would tinker with for years before I ever knew what a mechanical keyboard was. I imagine some of those old boards may have been mechanical, but I have no idea. Those, along with the computers they were meant for were usually free.

The first I know of is my first Corsair K70, with MX reds. I think it was on sale for $100 or so within about a year of that model's initial release. It still resides on my desk, although it doesn't see much typing lately outside of gaming when I have 2-3 random other rotation keyboards plugged in at any given time.

First one ever - no idea, it was too long ago, I didn't take any specific notice of the keyboard, and they were generally supplied as standard back then.

First one I remember - NEC APC-H4100E that I got with an NEC APC 4 PowerMate 4C '286 computer (no, the NEC APC-H4100E that I have now is not the same one).

First modern mechanical keyboard - Ducky Shine 1, red LEDs, Cherry MX blue switches - $172.

Hard to beat NEC blue ovals for a first mechanical switch.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: rowdy on Thu, 24 June 2021, 20:07:37
Hard to beat NEC blue ovals for a first mechanical switch.

Wasn't my first, but it was my favourite for a long time.

I managed to find another such keyboard recently (well, not so recently now), repaired it, and it still gets rotated in every now and again.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: yui on Fri, 25 June 2021, 02:38:38
depending on how you count,
1st overall was a trash picked dead 3rd gen Fujistu leaf spring board that i had no idea what it was back then.
1st working one was a 120 euros Unicomp PC122.
1st MX style was a cheap chinese TKL kit with MX brown and pudding caps for a total of around 80 USD.
one of my regret is to have not keept that 1st board, nowadays i could have fixed it...
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: phinix on Fri, 25 June 2021, 03:23:07
Mine was Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid TKL with MX Blacks, it was around £50.
Title: Re: How much was your 1st Mech Board?
Post by: Leopard223 on Fri, 25 June 2021, 20:05:47
First MK was the Celeritas II for $30, a nice prebuilt I didn't even understand was Mech, just got it since it was the only one with backlighting.