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IBM 4704 Model F 77-key reproduction keyboard review
« on: Sun, 20 June 2021, 04:42:55 »
Today we look at the extremely anticipated Model F77 repro keyboard by Ellipse! There's so much to say about this keyboard, so it turned into a quite lengthy review. Hope you enjoyed the video!

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Re: IBM 4704 Model F 77-key reproduction keyboard review
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 20 June 2021, 18:29:17 »
A other great review!

Love the conversion to imperial units :)
"Because keyboards are accessories to PC makers, they focus on minimizing the manufacturing costs. But thatís incorrect. Itís in HHKBís slogan, but when Americaís cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces." - Eiiti Wada

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Re: IBM 4704 Model F 77-key reproduction keyboard review
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 20 June 2021, 22:23:39 »
The keyboard looks cool bro, very vintage and has it own style

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Re: IBM 4704 Model F 77-key reproduction keyboard review
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 14 September 2021, 10:19:16 »
The biggest thing I'm sad that doesn't exist about these keyboards is a full 101/103 key layout. I'm not usually a fan of cut down keyboards, but despite the weird num lock and fn key locations (and the lack of tilde/backtick on the top layer), it's the most usable small layout keyboard I've personally used.

I have the ANSI equivalent layout of the board shown, although I think I have fewer keys, as both of my shift keys are full sized.

I was not aware that there were metal-cased Model F keyboards before, but I only had a Model F AT for reference. Honestly, I'm not sure the absurdly heavy case is a plus, other than keeping the keyboard from sliding. 
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