Author Topic: Switches in Microspeed Deluxe KB106MD Apple Macintosh Keyboard (FUUABDKEY001)?  (Read 340 times)

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Offline Fritz the German

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Hello,

I've found an eBay-auction of the "Microspeed Deluxe KB106MD Apple Macintosh Keyboard". The FCC ID is "FUUADBKEY001".
Has anyone ever owned this keyboard, or does know about the built-in switches? (Membrane or mechanical)?

The seller is hesitant to pull a keycap off and send me a picture of a switch :-(

Any help is appreciated!

Offline Maledicted

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With that keyboard being made in 1994, the likelihood of the it being a rubber dome is high. I couldn't find anything specifically about that board offhand, but the MicroSpeed KB105M is mentioned in a few places. Here is one: Looking for info on a certain model of keyboard

Apparently it was marketed as an affordable alternative to Apple's own keyboards. Interestingly, this article says that people who tried the KB105M ranked it just behind the Apple Extended keyboard, and ahead of the Extended II. Both of those boards were likely to have Alps switches, so maybe there was a version with mechanical switches? Maybe it was placebo effect? Maybe some people actually preferred rubber domes?

None of that directly addresses the KB106MD, but it might give you an idea of the goals of the company. Maybe somebody has actually seen/had one.