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Offline Mayor Winters

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« on: Tue, 28 June 2011, 03:17:08 »
Hi there!

Well, one friend of me was throwing away some old stuff, and then he came across this keyboard. He knows that Im a mechanical keyboard fan and a freak (he thinks xDD), so he saved the keyboard for me, but I cant figure out which keyboard is or what kind of switch it has.

I've been looking for information but I cant find any proper one, some say it uses Alps, some Buckling Springs, and some Rubber dome... And my friend cant tell me the concrete model.

Do you know what kind of switch it uses?

video related: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6jwZnyD1PM

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« Reply #1 on: Tue, 28 June 2011, 03:30:05 »
I once looked for info for one, and found out Olivetti made a rubber dome keyboard that looks like that.
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Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #2 on: Tue, 28 June 2011, 03:31:55 »
Ow :(
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Offline The Solutor

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« Reply #3 on: Tue, 28 June 2011, 03:38:10 »
Could be a RD. But Olivetti keyboards are a lot so is not easy to tell.

BTW you cant go wrong with Olivetti keyboards, they are usually on par or better than the IBM counterparts.

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Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #4 on: Tue, 28 June 2011, 03:52:32 »
OK, Im having it on next week so I will post the results.

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Offline monked

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« Reply #5 on: Wed, 14 September 2011, 06:10:25 »
any results yet?

Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #6 on: Sun, 18 September 2011, 17:46:37 »
No :(

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Offline monked

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« Reply #7 on: Sun, 18 September 2011, 18:14:31 »
saw the same on ebay and thought about it but my googleing said its rubber or buckling ...

Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #8 on: Mon, 19 September 2011, 02:59:56 »
The friend tried the Dell AT102W in a Lan Party and he said that feels the same =o!
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Offline The Solutor

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« Reply #9 on: Tue, 20 September 2011, 01:13:48 »
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The friend tried the Dell AT102W in a Lan Party and he said that feels the same =o!


The keyboard shown in the video is an ANK 27-102N and is a (fantastic) rubber dome.

Older models (sold with M24 and M21) were microswitch keyboards.

You can find more infos here

http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?21293-Surprised-by-rubberdome
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« Reply #10 on: Tue, 20 September 2011, 01:41:59 »
But they don't have NKRO, though. Right?

The right shift does look impressive, though. And, as was also said in the previous topic, the key profile looks pretty cool.

Really, what has bottom-dollar computing become the norm?

Offline The Solutor

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« Reply #11 on: Tue, 20 September 2011, 01:46:38 »
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But they don't have NKRO, though. Right?


I touched one of them just the last week but was connected to a unix server not managed by me, so I haven't tested the *KRO functionality.
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Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #12 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 15:41:55 »
Tomorrow is the day :D
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« Reply #13 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 21:07:52 »
Make sure to post the *KRO, model number, etc. As well as lots of pics. lots of them.

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« Reply #14 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 21:14:45 »
Olivetti is an Italian board right?

Mayor Winters, are you in Italy per chance?

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« Reply #15 on: Sun, 25 September 2011, 23:17:53 »
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Olivetti is an Italian board right?


Olivetti are to Italian product design what Apple are to North American product design.


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Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #16 on: Mon, 26 September 2011, 10:37:03 »
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Olivetti is an Italian board right?

Mayor Winters, are you in Italy per chance?

No hehe, I am in Spain (I'm spanish).


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Make sure to post the *KRO, model number, etc. As well as lots of pics. lots of them.

Yup, im going in a while for the KB, after sport training.
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Offline The Solutor

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« Reply #17 on: Mon, 26 September 2011, 10:55:10 »
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Olivetti are to Italian product design what Apple are to North American product design.


More correctly was, and although design was important for Olivetti, technology was more important.

Just to mention few things, the programma 101 was the first personal computer, sold eleven years before the Apple 1, the quaderno was the first form of netbook sold fifteen years before the eeepc, the envision was a mediacenter sold more than a decade before the competitors.

BTW the stupid italians were convinced that a good product was enough to sell it, while Apple (Jobs to say better) decided to sell a religion, a more effective move.

BTW unlike Ripster says Olivetti never went out of business, but shifted its interests to services and verticalized markets, not too different from what IBM did or HP is going to do.

Very recently some consumer product were launched with the Olivetti brand, but although good products, they lack the genial part and the superb quality of the true old olivetti products.
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Offline Pretendo

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« Reply #18 on: Mon, 26 September 2011, 10:58:20 »
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No hehe, I am in Spain (I'm spanish).

This sort of makes sense, on a tangent note.  Olivetti had a huge plant in Spain.  Later typewriters branded as Underwood but designed by Olivetti (Underwood 319) were made here.  Olivetti bought out Underwood in the 60s.
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Offline The Solutor

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« Reply #19 on: Mon, 26 September 2011, 11:02:33 »
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This sort of makes sense, on a tangent note.  Olivetti had a huge plant in Spain.  Later typewriters branded as Underwood but designed by Olivetti (Underwood 319) were made here.  Olivetti bought out Underwood in the 60s.


I'm sure they had a plant in Mexico too, the latest lettera 32 (sold even in Italy) were built there.
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Offline Mayor Winters

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« Reply #20 on: Tue, 27 September 2011, 06:45:06 »
Ahoi!

So, I finally got the keyboard. The model is an "Olivetti ANK 27-102N". Its a RD, but Im surprised about the feeling. You cant compare it with a mechanical keyboard but its the best RD ive ever come across!

Here are some pics, my camera died because of low battery so Im recharging it for more pics, of the RD switches and etc.

The keyboard itself is almost 20 years old.

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AH! Forgot to say, the cable is attachable, like the Model Ms.
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« Reply #21 on: Tue, 27 September 2011, 07:03:47 »
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Ahoi!

So, I finally got the keyboard. The model is an "Olivetti ANK 27-102N". Its a RD, but Im surprised about the feeling.


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