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Offline StickyBlueJuice

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #50 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 07:48:00 »
KBD8X V1. w/ 67g zealio v1's.

Offline eternalmetal

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #51 on: Sun, 12 January 2020, 15:01:48 »
My black Realforce 87U 55g with blank HHKB keycaps. Been using this for over 4 years now and I still love it as much as back when I got it.


Offline treeleaf64

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #52 on: Mon, 13 January 2020, 11:08:11 »
When you say click springs, do you mean tactile leaves? Pretty cool build you got there!

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #53 on: Mon, 13 January 2020, 19:26:02 »
When you say click springs, do you mean tactile leaves? Pretty cool build you got there!

are you referring to my post, if so, yes, i meant the tactile leaves. apologies, i am not sure why i used 'click springs'.
thanks and glad you liked it.

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #54 on: Mon, 13 January 2020, 22:09:21 »
V1 Clueboard

Offline treeleaf64

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #55 on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 11:19:37 »
V1 Clueboard

I read up about this board. The plate looks pretty cool, a great feature the designers have added.

Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #56 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 09:03:33 »
dactyl manuform

Ooh yes, my wallet beckons. I do like smaller form factor keyboards, but I think that the manuform 6x6 Is just perfect for me being programable, as well as having so many keys. It layout is nice, without having the form factor look chunky, like the preonic. My manuform 6x6 is by far my most expensive build, and one of my only no compromise builds. It sucks that my no compromise Planck build costs a whole lot less, with the only defining feature being an expensive (and frankly beautiful) wood case. Everything else is pretty basic, albeit expensive. I use my Planck a lot more, but I do love my manuform.

Offline treeleaf64

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #57 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 11:49:25 »
dactyl manuform

Ooh yes, my wallet beckons. I do like smaller form factor keyboards, but I think that the manuform 6x6 Is just perfect for me being programable, as well as having so many keys. It layout is nice, without having the form factor look chunky, like the preonic. My manuform 6x6 is by far my most expensive build, and one of my only no compromise builds. It sucks that my no compromise Planck build costs a whole lot less, with the only defining feature being an expensive (and frankly beautiful) wood case. Everything else is pretty basic, albeit expensive. I use my Planck a lot more, but I do love my manuform.

That is VERY ergonomic! No wonder you like it so much, it must be super comfortable to type on.

Offline hactar

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #58 on: Tue, 21 January 2020, 13:12:57 »
I have a Model M which I bought in the early 90s when it was still a kid which is still my daily driver and my favorite keyboard.  It's developing some quirks, but at its age, it's allowed to do that.  No Windows / Super key, but as I don't use Windows I don't miss it much, and I rather like having a gap there as it aids in touch-typing.
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Offline treeleaf64

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #59 on: Tue, 21 January 2020, 13:35:03 »
I have a Model M which I bought in the early 90s when it was still a kid which is still my daily driver and my favorite keyboard.  It's developing some quirks, but at its age, it's allowed to do that.  No Windows / Super key, but as I don't use Windows I don't miss it much, and I rather like having a gap there as it aids in touch-typing.

What is that layout!!  ;D
I use Workman right now and I love seeing people with different layouts.

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #60 on: Wed, 22 January 2020, 13:08:51 »
My workhorses are my Leopold FC600M and Poker II.  I think mostly because they both have cheap PBT keycaps so I don't feel bad typing a lot and gaming on them.  I can shine a GMK set in a weekend but the PBT holds up pretty well.
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Offline 4sStylZ

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #61 on: Fri, 24 January 2020, 02:44:34 »
4 years with my rubberdome Typematrix 2030. for me the layout is close to be perfect. This is something that I try to mimic on my custom boards now.
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Offline treeleaf64

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #62 on: Fri, 24 January 2020, 11:16:43 »
4 years with my rubberdome Typematrix 2030. for me the layout is close to be perfect. This is something that I try to mimic on my custom boards now.

I see you have an XD75. The layout to that is similar to your Typematrix, yes?

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #63 on: Fri, 24 January 2020, 13:12:55 »
What is that layout!!  ;D

Left hand dvorak.  I took off the keycap for the H so I could feel where I was.  Due to dain bramage, I type with one hand.  For me, it's about the same speed as QWERTY (at least it was the last time I checked), but involves a lot less motion.
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Offline Maledicted

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #64 on: Fri, 24 January 2020, 13:16:45 »
What is that layout!!  ;D

Left hand dvorak.  I took off the keycap for the H so I could feel where I was.  Due to dain bramage, I type with one hand.  For me, it's about the same speed as QWERTY (at least it was the last time I checked), but involves a lot less motion.

Have you tried a dab of hot glue? I used that to add home bumps to one of my F AT boards. Works like a charm.

Offline hactar

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #65 on: Fri, 24 January 2020, 13:26:06 »

I took off the keycap for the H so I could feel where I was.

Have you tried a dab of hot glue? I used that to add home bumps to one of my F AT boards. Works like a charm.

Interesting.  Being only hot glue, I could scrape it off if I screw up or don't like it, yes?
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Offline Maledicted

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #66 on: Fri, 24 January 2020, 13:42:38 »
Interesting.  Being only hot glue, I could scrape it off if I screw up or don't like it, yes?

Absolutely, you can even get hot glues of different strengths. The lower temp craft glues usually peel off really easily. I usually use the high temperature glues, which can still be removed from most surfaces without damage. I did peel it off of at least one cap the first time because I screwed up. It is easier to do before it has had a few hours to fully cure though. That's what I love about the stuff. I can use it to attach/reinforce things in electronics and it may well stay that way for perpetuity, unless I want to go back and change it.

Offline jacethesaltsculptor

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #67 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 14:14:40 »
I have a Model M which I bought in the early 90s when it was still a kid which is still my daily driver and my favorite keyboard.  It's developing some quirks, but at its age, it's allowed to do that.  No Windows / Super key, but as I don't use Windows I don't miss it much, and I rather like having a gap there as it aids in touch-typing.

Needs a good clean, but that's my beloved Model M series right there.

Interesting keyboard layout, and makes sense when you explain why. This was one of the original points of being able to switch the keycaps that even IBM hammered on while selling them.

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Offline Tactile

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #68 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 00:58:40 »
Bumping this thread just because I've enjoyed reading the responses & hope we can pick up a few more.

Offline jamster

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Re: Which keyboard have you used heavily for at least 2+ years and still love?
« Reply #69 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 01:44:48 »
My two main boards over the past 5-6 years are as similar as possible in feel for their switch technologies. Ergo Clear and Topre 55, KUL ES-87 and Realforce 87U respectively. I happily use both, my preference is towards reasonably snappy tactility.

Some boards that fell by the wayside are the BTC5100C, which lacked the key point of Topre (smoothness) and had an unpleasant layout with weirdly arranged arrow keys. And the electro capacitive Royal Kludge 55g, because the factory silencing makes the key travel feel too close to linear.

I am currently trialing ergo setups with a Dumang DK6- split, tented, and a totally flexible layout. If this works out, I'll consider a second DK6. The Dactyl Manuform design is also temping, but I have so far not enjoyed using layers on a keyboard. Even if I go down the ergo route, I'll still keep the Realforce and the KUL.
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