I bought an IBM M keyboard at a garage sale after seeing people gush over them online. It’s in storage somewhere now. I liked the feel of the springs, but damn that thing was loud. Right now I’m just on a boring Dell OEM keyboard. I’ve found that I’m a lot pickier about the mouse than I am the keyboard.
Loves me my Model M. Pick up like 3 at a garage sale for about a quarter each.
Love the spring back, and I’m pretty sure the clicking source puts the girlfriend to sleep at night. Layout is perfect, keys are easy to find. The only thing that bugs me about the model M is the lack of Windows keys. I’ve gotten so used to using Window-E and Window-M that it kind of irks me every time I have to move to the mouse to ‘show desktop’ or bring up an explorer window. There’s probably a way around that but I havent bothered looking.
I’m typing this message right now using a keyboard from IBM’s old rival, digital. I think this keyboard model is the FKB4700, but somehow, I’m skeptical about that since that same code coincides with some Fujitsu keyboard. Oh well, I’m not TOO picky about my keyboard, but I like the clicky feel and heavier resistance this gives me. Contrary to how I play my sticks, where I prefer the more sensitive Japanese buttons.
It looks great, is very space efficient, is very quiet, and the layout is near-perfect (the location of the F13 key, which corresponds to Print Screen, being off is the only nag I have with it). Using it on a non-MacOS system requires a bit of key remapping, but that’s easily done, and afterward it will work fantastic on both Windows and Linux. My affinity for these keyboards, it seems, is only surpassed by my ability to repeatedly spill liquids on them that end up destroying them (I must’ve gone through at least 7 or 8 of these…)
A very close second would be its predecessor, the Apple Pro Keyboard (Model M7803):
It’s a bit bigger than its successor, but the layout is a bit more traditional, and the location of the two USB slots are better. Since I no longer have any A1048 keyboards to use, this is now my primary keyboard.
I’ve also used and owned plenty of others, including the old IBM Model M. They’re definitely good keyboards for typing, but just too loud for my tastes.
I grew up using those IBM Model M keyboards, pity I didn’t know how much I would miss them now. Clicky noise and feeling, just felt like high quality product (sturdy and robust n such). I’m a big junkie on quality gooods. Now I’m just using a OEM HP keyboard and mouse. Gonna try to pick up them Model M keyboards at some garage sale.
I use one of the old IBMs. I find that the feedback makes me a better typer. I took a few typing tests and on regular keyboards I type around 63 wpm. On the IBM it was 67. Not a huge amount, but in addition to faster typing they are just nicer all around and more fun to type on.
As for gameplay (like fps games), I don’t really care what I’m using. Never really thought about it. Funny how I’m so picky when it comes to fighting games and sticks!
Yeah, my old ('96 or so) laptop didn’t have a Windows key. I used a little macro app that ran in the background and bound the Control key to it. So Ctrl+E = Explorer, Ctrl+R = Run, Ctrl+D = Show Desktop, etc.