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2023-01-14 by: Mitch Tuck
From: Mitch Tuck 
Just wondering how many of you have custom mechanical keyboards?  How did you decide on what design to go with?

=============================================================== From: "Jeffrey A. Wormsley" ------------------------------------------------------ I'm still using 286/386sx era Dell keyboards. Probably will never use anything else. Jeff

=============================================================== From: Biouxtai ------------------------------------------------------ =20 =20 I have had a few. The biggest thing for me is the feel. I can=E2=80=99t = stand typing for any length of time on the tictac keyboards. Not enough t= ravel time on the keypress. I learned to type in the eighties and the key= boards I use now resemble those I used early on. =20 =20 =20 =20 =20 =20 =20 =20 =20 =20 wrote: ow did you decide on what design to go with=3F

=============================================================== From: Eric Beavers ------------------------------------------------------ I'm with Jeff on the old school keyboards. Apple Extended II for me. -- **Eric Beavers** Any spelling or grammatical errors found in the above post are deliberate and included to boost the self‑esteem of those who spot them.

=============================================================== From: Deidre Holtsclaw ------------------------------------------------------ My son bought a Razer gaming keyboard. Then I tried typing on it. And that's what I use now for my gaming PC. The work laptop inherited the prior Logitech keyboard. Getting tempted to take the extra Logitech keyboard and mouse to the office so I don't have to use the Bloomberg Starboard keyboard (it has the built-in biometric scanning and BUnit charger, neither of which I actually need anymore with the iPhone BUnit app).

=============================================================== From: Tim Burnham ------------------------------------------------------ A Canadian company called Matias makes their own reproduction ALPS switches, same as Apple used for decades. (But new and not old and mushy.) I use their split "Ergo Pro" and it's peerless. First board that made me give up my 1992 IBM Model M.

=============================================================== From: Michael Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Y'all crazy. I've got clackers. Even a nice modern one. I gave in to Lenovo chiclets on laptops so bad I've bought external USB Lenovo keyboards, my next will be Bluetooth as well. Not just for the "touch point" but once you buy in and develop a feel for them, you can happily live/work on a laptop. And then these work for other machines. And I have nothing positive to say about the older HP Envy laptop I have. What a terrible chicklet keyboard for an otherwise kick ass I7 laptop. It was my penalty for buying online on spec.

=============================================================== From: "Jeffrey A. Wormsley" ------------------------------------------------------ After using the same keyboard for 30 years (almost literally, I think I'm on my third, but the same model that whole time), I absolutely cannot type well on anything else, including my 17" Lenovo P70 with the full size keyboard. Miss keys left and right. Of course I never learned to touch type, so that probably has a lot to do with it. Jeff On Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 10:10 PM Michael Harrison wrote:

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I bought my current keyboard nearly 12 years ago and use it exclusively when I am not traveling. It was a custom designed model from WASD Keyboards using MX Blue switches. https://www.wasdkeyboards.com/ They offer far more customization than when I ordered, and they build a very fine quality keyboard. I'd order another from them, but I just don't need to because the first one hasn't stopped working yet. haha. On Sun, Jan 22, 2023 at 4:15 PM Jeffrey A. Wormsley wrote:

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=============================================================== From: Deidre Holtsclaw ------------------------------------------------------ One of my coworkers has a two-part keyboard. Solid white, nothing printed on the keytops. And noisier to type on than mine. She flies on it, but cannot type on the standard issue keyboard. ard like e . t

=============================================================== From: Eric Beavers ------------------------------------------------------ I also have a Matias Tactile Pro. Bought it years ago and keep it handy for design projects when I need to easily find special characters because they're printed right on the keys! -- **Eric Beavers** Any spelling or grammatical errors found in the above post are deliberate and included to boost the self‑esteem of those who spot them.

=============================================================== From: Mitch Tuck ------------------------------------------------------ So just a follow up.  I ended up building my own keyboard.  It the sofle keyboard https://josefadamcik.github.io/SofleKeyboard/build_guide.html. I used the ZMK firmware.  Supports usb or bluetooth with 5 different bluetooth profiles.  Uses gateron brown switches.  Below link is link to code for firmware and a picture of the keyboard. https://github.com/matuck/mysofle