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    IBM Model M

    So, guess what just came in the mail? My very own, very first IBM Model M keyboard. It's a used blue logo, but looks pristine. It's definitely worth the $30 I spent on it. It's got a little logo in the top right that says "ADP Partner Financial System" that I might try to take off soon, but otherwise, a really solid keyboard. Any other Model M users or lovers?
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    Re: IBM Model M

    As you might be able to tell, I'm a fan of these keyboards. I have several including one with the old square metal IBM logo plate in the upper right corner and no lights for caps lock, etc.

    Welcome to the club.

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    Re: IBM Model M

    I actually have one of those things laying around here and it still works...
    I use it as my backup keyboard as I have the DIN to PS/2 adapter for it.
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    Re: IBM Model M

    I'm confused. What's special about the keyboard? I've never heard of it.

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    Re: IBM Model M

    If you google "model m" or "clickykeyboard" you'll get lots of info.

    One of the best stories about it can be found here.

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    Re: IBM Model M

    http://www.daskeyboard.com/

    I'll be getting that in a week; the blank one of course. It's supposed to be better than the model M, we'll see.

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    I was looking into the Das Keyboard at first for the buckling spring goodness, but when I realized that I could get a Model M for $30, I just decided to go for it. If I want a blank keyboard, I can always spraypaint it. Actually, one of my favorite shows, Hak.5, made an episode where they did exactly that.
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    Re: IBM Model M

    I got a Model M Keyboard with my IBM PS/2 286 PC back in 1989 and have been using it with every computer I have built since.

    As long as its able to work with modern PC's I will continue using it. Another good keyboard was the big Northgate OmniKey keyboard. I have one of these also but some of the keys seemed to get stuck.

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    Re: IBM Model M

    Quote Originally Posted by elmer_42 View Post
    I was looking into the Das Keyboard at first for the buckling spring goodness, but when I realized that I could get a Model M for $30, I just decided to go for it. If I want a blank keyboard, I can always spraypaint it. Actually, one of my favorite shows, Hak.5, made an episode where they did exactly that.
    It came today and it is much more than a blank keyboard. Easily the most comfortable keyboard I've ever used. The clicks might be a bit loud though.

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    Re: IBM Model M

    Another Model M user here! I picked mine up for $3.99 at a thrift store a couple months back.

    I have several including one with the old square metal IBM logo plate in the upper right corner and no lights for caps lock, etc.
    That's the one I have and am currently using. I also have a Model M2 (smaller with a PS/2 connector) that I use on my test PCs.

    I believe that my accuracy has improved ever since I've been using this keyboard. It's noisy, but I don't care. My computer sits in the basement so nobody can hear me
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