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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day October 16, 2011 - 1:42pm

Odd thing to dedicate a thread to, I know.

But does anyone else prefer an old-school-type keyboard?  I use one similar to the IBM model M  (http://www.clickykeyboards.com/).

I find it faster and more accurate than any modern keyboard I have seen/tried.  At work I'm constantly making typos because I have some flimsy piece of junk to type on.

Only drawbacks of the clicky-click keyboard:  They are loud as hell. Borderline typewriter loud. And they need an adapter to be used on most modern computers. Still if you care about speed, have big hands, or just want to be able to pound the keys as hard as you want, I'd highly recommend one.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 16, 2011 - 1:44pm

A piece of shit Dell laptop. But that's about to change.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 16, 2011 - 1:45pm

Wow. Nice. I want one. I'm going to get one.

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. October 16, 2011 - 1:49pm

I like the clicky sound...

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 16, 2011 - 1:54pm

Mine is actually a gaming keyboard that I've had for ages but I've always been really happy with how it types. It's got so that any other keyboard drives me mad. I dread the day it breaks.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 16, 2011 - 2:02pm

i just bought a low-profile keyboard, where it's normal size but the keys are all the same level. i wish there was space between the keys though, like my laptop, because its not very clumsy typist friendly.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 16, 2011 - 2:02pm

The only "special" keyboard I have is a dedicated one for recording music. Otherwise, I just use standard Apple stuff.

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. October 16, 2011 - 3:06pm

Apple keyboard are awesome. I'll probably buy a Mac after I sell my other computer. 

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simon morris from Originally, Philadelphia, PA; presently Miami Beach, FL is reading This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George October 17, 2011 - 6:52am

The keys are too close together on this one causing extra kletters--see? I'm shopping for a different one but all those I see are either outlandish--hump-backed monstrosities--or made for dainty little fingers rather than my spatulate ones. Mine were great for throwing a baseball but for writing...not so much. At my age, it is a production of epic proportions just to pickup a ball, let alone throw one so I am stuck with trying to be an author. I guess I shouldn't complain. I have managed to have some success in the publishing world despite this "handicap."

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound October 17, 2011 - 10:10am

The standard keyboard that came with my Dell Desktop. It is five years old. I need a new computer. I am wishing for a Mac Desktop. I love new technology, but I hate how fast it moves. Youre basically out of date as soon as you make the purchase.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day October 17, 2011 - 10:51am

@enough

My keyboard is almost as old as I am and I find it better than what's being made today.

One of those they don't make 'em like they used to type deals.

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound October 17, 2011 - 11:29am

@Nick you have a point for sure. I am of the techy type though and love all things progressive in this area. While I like my keyboard, because I've grown use to it, I still wouldnt mind a new fangled one. Alas I must be happy with my "dont make'em like they use to" one.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 17, 2011 - 11:52am

@nick: i have a keyboard that i was using until last week that's gotta be fourteen years old. i stopped because it seemed awful loud, and i felt guilty clacking away while my wife was trying to sleep.

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missesdash from Paris is reading The Informers October 26, 2011 - 12:15am

I use a tablet, so no keyboard really. Just tapping away on a screen.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 26, 2011 - 12:17am

@dash: cant wait for my kindle tablet for this reason. i get awesome ideas when im laying in bed with the missus, and i would have to wake her up to go write it. its a big hinderance right now not to have the ability to write without getting up or making noise.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 26, 2011 - 12:29am

I like the soft touch keyboards with lower keys on most modern keyboards.  I'm not a big fan of the old school desktop keyboards because keys always ended up being broken or getting stuck and they are a pisser to clean out.