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Clack to the Future - A discussion on origins, the now, and what lies ahead for us all.

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Within 24 hours of receiving the first Mechanical Keyboard of his life, a gentlemen made the mistake of placing a tall glass of milk right next to his brand new keyboard. When he returned to his desk, a clumsy swing of his elbow emptied the tall glass's contents all over his brand new keyboard. It was an Addesso, with Cherry MX Blues, and he spent about a week drying it out and cleaning it from top to bottom, inside and out. The keyboard never functioned as fully expected, and his 'day one' experience was quite miserable. Despite his misfortune, he valued his first experience very much, and has had only mechanical keyboards sporting his desk for the past four years since.

Time and time again, I've have the pleasure to introduce mechanical keyboards to my colleagues, and walk many of them through the process of acquisition. Many of these friends have let me be apart of their first experiences, and I want to know yours too. Regardless of tenure and experience, you have a lot to share, and you all have something to share about your experience with keyboards that make them unique. If you don't even have one yet, you still are here, and probably have a reason why you're waiting for what lies ahead. What was your first experience finding this community? Do you have a keyboard? How has it made it's place in your life?
There's dozens of stories you can all share. There's also the chance that you're very new to them. The community contributors arouse creativity in us, and in doing so, creations emerge that weren't considered a reality until someone else shared their own flavor and ideas. This community benefits from fresh eyes being welcomed with open arms. The working example is that we have some amazing polls. Users generate plenty of ideas, and fresh eyes contribute to some very unique pieces that we've seen. Enough of you making enough noise can create access to products that aren't available from the resources of one everyman type of person, and can drive the momentum away from repetition to something fresh.

Here's some questions for you:
  • What was/is your first Mechanical Keyboard?
Does it have a story behind it, or how you got it?
  • What are you using now?
If you have done some customization on it, I'd love to see.
  • What are you eagerly looking forward to?
I know there are some folks here mutually waiting for the 1976 set.
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tibo81
0
Jan 15, 2021
Got myself a M60 PCB because I loved the idea of having CircuitPython on my keyboard. Also ordered all the rest, except the base, cause I have access to 3D printer. Was kinda failure. The 3d printed case was not stiff enough and bent and stuff. And I ordered the wrong support thingies for my spacebar. Then my keyboard at work, I used my own (not mechanical but TKL) cause standard keyboards suck, and I switched to US international layout because reasons. So I ordered a DZ60, because 60%, QMK and somewhat reasonable priced. And now here I am. TBH, some friends are in the mechanical keyboard scenes for some time, so I knew I want 60% and QMK. And maybe the next step are caps that have all the same profile, makes it easier to reuse some leftovers.
Shalakazaam
531
Nov 2, 2020
initially bought a CM storm iirc, which, as a TKL, i realized was still far too big and clunky than a full size board. then i bought a vortex pok3r, which i love because of its size and weight, but realized there was not enough dedicated keys. at this point, i began looking for a 65 keyboard and settled on the nightfox kit, which was the first keyboard i ever built or assembled myself. i still use my nightfox to date. gateron silent reds becuase they are linear and have black housing to match the black keyboard. settled on reds instead of yellows (or black? or other gateron linears), i guess, because i had tried MX reds in the past and had no problems with them. but i really, really wanna try other linears too, especially yellows (and blacks?) and some of the other "higher quality" brands. using MDA pineapple right now because i wanted to try MDA, which i absolutely love. now awaiting an announcement or something considering Buger's TH01 is delayed. but apparently theres a total lack of regard for those of us who funded its creation. wont be using massdrop much anymore...
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Shalakazaam
531
Nov 2, 2020
pre sure u meant "his desk has only ever sported mechanical keyboards"
perfectd3
147
Nov 10, 2020
I'm just going to say, "yes" since it's been four-and-a-half years since writing the original post.
Shalakazaam
531
Nov 11, 2020
🤣 didnt even realize that. we live and we learn eh lol
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Geckt
703
Aug 2, 2016
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So here's a temporary 75% keyboard I'm using currently with some of the random DSA caps I got from the recent SP grab bags. Really loving that profile.
Still waiting for all the parts to reach my doorsteps, getting pretty sick of the waiting game honestly. Rofl
soupie62
11
Jul 26, 2016
My journey in the world of keyboards is still in its infancy. I suspect my reasons for even wanting a keyboard are not the usual ones.
It started with [of all things] a Nexus 7. Nice enough machine, but Android LCD touchscreens don't make the best experience. The "mini" keyboards require their own battery - which seems just silly. Throw in a few recent articles about custom builds [Ben Heck: Raspberry Pi Zero Personal Computer; Hackaday: "RasPSION"] and it's time to look at a custom built machine, with it's own keyboard.
At this stage, in my efforts to keep the design "low profile" the choices seem to be: Cherry ML, or surface mounted tactile switches. Also trying to keep overall width under 200mm [8 inches], by reducing key spacing from 19mm to 15mm - meaning standard keycaps are out of the question.
I have a few keyboards https://deskthority.net/photos-f62/lsb-s-collection-t13590.html
First one was an IBM BS.
Lotssssss of builds and modifications.
Definitely stoked to see what the other community creators come up with next.
perfectd3
147
Jul 25, 2016
There aren't enough words in the English language that I could share with you in excitement for how many keyboards you've gotten in that list. You have a museum worthy collection, sir, and I'm in awe.
Temporarilyidle
11
Jul 25, 2016
When that 76 comes out, will it just be the key caps; keycaps and switches; or caps, switches, and wood case as well?
Temporarilyidle
11
Jul 25, 2016
NooooOOOooooo it looks amaaaaaaziiiiiiiing.
Makami
4177
Jul 25, 2016
Sonoske18
3
Jul 25, 2016
My first mechanical keyboard was a corsair k70 in mx blues. I got it after playing around with a cherry tester a guy at work had and fell in love with the sound from blues. And the k70 offered everything I wanted at the time a full-sized board featuring a red and black color scheme, media keys and all that jazz.
Now I'm using a cooler master masterkeys pro s with mx browns. I chose this option because the tkl format when using my mouse for long gaming sessions was far more comfortable with my limited wing span at only 5'6. I chose browns because at the time blues weren't available and since then I've grown to appreciate them as well.
What I'd like to see next for my boards is the troubled minds key cap set drop again. I would put them on my cooler master quickfire rapid-i, giving me a sleek set that sports my favorite fictional character on the keyboard I carry around for my laptop.
tcabeen
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Jul 25, 2016
It was 1995, and my dad picked up a 386 16MHz from a buddy who worked for IBM. The keyboard was massive, ugly, and has haunted my dreams since. A couple years ago, I found out that mech keyboards were very much a thing again (partly due to /u/mechanicalkeyboards) and a while after, the drop for the purpleheart headphones lead me to Massdrop, and I saw the Varmilo VB87M. A bluetooth mech! Dreams answered! I got it with the front-printed keys and Gateron Clears. They're nice, but I want something else.
So far, the only customization I've done is a set of translucent caps, but they've been lost in the mail, so it remains stock. I want to experiment with the different CherryMX options before the next purchase. Something light with a tactile bump, probably. (The Gateron clears are linear.) I'm not a gamer, but I'm on computers all day. The Tai-Hao Miami keys and the 1976 collection (my birth year) both appeal, but I haven't talked myself into the expense yet. edit: I knew I should've looked up the spelling of Tai-Hao first. And I just joined the Miami drop. Hah.
bmasse
3
Jul 25, 2016
•What was/is your first Mechanical Keyboard? Not counting the worn out Model M I've had sitting around forever, My first purchased mech KB was the KBTalking Pure 60% with Cherry MX Whites and blue backlighting. I was looking around for a more portable keyboard for my frequent LAN parties and came across geekhack. Two weeks later, I was unboxing my most favorite form-factor. •What are you using now? The same one! It's worn many different keysets and a couple housings, but it's still going strong and I love it!
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•What are you eagerly looking forward to?
Getting my hands on my Sentraq TK78 from the geekhack GB, soon! SOON!
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