[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Modern keyboard question

Jason Perkins perkins.jason at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 07:44:17 EST 2018

" I use an AEK II, too, one of the finest keyboards ever made."

I was using an AEKI - my AEK II feels a little scratchy in comparison. But
I had to give it up because I've developed carpal tunnel rather badly, so
now I use a Microsoft Surface ergo board. It's a lot better than I was


On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 6:15 AM Thomas Fuchs via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> I use an AEK II, too, one of the finest keyboards ever made.
> Tip: If you’re patient you can get them on eBay, sometimes ones in good
> shape sell for for less than $50, which is half of what cheap new
> mechanical keyboards cost. Alps switches are susceptible to dirt, so never
> buy a AEK II that looks too used (if it’s yellowed, it was probably used a
> lot, if it’s still white someone stored it away.)
> Best,
> Thomas
> > On Nov 26, 2018, at 6:05 AM, David Riley via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > I'm also more of an Alps fan; my daily driver, when I'm not on a laptop
> (my work-issued machine is one of the newer Macbooks, which has probably
> the worst keyboard I've ever used and that's not an exaggeration) is an
> Apple Extended Keyboard II through an iMate ADB->USB adaptor.  They have a
> nice amount of responsiveness without waking anyone up with key noise if
> I'm working at night.  I don't remember exactly which Alps switches they
> are, there were a few different AEK2 variants with different switches.  The
> problem I'm finding, too, is that the switches aren't made anymore, so
> replacement is challenging, and my left Ctrl key has started to get a
> little flaky.
> >
> > I'd love to get an equivalent to that for my PC, something that's a bit
> on the heavier end and is at least a full 104-key board with a reasonable
> amount of rollover.  Most keyboards for the PC seem to come with Cherry
> switches instead, and I'm just not sure which ones I'd like best and don't
> have many stores near me where I can go to test them.  I get the impression
> I'd like the clear switches, but it'd be good to test with a full keyboard,
> not a sampler.
> >
> > Still, Jason, if you're down to bring the brown and red ones, I'd love
> to check 'em out.
> >
> >
> > - Dave
> >
> >
> >> On Nov 25, 2018, at 9:07 PM, Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> I have a MX brown, and MX red board I could bring along with me. Are
> there
> >> microcenters in NJ? They have a nice selection of boards available.
> >>
> >> I personally find Alps switches much more enjoyable to type on. If you
> >> want, I could bring a blue, creme damped, and I think orange.
> >>
> >> Or if you want a real keyboard, Alex can bring along the Model F I just
> >> sold him :)
> >

Jason Perkins
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