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#26 2015-11-21 23:52:50

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

Horizon_Brave wrote:

Cool, any method to clean the individual key caps themselves? A bit of mild soapy water to scrub them with? then dry and replace?

Sure, if the keycaps themselves are the main eyesore, any solvent should suffice.  I'd use either glass cleaner or dishwashing soap, but really, either ammonia or anything in the saponified ester category should siffice.


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#27 2015-11-22 00:50:57

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^ Ammonia? Why stop there?

Gasoline and an open flame work well  monkey


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#28 2015-11-22 01:20:52

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^ Well, if destruction is better than repurposing/recycling in your worldview , then sure, why not?


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#29 2015-11-22 01:54:36

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pvsage wrote:

Well, if destruction is better than repurposing/recycling in your worldview , then sure, why not?

Yeah? ok

I use a very dilute dish washing liquid/warm water solution. I'd stay clear of anything containing ammonia to clean any exterior plastic component of your computer. Screen, case or keys. Just my two cents of course.. Your mileage may (will) vary.   roll


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#30 2015-11-22 09:11:02

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

i use a 3 step cleaning program:

  1. canned air, let it go between the keys (see xkcd prev. page) - weekly

  2. a damp (=not dripping, even when you squeeze it) cloth optionally with a little soap. thin enough to get between the keys - monthly and when i spilled something

  3. the 3rd phase is a little unclear...

...i have been using a standard dishwashing brush to get between the keys, with a little soapy water, always keeping the keyboard upside down. brush vigorously.
i have once or twice removed all the plastic covering, including the keys, and washed/brushed them. once i even completely disassembled & cleaned a keyboard (not a mechanical one though), hoping it would fixed the Alt key - it didn't, the keyboard worked exactly as before.

conclusion:
cleaning keyboards is good to make them look clean.
it usually does not affect functionality either way, in other words & my experience:
All keyboards are sturdy enough to withstand a little soapy water and a hard plastic brush.

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#31 2015-11-22 09:15:04

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

ohnonot wrote:

i use a 3 step cleaning program:

3. the 3rd phase is a little unclear...

...i have been using a standard dishwashing brush to get between the keys, with a little soapy water, always keeping the keyboard upside down. brush vigorously.
i have once or twice removed all the plastic covering, including the keys, and washed/brushed them. once i even completely disassembled & cleaned a keyboard (not a mechanical one though), hoping it would fixed the Alt key - it didn't, the keyboard worked exactly as before.

I use paper for this step, namely business-card-type paper: It goes under the keys and the edges will become all fuzzy during use, helping collect dust residue.


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#32 2016-01-23 16:32:38

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

Well I committed to this, I have heard good things about massdrop, but also some negatives here and there so... I guess there's always a first time.


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#33 2016-01-23 16:34:03

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^ Gold WASD keys?
yikes

I want one!


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#34 2016-01-23 16:35:11

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Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

^ Gold WASD keys?
yikes

I want one!

just Gold backlit, I'll confirm if when it arrives in April. wink


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#35 2016-01-23 17:58:38

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C#Coder4ever wrote:

Well I committed to this, I have heard good things about massdrop, but also some negatives here and there so... I guess there's always a first time.

haha, it looks nice, but it's just so ..tiny, I don't think I'd find it very comfortable!  I'm still in love with my Unicomp buckling board.  I may replace a few keys though with a color or two...I've succumbed...


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#36 2016-01-23 18:42:15

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I havent' succumbed yet, but yeah lol. Although if you think THAT is tiny...

think again! monkey

and yes... they can get tinier than that even!

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#37 2016-01-23 18:55:00

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

C#Coder4ever wrote:

I havent' succumbed yet, but yeah lol. Although if you think THAT is tiny...

think again! monkey

and yes... they can get tinier than that even!

I always get reminded that some people enjoy self inflicted torture!


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#38 2016-01-23 18:58:45

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Actually, the 60% is more comfortable than the laptop keyboard, belieb it or not. wink
Hence why I travel with it


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#39 2016-01-31 05:46:01

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

C#Coder4ever wrote:
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

^ Gold WASD keys?
yikes

I want one!

just Gold backlit, I'll confirm if when it arrives in April. wink

on second thought, strike that, I'm getting mine with white backlighting only. devil

and will eventually invest in these to go with it.

and on some novelty keycap for the esc key angel


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#40 2016-04-19 12:32:38

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I've seen this particular board, the Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid-i. It's got a nice bunch of on-board settings running through an ARM processor, but there have been some pretty negative reviews regarding the boards with MX brown switches in them.. Should I risk getting it and then having it break within a short period of time?

I'm looking for a board with an ISO-DE TENKEYLESS Layout, preferably with LED back lighting and cherry MX browns. Any suggestions that won't break my budget of €150?

And please, nothing that looks overly "Gamer keyboard" looking. hmm

Here's some eye cancer that I'd rather not have.

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#41 2016-04-19 18:57:29

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Could always try and go for a WASD code, they're also rather nice.

Also I got my Magicforce 68 a little over a week ago, Cherry greens are some rather nice, and clicky, switches!


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#42 2016-04-19 19:11:37

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C#Coder4ever wrote:

Could always try and go for a WASD code, they're also rather nice.

Also I got my Magicforce 68 a little over a week ago, Cherry greens are some rather nice, and clicky, switches!

I looked at the clear switch model of the CODE board, because the brown switch model was out of stock.

"Grand Total : $192.47" - wasd quote with the minimum UPS shipping!
That shipping cost is a bit of a dream killer..

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#43 2016-04-19 21:32:54

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Well I'd take a gamble on the Quickfire Rapid then, there are numerous resources that can help you out should something go wrong.

you can probably find the one(s) I frequent at lol


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#44 2016-04-20 05:40:25

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Re: BL Keyboard discussion thread

arti wrote:

"Grand Total : $192.47" - wasd quote with the minimum UPS shipping!
That shipping cost is a bit of a dream killer..

surely ebay.de can help remedy that?

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#45 2016-04-20 06:04:25

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ohnonot wrote:

surely ebay.de can help remedy that?

I've had some less than fruitful experiences with sellers on E-Bay.de. hmm

I'll bite the bullet and risk the failing LEDs, the rapid-i seems like a really good deal for what you get and I can always send it back.

it's not the first mechanical keyboard I've had, it certainly won't be the last.
After a flashy one with blinky blinkies, I'll grab one of those POK3R boards everyone is raving about. Maybe it'll be the kick up the ass I need to actually learn vim.

EDIT: After reviewing seeing the reviews in multiple languages I've decided against this board. There are way to many people complaining about too many issues with this board.

I know it's bordering on eye cancer, but this option doesn't seem that bad. The key cap font is okay on the ISO-DE.
Here's a review in German

I'm willing to compromise on LED color for the sake of reliability. I read somewhere that red LEDs have a lower fail rate? So that's a good thing.

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#46 2016-04-20 14:47:11

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that eye cancer is actually not eye cancer. It's kinda hard to make a Tenkeyless keyboard an eye cancer lol


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#47 2016-04-20 18:31:12

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arti wrote:

EDIT: After reviewing seeing the reviews in multiple languages I've decided against this board. There are way to many people complaining about too many issues with this board.

https://xkcd.com/1036/

lol.


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#48 2016-04-20 21:39:28

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Tbh they actually gave some similar warnings about my Quickfire TK, but that keyboard is rather solid, even though now my mother is borrowing it for the time being monkey


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#49 2016-04-21 04:44:42

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I've still got a week to think it over.
Maybe another one will pop up out of nowhere. xD

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#50 2016-04-21 05:12:15

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Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

me irl


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