This is to find out if the old, used, “tactile”, full USB Lenovo keyboard I bought this morning from HMR works fine as advertised.
Yes, it does after a fashion, but it will take some getting used to. It isn’t quite the tactile response I was expecting, but it’s ok. The keys are slightly bouncier, and takes a bit more effort to depress. Also, the board also takes up all of the space of the keyboard drawer underneath, and just barely fits. In fact, part of the top row is obscured by the overhanging shelf. And the USB cable is way way too long. I’ve had to coil and bundle most of it up.
This’ll take some getting used to.
For P149, I have no right to expect anything. The thing is damned inexpensive, after you clean it up and make it presentable, of course. Everything works! Lucked out, I think.
But let’s go back to the beginning first.
This weekend, I got it into my head that I’d like a noisy, clack-y tactile keyboard. The Apple Wireless Keyboard is fine, svelte. compact. and very quiet, but I had grown pretty tired of it. It would be nice to have one of those old, thick, built-like-a-monster IBM keyboards, wouldn’t it?
So I posted an inquiry in my forums to see if anyone was willing to give up an old keyboard from their bodega. Lots of suggestions, but no real results. There were some that pointed me to some new, expensive tactile keyboards, but I was on a budget. A search in the usual selling sites didn’t turn up anything either.
So I resolved to go searching in the bowels of HMR, that second-hand behemoth shopping place that had a branch in Cubao. I found they had four big boxes of keyboards, but none of them were of the old IBM kind. The closest was this old Lenovo model, which was going for P149. I said, what the hell, and bought it.
And it’s here now, and I’m using it to type this entry out.
It’s a big sucker, and my fingers, used to my tiny little Apple keyboard, sometimes keeps hitting the wrong keys. But I’ll get used to it. It’s not exactly “tactile”, but it’ll do for now. I’ll use it for a couple of days and see how it turns out.