White Cherry MX 3000 Mechanical Keyboard (Blue Switches) £42 @  WarehouseClearout / Ebay
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White Cherry MX 3000 Mechanical Keyboard (Blue Switches) £42 @ WarehouseClearout / Ebay

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Found 20th Feb 2014
Very good price for a full keyboard with real cherry blue switches. The only mechanical keyboard that compares with this at this price is the tenkeyless zalman zm-k500 that has fake kailh red switches. The picture on the listing shows a "QWERTZ" or french layout but the listing clearing states that's it's the proper uk layout.

Ebay seller has 99.2% rating with only a single negative feedback within the last 12 months.

Since this keyboard uses blue switches it's best suited for typing. you can game with these but they aren't the best for gaming. you should look into red/black switches for gaming and browns for a good balance between gaming and typing.

Comes with PS/2 adapter

There is only 10 available and at this price i can see these being snapped up pretty quick.

**EDIT**
only 2 left

these have been relisted and now are £5 more than they were before bute there is more than 10 now

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Good price, paid £60 for one about 10 years ago.

Used to buy similar Cherry's in from a distributor 15 years ago to sell for around £25-30. They were the best then. I should have purchased a few thousand and waited 15 years....I'd have made a killing.....if only.

Mind you they were ps/2 those days....not so handy now.

Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so special about this keyboard?

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wonkyleg

Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so … Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so special about this keyboard?



It uses mechanical switches instead of the standard membrane that most keyboards use

overclock.net has a great thread all about it so if you're curious i'd go there and have a read

overclock.net/t/4…ide
Edited by: "KungFB" 20th Feb 2014

Lol look like a commodore amiga 500 keyboard

wonkyleg

Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so … Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so special about this keyboard?

They are special..very special. They are capable of supporting the best of the typists' speed. I paid £100 discounted (RRP=£200) for an IBM M2 keyboard back in 1990? It is still worth about this today! It was like paying £500 full price in today's money. These mechanical keys just go on and on till you drop dead. It can be disassembled and the top washed in a washing machine with the letters on the keys still intact after wash. I remembered that in the old days these letters were baked on in an oven. Each key switch and key cap is replaceable though I know nothing about these new ones though.
Whilst they are good but they are not quiet in use. Health warning: if you plan to use this at home consult your partner and others at home, and listen to this as an example
Edited by: "splender" 20th Feb 2014

If you type a lot (in an environment where noise makes no difference), please try this. It's an extremely good price for a mechanical kbd.

Only 4 left.

I'm tempted - I got my CM QFR yesterday but blues are probably too loud for my midnight coding sessions.

Bought the last one.

royals

Lol look like a commodore amiga 500 keyboard



Apparently there were Cherry keyboards made for the Amiga 2000, which had a separate keyboard:

amiga.org/for…595

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wonkyleg

Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so … Pretty sure there are ps/2/usb converters for pennies, but what is so special about this keyboard?



Basically they are:

- A lot heavier due to metal components

- Response of the key regardless the level of pressure on the keys by your finger

- More robust generally so can last longer

To summarise, they are upto 5x the cost of a standard keyboard. They weigh a lot. And when playing games, you may be able to kill that monster 0.1s faster due to improved key response. Maybe.

Great for kids to waste their money on. For everyone else, click "Cold".

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splender

They are special..very special. They are capable of supporting the best … They are special..very special. They are capable of supporting the best of the typists' speed. I paid £100 discounted (RRP=£200) for an IBM M2 keyboard back in 1990? It is still worth about this today! It was like paying £500 full price in today's money. These mechanical keys just go on and on till you drop dead. It can be disassembled and the top washed in a washing machine with the letters on the keys still intact after wash.



Standard keyboards can be washed in the shower if necessary. Remove keys, rinse with water. Shake dry. Place in an airing cupboard to dry completely.

Placing any keyboard in the washing machine seems a bit stupid..


trixabel

Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of … Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of the key regardless the level of pressure on the keys by your finger- More robust generally so can last longerTo summarise, they are upto 5x the cost of a standard keyboard. They weigh a lot. And when playing games, you may be able to kill that monster 0.1s faster due to improved key response. Maybe. Great for kids to waste their money on. For everyone else, click "Cold".



Or if you can touch type the blue switch click allows you to not bottom out the key and reduce stress on your hands. If you spend most of your day typing then a keyboard like this is essential.

Google carpal tunnel surgery for extreme cases of why having the right kit for the right job is a wise move.

The mx3000 has been around for ages and for good reason.

trixabel

Standard keyboards can be washed in the shower if necessary. Remove keys, … Standard keyboards can be washed in the shower if necessary. Remove keys, rinse with water. Shake dry. Place in an airing cupboard to dry completely.Placing any keyboard in the washing machine seems a bit stupid..



Please kids don't wash electrical components. A cloth and can of compressed air is the best method for cleaning out a keyboard.

For those that want the feeling of being a hacker in an 80's sci-fi film..

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dirge

Please kids don't wash electrical components. A cloth and can of … Please kids don't wash electrical components. A cloth and can of compressed air is the best method for cleaning out a keyboard.



As I said, if necessary it can and has been done. Standard keyboards are 5v and contain almost zero electrical components. Washing them in a shower is safe as long as they are allowed to dry completely.

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dirge

Or if you can touch type the blue switch click allows you to not bottom … Or if you can touch type the blue switch click allows you to not bottom out the key and reduce stress on your hands. If you spend most of your day typing then a keyboard like this is essential.Google carpal tunnel surgery for extreme cases of why having the right kit for the right job is a wise move.The mx3000 has been around for ages and for good reason.



Please post the source of the independent verified scientific research showing that pressing a key down a few more millimetres will result in increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.





splender

They are special..very special. They are capable of supporting the best … They are special..very special. They are capable of supporting the best of the typists' speed. I paid £100 discounted (RRP=£200) for an IBM M2 keyboard back in 1990? It is still worth about this today! It was like paying £500 full price in today's money. These mechanical keys just go on and on till you drop dead. It can be disassembled and the top washed in a washing machine with the letters on the keys still intact after wash. I remembered that in the old days these letters were baked on in an oven. Each key switch and key cap is replaceable though I know nothing about these new ones though. Whilst they are good but they are not quiet in use. Health warning: if you plan to use this at home consult your partner and others at home, and listen to this as an example



SUCKER! my keyboard and mouse cost 15 quid and it's wireless! come on 21st century

trixabel

Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of … Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of the key regardless the level of pressure on the keys by your finger- More robust generally so can last longerTo summarise, they are upto 5x the cost of a standard keyboard. They weigh a lot. And when playing games, you may be able to kill that monster 0.1s faster due to improved key response. Maybe. Great for kids to waste their money on. For everyone else, click "Cold".


For anyone wanting to waste money, buy bottled water. For everyone else tap water will do.

Mechanical switched keyboards provide better feedback, response and durability. Many people will find these properties beneficial, so getting one of these keyboards for a reduced price is Hot.

trixabel

Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of … Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of the key regardless the level of pressure on the keys by your finger- More robust generally so can last longerTo summarise, they are upto 5x the cost of a standard keyboard. They weigh a lot. And when playing games, you may be able to kill that monster 0.1s faster due to improved key response. Maybe. Great for kids to waste their money on. For everyone else, click "Cold".



I do around 60wpm with 98% accuracy on a membrane keyboard, 70wpm/95% accuracy

On a mechanical I go up to 85-90wpm/95% accuracy.

If you do lots of typing, it's significant.

I got my Cherry G80 (although in black) around 3 years ago now which I use at work. I do a lot of typing, and before I got this, I'd tend to go through a keyboard a year, but the Cherry has held up really well. Hopefully it'll last me for the foreseeable future. It's an absolutely brilliant feeling keyboard. I really wouldn't want to go back to membrane boards now.

trixabel

As I said, if necessary it can and has been done. Standard keyboards are … As I said, if necessary it can and has been done. Standard keyboards are 5v and contain almost zero electrical components. Washing them in a shower is safe as long as they are allowed to dry completely.



There's still going to be electrical components, like micro chips, for the key press to USB/PS2 conversion, possibly some buffer memory too... I really don't think showering a keyboard is a good idea. If it was so safe, I don't see how Logitech could make such a big deal of their washable keyboard..

trixabel

Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of … Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of the key regardless the level of pressure on the keys by your finger- More robust generally so can last longerTo summarise, they are upto 5x the cost of a standard keyboard. They weigh a lot. And when playing games, you may be able to kill that monster 0.1s faster due to improved key response. Maybe. Great for kids to waste their money on. For everyone else, click "Cold".



Mostly wrong I'm afraid.
Edited by: "wide" 21st Feb 2014

trixabel

Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of … Basically they are:- A lot heavier due to metal components- Response of the key regardless the level of pressure on the keys by your finger- More robust generally so can last longerTo summarise, they are upto 5x the cost of a standard keyboard. They weigh a lot. And when playing games, you may be able to kill that monster 0.1s faster due to improved key response. Maybe. Great for kids to waste their money on. For everyone else, click "Cold".



Mostly wrong I'm afraid. I don't think mechanical keyboards are your cup of tea.

These are back in stock

NitrousUK

There's still going to be electrical components, like micro chips, for … There's still going to be electrical components, like micro chips, for the key press to USB/PS2 conversion, possibly some buffer memory too... I really don't think showering a keyboard is a good idea. If it was so safe, I don't see how Logitech could make such a big deal of their washable keyboard..



You are quite right about the circuit part, but if you wash it when it is unplugged, and make sure everything is dry before you plug it back in, it is safe. Well, at least I have done plenty of times to my Cherry mechanical keyboards.

The big deal about the "washable keyboard" is: you don't need to dry it, and, you can wash it while it is plugged in.

Molo

I do around 60wpm with 98% accuracy on a membrane keyboard, 70wpm/95% … I do around 60wpm with 98% accuracy on a membrane keyboard, 70wpm/95% accuracyOn a mechanical I go up to 85-90wpm/95% accuracy.If you do lots of typing, it's significant.



Damn, it is like a getting free holidays

Most people know about Cherry keyboards

qinyanggl

You are quite right about the circuit part, but if you wash it when it is … You are quite right about the circuit part, but if you wash it when it is unplugged, and make sure everything is dry before you plug it back in, it is safe. Well, at least I have done plenty of times to my Cherry mechanical keyboards.The big deal about the "washable keyboard" is: you don't need to dry it, and, you can wash it while it is plugged in.



My guess would be the manufacturer wouldn't recommend this. It's probably not in the water long enough to get into the circuit parts, but that may have more to do with luck than design. I've found compressed air to do a decent job getting all the junk out from behind the keys. Personally I wouldn't want to risk a £40+ keyboard doing something I'm not certain won't damage it.
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