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I'm have a issue with mine... does anybody with one of these have an intermittent issue inadvertantly getting the Petscii '+' graphic symbol (normally on the tic key of this keyboard normally or on the original pet squad bracket key) when typing quickly within VICE x64 on this keyboard?

Also, while I have you, in what circumstances does the 2nd LED (non-caps lock) illuminate.  Is there a magic scroll lock combination?  I would have thought that the 40/80 Display key, since it's non-locking, would be this key but on mine, it is not.

Finally curiosity for Tom, which Cherry switches did you choose and how do you like them?

Thanks.

 

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13 hours ago, EMwhite said:

does anybody with one of these have an intermittent issue inadvertantly getting the Petscii '+' graphic symbol (normally on the tic key of this keyboard normally or on the original pet squad bracket key) when typing quickly within VICE x64 on this keyboard?

Yes, I do sometimes get the wrong symbol with VICE. There are some glitches in the VICE keyboard scan, and when using the symbolic mapping, you'll sometimes get the positional symbol, or sometimes get the wrong shift state on a key. There's nothing you can really do about this, as it's a flaw in VICE, not the keyboard. 

13 hours ago, EMwhite said:

Also, while I have you, in what circumstances does the 2nd LED (non-caps lock) illuminate.  Is there a magic scroll lock combination?  I would have thought that the 40/80 Display key, since it's non-locking, would be this key but on mine, it is not.

That is indeed the Scroll Lock key. The LED does light up when I press it. Are you perhaps running that keyboard on Linux or MacOS? Those might not trigger the Scroll Lock light. 

13 hours ago, EMwhite said:

Finally curiosity for Tom, which Cherry switches did you choose and how do you like them?

I'm a fan of Cherry Blue switches. I like the tactile feedback, and while it might be nice if the keys weren't so loud... I also don't have to worry about bugging anyone at home. On my keyboard at work, I use Red switches and O-Rings to keep the noise down.

So far, this keyboard seems well made, and the keys operate very much like I'd expect from real Blues. One reason I like Cherry switches is that the performance of keyboards using the switches tends to be consistent  - for straight typing, a $50 keyboard works just as well as a $200 keyboard, which is something I can't say of membrane keyboards. This one is no exception; the performance is exactly what I expect, and it's immediately comfortable to use.

As I've said elsewhere - after having grown used to mechanical switches, I'll never willingly go back to membrane keyboards, if I can help it.

 

 

 

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I am a Mac and, yes via Vice so your explanation makes sense, thank you.

I chose Brown switches just based on what I read.  Pretty happy, I suppose.  My only experience with Cherry was the set of Blacks I bought while building up a TexElec Pet keyboard for which I used flat, china-made crap [flat] keycaps.  It's about as horrible as the four or five Mac devices that I have with keyboard efforts that are downright embarrassing.  At some point, laptop makers striving for thinness and style-istas took over the world.

$210 is too much for this keyboard but having the Petscii keys represented make it worth it.  Thank you for the reply.

 

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On 2/15/2021 at 5:39 PM, EMwhite said:

$210 is too much for this keyboard but having the Petscii keys represented make it worth it

It is definitely a bit more than I'd pay for a regular office keyboard. 

A good, mechanical keyboard with legit Cherry switches is around $100. Add $70 for custom keycaps, and you're in the same ballpark with a third party keyboard. 

This is one I might consider for my next build:
https://www.amazon.com/DURGOD-Mechanical-Interface-Tenkeyless-Anti-Ghosting/dp/B07B8J6C3C

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice looking keyboard.

I have a Trust Asta GXT 865 mechanical keyboard.

I’ve been thinking of getting a WASD X16 keyboard for a while, with blue or green switches.

Would I notice a difference, or would the Trust and WASD be comparable?

I would also lose the number pad, which I like to use, but the smaller WASD X16 would make my keyboard & mouse positioning more ergonomic.

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