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Title: Compatible 10keyless keyboard?
Post by: thunderfat on 09:28 AM - 07/15/14
Anyone know of any 10keyless keyboard that will work with the Xim4?  What are my options without spending too way too much? 
Title: Re: Compatible 10keyless keyboard?
Post by: Aiken_Drum on 03:56 PM - 07/15/14
Most keyboards should simply work, especially if they don't try to do anything special.  Even if you're a real tenkeyless/mechnical fan and you want one of the top-notch ones that cost a lot of money, then I expect you'd be just fine.  The basics of the protocol between the computer and the device haven't really changed in 20 years, other than the PS/2 -> USB changeover.

If you want one that's specifically known to work, I've seen a video with someone using one of the CM Storm Quickfire mechanical tenkeyless keyboards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f633EAp4yUI

I'd say that's either the version with cherry mx blue or cherry mx brown switches, since the faceplate is sort of a dark pewter color with black logos.  The one with cherry mx red switches has a black faceplate and no logos.

I noticed because I use two of them myself, the red switches for gaming (no tactile bump half-way to interfere with rapid keypresses), and blue for writing code (nice tactile bump for satifying typing).  Everyone's taste is different.

Red: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B007VDLVD4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460526)
Blue: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B0068INSUM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460526)
Brown: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B007VDKLLM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460296)
Green: Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B00C2MBG2U/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460526)  (Apparently there's green now... that one's new to me.)

There's also a stealth version (http://www.amazon.com/CM-Storm-QuickFire-Stealth-Mechanical/dp/B00C2MBG02/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460526&sr=8-3&keywords=cm+storm+quickfire) that puts the key labels on the fronts instead of the tops.  Some people like this.  Me, I don't get it.  But each to their own.

There's also a backlit version (http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-QuickFire-Mechanical-Technology/dp/B00JM61264/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460526) for a bigger chunk of change.

There's also this sort of oddball "TK" version (http://www.amazon.com/CM-Storm-QuickFire-TK-Mechanical/dp/B00AOIRCI6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1405460526&sr=8-12&keywords=cm+storm+quickfire) where they try to combine the cursor+home/end area and the numpad into one... I've tried it... I didn't like it.  Moving the home/end group down a row messed me up badly.

Anyway, I gave Amazon links for examples, but Newegg sometimes has deals on them, so check there too.  Also, if you're in a hurry and have a Fry's near you, they tend to have the red and either the blue or the brown in stock, at least in the Seattle area store.  Not always, though.

Title: Re: Compatible 10keyless keyboard?
Post by: thunderfat on 12:22 PM - 07/17/14
Thanks Aiken_Drum for the very well written response.  Amazing info!! I think I made my choice :)