Apple & SGI keyboards (Re: NEC ProSpeed 386)

Raymond Wiker rwiker at
Wed Jun 1 11:59:08 CDT 2016

> On 01 Jun 2016, at 16:46 , Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
> On 1 June 2016 at 00:16, Swift Griggs <swiftgriggs at> wrote:
>> I've never
>> known them to create "clackety" keyboards with mechanical switches
> But that's the point. This here Extended II has them, as did the
> Extended I before it. (I have one of them too, but I couldn't find it
> in my storage unit in London to bring it over here to the Czech
> Republic.)
> I think the earlier ones do too, but they, although pleasant to type
> on, have weird key layouts, especially of the cursor keys. The
> Extended I & II have a PC-like layout, which minimised the mental
> effort of switching between my Mac, my PC laptops and my IBM Model-M
> equipped Raspberry Pi. "Inverted T" FTW!

The Apple //e, //c, //c+ and //GS all had mechanical and somewhat clicky keyboards (using various types of Alps keyswitches). I'm also pretty certain that the original Mac had a (very nice) clicky keyboard.

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