Apple Extended Keyboard II triple threat

The classic, times three. All made in the U.S.A., amazingly. See my blog post.

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  • zmip 7y

    I hate to put you down, but if you worship the Extended II, you apparantly have never typed on an Extended I. Now *that* was a keyboard. It makes the Extended II blush.
    I've kept mine (acquired in 1990, when I was 18) running, resoldering switches from spare boards, until Matias released their Tactile Pro a few years ago. The Tactile Pro still doesn't match the solidity of the Extended I but it comes close. The Extended II isn't such a great keyboard. It's much cheaper and lighter than an Extended I and doesn't have those cool Alps tactile-feedback swtiches.
  • Derek K. Miller 7y

    The Extended vs. Extended II debate is a very personal preference -- if you listen to Gruber and Benjamin's "The Talk Show" episode #20, you get a good summary. Only the very first Extendeds used different keyswitches -- most of the ones out there use the same Alps mechanisms as the Extended IIs, but they feel and sound a bit different because of other changes in the construction of the keyboard. I did use an Extended way back when, and wish I could still get one (at least for comparison), but the Extended II is plenty nice for me. It's certainly sufficiently rugged, given that all three of mine, while yellowed, still feel and work almost like new.
  • Andreas- 7y

    I have an early 1989 Extended I somewhere, personally I think it's far superior to the Extended II. ;)
  • Max Smith 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Apple Keyboards, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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