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I got a buckling-spring (IBM Model-M style) keyboard from Unicomp a while back and have found it to be a pretty solid keyboard. I recently put my MacbookPro on a laptop stand, so I've been using the external keyboard more. Now, the laptop has lighted keys, though I rarely use them because it's right in front of the backlit screen. Is there any way I can have the best both worlds - a solid keyboard that I can see without turning on another light in the room?

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Deck Keyboards makes backlit keyboards that have tactile feedback, but they aren't the super-duper clicky keys of the Model-Ms.

It looks like the force specs for the Cherry keys they use are pretty close to those specified in the Model-M patent, even without the noise.

I might have to pick one of these up myself.

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