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SIIG MiniTouch Enhanced Keyboard with Rare Blue Monterey Clicky Mechanical Switches [SOLD]

SIIG Minitouch Keyboard with Blue Monterey Clicky Mechanical Switches - Photo 2 of 3

Manufacturer: SIIG
Model: MiniTouch, Model No. 1903
Serial Number: JOCM40018453
Condition: Average
Cosmetics: A few minor dings and yellowing in some areas, but no more than expected for a keyboard this age.
Operation: Features the highly-regarded and rare blue Monterey switches (see picture below). Light, crisp and precise key action. Very clicky. Each key has been tested and works perfectly.
Price: SOLD!
Shipping: Free of charge by registered and insured airmail to anywhere in the world.
Contact: epiguru@epiguru.com

I am a little ambivalent about selling this keyboard. On the one hand, I have too many keyboards in my collection and I need to make way for more that I’ve purchased or intend to acquire. On the other hand, I love the light tactility and clickiness of this keyboard. In some ways, it reminds me of my IBM Model F—it doesn’t feel like I’m fighting with the keyboard when typing.

As far as I know, there are two versions of the SIIG MiniTouch keyboard with mechanical switches – one with white ALPS and one with blue Montereys. The latter are highly prized by collectors—the keyboard that I’m selling is a specimen of this version. This keyboard is made in Taiwan, whereas the white ALPS version is made in China (I believe).

I will throw in an AT-to-PS/2 adapter, free of charge, with this keyboard (see the first photo below). I did not test this keyboard with my Blue Cube (PS/2-to-USB adapter), but it works without any issue via the PS/2 port of my computer.

This keyboard will be a fine addition to anyone’s collection.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to epiguru@epiguru.com.

Addendum April 27, 2012:

Here is the feedback I received from the person who purchased this keyboard (Geekhack Forums login required).

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  • Ed Avis April 11, 2012, 7:49 PM

    It’s a cute board and the switches feel nice, but that Fn key in the corner is a royal pain in the ass for me: my little finger instinctively expects Ctrl to live there.

    • Andy Teh April 11, 2012, 9:32 PM

      @Ed Avis—The blue Montereys are lovely to type on, especially if you like clicky keyboards. And the compact size will appeal to some people, I suspect. The layout does need some getting used to. I remapped the “Insert” and “Delete” keys to “PgUp” and “PgDn”. That change alone made the keyboard a lot more usable for me. I don’t use my little finger to press the “Ctrl key” (come to think of it, I don’t use my little fingers to type), so I wasn’t particularly bothered by the location of the Fn key. But I can see how that might irritate some people.

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