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New XEGS owner here, and it didn't take me long to learn first-hand how awful the keyboard is - so mushy with no feedback to speak of! With that said, has anyone purchased and installed the "improved silicone cups" upgrade from Best? Is it worth the $20 price tag? Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 

The attached picture is a screenshot from Best's site with a description of the upgrade...

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I have installed the Best Upgrade to my XEGS. Not much difference. Still mushy, I still mis-type because of it. I still prefer the XL keyboards. I love my XEGS, detached keyboard, but yuck, the keyboard blows. I wish I had a good old IBM Clicky, spring mechanical keyboard for my Ataris. Worth it? Well, only you can judge.

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New XEGS owner here, and it didn't take me long to learn first-hand how awful the keyboard is - so mushy with no feedback to speak of! With that said, has anyone purchased and installed the "improved silicone cups" upgrade from Best? Is it worth the $20 price tag? Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 

The attached picture is a screenshot from Best's site with a description of the upgrade...

 

 

 

I had an old Dell SK-8135 in bad condition. I reused the cups in my 130XE keyboard. They did the trick. Feels like a real keyboard now. Gives a nice pop back feel.

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I have the XE Touch upgrade. I think it is worth it. However, it still will not be as good as a PS/2 keyboard using a TK-II.

 

Since I like using the original keyboard, the XE Touch upgrade makes it usable for me.

 

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I tried to order the XE Touch from BEST earlier this year, and he said it was out of stock. I just got a couple mylars which fixed the dead keys which was my primary goal anyway.

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I had an old Dell SK-8135 in bad condition. I reused the cups in my 130XE keyboard. They did the trick. Feels like a real keyboard now. Gives a nice pop back feel.

 

Really? I’ve got one of those sitting around. I hadn’t considered finding modern day keyboard guts to swap in with the XE. Hmmm. I wonder what else I got laying around that can be abused.

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I got XE touch kits (or bags) and they are an improvement. $20 is expensive for what you're getting. That's my biggest issue with them. If you plan on typing a lot on it then yes it's worth it *if* you want to keep the original look of your XEGS setup. A PS2 keyboard would be nicer for typing of course.

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Didn't best sell keyboard springs for the XEs as well?

yes, at least they did years and years ago. Back in the early 90's I upgraded my XE with the ST/TT keyboard replacement springs (actually you added them to the originals that they were bigger than so they fit over them) from Best Electronics. It made a decent improvement of the XE keyboard but it was still a far cry from the worst of the XL keyboards, not to mention 800 or nearly any other micro of the day with a real keyboard...maybe better than the Commodore Plus/4...in the end I ended up upgrading to my 1200XL and keyboard from my 130XE and never looked back.

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yes, at least they did years and years ago. Back in the early 90's I upgraded my XE with the ST/TT keyboard replacement springs (actually you added them to the originals that they were bigger than so they fit over them) from Best Electronics. It made a decent improvement of the XE keyboard but it was still a far cry from the worst of the XL keyboards, not to mention 800 or nearly any other micro of the day with a real keyboard...maybe better than the Commodore Plus/4...in the end I ended up upgrading to my 1200XL and keyboard from my 130XE and never looked back.

There called "Mega Touch" and used on ST,XE and MAc I still have some some where, They realy helped the XE soft keyboards .

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There called "Mega Touch" and used on ST,XE and MAc I still have some some where, They realy helped the XE soft keyboards .

Any idea if the Mega Touch springs are still in stock? They sound intriguing.

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Any idea if the Mega Touch springs are still in stock? They sound intriguing.

 

I bought these from a store, but Best Made and sold them . You can call them, they might have them still.

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