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Old 07-30-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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Just got this in the mail. Built in 1993, weighs as much as my wife's laptop, sounds like a typewriter.. and its ****ing amazing.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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Show us some pics, I love those old IBM keyboards. Some of them were as heavy as tanks, and you KNEW when you pressed a key!
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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I've got one of these at work, as my coworker's computer had its PS/2 port conk out ;D Best keyboard I've ever used, hands-down.
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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Very loyal following for those Model M kb's, real solid bit of hardware.
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Steam Punk edition!
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It is indeed one of the best keyboards ever manufactured. Unfortunately there just is no way to use it at work for me - quiet operation is required.

At Home: Sadly the UNICOMP-Keyboard is not 100% like the originals from the 80`s but I figured I find the extra (Windows-)Keys actually useful and there is a minor defect on my real Model-M that makes using the alt-key a pain.

The UNICOMP is the closest you can come to a real Model-M. I think its even better than some Model-M keyboards from the late 90s, but I might be wrong.
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
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It is indeed one of the best keyboards ever manufactured. Unfortunately there just is no way to use it at work for me - quiet operation is required.

At Home: Sadly the UNICOMP-Keyboard is not 100% like the originals from the 80`s but I figured I find the extra (Windows-)Keys actually useful and there is a minor defect on my real Model-M that makes using the alt-key a pain.

The UNICOMP is the closest you can come to a real Model-M. I think its even better than some Model-M keyboards from the late 90s, but I might be wrong.
IBM made silent model-Ms - achieved very easily by packing the spring mech with grease!

Model-Ms are the greatest keyboards ever made. I have had the one I am currently typing on for 13 years and it is frigging indestructible.
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:14 PM   #8
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Don't think I'd ever go back to buckling spring, but i do have my eyes on a torpe...
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I have these on all of my machines, they are the best.
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It is indeed one of the best keyboards ever manufactured. Unfortunately there just is no way to use it at work for me - quiet operation is required.

At Home: Sadly the UNICOMP-Keyboard is not 100% like the originals from the 80`s but I figured I find the extra (Windows-)Keys actually useful and there is a minor defect on my real Model-M that makes using the alt-key a pain.

The UNICOMP is the closest you can come to a real Model-M. I think its even better than some Model-M keyboards from the late 90s, but I might be wrong.
I love the Unicomp versions, plenty close to the original and worth every penny. I bought the USB version for use at the office and I swear my typing improved.

If it wasn't so loud I'd buy one for home too, but since I tend to be the last one in bed it would probably be a problem.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:04 PM   #11
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I love the Unicomp versions, plenty close to the original and worth every penny. I bought the USB version for use at the office and I swear my typing improved.
Are the UNICOMP versions heavy? Like, physically heavy, like an original Model-M?

This is an important factor.
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I am using one of these with my Aros machine. Excellent keyboard. But the Amiga keyboards manufactured by Cherry weren't bad either. Hard to decide which one I'd prefer.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:48 AM   #13
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Are the UNICOMP versions heavy? Like, physically heavy, like an original Model-M?

This is an important factor.
They are very solid, perfect for self defense

It feels a lot heavier than any other keyboard I've seen recently, but it's been so long since I saw a real model M that I can't say.

USB and the Windows keys outweigh any of the other differences to me. The key caps and action were the main things I wanted.
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