[RndTbl] IBM "clicky" keyboards

Adam Thompson athompso at athompso.net
Sat Sep 14 21:56:13 CDT 2013

Enough people have wondered/asked/complained to me about this that I'm
posting this now as a public service.

IBM Model "M" keyboards are still available, *NEW*, today.  They are
expensive, but they are the original design that you can use as a melee
weapon.  The catch is that they don't say "IBM" or even "Lexmark" on
them.  They are available for purchase from the manufacturer, Unicomp,
who can be found online at http://www.pckeyboard.com/.

You can also find some vintage NIB units from time to time at

There are also a number of other manufacturers now making similar, but
not quite as good, keyboards.

- CVT Inc., the maker of the Avant Stellar (I own two of them), which
is the direct descendant of the Northgate Omnikey, seems to have
restructured and no trace of their keyboard manufacturing operation can
be found online.  However, Northgate keyboards are still available
new-in-box from (this is a horrible site, beware)

- The Happy Hacking keyboard (now owned by Fujitsu, apparently) is
equally comforting to some people despite having a totally different
feel.  They, and many others, can be had from

- Das Keyboard

- Anything using Cherry MX Green, Blue, or White keyswitches.  The
"green" switches apparently are the closest anyone's come yet to
emulating the IBM/Lexmark/Unicomp switches... and they can be had in
MUCH cheaper keyboards, like the Rosewill RK-9000
(http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201040 and

- And there are an increasing number (yes, again, after the big die-off
ca. 2009) of speciality manufacturers of "ergonomic" keyboards that are
making clicky keyswitches available as an option.  One of the better
ones is a tiny shop in Ontario, but I can't find the name right now.


-Adam Thompson
 athompso at athompso.net

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