[RndTbl] [SkullSpace-Discuss] IBM "clicky" keyboards

Edwin Amsler edwinguy at gmail.com
Sun Sep 15 11:07:46 CDT 2013

They're pretty great. My first computer had one.

Edwin (on the move)

On 2013-09-14, at 9:56 PM, "Adam Thompson" <athompso at athompso.net> wrote:

> 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
> http://www.clickykeyboards.com/.
> 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)
> http://www.northgate-keyboard-repair.com/.
> - 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
> http://www.elitekeyboards.com/
> - 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
> http://techreport.com/review/23405/rosewill-rk-9000-series-mechanical-ke
> yboards-reviewed).
> - 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.
> References:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_M_keyboard
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicomp
> http://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_MX
> -Adam Thompson
> athompso at athompso.net
> <winmail.dat>
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