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    2000+ Poster - Never Leaves the Sim Michael Carter's Avatar
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    IBM 'clicky' keyboards

    My IBM 7993 keyboard has finally had it. It's been through three computers now and has served me well for the last 12 years or so. It was a substantial keyboard but still used the rubber membrane for tactile feedback. Not too bad feeling, but nothing like the 'clicky' keyboard I used to have on my first 386. I now wish I hadn't gotten rid of it when the 386 went.

    Instead of buying a disposable keyboard like so many of them are nowdays, I'm going to get one of the old style keyboards that use the buckling spring for tactile responce and individual Alps keyswitches instead of a plastic film with SMT embedded keypads.

    These were all known as the Model M keyboards. IBM used to make their own down in Kentucky, and then sold the rights to Lexmark, who then sold them to Unicomp. Unicomp is still making the original style keyboard with the added feature of the Windows key. And they still weigh about six pounds!

    Normally the Windows key wouldn't be important because I don't use it for anything else except to get back to the desktop when running FS. In that case it's pretty handy to have.

    If anyone remembers these keyboards, they were noisy, but built like a tank. You really knew you were pushing a key.

    Unicomp is selling them for $70 US. Comes in black (which you could only get one model of the older ones and they're scarce) with gray keys with molded in legends, not painted on or a decal to rub off.

    Anyway, does anyone remember these old keyboards or is anyone still using one? If so you should be able to pass it to your grandchildren they are that good.
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    Yep, I still got my Model M here. Love it.... still in great shape (made in 1984). I got the beige color one.

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    Well, I did it.

    I did not however order from Unicomp. I went to clickykeyboards.com and ordered a vintage, like-new 1987 IBM model M-1391401 for $70 USD.

    I read too many reviews saying the Unicomp and Lexmark boards are very close to the originals, but they are not quite as good as the original IBM manufactured M series. The build quality is not quite the same either.

    I'm really looking forward to using a real keyboard again.
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    Wow! Got it last night. Just like I remember. Heavy and
    LOUD!

    Wonderful keyboard.
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