The Best Keyboard In The World

Posted on March 21, 2010

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Over the years I have had the pleasure of using several different keyboards. Some are pretty good, some are great, and some just plain suck.

And believe me, there are a lot that fit into that last category.

Yes, it seems that nowadays many keyboard manufacturers think it’s perfectly acceptable to take a really light, slim chunk of plastic, throw a few keys onto it, and then attach them to the keyboard using flimsy rubber tips. Really, most keyboards out there are between 10-30 dollars and meet that exact description. But of course there is the time that you might find a pretty good, comfortable keyboard out there. But they usually come with a zillion extra “function” keys (that nobody ever uses) and cost anywhere from $70-$120. We need to go back to the 80’s, when there were good, solidly built, cheap keyboards.

We need the IBM Model M

The old IBM Model M keyboards have often been called “the best keyboards in the world”, and with good reason. The Model M has a solid feel to it, and thanks to its strong plastic frame it can withstand years of abuse without failure. In fact, many of the original Model M’s sold in 1980 are still in use today, even when the monitors and computers of the day are not. Also, many users have praised the Model M’s patented spring buckling system that it uses in its keys. Basically, instead of rubber caps under the keys (like most keyboards today) the Model M has durable metal springs, which offer a very distinctive tactile and aural feel when you press the keys.

If you want a Model M of your own, you can browse around the ‘net or a local used tech shop and can usually get one for a pretty good deal. But there are only two problems: the Model M uses a PS/2 connector, which many newer systems lack, and it’s missing the Windows key (I don’t know if anyone else uses it but me, but I like it).

However, there is a solution. A small company called Unicomp acquired the rights to IBM’s design back in 1996, and has produced a customizable version of the Model M called the Unicomp Customizer, which can be configured to include either the classic PS/2 connector or a newer USB connector. You can also configure it in a metallic black/grey color combination or the original peral white scheme.

The best part of all? The price is only $69.

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