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    Default Unicomp Ultra CLassic Model-M Keyboard

    So I just got my hands on a brand new Unicomp Model M keyboard and I must say I am in love. I can definetly see why the Model M is such a well loved keyboard. I've never typed so fast and accuratly. Was it worth 106 US though? Yes definetly. Considering a crappy RGB "gaming" keyboard at walmart costs about the same if not more I couldn't be happier with what I purchased. For any of y'all wanting a new Model M keyboard Unicomp does a good job making them.

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    Great keyboard you got there, i have been using the same IBM model M for 23 years now, and continues to work like the first day.

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    It's just about the only keyboard that I'm comfortable with now. Some of the old Keytronics/Honeywells weren't too bad either, but I've probably got half a dozen of the Ms installed on various systems.

    I've yet to find a keyboard that's as comfortable to work with. Many of the newer ones are made to be thin, so key travel is small.

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    Didn't Unicomp also make mushy keyboards that looked like model M's but had the cord attached?
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    FWIW there's one on eBay right now for cheap - under $10 including shipping.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/264495528044?...YaAmBzEALw_wcB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Orange View Post
    FWIW there's one on eBay right now for cheap - under $10 including shipping.

    https://www.ebay.com/i/264495528044?...YaAmBzEALw_wcB
    That listing is just for individual keys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    That listing is just for individual keys.
    Missed that part but it's a start. Some do need keys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Didn't Unicomp also make mushy keyboards that looked like model M's but had the cord attached?
    I believe they made some rubber-done ones as well. There are some halfway-decent rubber dome keyboards out there; not as nice as the buckling spring, but considerably cheaper. I use a couple of the IBM IR keyboards on some gear here. Not a bad feel to them--better than most modern ones.

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    Unicomp is great, but those things can have issues. On my second Ultra-Classic, a couple of keys with stabilizers (backspace, numpad "+") have started sticking when pressed on the "wrong" end. Replacing the keys didn't do the trick so I suppose it's those white plastic barrels.
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    I remember pulling out rubber domed Unicomps out of the plastic bins hoping they were model Ms and chucking them back in. I could be picky back then since M's were more common and I had a bunch anyway.

    Kind of funny how all the stuff I used to pass on at that recycler is worth some money now.
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