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IBM model M / Other mechanical keyboards.

Last response: in Computer Peripherals
August 2, 2012 5:45:32 PM

Hello, I am looking for a new keyboard for gaming and general typing. I was wondering how well of a keyboard The IBM model M was. Also tell me if you think there is a better mechanical keyboard that is either new or old. Also the keyboard doesn't have to have macros if its new. Thank you.

P.S how well of replication does UNICOMP do of the model M?
August 5, 2012 1:54:33 AM

It seems that the IBM Model M keyboard is the defacto standard that many mechanical keyboards are compared to.

I personally do not own a mechanical keyboard, but I have been thinking about purchasing a Das Keyboard.
August 6, 2012 12:07:37 PM

i have owned 2 model m keyboards.

i will say that no keyboard today even comes close to how well built these things are. they are as solid as a rock on your desk and although very loud have perfect tactile feedback.

the one glaring issue with them is that they only support 2 key roll over or at least this is what a forum devoted to mechanical keyboards states.

i've had issues when typing on an older one (1985) which i fixed up where keypresses were missed. i'm not sure if it was because of 2kro or because i repaired some circuits myself. my second one (1998 i believe) had the same issue.

i'm currently in the market for a new mechanical keyboard and if unicomp made one with 6kro or better it would be the ideal choice. however, i find myself looking more at das keyboards, deck keyboards and wasd keyboards currently.

the unicomp model m keyboard is a cheaper manufactured product than the original. some parts have been changed slightly and in general it is not as heavily built. overall i would say it is okay though. the old keycaps from the originals fit. i think they come with molded keys which do not have keycaps.

if you are interested i believe i still have 1 or two sets of ibm keys laying around which i've been thinking of listing on ebay.