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Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Beige USB

UNI3PHA

Out of Stock ETA 30/09/2017 

The 'Ultra Classic' buckling spring keyboard, with the same mechanism, feel and layout as the original IBM model M keyboard, but with a smaller foot print.
With the much loved buckling spring key design and fully swappable keycaps, these keyboards have been prized by computer enthusiasts and heavy typists because of the tactile and auditory feedback resulting from a keystroke.

£99.98 (£83.32 ex VAT) 

Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Beige USB - UNI3PHA

The 'Ultra Classic' buckling spring keyboard, with the same mechanism, feel and layout as the original IBM model M keyboard, but with a smaller foot print.
With the much loved buckling spring key design and fully swappable keycaps, these keyboards have been prized by computer enthusiasts and heavy typists because of the tactile and auditory feedback resulting from a keystroke.

Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Beige USB - UNI3PHA

Manufacturer
Unicomp
Part Number
UNI3PHA
Connection
USB
Cable length
2 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
105
Length
455 mm
Depth
180 mm
Height
50 mm
Weight
1.6 kg
Compatible
PC
Gross Weight
2 kg

Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Beige USB - UNI3PHA

  Stephen  15/05/2017
After a week of using this I agree with Adam's review re: fit and finish, there are a few rough edges (literally) but this is an absolute dream to type on and my accuracy has definitely improved. Very satisfying tactile feedback and I love the sound.
I received a newer (and frankly, more attractive) model than the one pictured, sans the Unicomp logo and with a modern Windows logo on the super key.
  Adam  21/12/2016
I'd encourage potential buyers not to get their hopes up when it comes to quality fit and finish, especially if they have arrived here after hearing about the original IBM Model M keyboard. Fit and finish are quite crude in places. This isn't a solid unbendable rock with perfectly moulded plastic, in fact in places it's less polished than most mass-marketed keyboards.

That's where the bad news ends.

As a retro-looking object, it works well in the right setting.

As a tool, it's remarkable.

I bought this purely to improve my typing, as I've been getting very frustrated with how many mistakes I've been making recently. The difference is huge. Not only do the loud clicks to give audio feedback, but the shape (curve) of the keyboard and the huge effective height difference between one row and the next really helps give constant feedback as to where exactly your fingers have landed on a key. If you've overshot a bit towards the back of the keyboard, instead of accidentally pressing the key behind, the huge 'cliff' of the row behind will guide you to the correct row and let you know where you are.

It feels like I'm being forced to put a bit more effort into typing with this keyboard, by fully pressing and lifting off each key, but it seems to work. I can type very fast and with very few errors.

I can only imagine how much time and effort IBM put into testing and prototyping the design decades ago, and whatever you can say about fit and finish, the design principles are all carried through to this modern model.
  Code Monkey  14/06/2016
This is my 2nd purchase - the first was a black one with the nipple, which I spilled a can of wood finishing oil into and couldn't get the springs clean again. I loved the first one, but I prefer this one without the nipple. If a black one was in stock I would have preferred that, but a keyboard is a professional tool for me not a fashion accessory; beige is fine. Be prepared for comments if you type while using the phone - people are not used to hearing a keyboard anymore! My spare keyboard is a Filco Majestouch ... used for a couple of months after destroying my last buckling spring keyboard, but it just doesn't have the same feel as these keyboards.
  Anonymous  05/11/2015
Got it, using it, loving it already. What a sublime piece of engineering it is!Thanks for the fast delivery.

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