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Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Beige USB

UNI3PHA

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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

  mattcode  06/03/2018
Excellent keyboard, well worth the money.

Has some minor build quality issues but is still leaps and bounds of almost every other keyboard on the market.
  Chris  15/02/2018
I'll pretty much echo others' views here: if what you need from a keyboard are a USB hub, media ports, backlighting or contemporary styling, then this isn't what you're looking for. Nor if you want to type in silence!

If what you need from a keyboard is the best possible mechanism for accurate, reliable and satisfying typing, a design that hasn't been bettered in decades of development and manufacture of membrane and mechanical keyboards, then look no further.

Yes, there are some rough edges, and the Alt Gr and right Windows key (UK layout) are for some reason transposed (no biggie), but this hands-down beats the Cherry Blue-based keyboard that it replaces on my desktop in every way that matters to somebody who spends many hours every day working on it.

Unicomp, the company that makes this keyboard, is based in Lexington, Kentucky, which was an IBM town back in the day, and I understand that they use the equipment bequeathed by Big Blue when they (later as Lexmark) quit the PC market. When the original IBM PC strode large over the world, it was technically bettered in many ways by its rivals, but the quality of its keyboard, and of other IBM keyboards right up until the late 90s, was unbeatable. This IS that keyboard.
  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.
  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.
  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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