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Endurapro, buckling spring keyboard with nipple, black USB

UB43PJA

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The Endurapro has buckling spring key design (IBM Model M style), fully swappable keycaps and an integrated 'nipple' style pointing. The integrated mouse saves desk space as does the sleek new footprint which is 20% smaller than the original Model M keyboard, and the 105 key UK layout has Windows keys.

£124.99 (£104.16 ex VAT) 

Endurapro, buckling spring keyboard with nipple, black USB - UB43PJA

The Endurapro has buckling spring key design (IBM Model M style), fully swappable keycaps and an integrated 'nipple' style pointing. The integrated mouse saves desk space as does the sleek new footprint which is 20% smaller than the original Model M keyboard, and the 105 key UK layout has Windows keys.

Endurapro, buckling spring keyboard with nipple, black USB - UB43PJA

Manufacturer
Unicomp
Part Number
UB43PJA
Connection
USB
Cable length
2 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
105 + 2
Length
455 mm
Depth
180 mm
Height
50 mm
Weight
1.6 kg
Compatible
PC
Gross Weight
2 kg

Endurapro, buckling spring keyboard with nipple, black USB - UB43PJA

  Jonathon  18/07/2020
Over All:
Mixed feelings but I get why people like them.

What is it?
For those who don't know it's a Unicomp Model M but with a joystick mouse. Unicomp bought the rights and tools for the IBM Model M.

The Feel:
My daily driver is a Ducky Cherry MX Blue. Compared to that the Unicomp keys are stiffer and less tactile. Unicomp uses a buckling spring which in theory should give you increased resistance until the spring buckles resulting in a sudden drop and registering the key stroke. In reality I found the buckle happened right at the bottom of the stroke. This removes any physical feedback as when the spring buckles there is no where for the key to fall. With the exception of the noise it may as well have been a lineal switch. In addition its actually a membrane keyboard. So the key only registers when you bottom out. Not the worst design ever, except the membrane it's self requires extra force. So the experience is pushing quite hard until you hit the bottom where the travel stops then the spring pings then assuming you have enough pressure the key will register. I'm naturally a heavy typer to the point where people sitting next to me complain and I was regularly having keystrokes where the spring buckled but were not hard enough to register.

Quality:
It's physically quite heavy, keyscaps are traditional but nice. Mouse buttons are ludicrously stiff. Joystick is exactly what you would expect. The chassis flexes a little and makes noises. LEDs are blue and very very bright. I did have an issue with larger keys particularly the right shift getting stuck.

N-Key Role over:
Unicomp uses 2-Key role over. A lot of people get confused by this. It means when you press 2 keys at once they are guaranteed to resister however other combination of 3 or 4 may work. I'm a developer and use lots of 3 sometimes 4 key combinations and can happily report everything I tried worked.

The Keyboard Company:
I ended up returning my Unicomp and can say The Keyboard Company was nothing but amazing. Polite, knowledgeable, efficient. Honestly can't praise them enough to the point where if I found the same product cheaper somewhere else, I would happily pay the extra and give the business to these guys. Good service is worth paying for and if something goes wrong you will appreciate it.
  Anonymous  07/04/2017
Very nice keyboard, very happy with it. I used to use a real IBM Model M, but on modern PCs I was having trouble getting USB-PS2 adapters working reliably. This feels very close in feel to my 20 year old keyboard (just less run-in!), so I'm happy. :-)

Slightly less taken with the nipple - it's a little too mobile and sensitive compared to the ones I've used on my Thinkpads over the years. So I'm still using a mouse alongside the keyboard for now...
  Johnson  11/10/2019
Update from my previous review on The mouse pointer has stopped working sadly and some keys are getting stuck and continuously type an apostrophe when only pressing the key once. I never ate food while using it. The sad thing is it hasn't even been a year and I'm already experiencing this.
  Johnson  28/11/2018
I use a Thinkpad laptop for work at my desk and often have it propped up on a stand to be more ergonomic. I wanted a keyboard to use with it that was mechanical and had a nipple pointing device. This keyboard works very well. It connected automatically to my laptop right out of the box.
The pointing stick is more touchy than the Thinkpad's but it works just as well after a bit of getting used to using it.

I appreciated the KeyboardCo's follow up email making sure everything was alright and the complimentary coaster and nailfile they included with the keyboard-- perfect additions to any desk.

If you like the ThinkPad keyboards but want something sturdy and mechanical, choose this. You will NOT be disappointed.
  Anonymous  06/10/2017
Great keyboard , its cut down my key error rate considerably. The track-point is fab. If ever this keyboard could be made without the numeric pad I would buy instantly.
  Anonymous  05/10/2017
This is an excellent keyboard. The keys feel fantastic, with a great typing action. The nipple works perfectly, and comes with several spare caps (I replaced the one it came with by default, which had a sandpapery texture to it I wasn't very taken with). It's not going to replace a mouse (or even a trackpad) for more precise work, but for general use, it's fine.

However, while the internals of the keyboard are very nice indeed - it has a significant heft and feels like it will last for many years - the case is a bit of a downside. It's generally okay, but the build quality feels cheap compared to the rest of the keyboard, and there is some give at the bottom corners where the two halves of the case clip together. It's not a huge issue and overall I'm very happy with it, but I do worry that the case won't last as long as the rest of the keyboard.
  Garry Webster  13/03/2017
Excellent build quality. Love the retro feel of this keyboard - buckling springs really are as good as I remember. The mouse pointer embedded in the keyboard is a handy addition to this particular model. Seriously thinking of purchasing another to use at my place of work.
No issues with case or keycap moldings as reported on many of the YouTube video reviews I have seen.
Many thanks

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