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UK New Model M Keyboard Black White/Gray

UT43UHA

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The New Model M buckling spring keyboard has the same mechanism, feel and similar layout as the original IBM Model M keyboard, but with a slightly smaller footprint.
With the much-loved buckling spring key design these keyboards have been prized by computer enthusiasts and robust typists because of the tactile and auditory feedback of each keystroke.

£189.00 (£157.50 ex VAT) 

UK New Model M Keyboard Black White/Gray - UT43UHA

Manufactured in Lexington, Kentucky, this buckling spring keyboard is a heavy, audible click keyboard with a solid feel reminiscent of the classic IBM Model M keyboard.

Buckling Springs
Buckling springs originated in IBM's mechanical keyboard as a fundamentally different kind of switch mechanism. Featuring a coil spring that sits between the keycap and a pivoting hammer that collapses when pressed, the spring provides a loud click and tactile feedback.

Model M-Inspired Keycaps
The two-tone white and gray buckling spring keycaps are made of PBT polymer. The dye-sublimated legends compliment the authentic feel and classic design.

UK New Model M Keyboard Black White/Gray - UT43UHA

Manufacturer
Unicomp
Part Number
UT43UHA
Connection
USB
Cable length
1.8 Metre
Language Layout
United Kingdom
Number of keys/buttons
105
Length
455 mm
Depth
180 mm
Height
50 mm
Weight
1.7 kg
Compatible
PC
Gross Weight
2.8 kg

UK New Model M Keyboard Black White/Gray - UT43UHA

  Simon  30/03/2024
I had heard a lot about the buckling spring switch and how amazing it was to type on, how the best of these keyboards was the Model M and how Unicomp still made these in Lexington, Kentucky. I took the plunge.
Positives: The Keyboard Company were excellent. My order was delivered the next working day, well packaged and with no damage.
The keyboard is well built. It has little flex and is fairly heavy due to the steel plate in its base.
The keycaps are PBT and are of a nice profile to type on.
The key feedback is crisp and very tactile and make a loud 'clack' when pressed rather than a 'thock', This is a matter of personal taste but I do like the sound and the feel of it when up to speed typing and the keys actuate exactly on the click, so you can tell when the key has been depressed enough.
Negatives: It's very expensive and you are paying a lot of money for ... a basic keyboard of good construction and with the famed buckling spring switches... and that's it. There are no other interesting features of this board. If you don't like the clicking feedback and the clacky sound of old style electric typewriters, this is definately not for you.
The key feel is noticeably 'scratchy on quite a few of my keys and they feel quite heavy in their weighting, although I am coming from two previous light linear boards. The cable is long but not sheathed and can not be disconnected from the board so it's a problem if it gets damaged. There is no RGB - I'm not bothered about RGB but this isn't for you if that is your thing. It's not programmable nor switchable for a Mac layout.either.
In conclusion, if you are intersted in a loud, clacky sounding, well built keyboard that looks good but has no other features but a crisp tactile feedback or you have tried these buckling springs before and love them - this is for you, at a premium price.
Otherwise, see if you can try one first or if 'clacky' is not for you - stay clear.
  Christian  20/12/2022
I have been using this keyboard for three weeks now and I quite love it. It is a bit on the pricey side, but I feel like I've gotten every Euro back. Typing feels excellent and it makes coding a joy all over again. The springs are very satisfying to press and hear them depress. The build quality is also excellent. The material of the keycaps all feels very solid (and so does the printing on them) and the added weight makes it difficult for it to move from its place. It is a pleasant reassurance that this keyboard will last 20 years

My only real complaint here (and why I'm not giving it 5 stars) is the LED lighting. While it is pleasant to have them, I feel as though they are way too bright on this keyboard. The blue lighting from when you have the Num Lock on is bright and difficult to ignore when you are just staring at your monitor, especially in a dark room. There are solutions to help it (putting a dark translucent layer on top of it, covering it, modifying the keyboard to replace the blue LEDs with ones in green or amber), it is a bit disappointing that this problem becomes apparent out-of-the-box, especially when I have never had this problem with other keyboards of sometimes lesser quality.

All in all, very worthwhile purchase.
  James L  19/07/2022
I have coveted a Unicomp keyboard for years, but couldn't face the expense and hassle of ordering it direct from Unicomp themselves. despite having used a selection of hand-built, and commercial keyboards, I think the Model M is my favourite; its heft gives it a feeling of quality and permanence that my other keyboards lack. It works flawlessly on my Mac, Windows and Linux machines

The process of ordering was slick, and painless; I was typing on my keyboard within 48 hours of ordering, the board itself was immaculately packaged.

Overall, a premium experience for a premium product.
  Darryl  23/01/2022
Absolutely the best keyboard I've ever used. Great build quality and simply a joy to type with. The buckling spring design is certainly worth the hype.

My only criticism would be the blue LEDs for the CapsLock Numlock ScrollLock indicators. They seem a bit out of place. Green LEDs would have been a much better choice IMO.
  Jim  17/11/2021
I bought this to replace a generic membrane keyboard because one of the legs had snapped off! That is NOT going to happen with this keyboard. Fantastically solid - this will last forever, and the keys are splendidly loud and tactile. Perfect for work.
  Chris  07/07/2021
An absolute joy to use, and a beautiful piece of kit.
  CH  19/07/2023
The parcel arrived a couple of days ago. Upon opening it I was presented with a smaller, keyboard-sized box. Upon cutting the tape to this O Fortune began to play in my head, and as I opened the smaller box and removed the bubble-wrap, the choir began going for it like Old Spice was back in fashion.
Plugging the keyboard in, it was everything I wanted. Solidly made, responsive, pleasingly noisy, and with an NumLock light you can read from at night, it has been a step up from my mechanical gaming keyboard which I've been using for the last year or so.
Genuinely, nostalia aside, this is a great looking and great sounding keyboard, responsive, not at all tiring for all the greater degree of travel than I'm used to, and sure to get a lot of work over the years. Yes, it's not cheap, but if you spend a lot of time typing, it is a worthwhile investment, at least IMHO.
  Jon S.  31/01/2023
Not my first Unicomp keyboard, I drowned the first one. Finger location markers are less prominent than they were 5 years ago and definately not as prominent as on an original Type M. Added some colour keys which look great. Windows Key is imperative in my current work environment. I really enjoy typing on this it is nice and noisy:) 100 positive action no doubt about a key press being completed. Delivery was quick and painless.
  Martin T  13/09/2022
Why only 4 stars for what I thought was a lovely keyboard?

I'm a big user of VMware and for decades have used Ctrl Shift Alt as my hot keys. Unfortunately the design of the New Model M's keyboard matrix meant that it wouldn't recognise Ctrl, Shift, Alt and Insert at the same time which made it difficult to log in to VMs. I could have changed my hot keys but every other keyboard I've used -- including my original IBM Model M (without Windows and Menu keys) -- handled that combination. Having discussed this issue with Unicomp and Bruce at Keyboard Co, I decided to return the keyboard, which Keyboard Co dealt with very efficiently.

Full marks to Unicomp as well for confirming that a PS2 New Model M would have had the same issues.

This was a massive shame, since it was a lovely keyboard to type on.

Unicomp have unusual and changing ideas about where to put the Alt Gr, right-hand Windows and right-hand Menu keys but I found I liked and got used to the layout on the New Model M very quickly. I think it's nicer than the layout on the Mini M because although the Mini M swaps Alt Gr and right-hand Windows to where everybody else puts them, Unicomp didn't swap the key sizes around, so right-hand Windows has (to my mind) too large a physical key and Alt Gr's is too small.

If Unicomp sorted the keyboard matrix I'd buy it again immediately. If they made an ISO 104 key large spacebar version with only the Menu key on the right hand side (just where it is right now) and no right-hand Windows key, as they do for the US layout, that'd be lovely too.
  Chen  13/07/2022
It's the classic IBM model M reborn. It feels like typing on a piece of computer history. Nothing beats the buckling spring switches. Perfect for someone typing all the time.
  Matt  30/06/2022
This keyboard is amazing. Make no mistake, it's worth buying.
I had briefly used a buckling spring keyboard as a young teen, and thought it was amazing back then. Ever since I've been trying to track down somewhere selling new ones. Especially since I'm now using a PC during the day job.

I've always preferred the clicky feedback, and have tried the keyboards with cherry (and clones) switches. Whilst they were good, the buckling spring mechanism is a whole new level.

The keyboard itself is a hefty, solid design. That's a good thing. It won't slip around whilst you're typing. The legend on the keys is sharp, and so far, durable. I'll check in again in 20 years (if I remember).

The number of options available for this keyboard means there will be one to suit everyone. I personally got the three colour design, black base, with beige and grey keys.

Hats off to Unicomp and to The Keyboard Company - You've got it right.
  Peter  09/11/2021
I have loved the heavier feel of a bucking spring keyboard ever since I moved from Apple II to an IBM PC back in the depths of the past. I always found them more certain for typing on, and the new model M is great just great. It feels really solid and has the old familiar heavier feel. Way better than the standard keyboards that come with laptops these days.

 

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