Cristian S. 29/06/2017
Great keyboard. Brings back the joy of typing.
I've used a Model M many years ago only a couple of times and something stuck to my mind about that experience. At that time most keyboards around were of higher quality and did not gave much attention to the details of the Model M. Besides, the IBM two button mouse was very ugly. However, the experience of sitting at the computer and actually programming was so fine that it remained with me.
Fast forward to today. I need to silence that memory that keeps coming back every time I sit in front of my computer or laptop with rubber dome keyboards I hate with a passion. Was that experience real or just something I imagine or add to with every year? I decide to buy this Unicomp and see for myself (no Model M's around and for the price and transportation I better get a new one).
I unpack the keyboard, careful not to spoil the touching experience until I sit properly on the chair. I press a few keys waiting for a vortex to suck me back in time and... nothing. It feels so different than my Dell rubber dome and I think I'll probably have to adjust. Did I imagine the whole time or was that experience I crave for something more than just the typing, something I could not recreate today? No, it was the typing alright. True, in a silent room with one PS2 humming along, but it was the typing.
That day I did not do much typing at all but by the end of the day I could not think other than I need to get back and do more typing. Slowly but surely, my fingers adjust and I start to like the sensation more and more. I touch type and the feedback is very good. Just a few hours more and I'm convinced and thinking that I want one for home as well.
I invite a couple of my team mates to get the feel. They look at the keyboard without touching and are not impressed by the looks: is this your Commodore keyboard?. I push for them to try typing and things change here. One of them compares the sensation with the feedback he gets from playing the piano instead of some electronic keyboard. The other just keeps saying genuine waws while typing.
So yes, the sensation is all there. It's louder, but people around bottom down on rubber domes anyway so it's not much of a difference. The looks are raw as in other reviews but the build is solid.
If you are not impressed with today's keyboard market and want to have a professional keyboard (as in - for the 'profession') consider this one. I think you're in for a treat. I never touched a cherry blue or green and I can't compare them but for me, this one is great. The next one(s) will definitely be PS2 though.