I got into mechanical keyboards with a Ducky Shine, with Cherry MX Browns.
I like that keyboard very much, but unfortunately it is not a durable product. After about 2 years of very extensive daily use, one of the keycaps broke. The (,) comma keycap.
While sourcing keycaps is a possibility, it is a big hassle.
I wanted Keyboard for work that is massive, strong, has great mechanics, and most importantly, durable.
I read that many original IBM Keyboard Model M users who bought their keyboards in the 80-s and 90-s , are still using them today.
I did consider buying an original Model M on Ebay and similar sites, but:
1: Either it was very expensive to import and ship
2: It was not in a good condition or it was missing the cable.
3: It was too expensive for what I thought I was worth.
I did have the opportunity to try an original model M with heavy modifications. Bolt modscrew mod, and dampening mods along with a modified control logic board ( basically Bluetooth + USB compatible along with an internal battery for wireless operation ).
Unfortunately, the custom control logic board did not click with my preferences.
The keyboard was physically great, the typing felt very sluggish.
I decided to give the UNICOMP New Model M a try.
I have had the keyboard for a couple of days now, and it does live up to my expectations.
For those who are thinking about an old model M and a new model M, here are my experiences.
1: The typing experience is similar. The older model M s require slightly less force, but this is not surprising, since they are old and got broken in a bit.
2: Without the dampening mod, the new model M is LOUD. High pitched kind of loud if I had to compare to the older one. It does not personally bother me, but it may bother others. Consider that if you are thinking about a purchase.
Things that I miss from my Ducky compared to the new model M.
1: Detachable Cable. I think this would be a great addition to this keyboard.
The original model M keyboards in the 80s came with detachable cables as well.
While I personally have not broken too many keyboard cables in my PC career ( think it was the cable of 2 keyboards like out of 10 ), I would appreciate if it would become a feature. One size length of the cable does not fit all.
Things I miss compared to the old Model M:
Although I have not taken this keyboard apart, I did hear it is not nearly as serviceable as the old model M s. I think it would make sense to make the keyboard more serviceable friendly in the future. People want durable keyboards. If it gets broken after warranty, people should be able to repair them. If you are paying premium for a keyboard, you should be able to fix it yourself should it have problems down the road.