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UK Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Black USB

UB43PHA

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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.

£129.00 (£107.50 ex VAT) 

UK Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Black USB - UB43PHA

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.

UK Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Black USB - UB43PHA

Manufacturer
Unicomp
Part Number
UB43PHA
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

UK Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard, Black USB - UB43PHA

  Anonymous  01/02/2021
I had a close relative of this keyboard for many years until yellow plastics and a PS2 cable lead to a bunch of keyboard impostors. This is a joyous return to the feel and sound of a real keyboard, I had forgotten what i was missing in the intervening years. As far as I'm concerned, these switches are the pinnacle of typing keyboards, so long as your coworkers are not too annoyed by the noise. In the current isolated environment, there can be no reason not to give yourself the tactile delights of a buckling spring keyboard. You'll love every keystroke.
  timblewee  19/11/2020
I know I should really give an in-depth review of the product here, but suffice to say it is brilliant (I have two). If you are looking at these keyboards you have probably either seen reviews of the model M on another website or have memories of using one 20+ years ago and are looking for the nostalgic typing experience. The Unicomp M won't disappoint. However I would like to say that the keyboard company's customer service is ridiculously good. From ordering, delivery to aftercare they are great. I had an issue recently with another product I purchased (not the other M) and it was put right immediately after a brief email exchange with customer care. I would not hesitate to purchase from them again.
  Cashie  16/11/2020
Excellent, quality made keyboard. Ordered for sons Xmas present so not been used, only tested to ensure all keys ect work. He is over the moon with it and cannot wait to start using it.
  Anonymous  05/10/2020
I use a keyboard all day, 5 days a week. I've not used a mechanical keyboard in many many years, having used the standard rubber domed stuff that is the norm. Here's what I've noticed from a week of using it:

* The tactile keys. Because of the prominent edges it's easy to feel when you're touching the edge of a key, rather than the top, which helps accuracy.
* The clear feedback (feel and touch) when you press a key. No more wondering whether a key press registered because you were slightly too delicate. It's loud enough that if you shared an office it would likely be a problem but I don't share an office, so no problem.
* The LEDs for the num lock, caps lock and scroll lock are *very* bright. I solved this with a sticky label over the top. They're bright enough to show through, so no loss of functionality, it just looks a bit naff.
* It's higher off the desk than the keyboards I've used in the past. I purchased a wrist support separately so my wrists were not at an awkward angle.
* No media keys (which I knew before I bought it). I solved this by assigning some keyboard shortcuts.

All in all, not perfect, but very pleasant to use and a distinct improvement on the keyboard I had been using.
  Anonymous  18/08/2020
I first experienced the IBM keyboard in the late 80s - it was outstanding then and still is. Some would say it is noisy, but I can tolerate that as the clear snap sound and feel is unbeatable. I bought one from Keyboard Co about eight years ago. It would still be working reliably had I not drowned it with a glass of water. This happened on a Sunday; its replacement was shipped and in use by Wednesday, much to my relief.

The keyboard, and Keyboard Co, are both heartily recommended.
  Anonymous  20/06/2020
Simply a great keyboard! A marked improvement from Cherry MX Browns.

This is a full-size Model M in a smaller shell. It looks smart and modern with its black exterior and grey keycaps. The buckling springs are wonderfully tactile and provide a great typing feel.

The board came considerately packaged, and has no blemishes, roughness or inaccurate legends. Poor reviews of Unicomp keyboards are apparently archaic, as their current workmanship is sublime.

The keyboard is solid, with only slight flex at the bottom of the shell. Each key should be checked to see if it 'clicks' (as Unicomp mention in the enclosed documentation); some keys may get trapped during shipping. Refitting the keycap, or using the 'chopstick method' on the spring, fixes this.

Keyboard Co provide the best customer service bar none. Great price, zippy despatch and arrival time, prompt and regular communication. Looking forward to buying from you again!
  Lindsay  22/01/2021
Can't complain about the best keyboard in the world.
The Keyboard Company provides excellent service and prompt delivery. What more could you ask for?
  Anonymous  12/01/2021
UK Ultra Classic IBM style keyboard - I bought this to replace my old Cherry mechanical keyboard. I use it for everyday typing, all day - so it's important to have something I'm comfortable with. It's everything I was expecting - really nice key action - best I've ever owned.
Service from Keyboard Company was excellent - I sent a technical question out on the Friday evening I received it - and got a response back same evening.
Nothing to complain about.
  Aaron  16/11/2020
Was looking forward to trying out the classic Buckling Spring keyboard. As far as I see it, the only issues I can raise are as follows:
* The Alt Gr and Windows key are swapped around
*The Plastic Case of the Keyboard has some sharp lines around where the two halves of this case connect.
* Subjectively the Unicomp logo looks mediocre, but I'm indifferent, some might dislike it.

Apart from these issues, it is an absolutely wonderful keyboard to type and program on, and it is serviceable for gaming, though I will say that I felt it required a higher actuation force for pressing some keys, which for certain types of games makes it a poor choice. The tactile response is excellent, and although people have complained about the Sounds of these keyboards, they are perfectly fine for use at home.

It should be mentioned that none of these faults are the fault of TheKeyboardCompany, but instead the fault of Unicomp. The service provided by TheKeyboardCompany was swift, I ordered on a Friday evening, and received it the following Wednesday morning.

Overall it's an excellent product.
  Stu  31/08/2020
This is my second Unicomp keyboard - I bought a beige one back in 2003 and it still works perfectly well after seventeen years' near-daily use. Its PS2 connection, however, was a tad inconvenient with my current set-up, so I bought the USB model in black. The new one is smaller and lighter-weight, but the key-press action has that same reassuring ring of quality about it. One difference; the space bar on the new one has a more 'solid' feel and a duller click then the characteristic metallic note of the old one - but that's just an observation, not a problem. A great keyboard, speedily delivered - many thanks!
  Henrik  22/08/2020
The keyboard is almost as good in build quality as the original keyboard. It is not the same but its really good enough to get pass my quality standards. HOWEVER, one thing that I will never forgive them for, is that the put the right windows and alt keys in the wrong order. Completely non-standard placing which makes it almost impossible to type properly after almost 15 years of assuming alt-gr is the first key to the right from space. I'm not going to use this keyboard for my everyday typing that is for sure.
  Fran Burstall  04/06/2020
Fabulous keyboard promptly dispatched by the nice people at the Keyboard Company (C-19 notwithstanding). This replaces my trusty Unicomp Model M (which didn't survive a cleaning activity after 10 years of faithful service) and has a slightly small footprint thought the keyboard itself is exactly the same size. Totally recommended.

 

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