I always wanted a vintage IBM ‘Model M’ keyboard such as the one illustrated below. For the last year I have been using a brand new and a modern version of that keyboard but the feeling just wasn’t there. The keys aren’t very ‘mechanically pleasing’ and feel a bit too soft, it was fine but not perfect. Trying to obtain a real 20 year old vintage ‘Model M’ from eBay was a mission of total failure and frustration. Not only are they SUPER expensive, we’re talking upwards of $600 for a 20+ year old keyboard but they also require a costly USB adapter to work on a modern system and the shipping was prohibitive ($150). They also don’t have backlighting (I love keyboard backlights). I gave up on that search.
Today I drove over to Burgas to do some shopping and dining and decided to pull the trigger on a brand new mechanical keyboard. The choices for high end keyboards here are extremely limited consisting of mainly cheap and low end ‘mushy’ keyboards. I visited a gaming shop and thankfully they had exactly what I wanted. Here is what I got, It’s a Razor Blackwidow Ultimate. It’s super big, it’s super sturdy, it’s extremely clicky, loud and mechanical and as an added bonus lights up with green LED lights with enough lumens to illuminate a small stadium. The difference in usability is astounding and I was able to map the extra keys for for a few non standard characters (Euro symbol, for example). Expensive but very, very worth it.
This may sound boring but the way mechanical keyboards work and the technology and history behind them is quite fascinating. If you have some time to kill do a bit of Googling about mechanical keyboard switches and the history of IBM keyboards. Cool stuff.
Thank you for reading.