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    Only a well-trained ear might be able to hear the difference between a generic keyboard and the IBM Model F keyboard that was popular in the 1980s.

    The first sentence clearly reveals that the author has never heard a Model F.

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      For those who don’t know the difference, this review has a side-by-side comparison, starting at around 5:28.

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      I still prefer the M to the F.

      The Unicomp M’s are also pretty good though they are certainty lighter than the original IBM models, they are really my overall favorites. I am a huge fan of their Sun Unix keyboard and have a few in Black USB: http://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/40PSA has a good picture - I remove caps and add another Control key of course.

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        The Unicomps are OK but the switches seem to wear pretty fast–I have a lot of keys that stick on a keyboard I bought in 2014. (More than on the old 80s Models M I have lying around!) And I wish they’d use a removable cord like the IBM Models M, which makes it much more convenient to take the keyboard apart to clean it. But it is nice to be able to get a buckling-spring keyboard with a Mac key layout.

        And certainly, $100 for a Unicomp made in Kentucky by the same people who made Models M for IBM seems like a much better value than $325 for this made-in-China replica, no matter how cool the metal case is.

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          Depends on what you mean by “mass produced.” If you mean built in high volume at a single factory, then $300 doesn’t sound unreasonable. If you mean produced by every factory that makes keyboards like most commodity keyboards, then <$50 would sound more reasonable.

          You can read the blog posts over at http://blog.keyboard.io about producing a mechanical keyboard in China. There’s a huge amount of work in bringing a unique product like that to market. The reason a random keyboard from Fry’s is so cheap is that every company is practically selling the same keyboard with a different brand label on it.

          Regarding the comment “it’s not even wireless,” adding a BT IC and antenna to a keyboard hardly has any impact on the per unit cost compared to the mechanicals when you’re building something unique like this.

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            Keyboards should be moving in the direction of “tactile but silent”.

            Not really. Auditory feedback is processed much faster than tactile feedback and this matters when you start typing faster. Cherry MX brown switches are the best combination as far as I’m concerned.

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              or some HRTF binaural ASMR that emits the typing sound based on posture, limb lengths and key being pressed. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this guy wouldn’t consider it authentic enough. As much as I liked buckling spring, modern day mechanical are tactile enough that the sound pollution tradeoff just isn’t worth it.

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                You think there is enough demand to justify mass producing this?

                I think the only nonsense here is the $50 you just pulled out of thin air.

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                This is like the first time I’ve heard about the Model F. I knew everyone liked the Model M, and it’s like the IBM keyboard. There’s even a TrackPoint version which is pretty cool.

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                  I managed to…ahem…liberate an IBM Spacesaver II from $ORK[-2].

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                    While I can’t condone… liberation, I am still very jealous. A TKL-layout board with a trackpoint nubbin is ideal for me. Shame they’re so rare/pricey.