Enough of haptic feedback and all that make-believe, this is tactility in its purest form
By Osmond Chia
There’s nothing like a good old mechanical keyboard to get the brain juices going.
Buckling spring keyboards like the ones IBM made in the 80s – the granddaddy of your Cherry MX mechanical gaming keyboards – provide a kind of tactile feedback different from those today.
It’s the unique feeling as the springs underneath the keyboard bend instead of compress and causes the plastic plate underneath the spring to rock and knock the metal plate within the keyboard.
As nerdy as this sounds, it’s what creates that unforgettable clicking noise that you can’t get over (which is why most of us left our smartphone keyboard click sounds turned on – its nostalgia we never knew we craved!)
This timely resurrection of the IBM Model F is courtesy of Joe Strandberg, a Cornell University graduate who has spent over US$100,000 getting factories on manufacturing something like this.
It’s no easy task, as he’s gone all the way to ensure that the powdery bumps on the original’s zinc casing were replicated, and authentic specifications for individual keys. It’s a true passion project from a true keyboard enthusiast.
Don’t be too worried about him though, sales have amounted to over US$270,000 in quick succession. There are several options and prices starting from US$325 (S$450). It’s some serious money, but if you’re sick of silly haptic feedback and keyboards that don’t give you that inimitable tactile satisfaction, this is perhaps your greatest remedy.
Pre-orders are now open until 31 July, followed by a second production-run next year. Act fast!