The first thing you notice about the IBM Model M keyboard, when you finally get your hands on it, is its size. After years of tapping chiclet keys and glass screens on two- and three-pound devices, hefting five pounds of plastic and metal (including a thick steel plate) is slightly intimidating. The second thing is the sound – the solid click that’s turned a standard-issue beige peripheral into one of the computer world’s most prized and useful antiques.
I have a Model M somewhere at my parents’ house, with the very rare Dutch keyboard layout (we use US English now). However, I absolutely detest keyboards like that. I prefer keyboards with a decent click, but as little travel as possible, so that it requires as little pressure as possible to press a key, yet still get a decent click. Surprisingly – to some, perhaps – I am a huge fan of Apple’s separate (so non-laptop) keyboard, and you can pry mine from my cold, dead hands.
However, I know I’m in the minority, and the Model M is a hugely popular beast of a keyboard. Great article by The Verge.
best one in my humble opinion:
There’s a (now) broken Model M from a long gone PS/2 lying outside the house for the kids to pretend type on :^D
I retired mine when I had to start doing more conference calls from home. The clicking was overly-distracting for anyone on the other end of the phone.
Also, it had a stick plus key on the keypad, which I never could get working smoothly no matter what I tried. It seemed the plastic just didn’t fit, and I was hesitant to try filing it down.
It’s still hanging around here somewhere – maybe I should put it on ebay or something.