If its one thing I have learned recently is that Nostalgia sells. Starting from the Nokia 3310 to the Super Nintendo Classic Edition it’s all about playing the nostalgia card right. It seems that IBM too has something in store from the past and that is its iconic Model F keyboard. Yes, the Model F Keyboard that first debuted in 1981 is all set to make a comeback. The reason Model F keyboard was so popular is that it was the first one to use buckling spring mechanism.
The Model F keyboard is being resurrected by a Keyboard enthusiasts Joe Strandberg who has already started taking preorders for the same. He feels that even today many people look out for a buckling spring keyboard switch for typing and there is a dearth of such keyboards.
Buckling Spring gets its name from the spring mechanism that collapses at a certain point in its descent and provides tactile and auditory feedback. While it’s similar to the Cherry’s MX Blue switches, the springs in the Model F buckle slightly instead of complete downward movement. Even the Cherry MX keyboard is pretty popular in the market.
The Model F project will be delivering four keyboard models, including two F77 variants that retain the numeric key above the arrow keys and the F62 model that boasts of the 60% layout. Despite being more compact than the original Model F, the keyboards will be still rugged and will be built in metal.
Moving on, the Model F keyboards are priced starting at $325 and will go all the way up to $399. One can also opt for customizations, and the first batch of keyboards is already in production. The keyboard will be compatible across Windows, OS X, Linux, Android and iOS and can be connected via USB. The keyboards will be despatched on first come first serve basis.