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Unicomp Ultra Classic 103-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Unicomp Ultra Classic 103-Key Mechanical Keyboard

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with keyskin??
So you're telling me this is a good deal by taking the $84 MSRP and then selling it for $99.99? Not sure where you got the $109.99 from considering Unicomps OWN WEBSITE has it listed for $84 right now.
Planedrop
But the 103-key option is an extra $10, then they do charge quite a bit for shipping, bring the total to slightly more than $100, which is the offer here on MD. I think if you want the traditional beige color scheme of the Model M, you might want to buy directly from Unicomp. This model on MD has the keycaps a pure white with gray mix.
JimDetroit
I have the Unicomp 103 key (typing on it now) and JimDetroit is correct. My delivered price was $94 + $22 shipping (lowest cost option) for a total of $116 delivered. Was it worth it? YES, I love it. I'm sure it will outlive me :( ...
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I saw Unicomp mini layout model several years ago but it didn't released yet. :(
I once had four of their keyboards (2 Ultra Classic and 2 Classic). All four have been thrown away because they all developed issues within 1-2 years with the plastic rivets breaking off, causing many keys to become mushy and not register anymore. For the most part, I had them all stored unused for long periods in a room-temperature bedroom closet, in their shipping boxes, on a shelf, so not sure if Unicomp had an issue with those rivets which may have been resolved by now. (I ordered all my keyboards from them about 4 years ago, and threw all of them away about 2 years ago.) Too expensive to send back for repairs. One of the boards I had also developed a problem where the controller randomly stopped operating properly (or a PCB path went intermittently bad) and many of the keys wouldn't register. I have since decided just to buy bolt-modded authentic Model M's off eBay. Unicomp may have fixed their quality-control issues by now, but just a word of warning based on my experiences. I wanted to support an American company, but these issues were really beyond reasonable.
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It may very well have been a bad batch. I had purchased all four within several months of each other.
JimDetroit
I had one go out with bad welds, I think? Could have been rivets. . . but, it was about 18 months after purchase and they repaired for free, although I think I did pay the return shipping.
Looks like its much cheaper in their website, pass...
Tokyoexpressway
But thanks for letting know about the Brand, the keyboard and the fact that it is made in the US sold me.
Tokyoexpressway
Well, yes and no. You can get this model for $94.00 on their site, you can't get it with these keycaps. They only come in all grey not grey and white. This should have been explained somewhere on the listing.
For reference: http://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/UB40P36
Extra $4 USD to save >$30 shipping? Sounds like a deal to me. For once us Canadians get an actual deal on Massdrop.
jimbus
I was wondering why they could get away with selling this for $5.00 more then the manufacturer is selling them for.
mzipf
I thought some people were saying the drop is actually for a different, more expensive model. Still doesn't excuse massdrop for not fixing it the second time around.
MASSDROP IS DEAD TO ME OVER PRICING MSRP AND SELLING NOCK OFF SHIT. FUCK THIS PLACEEEEEE
fatdicks
no
fatdicks
if i remember correctly the msrp for the original model m was in the $300 range
These are only $84 on the vendor's website!
Past
This is the model being sold. It is $94.00 USD as shown on their site.
http://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/UB40P36
Sorry, mates. You must be joking. How can you sell this one at $109 ($100 discounted) when you have in your store at Unicomp exactly the same keyboard at $94,99 (without any discount)? Please. Be serious. I want a buckling spring time ago. I love them. But I don't like people who think others are stupid. Maybe next time...
Grom
Shipping to Australia from Unicomp is insane from memory but more reasonable from Massdrop. Effectively makes it cheaper for us down here but not a smart choice in you're in the US.
The description and photos are for the Ultra Clalssic, but the blue box says New Classic; those are quite different products. http://www.pckeyboard.com/mm5/graphics/ProductNews7-25-13.pdf The New Classic is the one that looks like the old school model M.
I got one of these direct from Unicomp almost a year ago. I use it at home for coding, and I love it. I haven't had any issues at all. I use a KUL ES-87 at work with cherry clears, and then I have this on my home set up.
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dawd
this one is the 103 key layout instead of the 104
44? Seems arbitrary...
wait the deal is +5 than MSRP ??
That's an amazing deal! XD
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sevenseacat
And now the RRP has changed to $109. Ha ha.
sevenseacat
The drop is for the New Classic, the old price was for the Ultra Classic, as far as I can tell... Hence the messed up prices.
It's a very good typing keyboard. I haven't run into some of the issues others have reported.
First impression, though, was pretty dismal. Thin, flexy, creaky plastic. The case really does feel cheap. Almost like a third rate copy of a real IBM keyboard. Especially the side rails of the top clamshell on either side of the keys. That part bends like crazy just by touching it.
The plastic case reminds me of that cheap styrene that shows white stress marks if you bang it on something.
Once you you get it on a solid surface, the typing experience is quite good. The key clack is actually not as loud as my recollection of the original IBM model M. That may be my faulty memory, however, as the video review shows that the Unicomp is actually louder and higher pitched. But still it doesn't seem to be terribly disruptive, at least in my home office.
But it will wake a napping baby easily, and likely annoy office mates in a moderately quiet office.
So I'm satisfied with the way it types, despite the case feeling like a third rate copy of a Model M.
K.T.N
You can fix the case creak by inserting a few pieces of electrical tape where the plate is seated in the front case clips; see geekhack.org/index.php?topic=58531.0
Pretty disappointed with this keyboard. Random inputs, does not recognise PC returning from hibernate mode and at one point even reversed right to left input...? Been in touch with their support and whilst initially quick to reply have not got back to me for a couple of days.
My advice: just get a Glorious PC keyboard and some blue switches (be advised that you might need keycaps). I'm using them (I'm actually typing on one now), and the Glorious keyboard feels awesome. It also has N-Key rollover natively. The Unicomp keyboard sole here is more for typists and only has a 2-key rollover, seemingly.
I had one of these keyboards (with the USB connection) and I was not happy with it for gaming. It wouldn't register more than two keys at a time with certain key combinations. Eventually one of the keys stopped working for no apparent reason and it was too costly to have it repaired ($30 repair fee plus shipping both ways made it cost about as much as buying a new one).
The keys on this thing are great for typing, but I would recommend buying the PS2 version if you want to use it for gaming or anything else where you need to use multiple keys at once.
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I didn't spill anything on the keyboard, one of the keys just stopped functioning for no apparent reason. That of course doesn't mean that the keyboards are bad, I may have just been unlucky with my unit.
When I contacted them about repairing the keyboard, they said this: " Yes, you are responsible to ship the keyboard to us and the shipping back to you. You will pay for the return shipping when you purchase the Class 1 ($30 + shipping) Repair. "
Get yourself a Filco Keyboard then try the typing speed via it's own PS/2 connection, it's indeed very fast particularly if your average typing speed is around 160wpm.
This is not a bargain at all.
LFP221
It is if you live outside of the US, If you buy though Unicomp shipping to Australia is around $80 usd ontop of the product price. Where as though massdrop its around $30.
Zobbes
CORRECT, the shipping price always makes it far better to buy via MassDrop than buying direct from Unicomp.
Still don't understand why they are so cheap in shipping this keyboard, particularly when it weighs far more than any other keyboard sold here on MD?
I don't understand why this is supposed to be considered a special deal. $84.00 (not $84.99, actually) is Unicomp's regular price for this board, via their website.
Ander
The only saving seems to be that shipping is cheaper here at $9 vs the $12.35 at their site. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It is a small savings vs buying it on Amazon which is where they are getting the MSRP from.
if only they would make an SSK!
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It sucks. I think it must be that the tooling would be crazy expensive to make or something. It's just, I mean, if they own the tooling from the Model M's, and IBM made SSKs, shouldn't they already have a means to produce these?
KangTheMad
They "Unicomp" are a small, family owned company hecne they stick with what is safe to make and sell. Pouring millions into new molds and production lines isn't fesable for them.
Bigger companies or those connected to mainland China, can do that by paying small amounts to existing companies to produce any product plus heavy incentives from their own Government, helps to maintain their place now as the preeminent manufacturers on this planet.
They can make anything now, from dirt cheap keyboards to space vehicles. Not bad considering they only started down that road 30 to 40 years ago.
If anyone is interested, I bought one of these on the last drop (103 ver) pretty much to try buckling springs. The board is in brand new condition and looking to sell. I can do $60 shipped. Feel free to reply if interested and we can talk details :)
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Naa he found me on reddit. I use the same name so he got lucky haha
Screw your fellow co-workers, when you're their boss they have to either like it or walk away ; )
The Buckling Spring deserves it's place anywhere on this planet, especially during business hours where it counts.
It looks like shipping outside the US is better than what you can get through Unicomps site.
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I disagree, md has been consistently cheaper for shipping to NZ.
consolation
Come on, imaginary countries don't count.
I'd buy it if it was a decent bit cheaper than buying from Amazon. I need a good deal to buy this keyboard.
Its about 19 cents cheaper here than Amazon
My roommate got this keyboard and some buttons weren't registering well so I pulled the caps off and just pulled on the spring/pressed on the activation pedal with a long tool. Every button on the board works now
got my keyboard... with a broken keycap
When will they make a TKL? :)
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I wish! Would love to have a brand new TKL buckling spring keyboard for ~$100 vs trying to buy a 30yr old model M SSK from ebay for ~$300 :)
I would like them to make a backlit keyboard, hopefully they will someday.
I had a unicomp keyboard before but I was not happy with the quality. Some keys failed to response after a few months (including space key), and such problem was very common. You can google to find more complaints. And it seems the only way to solve the problem is to buy a new keyboard.