29 October 2018
The hugely popular musical sounding F mechanical keyboards by IBM are being resurrected and sold on demand by keyboard specialist, Joe Strandberg. These keyboards were a major part of the office culture in the 1980s and had made a huge impact on the market with its buckling spring mechanism (shown below) that made the keys pop up in a softer fashion than the earlier Cherry MX mechanism that used to give a more vertical and upright response on pressing.
The keyboard is still very popular among the people and many prefer it over today's noise-free, smooth keyboards. The keyboards are very retro in their look and also better at differentiating between keys.The resurrected versions focus on maintaining its sturdy and heavy build that the users still like.
Strandberg aims to work on the F77 and F62 models of the keyboards. The work to be done can be seen in the video above. The keyboards will range from $325 to $399, depending upon the modifications requested. The orders are open until 31 July.