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This 10-Pound Keyboard From The 1980s Is Making A Comeback

IBM's Model F keyboard was manufactured from 1981 until 1994 and cost hundreds of dollars. Computer aficionados treasure it, but it's hard to find these days. So one man is working to bring it back.
After collecting and refurbishing IBM's Model F keyboards for years, Joe Strandberg decided he wanted to start manufacturing them. Source: Courtesy of Joe Strandberg

Only a well-trained ear might be able to hear the difference between a generic keyboard and the IBM Model F keyboard that was popular in the 1980s.

The Model F is considered by many people to be the best keyboard ever. IBM stopped making it in the

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