8BitDo Unveils Retro M Edition Keyboard Inspired by IBM Classics – A Nostalgic Tribute to IBM’s Iconic Model M Keyboard

8BitDo is set to launch its new Retro M Edition keyboard in July, alongside a wireless numpad/calculator, drawing inspiration from the legendary IBM Model M.

8BitDo is set to launch its new Retro M Edition keyboard in July, alongside a wireless numpad/calculator, drawing inspiration from the legendary IBM Model M. While the new keyboard, priced at $100, won’t match the Model M in terms of sound, typing feel, or heft, it certainly captures the nostalgic aesthetic.

Features and Specifications

The M Edition maintains the exact specifications as 8BitDo’s previous Retro Keyboards. It boasts a top-mount internal design, hot-swap PCB, and dual wireless/USB-C wired connectivity. The keyboard features Kailh Box White V2 clicky switches. It includes the distinctive A and B macro buttons, reminiscent of those on NES, Famicom, and Commodore 64 versions, albeit in more subdued colours.

8BitDo is set to launch its new Retro M Edition keyboard in July, alongside a wireless numpad/calculator, drawing inspiration from the legendary IBM Model M.

Compared to the Model M

The original IBM Model M was renowned for its unique buckling spring mechanism, which produced a loud and satisfying sound with each keypress. This auditory experience was both a delight for typists and a nuisance for those nearby.

In contrast, while still enjoyable, the M Edition’s Cherry-style clicky switches do not quite replicate the iconic Model M sound. 8BitDo’s promotional video demonstrates this, showcasing the Model M’s distinctive noise followed by the M Edition’s quieter clicks.

Embracing the Retro Vibe

8BitDo embraces its role in offering a fun, retro-inspired product without pretending it can fully replace the Model M. For enthusiasts who appreciate the retro aesthetic, the M Edition and its wireless numpads, available in matching retro colours, provide an appealing option. The keyboard and numpads will be available for pre-order on Amazon and 8BitDo’s online store starting July 15th, with the numpad/calculator combo priced at an additional $44.99.

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Conclusion

While the 8BitDo Retro M Edition may not fully replicate the beloved IBM Model M experience, it offers a charming homage to modern conveniences. It not only elevates your desk setup with its nostalgic design but also enhances your productivity and gaming experience with its modern features and customisation options.

For those who are nostalgic for classic keyboards, for gaming or everyday tasks, this keyboard seamlessly integrates the charm of the past with the functionality of today.

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