Picked this one up for $0.87 at an impulse visit to Goodwill.
IBM Wheelwriter 3.
If you even think about ripping the keyboard off of this machine I will find you and end you. Rightly.
Nah way. At first I wanted just the caps, but after I hauled it home I think I'm going to keep it as is. Came with the cable and it looks pretty clean, so I'll clean it up some more and test it out this weekend.
I found that the Keyboard on these machines have a fantastic feel to them, somewhere in between a Model M and a Model F, I cant quite describe it but I like it a lot. It has the same very pronounced tactility as a Model M but much smoother and crisper without being as "linear" as a Model F. The best Keyboard I've ever typed on is in fact on a IBM wheelwriter.
I actually was going to look that up, to see if it was membrane or capacitive.
When I pressed them at the store I knew instantly it was buckling spring. When I kept typing on them I found that they were crisper (maybe even lighter?) than my SSK, which is the primary reason I'm going to keep the board as is.
Now I only own 1 IBM wheelwriter since I don't usually tend to care about and collect electronic typewriters, and there is possibly a lot of variation in between various examples of them. So your machine might feel a little different then mine, and you've also got another model and I have. That being said, while the the IBM wheelwriter might provide the best "feel" (that I've found) for a electronic kind of "Keyboard", the best thing I've ever typed on was a ERIKA Model M. There are Dimensions separating these two.
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