Unicomp

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Unicomp, Inc
Private
IndustryManufacturing
FoundedLexington, Kentucky, United States April 1996 (1996-04)
Headquarters,
United States
ProductsKeyboards
WebsitePCKeyboard.com

Unicomp is a manufacturer of computer keyboards and keyboard accessories, based in Lexington, Kentucky, United States.

History[edit]

In 1996, Lexmark International was prepared to shut their Lexington keyboard factory where they produced Model M buckling-spring keyboards. IBM, their principal customer—and the Model M's original designer and patent holder—had decided to remove the Model M from its product line in favor of cheaper (but much less durable) Asian-made rubber-dome keyboards.

To this day, many computer enthusiasts consider buckling-spring keyboards among the best ever made. Rather than seeing its production come to an end, a group of Lexmark employees purchased the license, tooling and design rights for buckling-spring technology, and, in April 1996, reestablished the business as Unicomp.

Products[edit]

Near-view from the side of a black Unicomp SpaceSaver 104 (UNI0P4A) keyboard.

Unicomp's product line historically consists of IBM- and Lexmark-originated designs and slight modifications of those designs.

The Classic 101 (formerly called the Customizer) is quite similar to one of IBM's later Model M variants (their part number 42H1292) and is built on the same equipment. Other than the manufacturer's logo, the only changes to the Classic 101 are the options of a black case with light gray keys (as an alternative to the classic "pearl" beige), and USB connectivity (as an alternative to PS/2).

The Ultra Classic (formerly called the SpaceSaver) is a lighter, more compact version of the Classic, with 30% less plastic. A variant of the Ultra Classic, still sold under its former name of SpaceSaver M, is designed for Macintosh computers.

Unicomp also produces a wide variety of specialized items, including:

  • Replacement Model M parts
  • Custom-printed keys
  • Keys in various colours (printed and blank)
  • Key sets for various languages, and for ergonomic layouts such as Dvorak and Colemak
  • OEM-logoed cases

They also offer a repair service for virtually all mechanical keyboards made by IBM, Lexmark and Unicomp.

Unicomp's products can be purchased at their online shop and by phone.

Production[edit]

Nearly all of Unicomp's products are manufactured in the United States, at their Lexington factory, and include an 18-month warranty. Exceptions are their Value Plus/SK-720C and SK-7500 wireless keyboards, which are manufactured by SiliTek, a division of the Taiwanese peripheral manufacturer LiteON.

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