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News hardware & software 06 April 2020, 12:34

author: Adrian Werner

Epic's CEO: This 30-year-old IBM Keyboard Eats New Models for Breakfast

The legendary IBM Model M keyboards have many followers. Among them is the CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, who just busted his copy.

If you've ever wondered what is Tim Sweeney's preferred tool to write with, now you know. The president of Epic Games was saddened to admit that he broke his favorite Model M keyboard, made by IBM. The device served him for a long time, as he used it, among other things, to create ZZT (released in 1991) and the first generation Unreal engine.

The Model M was released in 1984 and according to Sweeney, these are the best keyboards ever made. And he is not alone in his opinion - trade in used pieces and their parts is flourishing online.

The keyboards are so renowned that they are still in production. Unicomp, a company founded by people who have been working on these devices for decades at IBM, and then at Lexmark Corporation, is involved. They have not only bought the rights to all the most important components, but even acquired the original production machines. Nevertheless, in some elements they are different from the original ones, so many people prefer to pay extra for a model from the 1980s.

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