Turn Your Keyboard Back Into a Typewriter

USB Typewriter. Customized from old typewriters.

Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the USB adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use.

Would you go back to using a typewriter now, even as just a keyboard? I know I’d never want to go back to the days before word processing on the computer. That was a lot more work and even Liquid Paper left a clumpy mess if you were allowed to use it for fixing things. (Not every admin. asst. job would accept fixed mistakes, some insisted on having the whole page typed over fresh and perfectly).

I don’t think I would even want to go back to using a typewriter. As glamorous as they make look those old typewriters were hard on fingers. It took quite a whack to press down those keys. Now and then one would come out too light. You could customize a modern typewriter but what would be the point. They don’t look all that different from a standard keyboard anyway.

Still, there is the allure of the old fashioned and the appeal of re-using and recycling something considered retro on a good day and just plain obsolete most days.

Would you go back to your typewriter?

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