"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." -Harry Truman

BentUser Updates Feed     

Featured Articles
iPhone 3G Review, Gripes and Praise: Part I
Xbox Live Arcade 2008 Preview: Part I
Resident Evil 5 Preview
Customer Service?
The Fallout from Sony’s E3 Press Conference
Windows XP and Vista b5270 Side-by-Side
DRM Hell
Sharp XR-10X LCD Projector Review
Xbox 360 Launch
Microsoft BOB Review
Logitech V200 Wireless Notebook Mouse
Office 12 Screenshot Gallery
Apple Thinks Same, Goes Intel
.NET 2.0 vs. Java 1.5 Shootout
Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5231 Indepth Look - Part 2
Why Google is Being Sued by Publishers
Microsoft Windows Vista Build 5231 Indepth Look - Part I
Comprehensive Tablet PC Review with the HP tc1100
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Review
IBM / Lenovo ThinkPad T43 Review
Windows OneCare Live Preview
OpenOffice 2.0 Writer Beta Preview
Windows Mobile 5.0 Preview
Battle of the Betas: IE7 vs. Firefox 1.5
Dell UltraSharp 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 2405FPW Review
Yahoo! Music Engine First Look
TopDesk Review
  Unicomp Customizer 101 Keyboard Review
  By Pat

  Front > Hardware > Monitors and Peripherals
  Specifications    Images    



From my tone up to this point, you might get the impression that this is a perfect keyboard or that Unicomp has paid me off (not true I swear, I’ve had to pay full retail for two of these boards, one for me and one as a present). The truth of the matter is that it is perfect, for me. There are several considerations though, so it may not be for you. The biggest issue by far is that buckling spring switches are VERY loud by modern standards. We are talking potential relationship issue causing levels of clicking here if the signifigant other is stuck in the same room as your computer for long and they’ll be no discrete typing while on the phone thank you much. Some people (me, other obnoxious people) actually like the level of noise, it adds audible feedback to the great tactile feedback.

Other downsides? Well, it isn’t very portable. Check out the specifications page for the full break down, but at ~6 pounds with enough steel to stop a bullet, this is not a travel keyboard. And, as mentioned above, it comes in with either a PS/2 or AT style connector, no USB option.


If you haven’t been able to gather (or you skipped all my prose) from my highly unbiased review, I really enjoy my Customizer 101. If typing is part of your daily routine then you owe it to yourself to give a Unicomp keyboard a try. While normal user might be satisfied with whatever two dollar keyboard came with their system and gamers might insist on one that glows in a complementary color to their desktop, people who actually use a keyboard much will appreciate the feel, feedback and quality that the Customizer provides.

Close up

At $49.00 US for the keyboard and about 6 dollars for shipping, the Customizer 101 is a great investment. All their products have a 30 day money back guaranty and a warrantee. Though the Unicomp website looks a bit questionable, I've had great service and fast shipping both times I've ordered from them. Another option you have to find an old IBM or Lexmark keyboard on ebay or jammed in a closet somewhere. While there is no guaranty, you can sometimes find great old keyboards for next to nothing.

Previous   Specifications    Front  
[ Performance ]


Contact Us        Links:  NLP APIs      

Copyright � 2005 Retro Reviews LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
Technorati Profile