Mind The Gap - Unicomp NOS Industrial case

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22 Aug 2020, 03:09

After a bit of procrastination, I’ve finally assembled my “$750” model m for $30. (Any takers? No?)
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I have to say, the case looks and feels kick ass, really smooth and shiny. Kind of makes me want to get a nos model m.

For curiosity, I weighed the empty cases. I expected the grey one to be lighter since it’s from the mid to late 90s era presumably when Lexmark began making thinner cases. Either that or it would be much heavier as it’s an industrial.

To my surprise, the grey one was actually heavier, but strangely, hardly by much.
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23 Aug 2020, 03:08

I'll give you $35 for it. You'll be making a profit :P.

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25 Aug 2020, 11:04

My God... it's full of stars...
webwit wrote:
04 Aug 2020, 12:51



25 Sep 2020, 13:40

I would actually buy that "fake" industrial model m, because buying the different parts and shipping it to my country would kill me with shipping fees!

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17 Oct 2020, 20:11

To add to the knowledge base and answer some of the OP's questions, I dropped the guts of a 2017 Unicomp into one of the 1995 grey industrial cases. End result: mine has the same accumulating play. It's clear that they used the left side of the board as reference.
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What can be done is to file down the plastic post on the lower half of the case so that the entire plate can be moved a little to the right (I myself haven't bothered with that). It used to annoy me but it at least no keys make contact with the case. I've gotten over it by now.

What I haven't gotten over - see that dimple (now crack) in the upper right corner? - that's where the screw comes in from underneath. I didn't think I had even tightened it that much... And on the left side of the cover, one of the screw supports flat out broke off! If I could do it all over again, I would work the screws gently into the virgin holes while holding the supports with the other hand before assembling anything. But I won't do it again, so, anybody have tips on gluing things back together? I've done a bit of research but thought I would ping the community too.

Clearly this keyboard is not an IBM industrial imposter :) I've even transplanted the Unicomp sticker to the grey case to be sure there was no mistake. Never mind the Windows keys! :oops:

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