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8BitDo’s new IBM-like keyboard is all show but hits me in my mech heart

8BitDo’s M Edition mechanical keyboard on a desk alongside its macro buttons, in front of a vintage IBM computer.
There’s something about that green power light on the keyboard’s top-right corner that overwhelms me with a sense of calm. | Image: 8BitDo

I love a good re-skin or fresh coat of paint, and I can be a sucker for a little nostalgia bait just like anyone else. But let’s not mince words here: there’s no way 8BitDo’s upcoming $100 M Edition of its Retro Mechanical Keyboard will stand up to the legendary IBM Model M keyboards of yore — not in sound, typing feel, or relative chonkiness. However, it certainly looks the business, especially with the slick new wireless numpad / calculator combo pad 8BitDo will sell alongside it for another $44.99.

Image: 8BitDo

Somebody tell 8BitDo it doesn’t need to write “Retro” on everything. The design speaks plenty.

The M Edition has the same exact specs as 8BitDo’s previous Retro Keyboards, right down to the top-mount…

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