USBTypewriter Tests Your Real Typing Skills

USBTypewriter Tests Your Real Typing Skills

Gregory Han
Mar 31, 2011

Fancy yourself a nimble fingered typist? Are you equally able with physical and touchscreen keyboards? How about taking the challenge with some retro-technology, pitting your digits of typing justice against the mechanical feel of an old timey keyboard?

The USBTypewriter and the Typewriter dock are a couple of devices created from salvaged and repurposed old manual typewriters; these Don Draper-meets-steampunk devices work either connected via USB to a Mac or Windows PC, or with an iPad docked ontop for an "almost" portable setup (lifting up an old mechanical typewriter often feels like a kettlebell workout).

Etsy seller, USBTypewriter (aka Jack Zylkin), sells these wired and ready to go machines for $699-$799 dollars, depending upon features. Makes you want to scour eBay or peruse the flea market for your own vintage model to customize, right? But before you get your DIY hardhat on, just note the $75 project kit isn't for the faint of heart and unsteady of the soldering iron, requiring what is described as "intermediate skills".

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