Typewriters seem so old these days that for the generation of computer users who grew up in the 90s, these machines go way past “old-school” into “old testament” territory. But if you’re a part of the generation before that, you probably miss the deep key presses and the satisfying clickety-clack sounds you got from this old mechanical wonder. Here’s a way to relive that old feeling: The USB Typewriter, which is basically an “antique” typewriter modded with a few digital bits to make it work as a USB keyboard.
The beauty of it all is that not just a gimmick. It’s actually a working typewriter that you can use to hammer out mail (without the “e-“) on actual paper. Or mix old school with modern technology by turning off the monitor, typing on paper, and saving your work to a drive. As a USB keyboard, it’s still pretty flexible though, with a generic USB interface that’ll work on PCs and Macs. The top also comes with an iOS dock that’ll let you park an iPad on top, which turns it into one of the most unique iPad docks we’ve seen in a while.
Since it’s basically a converted typewriter, it doesn’t come with all the keys you’re used to seeing on a modern keyboard. A special toggle key adds the function keys, esc, ctrl, alt and other non-standard keys.
The USB Typewriter is available from Etsy for $699, but if you have an old machine lying around and you don’t mind putting in a little DIY work, you can also buy a conversion kit to make your own USB Typewriter for $74.