A new Kickstarter campaign has launched this week allowing users of the retro Commodore Amiga 500 range of home personal computers to upgrade to a new mechanical keyboard, allowing for faster input, replacement of broken keys and a more ergonomic design. Check out the video below to learn more about the Commodore Amiga 500 project which has been launched by Melbourne-based Micronics.
“Dear Amiga 500 owners, we are excited to present to you our mechanical keyboard replacement, with better tactile response and brand new keycaps. Amiga 500 was one of the most popular vintage computers worldwide and users remain very active even till now. We believe some of you want to upgrade the keyboard to give your Amiga a new look and new life. Our mechanical keyboard will give you unprecedented operational pleasure. If you ever used a mechanical keyboard, you understand what we mean. Our video shows the prototype we already have.
Why would you like to upgrade? There are multiple reasons to do this.
– Mechanical keyboard gives you the best typing experience.
– Your original keyboard is broken.
– Your keycaps become yellowish.
The keyboard we offer will have:
– Standard Cherry MX compatible switches. These switches are used in the majority of the modern mechanical keyboards.
– Standard keycaps for the switches. It means you can use any Cherry MX compatible keycaps. Exception are some of the function keys which are not standard length.
– Sockets for all of the switches. It means the switches are not soldered and can be easily replaced by you (this is also known as hot-swappable switches).
Keyboard will be easy to replace and will not require any soldering. Our video shows the prototype we have and the most of the replacement process.”