Are you the kind of nostalgic soul who looks back at the Underwood, Remington, and Smith-Corona typewriters of yesteryear and sigh plaintively? Yet are you simultaneously a modern tech nerd, who couldn’t go without the conveniences afforded by an iPad or iMac? Well, then, the Qwerkywriter — an 84-key keyboard that looks just like a vintage typewriter — might be just the thing for you.
Now on Kickstarter, the Qwerkywriter is essentially a mechanical switch keyboard, like the Das Keyboard. This style of keyboard makes keys feel more tangible when pressed, and is notorious for withstanding all the abuse a writer can throw at it.
What makes the Qwerkywriter more than just a mechanical switch keyboard is that the key caps have been replaced with old typewriter keys, while the casing has been modeled to look just like an old analog typewriter, circa 1920.
This little design conceit also allows you to balance an iPad in what would otherwise be the Qwerkywriter’s paper feeder. And since the Qwerkywriter is Bluetooth enabled, it can work just as well as an iPad keyboard as it can a way of banging text into your iMac or MacBook.
A beautiful throwback design, the Qwerkywriter is now available for preorder. But there’s bad news: not only is the Qwerkywriter expensive at $289 each, but they won’t start shipping until August 2015.