Year introduced: 1987
What people like about it: Very heavy and solid-feeling and known for being extremely durable. Easily reconfigurable and programmable with keys that provide a satisfying tactile feedback. Often compared to the IBM Model M.
Quotes: “The keyboards were very solidly constructed, with a dip-switch that allowed you to tailor all sorts of stuff, like a dvorak configuration as well as sticky-keys. Ahh...the good old days…” James Wann
“That thing had a great layout. It was rock solid. The keys had just the right amount of resistance. You could easily remap it, in fact the keys were easy enough to take off and put back on that thorough cleaning was easy.” Anonymous
“They weighed about 6 pounds, and felt like they were milled from a solid block of steel. The key action was beyond crisp - it felt like typing on an IBM Selectric II, where there was a solenoid or something slamming the fontball into the roller with every keystroke. Very fast, very positive action. I miss that thing.” Jeff Paulsen
“I have half a dozen OmniKey Ultras (with the dual cursor-key pads) and I keep my eyes peeled for more of them on eBay. I always bring one of mine along to any new development position. That and my Logitech trackman marble, I don't want to work any other way.” Stephen Posey