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If you’re the kind of writer whose atmosphere helps get those creative juices flowing, we searched the web to find nine of the best vintage typewriters and retro keyboards to buy online. These new and used gadgets range in pricing from under $100 to more than $1,700, plus a few budget-friendly options for shoppers who want to add a little nostalgia to their laptops or computers. For more throwback finds, check out vintage movie magazines and posters, vintage movie posters, and retro video game machines. Find our roundup of vintage typewriters below.
The Royal Classic Portable Manual Typewriter features an all-metal construction with a wide 11” carriage, 88 characters, and a black and red nylon ribbon. A true “wireless device” the Portable Classic Manual Typewriter is perfect for writers on-the-go. It comes with a pre-installed ribbon storage case and owner’s manual. Dust tends to slip under the typewriter keys though, so you’ll want to make a regular habit of dusting your typewriter at least once a month.
A compact gift for a writing enthusiast, the We R Memory Keepers Typewriter lets you craft projects or write fun letters the old-fashioned way. There’s something special about the way the font looks on the typewriter, and you can mix and match ink ribbon colors to create fun results in your projects. The typewriter’s dimensions are 19.48 × 15.6” × 7.8,” and it weighs just over 13 pounds.
The sleek and stunning Smith Corona 5T “Super” vintage typewriter is ready to become your new co-writer. Originally released in 1956, this rare find features a full English QWERTY keyboard, with the bonus of “French Canadian” accent keys. The keyboard has been professionally cleaned, oiled, serviced and thoroughly tested, and comes with an original carrying case.
Torpedo produced millions of typewriters in the ’50s and ‘60s, including this vintage wide carriage typewriter in metallic green. The vintage typewriter boasts a mid-century design and is in very good original condition, per the seller. The typewriter also comes with a large case, and a new ribbon.
Despite the vintage design inspiration, the Qwerkywriter keyboard is constructed entirely out of a new scratch resistant aluminum alloy offering quality and durability. This wired and wireless keyboard is jam-packed with features such as the cast metal programmable return bar, dual scroll knob for volume and page scroll, patented typewriter-inspired mechanical keycaps, and an integrated tablet stand supports devices up to 12.9.”
A great retro piece for use or display, this 1960s Smith Corona Sterling typewriter comes with its original case. According to the seller, the typewriter is in excellent working condition, and has been well-cared for.
If you want to bring a vintage feel to your electronics, this gaming keyboard is a great choice for lovers of the Victorian-esque design. The typewriter style vintage keyboard has retro round keycap shapes like a classical typewriter, with white LED adjustable lighting and double-shot injection molded keycaps for crystal clear backlighting. The keyboard is also equipped with a convenient rotary knob to switch the lighting effects, and the brightness of the board.
Throw it back to the ‘90s with the Perixx Retro USB Keyboard. Measuring 17.95” x 6.65” x 1.34,” the USB keyboard features an ergonomic design, which includes keys with different heights to create a curve for added comfort during long hours of use, and easy cable arrangement to keep your workspace organize and tidy. To use the keyboard you’ll need Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, or later.
This ultra-portable Hermes Baby is perfect for traveling. The lightweight typewriter has been refurbished, professionally serviced, and cleaned. The machine is in perfect vintage condition, apart from tiny imperfections due to age and use.