The pursuit of The Perfect Typewriter continues to motivate me, and it's so much fun that I hope I never succeed.
I think that comment echoes my feelings, exactly!
Just get a Royal Aristocrat, problem solved!
So this is interesting, Mark. You have requirement that is puzzling to me, because we clearly don't share all of the same criteria for what makes a very good or exceptional typer. I agree that the Aristocrat is great for feel, and reliability. It leaves me wanting though. For a portable, it is outstanding. On ergonomics + "features" it drops a little on my list. I guess it depends what you want to accomplish. Sometimes I want as much "bang for the buck" as possible - tabs, easy-use paper support, good paper feed, great/weighty feel but speedy, ease of margin change, visibility of type, quick & responsive back space (located in the CORRECT place ;-) ), etc. I think this subject needs a follow up post, there's just too much to talk about.