IBM Personal Computer Keyboard

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1981 Q3Model F/XT PC KeyboardIBM capacitive buckling springsMore info on this keyboard

Aka, "Model F/XT"

eg, P/Ns 1501100, 1501101, 1501102, 1501104, 1501105, 1801449

IBM-made 83-key keyboard for the IBM 5150 Personal Computer and 5160 Personal Computer XT. It's famous for being the original IBM PC keyboard and is also the earliest known discrete Model F keyboard (ie, not integrated into a larger system) and introduced the XT-style functional layout. It has a black, coiled cable terminating in a 5-pin DIN plug, single-setting riser feet accessible from the sides, and 4 cork feet to prevent sliding. Two variants exist; a Type 1 keyboard with a metal-jacketed DIN plug that supports a RESET line and a Type 2 keyboard with a plastic-jacketed DIN plug that doesn't.


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