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SNKB-F1983XT83

IBM Personal Computer Keyboard

Part Number
1801449
Type
Model F/XT Keyboard
OEM
IBM
Switches
IBM capacitive buckling springs
Key Count
83
Original Keycaps
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
Connection
Set 1/XT over DIN (180)
Layout/Language
US XT
Production Date
1983, 16 December
Sound Signature
Modifications
Adapted to USB via an internal Soarer's Converter from orihalcon.

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Variant of a Model F/XT Keyboard

The IBM Personal Computer Keyboard was the first individually distinct and most common Model F keyboard. Debuting with the IBM 5150 Personal Computer (the original IBM PC) in August 1981 and later featured with the IBM 5160 Personal Computer XT (that gave it its common nickname) Model F/XT, this keyboard played an important role in establishing the PC as a high-quality computer and solidifying buckling springs-based keyboards as IBM's go-to for well over a decade after its release. Relative the competition, the Model F/XT brought unsurpassed reliability and build quality to the mix but arguably suffered from a layout too different from others.