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SNKB-M1987SS84

IBM Space Saving Keyboard

Part Number
1391472
Type
Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Nickname
SSK
OEM
IBM, Lexmark
Switches
IBM membrane buckling springs
Key Count
84
Original Keycaps
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
Connection
Set 2/AT over PS/2
Layout/Language
US ANSI
Production Date
1987, 17 November
Modifications
Fitted with a Linux Tux GUI keycap from Unicomp and red-legend pebble (dark grey) WASD keycaps from an IBM Model 100 Functional Keypad Emulator.

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Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Variant of a Model M Space Saving Keyboard

These space-saving keyboards were the tenkeyless and compact versions of the IBM Enhanced Keyboard. The original IBM Space Saving Keyboard (SSK) was only available as a non-standard option for the IBM Personal System/2 series, resulting in a relative rarity as numeric keypads were viewed more favourably during the late '80s and '90s. The keyboard is also occasionally referred to as a Model M Mini. A modernised variant entered production in Q2 2020 as the Unicomp Tenkeyless, now featuring a USB modular cable and lock-lights.