|Known Package/Box Part NumbersKnown Package/Box Part Numbers
Possible numbers assigned to the original packaging this keyboard was shipped in.
A designation from my own type naming scheme used to categorise this keyboard with or from others by their common features and market intent but may/may not be derived from official names.
|Model M5-1 Trackball Keyboard|
Possible companies responsible for making this keyboard for the company marketing it.
The name of the known switching mechanism that lies under this keyboard's keys.
|IBM membrane buckling springs|
|Earliest AppearanceEarliest Appearance
The year (and possibly the quarter) that this keyboard part number was introduced, first observed, first recorded or the first example found.
|Original KeycapsOriginal Keycaps
The keyboard's original keycaps' material and text/symbol printing technique.
|PBT with dye-sublimated legends|
|Casing ColourCasing Colour
The original colour of this keyboard's outer casing. For keyboards whose casing materials are known to yellow, this will refer to the original colour before such transformation occurs.
The possible branding and logo styles found on this keyboard part number. This could be multiple styles at once or possible styles found over time.
|IBM blue oval badge|
The protocol(s) this keyboard can use to speak to the host computer (eg, scancode sets).
|IBM scancode set 2|
The keyboard-to-host connection. This is could be a description of a cable (its colour, whether its coiled, whether its detachable, and what connector is at its end) or the name of a wireless technology.
|Grey coiled-style detachable 6-pin SDL to dual mini-DIN PS/2 cable|
|Key CountKey Count
The number of keys that this keyboard originally had.
|Form FactorForm Factor
The standardised or universally acknowledged name for this keyboard's layout form factor.
The original regional/language layout this keyboard was configured as. Both the language and the standardised key layout may be listed, and in the case of both being known or defined, it will be styled as language then standard.
|Built-In MouseBuilt-In Mouse
Possible pointing devices this keyboard could carry. This could be a brand name, name of the sensor technology behind it, or a generic description in lieu of the former details.
Documents ("Doc"), websites and/or webpages ("Web") that were used as a source of information for this keyboard part number. Examples of this keyboard part number I own ("ASK") will also be included as sources.
|Data Last Updated||2022-12-16|
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The Model M5-1 is one of two variants of the Enhanced Keyboard featuring an integrated trackball pointing device attachment, along with the M5-2. The M5-1 uses a 16mm trackball placed around the arrow keys and features four mouse buttons; two for left and right click and two for left and right stepped-click. The M5-1 is the rarer of the two due to its withdrawal from production not long after its introduction. It is presently believed that the M5-1 was withdrawn due to production complexities with integrating the trackball module on top of the keyboard assembly. Collectively, the M5s were the last introduced Model M variants to feature a modular SDL connection.