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P/N 1391518

IBM 3162 ASCII Display Station Short Keyboard

Type
Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Nickname
SSK
Earliest Appearance
1986 Q3
Protocol
Set 3
Connection
Cable
Cable
Key Count
84
Form Factor
Tenkeyless
Earliest recorded price
$180 in 1986
Additional Notes
Presumed to be a first-generation terminal SSK variant
Data Last Updated
2022-04-10

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

The Space Saving Keyboard (SSK) was the tenkeyless and compacted version of the IBM Enhanced Keyboards available as an option for the IBM Personal System/2 series of computers. These are perhaps the most well-known Model M variant besides the Enhanced Keyboard. The fact that they weren't bundled with any systems and numeric keypads were viewed more favourably during the '80s, SSKs are relatively rare. As an attempt to provide an alternative to the loss of the numeric keypad, a togglable numeric keypad layer is present across the right side of the alphanumeric keys. They have since been spiritually succeeded by the Unicomp Mini Model M, which compared to the SSK feature a Type-A USB based module cable, lock-lights, black casing, Windows/GUI keys, and an upgraded membrane design.

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