|Market Model Name/Feature CodeMarket Model Name/Feature Code
The consumer-friendly model number describing this keyboard as a part of a range of products, usually irrespective of target region, language or SKU.
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 M-e" PS/2 ANPOS Keyboard|
A [keyboard enthusiast] community given name for this keyboard. It can be a shortening of its name and properties, a more abstract term, a real-life reference, or metonymy.
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 buckling rubber sleeves (early or late POS type)|
|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.
|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.
|Pearl White/Storm Grey|
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 black oval badge|
The style of this keyboard's flip-out or extendable feet. If applicable, this may also state how many levels of height adjustment are available and whether the feet could be rubberised.
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.
|Black straightened-style detachable 8-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.
|POS pointer (Synaptics TouchStyk FSC pointing stick)|
|Earliest Recorded PriceEarliest Recorded Price
The earliest price, currency and year of record found for this keyboard part number.
|$625 USD in 2001|
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.
Doc: IBM 4694 Point-of-Sale Systems - New Models Give You Greater Speed and Capacities (#101-276) [source: IBM]
|Data Last Updated||2022-06-21|
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The IBM PS/2 ANPOS Keyboard with Integrated Pointing Device was a "Model M-e" enhancement of the Model M9 RANPOS Keyboard design and a part of the pre-Modular (pre-MPOS) series, thus occasionally referred to as the M9-e in fan circles. For the most part, the M9 and M9-e are virtually identical save the integrated force-sensing capacitor based Synaptics TouchStyk pointing stick referred to as simply "POS pointer" in marketing. As such, it too has two distinct types of keys, an integrated magnetic stripe reader, and was available in 116-key (US English) and 117-key (rest of world) layouts.