|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.
|4680 POS Matrix 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.
|Key Tronic capacitive foam and foil (tactile variant)|
|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.
The date this keyboard part number was withdrawn from marketing. This doesn't necessarily mean production or refurbishments ended on the same date, just the keyboard was no longer being sold under normal circumstances from then on.
|Original KeycapsOriginal Keycaps
The keyboard's original keycaps' material and text/symbol printing technique.
|ABS with double-shot 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 silver square 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).
|SIO via RS-485|
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 straightened-style detachable 8-pin SDL to 8-pin SDL 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.
|Relegendable w/ dedicated numeric keypad|
|Earliest Recorded PriceEarliest Recorded Price
The earliest price, currency and year of record found for this keyboard part number.
|$560 USD in 1987|
|Additional NotesAdditional Notes
Extra notes about this keyboard that may be of interest or are important to know.
|Believed to be the only IBM keyboard with Key Tronic foam and foil switches|
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 4683 Point of Sale Terminal Models, Displays, and Enhancements Brief Description of Announcement, Charges, and Availability (#187-240) [source: IBM]
Doc: Withdrawal From Marketing: All Models of the 4683 POS Terminal and Selected Model Conversions and Features for the 4683 and 4684 POS Terminals (#A95-1128) [source: IBM]
|Data Last Updated||2023-02-14|