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P/N UT40E7A

Unicomp Mini Model M

Type
Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Nickname
SSK
OEM
Unicomp
Switches
IBM membrane buckling springs
Earliest Appearance
2021 Q1
Original Keycaps
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
Casing Colour
Black
Branding
None
Feet
Single-setting flip-out feet
Protocol
HID
Connection
Cable
Cable
Black straight detachable Type A USB to Type A USB
Key Count
87
Form Factor
Tenkeyless
Layout/Language
US ANSI
Earliest recorded price
$121.00 in 2021
Additional Notes
White & grey keycap variant
Data Last Updated
2021-04-08

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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 originally 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.