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SNKB-M1986-EXT-101

Original specs/details

Full Name
IBM Personal Computer XT Enhanced Keyboard
Part Number
1390120
Type
Model M Enhanced PC Keyboard
Switches
IBM membrane buckling springs
Feet
Single-setting flip-out feet
Protocol
Set 1/XT and Set 2/AT autosense
Connection
Cable
Cable
Black coiled fixed DIN (180)
Form Factor
Full-size
Production Date
1986-12-09
Acquisition Date
2021-03-28

About this keyboard type

The Enhanced Keyboard was the first home consumer, most common and the definitive Model M keyboard, becoming IBM's choice keyboard for a decade after its release and still in production today as the Unicomp Classic. Labelled as being "enhanced" in regards to its layout that became an industry standard and still used today with the addition of GUI keys, the Model M is perhaps the most well-known keyboard of all time thanks to the success of the Enhanced Keyboard and its main host system - the IBM Personal System/2 series. The Enhanced Keyboard was also made available for IBM's earlier "classic" Personal Computer series in both XT and AT flavours, and several other distinct variants exist for other types of systems and custom orders from third-party companies such Dell, Sabre and General Electric.