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SNKB-M1987-SSK-84

Original specs/details

Full Name
IBM Space Saving Keyboard
Part Number
1391472
Type
Model M Space Saving Keyboard
Nickname
SSK
Switches
IBM membrane buckling springs
Feet
Single-setting flip-out feet
Protocol
Set 2/AT
Connection
Cable
Cable
Grey coiled detachable SDL to PS/2
Form Factor
Tenkeyless
Production Date
1987-11-17
Acquisition Date
2019-12-20

About this keyboard type

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.

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