SNKB-M1993-EEP-101

Original specs/details

Full Name IBM Enhanced Keyboard
Part NumberPart Number
The number used to describe this keyboard's specific release; usually specific for a target region, language or SKU, etc.
52G9658
TypeType
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 Enhanced PC Keyboard
Known Host SystemsKnown Host Systems
A list of known host systems this keyboard could be bundled with or at least designed specifically to operate with. This could be terminals, desktop PCs or laptops.
IBM 6381 PS/ValuePoint
IBM 6382 ValuePoint Performance
IBM 6384 ValuePoint Performance
IBM 6387 ValuePoint Performance
IBM 7043 RS/6000 43P Series
Key-switchesKey-switches
The name of the known switching mechanism that lies under this keyboard's keys.
IBM membrane buckling springs
Original KeycapsOriginal Keycaps
The keyboard's original keycaps' material and text/symbol printing technique.
PBT with dye-sublimated legends
FeetFeet
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.
Single-setting flip-out feet
ProtocolProtocol
The protocol(s) this keyboard can use to speak to the host computer (eg, scancode sets).
IBM Mode 2 (scancode set 2)
ConnectionConnection
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 coiled-style detachable 6-pin SDL to PS/2 mini-DIN cable
Form FactorForm Factor
The standardised or universally acknowledged name for this keyboard's layout form factor.
Full-size
Production Date 1993-09-19
Acquisition Date 2021-03-31

About this keyboard type

The PC-compatible IBM 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 is 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. 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 Ambra/ICPI, Dell, General Electric Healthcare and Sabre.