|Full Name||IBM Retail POS Keyboard w/ Card Reader|
|Part NumberPart Number
The number used to describe this keyboard's specific release; usually specific for a target region, language or SKU, etc.
|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.
|Model M7 50-Key RPOS MSR 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 terminals, PCs or laptops.
|IBM 4694 POS Terminal (IBM 4690 family)
IBM 4800 SurePOS 700 Series
The name of the known switching mechanism that lies under this keyboard's keys.
|IBM buckling rubber sleeves (early or late POS type)|
|Original KeycapsOriginal Keycaps
The keyboard's original keycaps' material and text/symbol printing technique.
|PBT with dye-sublimated legends|
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|
|Form FactorForm Factor
The standardised or universally acknowledged name for this keyboard's layout form factor.
About this keyboard type
The Model M7 is a 50-key point of sale keyboard with an integrated magnetic stripe card reader in the Retail POS (RPOS) series of POS input devices. The M7 was originally known as the IBM Retail POS Keyboard with Card Reader. Its earliest host system was the IBM 4694 POS Terminal Model 001 announced in June 1993 and it was a successor to the IBM 4680 series 50-Key Modifiable Layout Keyboard. For the most part, the layout and function of the M7 are customisable and the keypad has many transparent keytops to facilitate printed or written legends on paper. However, almost all M7s have a dedicated numeric keypad in the middle key bank and a "Ctrl" key in the top-left. After Toshiba TEC acquired the IBM Retail Store Solutions division in 2012, they continued producing the M7 under their own branding.