|Full Name||IBM Retail POS Keyboard w/ Card Reader and Display|
|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 M8 50-Key RPOS LCD Keyboard|
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 lasered 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 M8 is a 50-key point of sale keyboard with a tilt-adjustable 2x20 LCD screen and integrated magnetic stripe card reader in the Retail POS (RPOS) series of POS input devices. The M8 was originally known as the IBM Retail POS Keyboard with Card Reader and Display. 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 and Operator Display (also known as the IBM 4680 Combined Keyboard/Display). For the most part, the layout and function of the M8 are customisable and the keypad has many transparent keytops to facilitate printed or written legends on paper. However, almost all M8s have a dedicated numeric keypad in the middle key bank and a "Ctrl" key in the bottom-left. After Toshiba TEC acquired the IBM Retail Store Solutions division in 2012, they continued producing the M8 under their own branding.