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post #11691 of 14551
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I'm not too informed on model M's, but is there a certain year that I should be looking at? Or are they all basically the same thing?
http://deskthority.net/wiki/IBM_Model_M

That should help.

Model M's have had many small changes over time. Ch_123 should be able to fill you in better, as he's a IBM/Buckling Springs "expert" of sorts.
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Thanks, I'll read it when I get home.
post #11693 of 14551
Read this

Filling in Deskthority's keyboard sections is something that I intend on doing when I get the time... in about two months from now

Bottom line tbh, they're all the same. Get a Unicomp and thus get something that has a warranty and is fresh out of the factory.
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post #11694 of 14551
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
The Deck doesn't support USB to PS/2 adapters for some odd reason.

That being said, it's highly unlikely you will need more then the 6 key rollover on the legend over USB.
Whoa, didn't know that.

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Originally Posted by ripster View Post
Getting a PS/2 or USB Deck thread is here.

The OP was a better man for going USB.
Gotcha, going w/ usb


*Edit: OMG I'm sooo excited I just got a Deck!
Edited by ebolamonkey3 - 4/4/11 at 2:40pm
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post #11695 of 14551
Do the unicomps have the same weight that the model M's have? If so, I'll go with that and go on a hunt for a space saving one in the future.
post #11696 of 14551
The original Model Ms (from 1985 and possibly '86) weighed about 2.5kg. By the late eighties, they were down to 2.2kg. By the mid nineties, they were down to 2.0kg. Unicomp Customizers remain arout 2.0kg to this day, and their Spacesaver models are arout 1.7kg due to the more compact casing. The 84-key IBM Space Saving Keyboards are around 1.8kg.

By means of comparison, a fullsize Costar Cherry switch keyboard (such as Filco, Das, Ducky etc) is about 1.2kg, and a Topre Realforce is 1.4kg.
Edited by ch_123 - 4/4/11 at 2:57pm
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post #11697 of 14551
So they are pretty much a perfect clone? Btw, thx for answering my questions.
post #11698 of 14551
Clone implies that someone ... well, cloned it. The Customizer is made to the same IBM specs on the same machinery. With the exception of Windows keys and USB support on certain models, they are otherwise identical to the IBM Model M part number 42H1292 that was made by Lexmark and IBM between 1995 and 1999. So much so that some very late production Model Ms are actually rebranded Customizers.
Edited by ch_123 - 4/4/11 at 3:21pm
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post #11699 of 14551
Gotcha, thanks. You've been a ton if help.
post #11700 of 14551
Rebranded as in Unicomp has a lot of different LED labels. Even new style IBM for old style bottom LED position.

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