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I found this Model M: Hecho en Mexico!!!

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So I was coming back from TA'ing this genetics course, and I decided to take the underground tunnel back to my buillding, since it was kinda cold outside. The tunnel leads to the loading dock/recycling area of the building in the basement, and I couldn't help but check out some of the stuff that was being recycled. Lowe and behold....I found this lying there. An IBM model M, circa 1989.







Amazing what some people throw away (I guess most faculty and staff here in science don't really know what they're throwing out, but oh well.......got my fingers crossed for a nice CRT or IPS panel from one of the crystallography labs soon, hehehe)

Now, I own another, American-made Model M (1993), and I can tell that this one feels and sounds slightly different. For one, the ps2 connector is bulkier on the 1989, and the keys make a slightly different sound to them. The IBM logo on this one is solid black, and not blue, and the keys also feel a little lighter than the American-made one, which I kinda like. I'm going to use it as my primary keyboard for a while, to see if I can find anythign else, but for now, I had a question. The thing feels mad solid, as is typical for Model Ms. It's also just as heavy as my other one. Does anyone here know anything about the build quality of the American-made ones vs the Mexican ones, or if there are any other differences that I'm missing? It's mostly for curiosity's sake, but I'm sure people here don't mind learning more about Model Ms.
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Haha Nice find! Got a Compaq 6000 out of the trash a few weeks ago
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Can I ask what is so good about these old IBM keyboard?
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Can I ask what is so good about these old IBM keyboard?
There's a stickied thread about mechanical keyboards around here somewhere. Typing on one is like nothing you've ever done. It feels so crisp. There's a real weight to the keyboard. The click-clack of the keys harkens back to an earlier time, when keyboards, as the ONLY way you interfaced with your machine, were the most important part, not some afterthought $5 piece of junk thrown in.
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What a great find. If I was that lucky, my spongy Lachesis that I bought out of ignorance years ago would be passed on to my wife.
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Well, from the feel of it. I can defiinitely tell that the spacebar needs a little bit of oiling up, as well as some of the other keys, but other than that, this thing is typing like a champ! The keys need some cleaning too as there is some dusty stuff on the sides of some of them, but that's not a problem since the caps come off. My fingers are really getting tired, however, because I'm so used to typing on my MX browns Filco, which have FAR lighter keys than these buckling springs. It's kind of like going from an electrical keyboard to a grand piano. The keys are harder to press, but they feel oooh so nice. Nevertheless, my fingers are tiring out, hahaha. I sure do like the fact that I can't accidentally press the windows key on this thing when gaming.
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post #7 of 17
free stuff is always a great find. I've been looking into getting a model M. No collection is complete without a model M.
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free stuff is always a great find. I've been looking into getting a model M. No collection is complete without a model M.
Or two. I want at least 3. A series 1 (pre 1986) a series 2 (1986-1992) and a series 3 (1993-until). I have a series 3, and I'll have a series 2 in a couple weeks.
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post #9 of 17
Great find! I love gaming on my model M but it's been sitting in my closet since I've gotten my xArmor. She'll treat you nice
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Does anyone here know anything about the build quality of the American-made ones vs the Mexican ones, or if there are any other differences that I'm missing?
Exact same thing. Whereas the UK-made Model Ms have a few subtle quirks, the ones IBM Mexico made appear to be exactly the same as the US ones.

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Now, I own another, American-made Model M (1993), and I can tell that this one feels and sounds slightly different. For one, the ps2 connector is bulkier on the 1989, and the keys make a slightly different sound to them. The IBM logo on this one is solid black, and not blue, and the keys also feel a little lighter than the American-made one, which I kinda like.
I've seen that weird fat PS/2 plug on US ones as well, not sure exactly what the story with it is. Blue IBM logo appeared on Model Ms made from 1992 onwards.

Differences in sound and key feel can be accounted for by wear.
Edited by ch_123 - 1/20/11 at 9:27am
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