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hey guys I was cruising craigslist and I saw this sucker, I dont think its a model M, but I would LOVE to have found a space-saver so I'm gonna ask anyways

I Talked to the guy who has it he said there is no sticker on it, but it says IBM personal computer.



edit: he also mentioned the back is metal
Edited by (mirror)52-D.S.L. - 4/1/11 at 11:49am
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An IBM Model F keyboard for the original IBM PC 5150. The Model F is one of the finest keyboard designs ever made (even moreso than the Model M), but this particular variant is incompatible with modern computers unless you wire up your own custom active converter, and even then, the layout sucks.

These ones (PC AT Model F) are PS/2 compatible, and have a somewhat more sane layout, but are more rare and expensive due to demand -


Edited by ch_123 - 4/1/11 at 12:29pm
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post #3 of 7
That's an XT Model F. It's incompatible with modern PCs without wiring together an active adapter, and the layout is almost useless on a modern PC.

However, Model Fs are really well built (entire bottom is metal, etc.), and some prefer the slightly lighter key feel to the Model M. They're also louder than Model Ms.
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It isn't just that the key feel is lighter, they're noticeably more tactile, an impressive feat given what a Model M is like to type on.
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post #5 of 7
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ohh, thats good to hear, althought the incompatible part kind of sucks.... but Wte its np I'm picking up a model 70 and a model 80 for free tomorow each with their own model m . I was hoping for a spacesaver though
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IBM Model M Mini just sold this morning, used, for $175 on Ebay.
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IBM Model M Mini just sold this morning, used, for $175 on Ebay.
daaaaam wish the one I found was an M
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