New models of IBM Model F keyboard Mark II #Keyboards

What’s even harder-core than the IBM Model M? The Model F, the keyboard that launched alongside the IBM PC in 1981. After a 2017 relaunch, new models with the original layout are here. The project, which back in 2017 relaunched a modern keyboard inspired by a compact space-saver version of IBM’s classic Model F, is launching its second generation of brand-new premium input devices, and this time, various layouts will be available.

Enter the New Model F Keyboards project. “Ellipse” launched it in 2017 and attracted over $300,000 worth of orders, even at $399 each. Aside from the not-inconsiderable price, what put the author off was the layout. Space-saving and reduced-footprint keyboards are very popular among serious keyboard collectors, and the project chose two space-saver layouts from IBM’s 4704 terminal, dubbed the Kishsaver after the collector who described it. The F77 layout has a numeric keypad, but no function keys; the even smaller F62 layout omits the keypad, or as the cool kids call it, it’s a TKL layout, which stands for tenkeyless, presumably because it has 15 fewer keys.

The Model F project has announced a new range, including full-size and compact 104-key layouts and a replica of the 122-key IBM Battleship. The project occasionally has refurbished original IBM units. Now, though, a brand-new one is a $420 option.

More info on Slashdot and buy at modelfkeyboards.com.


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