I just received a shipment of 5 of my currently FAVE IBM keyboard. I'm also awaiting delivery of 2 IBM Model F AT 84 key units, but until they arrive, I feel that the Space Saving Mini is KING of the heap.
The box arrived yesterday afternoon via UPS and of course the box was damaged and one of the keyboards was sticking out of the box. Nice.... But I can't really blame UPS since the keyboards were shipped with just 2 pieces of bubble wrap separating all 5 of the boards.
One was busted up. Cracked frame, scuffed up case, broken keys etc.. Luckily the other 4 arrived intact. Has anyone else bought from surplus warehouses before? Do Model M keyboards usually ship with an SDL cable?? Because I received ZERO cords for the 5 boards.
Busted keys and broken frame on what "was" a very nice board:
Some shots of three of the boards. Supposedly these were cleaned and refurbished, but not to my standards. But I guess they're nicer than what I've picked up on ebay.
Now here is an interesting board with a different layout. I'm not sure what the different keys are for? Any help/info would be greatly appreciated. On this board, shift + help activates the numpad. I also have no idea what the extra FN keys are for? Noob question again, but is there a way to find out how those keys are mapped??
I have a few more of these coming in this week, including a formerly NIB unit and a German layout 85 key and finally an Industrial.
Anyone else have any unusual Space Saving models?? I'd love to see what's out there.