IBM 1503206: 5150 Personal Computer keyboard

This is the keyboard which came with the IBM 5150: the original IBM PC.

I got this keyboard in March 2011 from the local electronics recycler at one of their ‘garage sale’ events. It was in excellent condition, only a little dirty, and with a couple WordPerfect stickers applied to certain keys. It cleaned up quickly and easily, and after getting my converter set up correctly, I was typing on it soon after.

  • Identification: IBM part number 1503206, manufactured in USA by IBM 1980-1982. Commonly known as the XT Model F.
  • Application: IBM 5150/5160
  • Connectivity: DIN5 XT interface with fixed cable
  • Key layout: 83-key US layout
  • Keyswitches: tactile and ‘clicky’ buckling spring over capacitive PCB
  • Acquired: March 2011, local sale

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