IBM 16H6705: a wild TrackPoint appears!

This is an “IBM Enhanced Trackpoint II Keyboard”, or something to that effect. It is the only “old” buckling spring board that was available in black as far as I am aware, and has a real IBM TrackPoint II pointing stick embedded within it.

I got this keyboard in December 2009 from a member of a forum I am active on. It was in excellent condition, apparently having not been used for several years but just tucked away in a storage closet. It was dusty, and the left shift legend was a bit worn (typical for these boards – the printing wears off quickly), but worked great and was in overall excellent condition.

This is the newest buckling spring keyboard I own; it was manufactured in 1997.

  • Identification: IBM part number 13H6705, ID number M311348, designated ‘Model M13’, manufactured in Mexico by Maxi Switch 1997-06-04
  • Application: IBM PS/2-compatibles
  • Connectivity: dual PS/2 interface with fixed cable
  • Key layout: 101-key US layout (with IBM TrackPoint II pointing stick)
  • Keyswitches: tactile and ‘clicky’ buckling spring over membrane
  • Acquired: December 2009, private sale online

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