Model M Key Cap Replacement

Chris Long chris at
Sun Jun 5 07:28:05 CDT 2016

I've been using a Unicomp model M alongside an IBM model M for about a year now and I find there is no noticeable difference between them at all.

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Subject: Re: Model M Key Cap Replacement

On 2 June 2016 at 23:45, Ali <cctalk at> wrote:
> Does anyone know if IBM produced any Model M KBs w/ post windows 95 keys (I know I know an abomination!)? You know windows key, right click key, maybe power/sleep buttons that would have interchangeable caps?

The "Windows" key is the same as "Super" on Sun keyboards, and there's an equivalent for the right-click or "application" key as well. So they weren't MS innovations; actually they were MS /replacing/ keys that IBM's design omitted.

As such, my "anti" stance on them has softened considerably. :¬)

Yes, I believe there are Model-M clones with them. However, one friend bought a Unicomp type clone "Model M" clicky keyboard and both he and I were very disappointed with its build quality. Me, I stick to genuine retro parts. I have a small stock of them -- half a dozen -- which is probably enough for the rest of my life! :-/

The power/sleep key you mention is /not/ a standard key, AFAIK, and no I don't think most clicky keyboards have one.

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