New find: Facit A3400 Keyboard

Ozric

16 May 2014, 17:07

Hello, I recently came across this keyboard at a client site. It was attached to a Facit monitor that I didn't look at very closely, I will do next week when I visit again. It's a terminal keyboard similar to a VT220 keyboard, with MX Blacks and a Linear Grey for the space bar. Judging from the date codes on the chips it's likely made in 1991?

An interesting detail is that the F and J keys have an extra deep cylindrical well instead of having nubs, something I have not encountered before.

Does anyone have more information on this particular keyboard?

Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/WkCZG

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Broadmonkey
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16 May 2014, 17:21

Nice find, I don't think I have seen a Cherry made keyboard like that before, also first time in a long time I have seen someone write "double shot injection molded caps" instead of just ds or double shots :lol:

The F and J keys are typical for how Cherry made their homing keys, they where always scooped on their double shot and dye sub keycaps. Some of their (earlier?) lasered was also with scooped J and H keys although I believe they have completely ditched it now.

It's a very weird layout with both Å and Ü beside each other. Where did you pick it up?

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wheybags

16 May 2014, 17:23

Put the pics on the wiki!

Ozric

16 May 2014, 17:23

Broadmonkey wrote:Nice find, I don't think I have seen a Cherry made keyboard like that before, also first time in a long time I have seen someone write "double shot injection molded caps" instead of just ds or double shots :lol:

The F and J keys are typical for how Cherry made their homing keys, they where always scooped on their double shot and dye sub keycaps. Some of their (earlier?) lasered was also with scooped J and H keys although I believe they have completely ditched it now.

It's a very weird layout with both Å and Ü beside each other. Where did you pick it up?
Yes it is weird to see a Ü key there. The keyboard is Swedish, it was previously used by a Swedish customs office. Ü is not a letter used in the Swedish language so I don't know why they felt the need to have a key for that.

Findecanor

16 May 2014, 17:49

Ozric wrote:Ü is not a letter used in the Swedish language so I don't know why they felt the need to have a key for that.
I have seen Ü keys on at least one other Swedish keyboard before. While it is not used in the Swedish language, Swedes with German descent with German names spelled and pronounced in the German way are not that uncommon.

Edit a long time later:
Note that Ü and É match the positions of the regular dead-keys for the diacritic marks " and ' and that the keys also have the other diacritic marks common on those keys.
After having seen this setup many more times, I think that the letters might be just demonstration of what the dead-keys could be used for.
Last edited by Findecanor on 09 Jan 2019, 02:51, edited 1 time in total.

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Broadmonkey
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16 May 2014, 17:53

Makes sense putting it on a customs keyboard then.

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tlt

16 May 2014, 19:02

Nice keyboard put the pictures and info on the wiki. The Facit story always makes me a little sad.

IvanIvanovich

16 May 2014, 22:23

Very cool find. I am jealous!

Ozric

08 Jan 2019, 18:57

After sitting in storage for a couple of years, the terminal is now at my office and is fully working after swapping out a leaking capacitor in the power supply.
Here is it connected to a Cisco ASA5505:
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I would hazard a guess that this is the only Facit A3400 terminal in use today. :D

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HzFaq

08 Jan 2019, 19:05

Nice one, worth the 4 year wait! :D

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