Acer 6310 series

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Acer 6310 series
Model no. 6311*, 6312*
FCC ID GQ86311-K
JVP6311 (101/102-key)
JVPKBS-WIN (104/105-key)
Branding Acer and numerous OEM customers
Manufacturer Acer
Features Power keys (some models)
Layouts ANSI, JIS, ISO, Asian 101
Keyswitches Acer switch
Interface AT, PS/2

Acer 6310 series is an informal name that covers Acer models 6311 and 6312 semi-mechanical Acer switch keyboards.

Description

6310 series keyboards use Acer's patented clicky spring-over-membrane design. The keycaps are well-known for sharp, precise legends created using an unidentified method, previously misidentified as being dye sublimated. Some examples however have laser charred keycaps instead.

FCC grantees are GQ8 (Acer America Corporation of California) and JVP (now listed as Benq Corporation of Taiwan). The Acer switch patent was filed in 1988, but the earliest example listed here is from 1991. The oldest example listed is 2006, giving this series a surprisingly long lifetime.

Curiously for an Asian product, the manufacture dates are typically given in American month/day/year format with a two-digit year, instead of year/month/day.

It appears that, in some instances, Acer glued the membrane to the keyboard controller PCB. Once the membrane has been peeled away, nothing remains to keep it in contact afterwards and the keyboard will no longer function correctly.

Variants

OEM customers include Data General, Hitachi, Alcatel[1] and Canon.[2] Many variants of the 6310 series were produced, including:

Each keyboard is identified by a model number and extension number. The extension number covers the case style (a letter such as "T" or "K"), the presence of Windows keys ("W"), the two-letter OEM customer code, the country code, and a pair of characters that remain unidentified. The case style, Windows key and unidentified characters are in some cases given as part of the model number instead of as part of the extension number. The headings below preserve Acer's inconsistencies rather than attempting to normalise them.

The two model numbers are divided up as follows:

  • 6311: United States, China, Japan (variously ANSI, Asian 101 and JIS layouts)
  • 6312: Europe (ISO)

Model 6311 region and physical layout are mixed, giving rise to combinations such as Asian 101 US, ANSI Chinese and JIS Chinese.

Case styles include:

Letter Moniker Cable gutter
Acer 6311-AW 4C-CH -- top.jpg A 3- or 5-position (uncertain)
Acer 6311-C4C -- top.jpg C None
Jvp6311 front.jpg I 3-position
Data General 6311 K71 -- top.jpg K 5-position (uncertain)
Acer 6311 K8C-CH (3C) -- top.jpg K 2- or 3-position (uncertain)
Acer 6311 T2C-CH -- top.jpg T "Reverse-curve" None

Two separate case styles share the letter "K" in model and extension numbers.

Known variants include the following:

6311-AW 4C/CH

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout with Windows keys
  • No manufacture date
  • FCC ID JVPBPS-WIN
  • Made in Malaysia
  • PS/2 connector

6311 (Hitachi)

  • Hitachi-branded
  • Chinese JIS layout with Windows keys
  • Manufacture date 1995-08-10
  • No FCC ID
  • Made in Malaysia
  • PS/2 connector

6311-C4C

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout
  • Manufacture date 1998-05-29
  • No FCC ID
  • PS/2 connector

6311 I11/US

  • Asian 101 layout; US layout assumed
  • Manufacture date 1994-10-15
  • FCC ID JVP6311
  • Made in Malaysia
  • Black switches

6311 K71/DG/US (Data General)

  • US ANSI layout
  • Manufacture date 1995-10-13
  • FCC ID GQ86311-K
  • Made in Malaysia
  • White switches

The extension number is not entirely readable, but the middle is assumed to say "DG" for "Data General".

6311 K7C-CH (3C)

  • Chinese layout assumed
  • Manufacture date unreadable
  • FCC ID missing or unreadable
  • Black switches

6311 K8C-CH (3C)

  • Chinese ANSI layout
  • Manufacture date 1991-11-18
  • FCC ID GQ86311-K
  • Made in Malaysia

6311 K9C/CH

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout
  • Manufacture date 1995-03-24
  • FCC ID GQ86311-K
  • Made in Malaysia
  • PS/2 connector

6311-KW 4C/CH

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout with Windows keys
  • Manufacture date 1996-03-08 (DOM uncertain)
  • FCC ID JVPKBS-WIN

6311-KW 11/UPC

  • US Asian 101 layout
  • No manufacture date
  • FCC ID JVPKBS-WIN
  • Made in China
  • Black switches

6311-KW 1C/LM/CH (Lemel)

  • Lemel-branded
  • Chinese Asian 101 layout
  • Manufacture date 1996-07-16
  • FCC ID JVPKBS-WIN
  • PS/2 connector

6311 T2C/CH

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout
  • Manufacture date 1995-03-25
  • FCC ID JVP6311
  • Made in Malaysia

6311-TA 4C

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout with Windows keys and bright green secondary keycap colour
  • Manufacture date 1998-11-27
  • No FCC ID

This model lacks the expected "W" in the model or extension number. The power keys are located at the top; consequently the Print Screen row is moved down to the Insert row, and the Insert to Page Down cluster is moved down a row to compensate.

6311-TA 4C/7 (BenQ)

  • BenQ-branded
  • Chinese Asian 101 layout with Windows keys; keycaps are laser charred
  • Manufacture date 2006
  • No FCC ID
  • Power keys

This model lacks the expected "W" in the model or extension number. The power keys layout is the same as the 6311-TA 4C above.

6311-TW4C

  • Chinese Asian 101 layout with Windows keys
  • Manufacture date 2003-07-16
  • No FCC ID
  • PC 97 PS/2 connector

6312 T1U/VI/UK (Viglen)

  • Viglen-branded
  • UK ISO layout
  • Manufacture date 1994-11-22
  • FCC ID JVP6311
  • Made in Malaysia
  • Black switches
  • AT connector

6312 T4U/UK

  • UK layout (ISO assumed)
  • FCC ID JVP6311
  • Manufacture date 1994-09-28
  • Made in Malaysia
  • Black switches

6312-TW 4U

  • UK ISO layout with Windows keys
  • No manufacture date
  • FCC ID JVPKBS-WIN
  • Made in China
  • White switches
  • PS/2 connector

The manufacture date was omitted from the label, but the controller PCB is marked 1997-03-05. This particular example had the membrane sheets seemingly glued to the controller PCB.

References

  1. Deskthority — Ortek MCK-142Pro(Alps), Alcatel MFII(Acers), Chicony KB-5582
  2. Deskthority — Canon Keyboard

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