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|Layouts||101/102-key Asian 101|
|Introduced||1988 (FCC registration)|
The Chicony KB-5181 is an XT/AT switchable keyboard from Chicony. It features a big-ass Enter key and single-unit backspace. There is also an ISO version, the KB-5182. Both keyboards were supplied with a wide variety of switches, including Monterey. Two-height flip-out feet are provided.
The official list of switch manufacturers according to Chicony, in order of production, is as follows:
Aristotle were the manufacturer of the Cherry MX clone switches found in these keyboards.
Possibly due to manufacturing crossover between the Chicony KB-5161 and its successor, the KB-5181, Futaba switches were still in use in the KB-5181, although Chicony have no record of this being the case. KB-5161 and KB-5181 keyboards appeared to have compatible parts.
Specific switches confirmed found in KB-5181 and KB-5182 keyboards:
- Alps SKCM White
- Cherry MX Blue
- Blue SMK Alps mount "Monterey" switch
- White Cherry MX mount ("inverse") Futaba clicky switch
- Cherry MX Black
Variants identified to date:
- Cherry MX Blue switches in a PCB taken from Chicony KB-5161; this is cited as being 484 × 205 × 44 mm and weighing 1532 g
- White Cherry MX mount Futaba clicky switch (from plate)
- Blue SMK Alps mount "Monterey" switch ("SMK SW", 1990 PCB)
- Alps SKCM White (from rear label)
The KB-5181/2 was branded under several other marques, including Hyundai, ARC (American Research Corporation), and SIIG (as both the SIIG Suntouch 101 or "K101" (model K101) and as the SIIG SuperTouch (model JK-WJ0032)). The SIIG Suntouch 101 is one of the keyboards with the distorted Alps logo and hand-carved mould numbering.
Cherry MX blue switches
Blue SMK Alps-mount switches
Blue SMK Alps-mount switches, UK layout
Alps SKCM White switches
Alps SKCM White switch
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