Datacomp DCK84

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Datacomp DCK84
Datacomp DCK85 -- top.jpg
Manufacturer Datacomp
Layouts Various
Keyswitches Like SKFR but taller
Interface PS/2 (some are XT/AT switchable)
Dimensions 323 × 153 × 32 mm (approx)
Weight 580 g (DCK85)

DCK84 and DCK85 are 75% keyboards from Datacomp.


The switch type is not known, but see Alps SKFR/SKFS series for more information.


Dauphin DCK-84

Dauphin DCK-84 is 75%, 84-key keyboard that was custom-made for Dauphin by Datacomp, with a Big-Ass Enter key. The first two keys on the bottom row are labelled "Dauphin" and "Reserve". These keyboards were primarily used for interfacing the DTR-1 (palmtop/pen-based PCs) while Dauphin was still in the process of creating its own keyboards (DTR1KB and DTR2KB). The keyboard features an embedded numeric keypad.

The keyboard has been measured at 320 × 150 × 30 mm (12.6 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches). The cable is non-detachable.

The User's Guide supplied with the keyboard uses Datacomp's name and address, instead of that of Dauphin Technologies. In the example below, the PCB is dated 1992, while no components appear to have readable dates. (According to the PCB, the model is "DCK-84"; Datacomp were not consistent about the use of hyphens in model numbers.)


凌群電腦 DCK85CH61

DCK85CH61 is a heavily customised version of the DCK85, with a number of unusual characteristics:

  • The XT/AT switch is located in the centre-right of the keyboard, in between the keycaps; this prominent placement is strange considering that this setting is normally only set once in the keyboard's lifetime
  • The layout is completely proprietary, with notable positioning including:
    • Tab is moved to the caps lock position, and caps lock becomes Fn+Tab
    • Escape is placed where tab would be, two rows down
    • Return is one row up from where Enter it appears on an ANSI keyboard
    • The / ? key is elongated and takes the place of right shift, while the shift keys straddle the space bar
    • The function keys run to F16 (which may explain why escape was moved)
    • The numeric keypad area features 0, 00 and 000 keys
    • Backslash is placed to the left of Z, as if it were a UK ISO keyboard; the placement of the XT/AT switch prevents an ISO enter key from being used


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