Zenith ZKB-2

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ZKB-2
Zenith ZKB-2 top view.JPG
Branding Zenith Data Systems
Manufacturer Alps Electric?
Features Keystroke buzzer (switchable)
Keyswitches Alps SKCL Green,
Alps SKCL Yellow,
Alps SKCL Grey,
Mitsumi miniature mechanical
Switch mount Plate mount
Keycaps Doubleshot ABS
Interface XT, AT 5 Pin DIN
Introduced 1986?

Description

The Zenith ZKB-2 is an XT/AT compatible keyboard sold by Zenith Data Systems using linear variants of the Alps SKCL/SKCM series plate mounted switches or Mitsumi miniature mechanical switches.

Keystroke Buzzer

The ZKB-2 has a piezo keystroke buzzer which emits a short beep/chirp with every keystroke. This feature can be toggled on or off by pressing Alt + ~ (tilde).

Switches

Linear variants of the Alps SKCL/SKCM series are used in the ZKB-2. Alps SKCL Green or Alps SKCL Yellow switches are used for all keys except the space bar which uses the stiffer Alps SKCL Grey linear switch. Also a version with Mitsumi miniature mechanical switches exists.[1]

Layout

The layout is based on the standard 101 key ANSI layout with a few variances. The "Enter" key resembles a square "J" occupying the normal enter position and 1u directly above. The "]}" key is elongated to 1.5u and the "\|" key is relocated as a 1u key to the right of a shortened 1.75u right shift. The Ctrl and Alt keys are 1.75u. The altered keys are highlighted below.

August 1987 SKCL Green

June 1990 SKCL Yellow

See also

External links

  1. Keyboard with manufacture date April 1989: https://www.ebay.com/itm/123671650959/