This keyboard was OEMed for MIPS. MIPS keyboard is another version of the NCD N-97 but instead of linear switches this keyboard contains tactile switches. One of the main differences is that this keyboard has support for parallel port pass-through. This means there is a female connector on the left side of the case.
This keyboard was produced for MIPS.
The keycaps are made out of PBT with dye-sublimated legends. These keycaps are unique to this keyboard as they use a different font and unique colorway.
The upper case is made out of a single piece of beige ABS plastic. The plastic is textured due to the molding process that is used to create the upper case. The lock lights in the upper case are unique to both versions of the N-97.
The case is made out of a single piece of beige ABS plastic. The plastic is textured due to the molding process that is used to create the lower case. The lower case feet are super flimsy and feel like that they are going to break when moved from the retracted to the out position. The lower case also contains a parallel female port. This port allows pass through of parallel devices like a mouse.
The switch plate is made out of stamped steel. The plate is bent on either so that it can be mounted to the lower case. The plate is painted with a thin layer of black paint. The paint is then protected by a thin layer of oil to prevent rust.
The PCB is a double-sided PCB with all traces on the backside of the PCB. The controllers found on the PCB are Motorola.
The cable is a long coiled cable about 2 meters long when fully stretched. The cable terminates on one end with a PS2 connector and the other end with a 6 pin molex connector. Additionally, the cable also has a parallel connector for the pass through.
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