I'm thinking of connecting a Sun keyboard to a PC (preferably via USB). Doing research I found that the most recent keyboards appear to be the Type 6 and Type 7 keyboards. What is the difference between them?


I have both. From a layout perspective, they are exactly the same. (I have both a Type 6 US layout, and a Type 7 US layout, I put them side by side to compose this reply and not make any mistakes).

From a design/construction, there are subtle differences, first of all the Sun Type 6 is GREY, the type 7 is all WHITE. Second the Type 6 lower side (near your hands) ends with a curve. The Type 7 ends abruptly (more square, if you prefer).

And perhaps the most noticeable of all, the Type 7 sports a "Sun-Oracle" logo exactly in the middle (above F8) while the Type 6 had the traditional Sun Microsystems logo at the top-right corner.

The icing on the cake for the Type 7 is its internal USB hub, with two USB female ports at the top, which the Type 6 lacked.

  • "From a layout perspective, they are exactly the same." Not according to the pictures posted by bahamat, which show different locations for backspace and backslash... The type 7 has an Esc key to the left of the number one, with the tilde/backtick key being moved to the upper-right. – TOOGAM Oct 17 '15 at 3:50
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    The Sun keyboards are available in two basic layouts for a particular language, the UNIX layout and the PC Layout. In bahamat's photos below, the top photo of the Sun Type 6 has the PC layout and, below, the Sun Type 7 has the UNIX layout. @aissacf is correct; the Type 6 and 7 keyboards with the UNIX layout are exactly the same and the Type 6 and 7 keyboards with the PC layout are also exactly the same. If requested, I can take photos of the keyboard I'm using at this very moment, a Sun Type 7 PC layout. – etherfish Jan 5 '16 at 12:18

Here's a photo of the Sun Type 6:

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Here's a photo of the Sun Type 7 (this one is mine):

* http://i.stack.imgur.com/D8RsW.jpg

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