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ControlPad 683 & 683-U

ControlPad 683 & 683-U

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Quick Overview

*** This product has been discontinued. Replacement Unit CP24-USBHID is the same unit with different casing ***

Additional Information


Now shipping with 3 Double Keys and a Keycap Puller. Additional Key Caps can be purchased here.

The ControlPad 683 is versatile, 24-key programmable keypad. The keys are relegendable, allowing the user to label them to fit a specific need. The non-volatile, programmable memory allows the keypad to connect to any USB or PS/2 port without installing resident software. The keypad is easy to program using the Windows compatible software provided. Assembled with high quality Cherry MX keyswitches, the keys are durable, yet light and easy to press — a feature lacking on lesser quality keypads.

683: (PS/2+USB version) The PS2 “Y” wedge adapter allows this keypad to wedge a standard PS/2 external keyboard or other PS2 device to a USB or PS/2 host. The 683 automatically detects PS/2 or USB host ports and functions as PS/2 keyboard or USB HID keyboard interchangeably.

683-U: (USB-only version) USB HID compatible. Standard 6′ USB cable with Type A plug.

  • 24 fully programmable keys with relegendable keycaps
  • 3 double keys and a keycap puller included
  • 6′ PS/2 “Y” wedge adapter cable (683)
  • PS/2-to-USB adapter included (683)
  • 6′ USB cable with Type A plug (683-U)
  • 2-level programmable, equivalent to 48 keys
  • Programmable LED
  • Supports USB and PS/2 MultiMedia keys *
  • Supports F1 through F24
  • Optional protective latex covers available
  • Low power consumption
  • Uses the highest quality key switches rated at 50 million operations
  • 1-year warranty


For more information on customizing your own keypad, please see PDF brochure or call us 949-833-3355.


Universal, 24-key, fully-programmable






Dark Gray


15.5cm x 9.6cm x 3.5cm (6.1″ x 3.75″ x 1.5″)



OS Supported

Programming software requires Windows OS: – Windows 95 / 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 (All: 32-bit. Windows7: 32-bit and 64-bit) Once programmed, operates on any OS and any PC with USB or PS/2: – Windows / Mac OS / Linux / DOS / e


  • Detachable cable is 1.8m (6 ft) long USB Male to RJ45 Male
  • Consumes less than 10mA
  • Power drawn from PS/2 or USB port
  • Complies with FCC Class B standards
  • Uses gold plated industrial quality mechanical key switches
  • Total Switch travel is 3.5 mm (0.14″)
  • Operating force is 0.686N {79gf}
  • Key life: 5 x 107 cycles
  • Includes redefinition program (MacroMaster683.exe)
  • Software driver not required for operation
  • Temperature range is 0 to 70 C (32 to 158 F)
  • 15.5cm x 9.6cm x 3.5cm (6.1″ x 3.75″ x 1.5″)
  • Weight of Keypad alone is 0.3kg (0.65 lbs)
  • Keypad with single ship pack is .45 kg (1.0 lbs)
  • PS/2 version connects between computer and keyboard
  • Memory is 200 bytes per key or (4800 bytes max)
  • EEPROM is non-volatile, >100 year retention.
  • Will boot PC standalone in either PS/2 or USB mode


File Type
OS Supported
File Name
MacroMaster683 Software (Feb ’09) USB+PS/2
Windows 95/98/Me, NT/2K/XP, Vista, 7, 8
683ver5_21.exe (2.5MB)
Release Notes (Feb 2011)
MacroMaster68x.txt (2 KB)
File Type
ControlPad 683 Quick Start
PDF Files (300KB)
ControlPad 683 Manual (Nov 2008)
PDF Files (2MB)

* The Multimedia USB and PS/2 keys are:

  • Transport Control — next track, previous track, stop, play/pause
  • Audio — mute, volume up, volume down
  • Apps — media select (media player), e-mail, app 1 (calculator), app 2 (my computer)
  • Web/WWW — search, home, back, forward, stop, refresh, favorites
  • Misc — eject (Mac only, Windows doesn’t appear to support this yet)

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