This is, at last, that part I was looking for. A way to get video, and attach a (modern!) keyboard to my RC2014 system. Finally, I have a self-contained system without having to attach another computer to it! For added fun, I tried attaching it to other Unix systems (using jumper wires, it really isn't designed for this, and it doesn't claim to be). This does work! Terminal emulation isn't perfect, but it works well enough. This succeeds in being a terminal on a card. Goes above and beyond what one would need from a RC2014 console!
This module is a game changer. Adding video and keyboard support to my RC2014 has allowed it to become its own independent computer. Assembly was very straightforward, with all components identified and clearly oriented in the provided assembly diagram. All components were well packaged and accounted for. Worked perfectly after assembly and very neat to have a computer that beeps when you turn it on.
The trickiest part was finding a compatible USB keyboard. I actually tried four different models -- two generic Amazon.com ones didn't work at all. Then I tried an OEM Dell keyboard (chiclet-style) from 2018, which worked but had an annoying re-typing kind of problem when one key was released while another was pressed (causing the first key to fire twice). Finally, another OEM Dell keyboard from 2015 (non-chiclet-style) worked flawlessly.
Arrived quickly, well packaged, colour printed documentation and easy to put together. No config needed to set it up, truly plug and play. I can't fault this item at all, I'm going to get great use out of it. I've only got two USB keyboards and it works with either of them.
I found the VGA Serial Terminal Kit by Marco Maccaferri to be well designed and executed. The kit was neatly documented and easy to assemble. I had no problems testing the module and it worked the first time I plugged it in. The "beep" from the on-board speaker upon startup is a nice addition and sounds just like an older computer booting. I enjoy the flashing block cursor and the ease of incorporating ANSI color codes into your programs. Every key on my "standard" Logitech Keyboard works as expected, and the Module observes the "NumLock" key, as well as the arrow keys, in addition to the directional arrows overlaid on the keypad. Function keys F1 through F10 work (by sending a control sequence), as well as the Delete, Home, and End keys. When looking at the characters on the screen very closely, one can observe a bit of "waviness". I'm not sure if it is the Terminal Kit, or my aged flatscreen monitor. The effect is unnoticeable from a reasonable distance, so I am not concerned with it. I did try another "slot" in my RC2014 Pro backplane, but the effect remained. I will try another monitor to see if it persists, and try to update this review. Overall, I would highly recommend this module for anyone that would like to work with their RC2014 system without the use of another computer as a terminal.
Bought this card, assembled it and inserted into rc2014. Work nearly flawless, may be some interference on the screen depending on card position and proximity to screen. I prefer this module more than the usb/hdmi raspberry pi card, due to ease of use, no need for external power and more retro look. I ordered the card with German keyboard driver, this work well with my Norwegian keyboard.