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The 10 Worst PC Keyboards of All Time

Posted on | November 2, 2007 | 2 Comments

PC World is running something neat, a look at the 10 worst keyboards ever designed. I was horrified to see that my beloved Commodore 64 was listed as number two! I learned how to type using a commie, so did many other people.

I guess, however by todays standards, even the Commodore and VIC 20 suffered from coke bottle keys (requiring you to be a contortionist to achieve impossible keystrokes needed to make special characters). I don’t think so, really, the commie had a nice layout .. but others disagree.

Also in the HID hall of shame were several variants of the Commodore PET, but Commodore was not at all singled out.

The PC Junior got picked on, so did the TRS 80 and (basically) every PC flop that Timex ever produced. Its a neat trip down memory lane. You’ll need to re-load the page 10 times to get through it, but the ads aren’t too obtrusive.

I still want to know, who took the click out of keyboards?

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2 Responses to “The 10 Worst PC Keyboards of All Time”

  1. Hal
    November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    Actually, the Commodore 64 is #10 on the list. It’s not that bad, but it’s still worse than most people will admit.

  2. tinkertim
    November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

    Odd, I could have sworn it was number two, I must have somehow gotten confused by how it was placed.

    The Commodore 64-C was actually a bit better than the beige C-64, it was sleek, had a nice slope to it and better tactile response. The Amiga 500 was (imho) the quirkiest keyboard to use that Commodore put out to the main stream PC market, but it didn’t make the list.

    Worst, all time that I’ve ever had to use was the TRS-80, hands down. Typing in programs from magazines into a trash-80 got downright painful :)

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