The 10 Worst PC Keyboards of All Time

Missing keys. Misplaced keys. Misshapen keys. These computers made typing confusing and uncomfortable -- and sometimes nearly impossible. Aren't you glad you're not using any of them today?

5. Atari 400 (1979)
Atari's first low-end personal computer sported 8KB of RAM and a flat, sealed "membrane" keyboard — a design often touted as a rugged, spill-resistant alternative to the traditional full-stroke keyboard back in the early 1980s. The truth is that the one-piece membrane keyboard was vastly less expensive to manufacture. Aside from slightly raised borders around each key, the Atari 400's keys lay completely flat, devoid of tactile response; users could not physically tell if they successfully pushed one. Atari compensated for this by making the computer generate a click from an internal speaker every time users depressed a key. The Atari 400's keyboard benefits from a relatively standard key layout, but the dangerous Break key (one of the keys you'd presumably need the least) sat directly to the right of the oft-used Backspace key. Woe to the student who typed a term paper on this beast.

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