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?

4. Timex Sinclair 1000 (1982)
The Timex Sinclair 1000 broke new ground as the first personal computer in the United States to retail for under $100. You didn't get much: a black-and-white display, no sound, 2KB of RAM and a tiny keyboard that was cramped and completely flat. Due to the keyboard's diminutive size, Sinclair developed a scheme of assigning multiple BASIC keyword commands for each key, so users would have to press only one key (such as P for "PRINT") instead of typing out the entire command. Using the keyboard to type something that wasn't a BASIC command, however, turned out to be an exercise in frustration. Only masochists had any fun attempting word processing on the Timex Sinclair 1000.

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