Author Topic: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?  (Read 9913 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Duckyreddy

  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Sheepland
  • Better skadoodle, poodle.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #50 on: Tue, 10 October 2017, 18:09:49 »
HHKB /savage

No but, really, Dell is pumping out these new light gray chiclet-style "keyboards". We have them at the office and it barely manages to register keystrokes. So backspace is the key used most on those ones. What ware they thinking at Dell? Also, why don't my colleagues complain?

Haha, I tried to convince my school to get Cherry G80-3000's for our lab (new school)
They considered it for a bit and still bought god damn chiclets, half of them have died in less in a year.. :p

DK One Cherry Pinks

Leopold FC660M PD
Zowie EC1-A @800DPI / Naga 2014

Offline iLLucionist

  • * Elevated Elder
  • Posts: 2711
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Topre is Love.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #51 on: Tue, 10 October 2017, 18:11:22 »
HHKB /savage

No but, really, Dell is pumping out these new light gray chiclet-style "keyboards". We have them at the office and it barely manages to register keystrokes. So backspace is the key used most on those ones. What ware they thinking at Dell? Also, why don't my colleagues complain?

Haha, I tried to convince my school to get Cherry G80-3000's for our lab (new school)
They considered it for a bit and still bought god damn chiclets, half of them have died in less in a year.. :p

I gave up on my work. I just bring my HHKB and my Avior 7000 and call it a day. Most colleagues complain about "wrist pain". Yeah, not surprising if you have the feeling that you need to hammer down each key to get it to register.
MJT2 Browns o-rings - HHKB White - ES-87 Smoke White Clears - 87UB 55g

Offline mogo

  • Posts: 577
  • handshoes and horse grenades
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #52 on: Tue, 10 October 2017, 18:15:38 »
Seeing how abused and icky some of my coworkers' keyboards get, I get the impression that the keyboard just isn't something they give thought to, even if their job is something intrinsically tied to constant use of a keyboard. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Offline Duckyreddy

  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Sheepland
  • Better skadoodle, poodle.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #53 on: Tue, 10 October 2017, 18:20:47 »
HHKB /savage

No but, really, Dell is pumping out these new light gray chiclet-style "keyboards". We have them at the office and it barely manages to register keystrokes. So backspace is the key used most on those ones. What ware they thinking at Dell? Also, why don't my colleagues complain?

Haha, I tried to convince my school to get Cherry G80-3000's for our lab (new school)
They considered it for a bit and still bought god damn chiclets, half of them have died in less in a year.. :p

I gave up on my work. I just bring my HHKB and my Avior 7000 and call it a day. Most colleagues complain about "wrist pain". Yeah, not surprising if you have the feeling that you need to hammer down each key to get it to register.

You know what, I've given up too, I'm going to start bringing my board for school, I can probably get sick looking at those keycaps, shiny, greasy and full of food crumbs...How are you liking your HHKB? I'm about to get one.  :cool:

Our technology workshop runs Nvidia Quadros and colour calibrated monitors and tenths and thousands of dollars of wood-working equipment, it was given a huge budget but yep, Logitech K120, makes sense.

DK One Cherry Pinks

Leopold FC660M PD
Zowie EC1-A @800DPI / Naga 2014

Offline Prothrin

  • Posts: 26
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #54 on: Thu, 12 October 2017, 04:00:39 »
I would say probably any foldable silicone keyboard...

Offline iLLucionist

  • * Elevated Elder
  • Posts: 2711
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Topre is Love.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #55 on: Thu, 12 October 2017, 15:27:51 »
HHKB /savage

No but, really, Dell is pumping out these new light gray chiclet-style "keyboards". We have them at the office and it barely manages to register keystrokes. So backspace is the key used most on those ones. What ware they thinking at Dell? Also, why don't my colleagues complain?

Haha, I tried to convince my school to get Cherry G80-3000's for our lab (new school)
They considered it for a bit and still bought god damn chiclets, half of them have died in less in a year.. :p

I gave up on my work. I just bring my HHKB and my Avior 7000 and call it a day. Most colleagues complain about "wrist pain". Yeah, not surprising if you have the feeling that you need to hammer down each key to get it to register.

You know what, I've given up too, I'm going to start bringing my board for school, I can probably get sick looking at those keycaps, shiny, greasy and full of food crumbs...How are you liking your HHKB? I'm about to get one.  :cool:

Our technology workshop runs Nvidia Quadros and colour calibrated monitors and tenths and thousands of dollars of wood-working equipment, it was given a huge budget but yep, Logitech K120, makes sense.

There's 3 HHKBs in this household and they are all holding up great. I use my white HHKB at the office as a daily driver. At home, I use my 87UB 55g, so basically 50% time typing on each.

Honestly, I could go either way as my daily driver. No to be elitist about it, but for me Topre is endgame for longer periods of typing (and MX for gaming).

If you are considering the HHKB, you could also look at the Leopold FC660C, with the difference being that the Leopold is plate-mounted as opposed to case mounted in the HHKB, and a dedicated arrow cluster and, IIRC, page up / down.
MJT2 Browns o-rings - HHKB White - ES-87 Smoke White Clears - 87UB 55g

Offline Duckyreddy

  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Sheepland
  • Better skadoodle, poodle.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #56 on: Thu, 12 October 2017, 18:30:52 »
HHKB /savage

No but, really, Dell is pumping out these new light gray chiclet-style "keyboards". We have them at the office and it barely manages to register keystrokes. So backspace is the key used most on those ones. What ware they thinking at Dell? Also, why don't my colleagues complain?

Haha, I tried to convince my school to get Cherry G80-3000's for our lab (new school)
They considered it for a bit and still bought god damn chiclets, half of them have died in less in a year.. :p

I gave up on my work. I just bring my HHKB and my Avior 7000 and call it a day. Most colleagues complain about "wrist pain". Yeah, not surprising if you have the feeling that you need to hammer down each key to get it to register.

You know what, I've given up too, I'm going to start bringing my board for school, I can probably get sick looking at those keycaps, shiny, greasy and full of food crumbs...How are you liking your HHKB? I'm about to get one.  :cool:

Our technology workshop runs Nvidia Quadros and colour calibrated monitors and tenths and thousands of dollars of wood-working equipment, it was given a huge budget but yep, Logitech K120, makes sense.

There's 3 HHKBs in this household and they are all holding up great. I use my white HHKB at the office as a daily driver. At home, I use my 87UB 55g, so basically 50% time typing on each.

Honestly, I could go either way as my daily driver. No to be elitist about it, but for me Topre is endgame for longer periods of typing (and MX for gaming).

If you are considering the HHKB, you could also look at the Leopold FC660C, with the difference being that the Leopold is plate-mounted as opposed to case mounted in the HHKB, and a dedicated arrow cluster and, IIRC, page up / down.

After a long discussion on a thread I started "HHKB VS 660C Battle of the ultimate Topre" I ask around and got some opinions from people who have tried both boards, I came down to the HHKB Type-S vs the tandard Pro 2, the main reasoning was probably the layout, I also like the look and how it sounded and the whole package was simply more attractive to me.

The 660C is actually more expensive than the HHKB Pro2 when shipped to my country...
$60 more in fact...


DK One Cherry Pinks

Leopold FC660M PD
Zowie EC1-A @800DPI / Naga 2014

Offline ullr

  • Posts: 161
  • Location: Plant City, FL
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #57 on: Thu, 12 October 2017, 22:20:55 »
In recent memory, actually the HHKB JP

I don’t know if it’s similar to the normal HHKB but the switches felt like mushy linears, the Dell rubber dome in my room (the one notorious for being ****) had a better feeling. It is so light it feels like it would blow away in a stiff breeze.

Not falling for the Topre meme again

Offline Azmodan

  • Posts: 45
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Strangers have the best candy!
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #58 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 07:14:26 »
Dell KB216!

They provided those to us at the office along with DELL laptops and monitors, by far the worst keyboard I ever used!

180236-0

Took me 3 days to order a 10keyless with MX Blue switches to replace it with!


Offline Hyde

  • Posts: 2516
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • White Tofu Extraordinaire
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #59 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 15:39:42 »
Funny enough I remember grade 10 keyboarding class, we had those iMac gen 3(?) keyboards.

The keyboard itself look amazing, however it would lock and bind on off centre strikes so it would be really annoying when you try to type fast (keyboarding class) and the keys would lock itself.

180250-0

You'd assume for "keyboarding class" they use nicer keyboards.
« Last Edit: Sun, 15 October 2017, 15:41:36 by Hyde »

Archiss ProgresTouch Retro - Gateron Yellow  |  Topre Realforce 104UW - 45g Silent  |  Topre Type Heaven  |  Beige Filco Ninja 104 - MX Red  |  Das Keyboard - MX Brown  |  Poker II - MX Red  |  Race II - MX Brown  |  Matias Quiet Pro - Matias Dampened ALPS  |  Logitech K840 - Romer G  |  Cherry MX Board 2.0 - MX Red  |  Cherry G84-4100 - ML  |  IBM Model M
Roccat Kone Pure  |  Logitech G203  |  Logitech G303  |  Logitech G302  |  Razer Naga  |  CM Storm Xornet  |  Razer Goliathus Mobile Stealth  |  Razer Goliathus Control  |  Artisan Hien  |  Artisan Hayate  |  Artisan Shiden

Offline klennkellon

  • Posts: 1271
  • Location: Southern California
  • I like bottoming out
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #60 on: Sun, 15 October 2017, 17:24:13 »
Funny enough I remember grade 10 keyboarding class, we had those iMac gen 3(?) keyboards.

The keyboard itself look amazing, however it would lock and bind on off centre strikes so it would be really annoying when you try to type fast (keyboarding class) and the keys would lock itself.

(Attachment Link)

You'd assume for "keyboarding class" they use nicer keyboards.
Yep I think those are like the ones I mentioned.

As someone else noted about them is that the rubber seems to slow to come back up.

Offline goerik

  • Posts: 37
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #61 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 11:28:59 »
Worst mechanical keyboard I ever used was the first one I tried, the POS "Black Widow" by Razer.  Their products are all junk, mice junk, everything junk.   

Offline mogo

  • Posts: 577
  • handshoes and horse grenades
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #62 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 11:51:00 »
Funny enough I remember grade 10 keyboarding class, we had those iMac gen 3(?) keyboards.

The keyboard itself look amazing, however it would lock and bind on off centre strikes so it would be really annoying when you try to type fast (keyboarding class) and the keys would lock itself.

(Attachment Link)

You'd assume for "keyboarding class" they use nicer keyboards.

They definitely have crap rubber that only gets worse and mushier over time, but I haven't had the off-center catching happen. But if it's a keyboard in a high school, it's not surprising to think that they were gummed up with soda/crumbs/whatever other horrifying contaminants teenagers can pack into them.

Offline iLLucionist

  • * Elevated Elder
  • Posts: 2711
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Topre is Love.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #63 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 14:22:15 »
Funny enough I remember grade 10 keyboarding class, we had those iMac gen 3(?) keyboards.

The keyboard itself look amazing, however it would lock and bind on off centre strikes so it would be really annoying when you try to type fast (keyboarding class) and the keys would lock itself.

(Attachment Link)

You'd assume for "keyboarding class" they use nicer keyboards.

Interesting. I actually pretty liked those boards back in the day. But I wasn't particularly into boards back then.
MJT2 Browns o-rings - HHKB White - ES-87 Smoke White Clears - 87UB 55g

Offline Findecanor

  • Posts: 3824
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Does not take bull****
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #64 on: Mon, 16 October 2017, 15:36:54 »
I tried one out yesterday. Mushy, binds on off-centre presses, key surface is too big ... and it collects dust and crud in a transparent tray.
Smoking is an act of violence. I defend myself.
Daily driver: Phantom (Lubed Cherry MX Clear, Lasered Cherry PBT keycaps with Row A. Plastic "Frankencase". Custom firmware, Swedish layout)

Offline Snarfangel

  • Posts: 276
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #65 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 21:29:26 »
I'm going to say this one:



That's right, the keys were actually weird rectangular buttons you had to essentially push straight down, and which you couldn't touch-type on.

The 4A was a bit better.
« Last Edit: Tue, 17 October 2017, 21:35:49 by Snarfangel »

Offline chyros

  • a.k.a. Thomas
  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 2853
  • Location: The Netherlands
  • Hello and welcome.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #66 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 00:44:01 »
I'm going to say this one:
Show Image

Show Image


That's right, the keys were actually weird rectangular buttons you had to essentially push straight down, and which you couldn't touch-type on.

The 4A was a bit better.
Jeez, the 4A was BETTER?! Oo
Check my keyboard video reviews:


Offline jcoffin1981

  • Posts: 694
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #67 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 17:47:56 »
The Dell L700?  Looks like this or like it.  Shipped with Dell Pentium computers in early 2000's.  Every key rattles, makes horrible noise, is wobbly, and mushy.

Nobody wanted to use a 60% keyboard at work, so I replaced the one I use with a Cherry MX 3.0, a vast improvement.

KPB V60 Gateron Browns and Leopold Keycaps.  Poker 3 with Gateron Browns and Poker keycaps.  Poker 3 with Cherry MX Browns, ABS keycaps and white LED's.

Leopold FC660M- my new favorite, right out of the box.

Offline digi

  • elite af tbh
  • * Exquisite Elder
  • Posts: 2771
  • keyboard game on fleek
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #68 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 17:48:40 »
Worst keyboard ever was the HHKB..

Offline ardentdreg

  • Posts: 1
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #69 on: Thu, 26 October 2017, 22:43:18 »
I'm going to say this one:
Show Image

Show Image


That's right, the keys were actually weird rectangular buttons you had to essentially push straight down, and which you couldn't touch-type on.

The 4A was a bit better.
Jeez, the 4A was BETTER?! Oo

I should have appreciated the improved 4/a keyboard more as a kid! The TI joysticks made up for it.
The bottom of the flare of the base of the joystick wasn't low enough to stay below the surface of the joystick housing, somehow exactly the right size to nick the side of the housing, and sharp. Since the base was only like 3" wide, the meat by the base of the thumb of your off hand (holding the joystick base) would inevitably come within hole-punch distance in the heat of Parsec or Miner 2049'er battle and then your brother would win and you'd have to sulk off and tend your literal wounds.

Anyway, keyboards. Whatever that ubiquitous $5 Dell brick that Dell tossed in for free with every computer or monitor or whatever whether you wanted it or not until like 5 years ago. I'm pretty sure they used those things as shipping box filler. My employer had heaps of those things hoarded away. I'd have one destroyed, unusable, in a couple of months. The keycaps ran on these tubular sockets that would gall, and before you know it the keys you used most would bind halfway down. I hated those keyboards, so I didn't let that stop me, keep pushing through the creeeeaaak and they'd CRACK down sounding like you'd just split the entire keyboard. Which was cathartic, until realizing that nothing broke, which was the second most disappointing thing about that keyboard, the first being the endless supply of identical replacements.

It's totally correct that membrane, or otherwise keyless keyboards are undeniably more awful on a one-on-one comparison. Pretty much the (in)tangible embodiment of malevolent design intent. However... Imagine Gauntlet. Ye olde video game Gauntlet. I fought those Dell bricks like an unstoppable wave of Gauntlet skeletons granted the ability to shoot the food. An insanely terrible, legitimately useless keyboard would have been refreshing, like a nice boss battle. Skeletons are the worst.

Offline jcoffin1981

  • Posts: 694
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #70 on: Sat, 28 October 2017, 11:27:19 »
Okay, how bout the Logitech Wave?  I actually do like the wave profile and find it ergonomic, but if you missed the center which often happened the key cap would bind up.
KPB V60 Gateron Browns and Leopold Keycaps.  Poker 3 with Gateron Browns and Poker keycaps.  Poker 3 with Cherry MX Browns, ABS keycaps and white LED's.

Leopold FC660M- my new favorite, right out of the box.

Offline shinze

  • Posts: 2
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #71 on: Sat, 28 October 2017, 11:51:26 »
A ZX81 its only a membrane, hard as wood…

Envoyé de mon Nexus 5X en utilisant Tapatalk


Offline mogo

  • Posts: 577
  • handshoes and horse grenades
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #72 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 13:09:02 »
Okay, how bout the Logitech Wave?  I actually do like the wave profile and find it ergonomic, but if you missed the center which often happened the key cap would bind up.

The Wave is on my "Best non-mechanical board" list. I still miss it.

A ZX81 its only a membrane, hard as wood…
Show Image

Envoyé de mon Nexus 5X en utilisant Tapatalk

ye gods. Is there any feedback at all? A bubble? Or is this just something you stub your fingers on and hope it's working?

Offline shinze

  • Posts: 2
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #73 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 14:52:29 »
Okay, how bout the Logitech Wave?  I actually do like the wave profile and find it ergonomic, but if you missed the center which often happened the key cap would bind up.

The Wave is on my "Best non-mechanical board" list. I still miss it.

A ZX81 its only a membrane, hard as wood…
Show Image

Envoyé de mon Nexus 5X en utilisant Tapatalk

ye gods. Is there any feedback at all? A bubble? Or is this just something you stub your fingers on and hope it's working?
Not a single bump or click feeling, only finger muscle and extreme patience to type any basic program.

Envoyé de mon Nexus 5X en utilisant Tapatalk


Offline ollir

  • Posts: 14
  • Location: Finland
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #74 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 16:49:54 »
I was thinking of something with Cherry MY's but then I remembered this.

Never make any mistaeks.

Offline mogo

  • Posts: 577
  • handshoes and horse grenades
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #75 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 18:51:56 »
I was thinking of something with Cherry MY's but then I remembered this.
Now that is a letter of hatred.

Offline fohat.digs

  • * Elevated Elder
  • Posts: 5409
  • Location: 34.04 N 84.47 W
  • weird funny old guy
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #76 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 19:32:57 »
I have never used this work of art, but it probably deserves an honorable mention here:

“Wise statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began — so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land; so that no man would hereafter dare to limit and circumscribe the great principles on which the temple of liberty was being built.”
- Abraham Lincoln, July 4, 1858

Online invariance

  • Posts: 185
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • ...here with all the other boson's
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #77 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 21:32:41 »
I have never used this work of art, but it probably deserves an honorable mention here:

Imagine the media release:
Introducing the JiZZ Magic Wand.
The ultimate keen for the ultimate wanker!
The only BS I
want to hear is
from a Model M:
PN:1391401
DOB: 04FEB87
      Wyse 85      Mtek K104

Online OfTheWild

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1213
  • Location: Cary, NC
  • Make things. Have fun.
    • Studios of the Wild
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #78 on: Tue, 31 October 2017, 23:25:14 »
surface pro board:


followed closely by just about every mac keyboard post alps.
-Dana

"Whenever you start to question your own artistic choices, just remember: Picasso drew a butt." -Patrick Rothfuss

Offline mogo

  • Posts: 577
  • handshoes and horse grenades
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #79 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:23:30 »
surface pro board:
Show Image


followed closely by just about every mac keyboard post alps.
Show Image


I actually don't mind the aluminum apple kb's. The short-throw scissor switch isn't bad (or is it butterfly? I dunno the difference :X).

Offline dante

  • Posts: 2553
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #80 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:37:01 »
I don't remember the name of it or what mechanism it used, but it was a one piece dumb terminal with a phone and 300bps modem built in.

It was at least 100g of stiff mush and the worst keyboard I've ever typed on.

I used it as a teenager in the 80's to find love in all the wrong places.
« Last Edit: Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:38:53 by dante »

Offline rioc

  • Posts: 843
  • Location: such Place
  • Very Text - 键盘上瘾 ____rioc industries ink.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #81 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 10:37:40 »
Show Image


hmmmmm, no need to say more.


my vote is also for these roll-up silicone sheets...

Offline Findecanor

  • Posts: 3824
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Does not take bull****
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #82 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 11:45:40 »
surface pro board:
I think it belongs on this list only because the key surface is ultra-slippery.
Otherwise, chiclet or not is a matter of preference.

The tactility, stability and key travel isn't as bad as some other low-profile keyboards I have encountered and Microsoft has (finally) given up on the ridiculous idea of reducing the keyboard by 1/2 key on the right side so that ISO Enters would get super-slim -- something which Apple still persists in doing.

Apple's chiclet keyboards are at least quite tactile, stable and have frictiony surfaces.
I came across an older white MacBook (not "Pro") the other day: it had slippery keys though.
« Last Edit: Wed, 01 November 2017, 11:47:44 by Findecanor »
Smoking is an act of violence. I defend myself.
Daily driver: Phantom (Lubed Cherry MX Clear, Lasered Cherry PBT keycaps with Row A. Plastic "Frankencase". Custom firmware, Swedish layout)

Offline Findecanor

  • Posts: 3824
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Does not take bull****
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #83 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 11:50:11 »
I don't remember the name of it or what mechanism it used, but it was a one piece dumb terminal with a phone and 300bps modem built in.

It was at least 100g of stiff mush and the worst keyboard I've ever typed on.

I used it as a teenager in the 80's to find love in all the wrong places.
That sounds like something like a Minitel, or a local variant. Here in Sweden, my dad had a Teleguide for a while.
Smoking is an act of violence. I defend myself.
Daily driver: Phantom (Lubed Cherry MX Clear, Lasered Cherry PBT keycaps with Row A. Plastic "Frankencase". Custom firmware, Swedish layout)

Offline dante

  • Posts: 2553
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #84 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 12:47:28 »
I don't remember the name of it or what mechanism it used, but it was a one piece dumb terminal with a phone and 300bps modem built in.

It was at least 100g of stiff mush and the worst keyboard I've ever typed on.

I used it as a teenager in the 80's to find love in all the wrong places.
That sounds like something like a Minitel, or a local variant. Here in Sweden, my dad had a Teleguide for a while.

Didn't look like either of those.  It had full key travel and the phone/modem was on the left (I think... it's been 20+ years...)

Offline Duckyreddy

  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Sheepland
  • Better skadoodle, poodle.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #85 on: Wed, 01 November 2017, 14:26:38 »
Show Image


hmmmmm, no need to say more.


my vote is also for these roll-up silicone sheets...

hahaha, They are a joke.

DK One Cherry Pinks

Leopold FC660M PD
Zowie EC1-A @800DPI / Naga 2014

Online euphxenos

  • Posts: 120
  • Location: Fremont, CA, USA
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #86 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 03:21:11 »
I see a couple of other membrane keyboards mentioned, but I'd like to add the membrane keyboard on the Magnavox Odyssey 2.  It wasn't even on a real computer, just an also-ran console that wished it was the Atari 2600.

Offline tristinDLC

  • Posts: 72
  • Location: Seattle, WA
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #87 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 06:06:58 »


I have a friend who works for these guys (he hates the board as well) but was given it for free... I have it for novelty sake but have tried to type on it. Not only is it membrane, it's ortho-linear, and the buttons are huge... how they thought this was a great way to teach kids to learn computers blows my mind. It's absolutely terrible. But hey, it looks good with all the other weird keyboards I build and it was free, so whatever.

Offline Duckyreddy

  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Sheepland
  • Better skadoodle, poodle.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #88 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 12:35:30 »
Show Image


I have a friend who works for these guys (he hates the board as well) but was given it for free... I have it for novelty sake but have tried to type on it. Not only is it membrane, it's ortho-linear, and the buttons are huge... how they thought this was a great way to teach kids to learn computers blows my mind. It's absolutely terrible. But hey, it looks good with all the other weird keyboards I build and it was free, so whatever.

I'm a kid, I'm glad I didn't learn to type on that.
The Ortho is a little weird to be on a kid's keyboard, the modifiers! look at the tab and capslock!  :))

DK One Cherry Pinks

Leopold FC660M PD
Zowie EC1-A @800DPI / Naga 2014

Offline badziew

  • Posts: 11
  • Location: Poland
  • dome with slider
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #89 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 14:57:06 »
Lenovo Ideapad 710S ultrabook keyboard.
Whoever came up with an idea to put right Shift on the right side of the up arrow key (so it goes like / <up> <RShift>) should be pummeled to death with a Model M...
BTC 5139 (BTC dome with slider) | Chicony KB-5192FT (Futaba MA) | IBM Model M 1399580 (Croatian ISO) | M-tek (Monterey) K108 (Alps SKCM White) | Hyundai RT101+ (NMB dome with slider) | Vortex Race 3 (MX Clear) | Ajazz AK33 (Zorro Black) | Logitech K810 (Logitech PerfectStroke, US ISO)

Offline tristinDLC

  • Posts: 72
  • Location: Seattle, WA
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #90 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 16:28:13 »
I'm a kid, I'm glad I didn't learn to type on that.
The Ortho is a little weird to be on a kid's keyboard, the modifiers! look at the tab and capslock!  :))

I can see their idea behind the color scheme where each different type of character or modifier is a different color to teach kids what is the same, but kids have little hands and shouldnt be trying to use those giant buttons. I'm over 6ft tall and I have trouble stretching my fingers to fluidly hit the right keys. I won't debate whether ortho is superior or not (I do own a Planck and will be building more for weird projects), but when basically every other computer is staggard, why teach them something new?- might as well made the keyboard Colemak just to top it all off.

Offline Duckyreddy

  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Sheepland
  • Better skadoodle, poodle.
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #91 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 16:46:53 »
I'm a kid, I'm glad I didn't learn to type on that.
The Ortho is a little weird to be on a kid's keyboard, the modifiers! look at the tab and capslock!  :))

I can see their idea behind the color scheme where each different type of character or modifier is a different color to teach kids what is the same, but kids have little hands and shouldnt be trying to use those giant buttons. I'm over 6ft tall and I have trouble stretching my fingers to fluidly hit the right keys. I won't debate whether ortho is superior or not (I do own a Planck and will be building more for weird projects), but when basically every other computer is staggard, why teach them something new?- might as well made the keyboard Colemak just to top it all off.

I respect both staggered and ortho, both beautiful but yea, why teach them something new?
Might as well make it Colmak, ortholinear and blank!  :cool:

DK One Cherry Pinks

Leopold FC660M PD
Zowie EC1-A @800DPI / Naga 2014

Offline _rubik

  • Posts: 429
  • Location: 192.168.x.x
  • Typing on: GH60 + 65G Zealios
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #92 on: Sun, 05 November 2017, 18:43:22 »

Offline gak1234

  • Posts: 32
  • Location: Colorado
[pwnd by Massdrop]
« Reply #93 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 12:38:58 »
[pwnd by Massdrop]
« Last Edit: Fri, 06 July 2018, 08:03:00 by gak1234 »

Offline Myoth

  • Posts: 41
  • Location: France
  • Cheap Friendly French Guy :)
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #94 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 12:46:36 »
Show Image


Wonky Alps switches that Apple never used on any other board.  The plastic case binds up during adjustment, squeaks and rattles like crazy.  I used to be an Apple Certified Repair tech and these things were NOT reliable nor cheap.

Apple being not reliable nor cheap ? we've never heard this  ;)

Offline DALExSNAIL

  • The User Formerly Known as 'Formerly DudeSnail'
  • Posts: 947
  • Location: Charleston, SC
  • Haha just kidding
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #95 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 13:10:10 »
Show Image


Wonky Alps switches that Apple never used on any other board.  The plastic case binds up during adjustment, squeaks and rattles like crazy.  I used to be an Apple Certified Repair tech and these things were NOT reliable nor cheap.

I feel like you haven't seen too many bad KBs if this one is your worst haha. But is that really a bad thing?

Offline gak1234

  • Posts: 32
  • Location: Colorado
[pwnd by Massdrop]
« Reply #96 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 13:30:13 »
[pwnd by Massdrop]
« Last Edit: Fri, 06 July 2018, 08:03:11 by gak1234 »

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1486
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #97 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 07:56:40 »
Hmmm...I will have to think about this one...which one hurt my hands the most after the least amount of time...

Offline mogo

  • Posts: 577
  • handshoes and horse grenades
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #98 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 08:24:52 »
Hmmm...I will have to think about this one...which one hurt my hands the most after the least amount of time...

for me, that's "every ortholinear board ever"

Offline Mainian

  • Posts: 82
Re: Worst keyboard you ever used, ever?
« Reply #99 on: Wed, 08 November 2017, 10:04:11 »
Just in general... hypersphere'd topre, especially the hhkb.

Maybe I type too hard for things with plastic plates...