[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Hand Cramp Keyboard

January 26th, 2009 by Benj Edwards

MEI Microtype Space Saver Keyboard Ad - 1990You might accidentally crush it. (click to see full scan)

[ From BYTE, February 1990 ]

Discussion topic of the week: Have you ever had trouble using an electronic device because its buttons are too small or your hands are too big? Tell us about it.

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10 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Hand Cramp Keyboard”

  1. Arrogant Bastard Says:

    I think the ASUS Eee PC’s keyboard is too small. I have to hunt and peck, not because I can’t type, but because just one of my hands is almost as big as the keyboard itself. You can’t fit both your hands over it to type properly.

  2. Jurgi Says:

    Such a tiny keyboard may be sufficient for someone, who types with one finger. Maybe two. But not for „pro” typers. I’m using laptop for 15 year and I still haven’t fully used to it’s keyboard. I miss my old, ordinary, cheap full keyboard.

  3. Phillip Says:

    Wow. Keyboard fail? But yea, I agree with Jurgi, this might have been okay for one finger typists!

  4. Dylan Says:

    I had an Asus Eee PC and I took it back for that very reason. My hands would cramp from the strain. I used to have an AT&T Tilt phone with slide out keyboard. I didn’t care for it either. I always had to backspace to fix typos. If technology stays on this trend we may evolve into large creatures with itty bitty hands.

  5. Teebo Says:

    Using a TI-99/4A keyboard for years, I had no real issues with the EEE pc keyboard. I prefer the Acer Aspire one’s though.

    I kind of like that keyboard. It’s different.

  6. scurl Says:

    My keyboard weighs 7 lbs and sounds like a typewriter. Anything less would be uncivilized.
    Then again I’ve got hands like a clown’s balloon version of another clown and can’t seem to work these new smaller gadgets.

  7. pinball22 Says:

    I actually sometimes have the opposite problem… I have small hands and some things are too big. I had a really hard time trying to play SSX on the PS2 — I couldn’t comfortably hold the controller and access all four shoulder buttons at once.

  8. SirPaul Says:

    I’ve always had at least some trouble with most laptop mouse-substitutes, due to them being so tiny.. and don’t get me started with the eraser-head type trackpoints. I always have to hook up an external mouse (and, in most cases, a keyboard) to get any real use out of laptops.. that, or using text-based operating systems.

  9. Bruce A Says:

    I have yet to find a keyboard which fits my hands perfectly, but the Apple Pro keyboard (from 2000) I’m using right now works as well as anything I’ve ever used. After nearly ten years’ use I’m able to touch-type on it with a fair degree of accuracy. Before that I’d say Apple’s old Keyboard II (of which I still have two working specimens).

    The worst keyboard I ever used…that’s a tossup between the iPod touch/iPhone keyboard (which is WAY too tiny for my fat fingers) and the MacBook’s. Seriously, that thing is awful. There’s almost no travel and so I always hit the keys way too hard. After about ten minutes my fingertips are black and blue.

  10. matta Says:

    Worst keyboard ever, ZX81/Sinclair1000. I got the ZX81 as a kit for Christmas in 3rd grade. 1K of memory and it came with a one of those keyboard bubble pads that was 3×5 inches. Each key had 2 overshifts and some special ascii graphic on it.

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