This Atari 400 keyboard will bring back early eighties computing

by Mark R

Ah, remember the early eighties? Before everyone had a personal computer, you could always get a computer that you could hook to your television set.

This was the age of the Commodore 64 and the Atari 400 and the 800. There was no Internet available for them at the time, but you could play games for them that looked better than anything on the Atari 2600. I would imagine that you could program on them too, but I never did, honestly.

The Atari 800 had a clickity-click keyboard that resembles most computer keyboards, but the 400 had a look that was quite unique. If you it back, hit the jump to find out how.

A Japanese company known as Niyari has reproduced the orange, brown, and tan keyboard and it can be connected to a computer via USB. In all honesty, I don’t know why you would want this keyboard. The keys don’t stand out much, and I’m sure you will give yourself some serious carpal tunnel syndrome if you type on it for too long. Did anyone know about ergonomics back in the early eighties?

However, if you need to have this bit of eighties nostalgia on your modern-day computer, then this is the device for you. It costs a pretty hefty price of about $149.


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