Microwriter Quinkey

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The Quinkey was a cut-down version of the Microwriter MW4. It was not a standalone unit and was marketed as an alternative keyboard for the BBC Micro computer. It was designed around the concept of 'chording' multiple keypresses together to allow full-speed typing with only one hand.

An interface unit was required to connect your Quinkey to your BBC Micro. The interface unit, which connected to the BBC Micro's Analogue port, allowed up to four Quinkeys to be connected to a single computer at once.

Although praised by reviewers for the comfort and high speed of typing obtained with only a few hours training, the Quinkey was not a massive commercial success.

The example in our collection is complete and comes with the Interface Pack.

Date : 1983

Manufacturer : Microwriter

Format : Keyboard

Physical Description : Quinkey cardboard box Polystyrene base and lid Quinkey unit Alphabet/Punctuation leaflet Recommended Learning Sequence/Numerics leaflet Delivery note Interface Pack cardboard box Polystyrene tray Interface unit User^s Guide 1-4 number sticker sheet Software cassette

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH42141. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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