|This article requires additional photographic illustration — all the other variants not depicted|
Atari 800 is a family of computers from Atari. Atari 800 and 800XL computers shipped with variety of mechanical and membrane keyboards throughout the product range's lifetime.
Examples found to date:
This list is based on a topic at the AtariAge Forums, and is not exhaustive. At least one switch depicted is not recognisable from the angle presented.
- Alps, with Alps SKFL switches
- AWC, with open-top Cherry M8 switches (800XL)
- Closed-top Cherry M8 switches (600XL)
- AWC, with Futaba ML series switches
- Stackpole switch grid
- Hi-Tek High Profile (potentially (also) in Dovetail form)
- Stackpole membrane
Atari 800 Mitsumi keyboard
This keyboard, tentatively Mitsumi KSD Type, is unusual in having two membrane sheets over a PCB, instead of the usual one or three. Additionally, the sliders are cruciform mount instead of the standard negative square Mitsumi mount. The PCB and outer membrane sheet are both marked with model KSD-A58AU.
The four keys on the right of the keyboard use switches attached to the power board. In the example below, these appear to be Stackpole discrete switches: the position of the locating peg and the terminals is correct. These four keys can also use a presently unrecognised switch type, found in a keyboard with a Stackpole keyboard assembly.
The keyboard module is dated December 1982.
Switch components; note the external return springs and cruciform sliders
- AtariAge Forums — ATARI 800 keyboard repair or "how I did my first root canal"
- YouTube — Atari Keyboard Fix
- Imgur — Atari 800 Teardown
- AtariAge Forums — 600/800XL Keyboard variants