ATARI XEGS / XE Game System Keyboard

Released in 1987 to compliment the Atari XEGS the XEGS Keyboard elevated a fairly sophisticated game console to an average (for the time) home computer. It seems only these days we're seeing what a neat little box it was.

Powering on the XEGS without the keyboard ran the console as a game box and saw Missile Command start by default. With the Keyboard attached the system started in Atari Basic Rev C and the unit functioned as a micro computer, (see more details on the XEGS page on this site).

The keys themselves are spongy and not overly pleasant to use for serious work but I guess it's the sort of thing you just got used to.

The keyboard attached to the front of the XEGS to make it look more like a complete computer which is good really as the keyboard to console cable was stupidly short.

Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Bottom Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Serial Number Atari XE Keyboard Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Shell Bottom
Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Shell Top Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Space Bar
Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Keys  Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Sub PCB
 Atari XEGS XE Keyboard Sub PCB Back          
 
Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.