VTech CreatiVision Dick Smith Wizzard Moving Key Keyboard

The CreatiVision Dick Smith Wizzard Moving Key Keyboard is an official hardware add-on for the CreatiVision Dick Smith Wizzard microcomputer/game console. Please see other page on this site for details on the CreatiVision.

While the CreatiVision natively incorporates a membrane QWERTY keyboard, as with most membrane keyboards, it is horrible to use for any prolonged period and so to address this the Moving Key Keyboard was released.

Unfortunately it's also pretty horrible to use due to the rubber keys but is still much better than the integrated membrane one.

As seen in images 10, 11 and 12 below the Moving Key Keyboard fits into the joystick storage bay and plugs into both player one and two's joystick ports physically replacing the joysticks. The keyboard had two sliding covers which when moved reveal joystick pass through ports so the joysticks can again be connected to the base unit without having to remove the keyboard.

While boring to look at this keyboard is one of the nicest and most seamless add-on hardware pieces I've seen for a vintage microcomputer or games console. It fits perfectly, does exactly as advertised and pays testament to the CreatiVision's other 'nice' design elements. If it had been made with the old IBM 101 keyboard clicky keys it would have been excellent.

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Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.