UNDERWOOD - Customer complaints have prompted a voluntary recall of keyboards from QworTech. The bulk of issues reportedly come from the placement of a power button where there is customarily an "E".
"Try typing a sentence, any sentence, with this keyboard and you'll see why we've demanded the return of customers' money," said Fran Davis, in charge of Consumer Affairs at the Computer Peripherals Bureau. "It just shuts the computer down any time you type the letter E - or at least where the E is supposed to be."
"Our customers have spoken, and we have listened," said QworTech spokesperson Liam Pasternati. "While we believe in innovation, some people just want things the way they've always been, and we will respect that."
The E-Off Keyboard was targeted to consumers who, in the words of the press release, "want to turn their computer off as quickly and frequently as possible." Although none were ever sold, many were included as OEM equipment on a number of systems.
The company has produced both successful and wildly unsuccessful keyboards in the past. Among the less fortunate offerings were the QWERTYDvorak Keyboard, which that allowed users to switch between layouts by prying the keys off and moving them around. It required a software patch to compensate for the changed character mapping.
Another failed product from QworTech was the FONETIK Keyboard, which only had the 12 most common letters in the alphabet and required significant effort to write anything.