The Imperial Bad Companion: The Litton Imperial 220
The corona 3 Folding typewriter. Not made for speed and those long type bars are to blame.
The poorly planned Plana.
It may say BING, but it doesn’t ring your bell.
If only this underwood typed like it looked.
The massive dissapointment of the Masspro
Make a poor quality typewriter? Ten-Four buddy!
Errrm, this should read ‘Ten-Forty, not Two-Forty’.
Let of some steam, Bennett…
Splendid by name, not so Splendid by type-feel.
Fantastic to look at, blick to type on.
14 thoughts on “Bottom 10: The typewriters with the worst touch.”
The few I have that you mention I agree on the Underwoods of the 50s, the splendid and kind-of the Corona 3. I like my Corona 3 except for the double shift. I’ve not found the keyboard wobbly or the action very slow. If I had a choice between keeping the Corona 3 or any of my Olympia machines, the Corona would stay.
That’s understandable. The Corona 3 certainly has its place. They’re good at what they are, but the touch was much better balanced in later coronas.
I agree on all of these except the Olympia. I like my SF. And oddly, many complain about how stiff the keyboard is — whereas you have the opposite complaint, if I understand correctly. Some of these little Olympias have a touch control that is VERY effective and can turn the keyboard into a tight trampoline.
It is interesting, as I have had 3 SFs so far, but none of them have felt particularly identical. The only similarities I have had have been the early ending of the strike the is – to me – so jarring.
I’m surprised to see the Silver-Seiko Imperial at the top of that list. my Royal version is a right treat to type on. I suppose it might just be a condition thing, though – mine was in out-of-the-box new condition. (keys were not even yellowed)
The Erika Daro. As you know I am quite fond of German machines, but this one? I didn’t like it. It left such a dissapointed feeling… I still can’t seem to shake it off.
I haven’t had the (dis)pleasure of getting my hands on one of those yet! Interesting. I’ll keep my eye out for those.
Enjoyed the often savage but amusing criticism! An orange 70s Adler Contessa I briefly owned was TRULY AWFUL, as was a Nakajima KMART. In comparison my Royal 240 (Silver-Seiko) is not so bad (although I must admit not that good either).
I do remember your Royal 240 – like the Imperial 220 it had a tendency to brown out on random keys.
I agree about the plastic Remingtons. Heavy, lacklustre, and awful to type on. The Olympia 99 is a love/hate for me. Feels spongy at times, and then other times it seems to type okay. Nice styling to it, though. Like a SM4 that’s been starved.
Oh, the styling on the SF is definitely up there with the best. I just wish it typed as beautifully as it looked.
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50s Underwoods don’t get much love, but I must say my Quiet Tab Deluxe types great, plus it has that way cool typeface with those bulbous p, q, b, d characters. Plus it looks like a Buick! Funky cool!
The IMC Rover 2000 is another disaster.