IGCSE Information & Communication Technology Paper-1: Specimen Questions with Answers 11 - 11 of 46

Question 11

Appeared in Year: 2009



Which of the following statements state the disadvantages of keyboard?


Choice (4)


Could cause carpal tunnel syndrome.


Less expensive.


Easy to make mistakes.


Both c. and a. are correct




  • The statement Easy to make mistakes. and Could cause carpal tunnel syndrome. states the disadvantages of keyboard.
  • The keyboard is the most common and widely used input device. It is made up of buttons called ‘keys’ . The keys are arranged into sections:
    • Alphabet keys
    • Command keys (insert, delete, home, end, page up/down)
    • Numeric keys (one set above the alphabet keys and a numeric keypad on the right)
    • Function or F keys (F1, F2, F3)
    • Arrow keys
  • Most keyboards are called ‘QWERTY’ keyboards. This name comes from the first six letters on the top row of the alphabet keys.


  • It is easy to make mistakes when typing in data.
  • Disabled people often find keyboards difficult to use.
  • If you can՚t touch type, it can be time consuming to enter data.
  • Keyboards are not suitable for creating diagrams.
  • Excessive use can lead to health problems such as repetitive strain injury (R. S. I.)
  • It is a slow method when you need to write a long piece of writing when there are faster ways such as scanning and dictation.
  • Can cause strain injury by typing too much.
  • It is quite hard for people who don՚t have touch-typing skills which could cause a lot of problems such as accuracy and frustration, The person using the keyboard have to learn how to type.
  • The frequent movement from keyboard to move and back could cause carpal tunnel syndrome.

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