Saitek Clavier Slimline Keyboard SOV44029U002 (Black)
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- Slim compact keyboard
- Low profile keys - quiet typing and comfort
- Standard multimedia shortcut keys
- USB plug and play
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This Saitek slimline USB wired compact keyboard has Low profile keys for quiet typing and comfort. Including standard multimedia shortcut keys.
Saitek designs and manufactures consumer electronics products which work together to improve the user’s multimedia, gaming and communications experiences. Constant innovation, superior technology and a high degree of functionality make Saitek products the choice of computer users around the world.
The Saitek product range today includes mice, keyboards, headsets, PC gaming controllers, as well as other PC peripherals. The latest addition is a new family of innovative and practical audio products designed to improve users’ digital entertainment experiences
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Whilst there's no denying it's apple-inspired gorgeous looks, I'm finding USING the keyboard a little bit of hit and miss. Whilst I find that it's fine for conventional typing and internet use, gamers may feel a little cheated here with the chiclet-style keys. While they work just fine, you may find yourself not pressing hard enough to get a key stroke. Pressing them also feels quite tough. This is not to say you can't play games comfortably with this, far from it. Just be prepared for a little adjustment whilst you get used to the new style.
My main fault is while the box states it has "multimedia keys", these come only in the form of volume control (increase, decrease and mute). There is a total lack of media control, such as a play/pause, stop, next and previous track. While this lack isn't really a dealbreaker, it would've been a nice touch, especially considering Saitek tend to throw these in on most of their hardware range.
I'm also not convinced that this provides quiet typing. It's not loud, but it's not exactly whisper quiet, either.
So all in all, a solid item. If you're moving from a "full key" keyboard to this chiclet key one, though, be prepared for some adjustment. If you're a gamer like myself, I'd suggest ignoring the good design and look elsewhere.
UPDATE: Two days on and I'm used to the keyboard. For gaming it's just fine. Not great, but fine.
The shoddily taken pictures are mine and you can see that it does look pretty good and it's tiny compared to the mammoth 'Microsoft Ergonomic 4000' that I bought this to replace. Going from the ergonomic to this one has taken some getting used to but mainly down to the slightly annoying enter key; whereas before I could 'roll down' from the backspace key (due to my frequent errors) to the enter key, I found myself constantly typing '#' instead. It seems to have gone out my system though, since only getting it last week.
It's not silent typing but it's not loud at all- there's a fairly satisfying 'clunk' from each key which feel well made even if not as high a quality as the mac ones. Typing is easy with the keyboard and the separation between the keys is pretty good too. Haven't used the 'word processing shortcuts' on the F1-12 keys but they seem a fairly nice addition, even if it's probably easier to press Ctrl+S for save etc.
Overall, I'd recommend this keyboard to people looking for a very compact keyboard which looks good and (hopefully) will last a while. I've gamed on it and whilst it's obviously not made for gaming, it seems to work well for that too. 4 stars rather than 5 because of the slightly annoying enter key and the keys aren't quite as solid as I'd hoped but overall, pretty good!
was just too big to comfortably work accross, I tried using a Mac keyboard primarily because of it's
compact dimensions but soon found out it was missing the usual PC function keys that I use all the time.
Hence the Saitek Clavier Slimline Keyboard, almost the exact same dimensions as the Mac keyboard with all the
standard PC functionality.
My one criticism would be the keys themselves don't have the same feel or quality of that on the Mac keyboard.
I find the keys are a bit plasticky & noisy with little resistence. I found it tiring on the fingers at first - the keys are fairly hard compared to my Sony Vaio laptop which offers more resistence in the keys than this. After a couple of days solid use my hands and wrists were aching. Probably more to do with typing style than keyboard design, I haven't had a problem since although I still prefer the feel of keyboards with a little more spring.
I agree with other reviews about the layout of the enter key - would prefer it to have been double height but you get used to this pretty quickly. Main gripe for me is the inclusion of a SLEEP button positioned on the top right of the keyboard where I am used to finding the DELETE button (DELETE is actually directly below this). Catch this button by mistake and the PC immediately goes into sleep mode. Rather infuriating.
Next time I buy a keyboard, I think it'll be from PC World where I can try them out first.
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This is a fantastic looking keyboard which has helped it earn 2 stars. Sadly that is the best thing about the keyboard... it's looks. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2013 by Lee