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Steelseries Shift Keyboard.
on 10 December 2012
Concept: Removable keypad allows for a change in physical keypad to a purpose built gaming keypad (there are a few only) or, in my case, allows for easy cleaning of nom dribble.
Weight: Nice solid feel, doesn't float around the desktop as you type whereas some keyboards react as if you're tickling their feet as you type.
Media and custom key: You can program this for ....eh....anything. I use the media keys a lot and couldn't go back to a keyboard without them. The configurable macro keys are a boon. Usernames, passwords (not that you would (cough)), email addresses, your home address etc. etc. A really great idea.
Whilst the keyboard base is made to survive, the keypad feels cheap. It isn't nice to type on regardless of other reviews. Keys closer to joins in the keyboard are spongier than others. It isn't consistent. This should be obvious I guess, it is a removable, and foldable, keypad. It can not be as solid as eh....a solid keypad.
Space bar is split which fights with your instincts to begin with.
Driver software: You need the driver software otherwise functions (custom macros and even the shift key) simply don't work. So the software is bullet proof right?....wrong....it is without doubt the worst piece of driver software I've encountered. It won't load on certain days/moon cycles, it doesn't always recognise the keypad (Note: I have the Sensei mouse too, a brilliant mouse btw, which may add to the chances of the driver software failing.) and it is prone to crashing. Crashing for driver software shouldn't be acceptable.
I'll keep the Steelseries mouse (Sensei) and move the keyboard (Shift) on to my daughter - she's 11 and starting to take an interest in pop culture and boys so reconnecting this keyboard constantly will keep her otherwise occupied for a while.