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Great keyboard, but one layout change that takes time to get used to
on 22 October 2014
I've been using Microsoft keyboards since they launched their first Natural Keyboard. The 3000 is my latest addition. It has a modest footprint, perhaps slightly bigger than the 600, but reasonable. With a slightly raised profile in the middle, the two little stands that raise the back were deemed unnecessary and are not present.
Small media control section with three keys (play/pause, volume up & down) out of the way at the top right. Thankfully not taking a prominent space right in the middle of the keyboard as if all we did is listening to music. Also a calculator key.
At the opposite corner, the Ctrl key doesn't have the excessively rounded bottom left corner of other versions, it's almost square as it should be.
Two layout surprises for me, one positive and one negative. First, Insert is gone from its usual place in order to double the size of Delete, right beside Backspace and Enter. That's the positive, but if you use software requiring frequent Insert use, you'll hate this keyboard.
Second, the spacebar is longer on the right end by at least one key, so AltGr is displaced to the right. I would expect it to be sitting right between comma and period. In this keyboard, it's way out almost entirely under slash. That's the negative, and it means it will take a bit of time for you to adjust.
Once you do, it's a great keyboard. The glossy finish is easier to clean than others - and I like my keyboards squeaky-clean. Sadly, one star gone because of the AltGr location.