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Your new favourite keyboard!
on 6 February 2015
Having finally decided to replace an old Time computers keyboard which shipped with a new computer my dad bought 16 years ago, I spent a lot of time researching various brands, layouts, styles, this that the other blah blah and found that, as with anything computer related, getting a good quality, reliable, well designed and ergonomic device, for a reasonable price, was quite difficult.
When someone hangs on to a keyboard that ships with a pre-built computer for 16 years, it's fair to say that they're pretty happy with what they've already got, and I am... or so I thought I was. My main criteria was something smaller and quieter than the existing beast. Ye Olde Faithful has a heap of extra buttons and gadgets surrounding the main keyboard, some of which I didn't mind losing, others (Calculator shortcut, media player controls amongst others) I was keen to keep. This was one of the few (that I was prepared to shell out for - I'm tight fisted with stuff like this) which retained these features.
An important point to note: When I first put the thing down on the desk it didn't quite sit level - see-sawing between 2 corners as if the feet were not level. If this happens on yours, don't panic. This board is nice and weighty - just let it settle down and it will level out and sit nice and flush after a few minutes. I left mine for a few minutes while I went to fetch the box, getting ready to pack it back up for return and by the time I'd come back to it the problem had gone.
The extra USB port on this was an added bonus. I didn't want it specifically, but now I use it so much I don't think I'll ever go back to reaching all the way over to the computer to plug in my flash stick. I did try plugging in my bluetooth dongle into this and although it worked, it drained too much power form the keyboard and the response time suffered massively. It was worth a shot though, but sadly it doesn't work.
The key action on this is both light and positive, as well as being reasonably quiet. The keys themselves have surprisingly little play in them, which you come to expect from cheap keyboards - lightly press your finger onto the top of any key on your board without pressing it down, then wiggle around a bit. This one has very little of the sloppyness you can feel there.
The backlight is quite well designed on this one as well. If you sit leaning back a little from the board, the lights just give off a nice soft glow from under the keys, as well as highlighting the letters through the top of each key. The 4-setting brightness is a nice touch as well - one keypress takes you from no backlight to dim - medium and bright, so if you;re gaming in the dark it's no hassle to dim the lights a little. That said even on the brightest setting this thing isn't dazzlingly over-lit.
The last praise I'm going to heap over this is the way that it stays put on the desk exactly where you put it! Some keyboards have one or two rubber feet, some (awful) keyboard have none. This one has 4 nice soft broad feet along the front edge and another 2 smaller ones on the backl (which only work when the board is in the lowered position), so even with the most ham-fisted pushy of typists, you won't find yourself chasing this one around your desk all the time!