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I wanted to invest in a USB keyboard to use with my laptop at home from time to time as writing my dissertation last year I realised it might make it easier when writing large sections of text. I use a full size keyboard at work and touch type so I am a lot quicker on a full size than on a laptop. I found this one for the bargain price of £3.49 on Amazon and it seemed to tick every box as a bog standard, lightweight keyboard for use with my laptop.
I have to say I love it and the feel of the keys is very comfortable. I am very quick indeed with this keyboard and find the pressure needed on the keys is lovely and conducive to touch typing, the keys are obviously not as quiet as my laptop keys and I do tend to be rattling away in the corner when I use it, but then the flip side is that I can type faster and error free with it so for large text documents it cuts the time considerably.
The USB connection is clean and the cord is long enough for me to comfortably set it up with a decent distance between me and the screen - I use a floating stand for the latpop in conjunction with this keyboard to put the screen at the right height and this has the added benefit of ensuring I do not slouch when typing. You might think that using these things in conjunction with the laptop sort of defies the point - but I only do this when I have a particular chunk of words to get out. If I am skyping, googling or tweeting I would simply use the laptop as intended.
Most of my letters have actually rubbed off after a year of heavy use and whilst this does not affect me because I touch type, some people might find this a negative.
There are no fancy hot keys on this model, just your basic keyboard functions, but it does have a full numerical pad to the right hand side and all the shortcut keys across the top. On the back of the keyboard are a pair of fold out stands so you can tilt it to a comfortable angle to type.
Pretty much everything you need from a basic keyboard is included here and you cannot argue with the value. I love it and I will more than likely replace like for like if mine ever gives up the ghost.
I needed a keyboard for when I was going to put my netbook onto a large LCD screen, as it makes it easier to do essays and letters, for example, since my eyesight isn't that great. I had been looking for a keyboard for a while, but I wasn't really fussed about the brand, as long as it did the job and was a reasonable price.
Well, I scoured the car boot sales that I attended but came home empty handed - the prices some sellers want is ludicrous. One seller wanted £10 for a second hand Dell keyboard. Anyway, whilst on holiday I came across this. It was brand new in a cellophane box and I asked how much it was; needless to say 2 minutes later I was £2 lighter but had a new keyboard! Upon coming back I discovered that it is currently retailing for £5.86 on Misco.co.uk, so definitely towards the lower end of the market. A quick google search and I see that it's also available for £4, so a real bargain!
The amazing thing about this keyboard is that it can fit both USB and PS/2 connection ports on your PC or Laptop. As standard, it is a USB 'ended' device; however they include an adaptor to make it usable with PS/2 slots on your device, which normally cost about £2.50 on their own anyway. It is wired, but for the price I paid, I'm not complaining. You just plug it in and within seconds, it is instantly recognisable.
Another great feature of this keyboard is that it is spill resistant, so should you accidently have an accident with the keyboard and some liquid, they keyboard will still work due the spill-safe technology, because the sealed membrane can resist the spill.
It comes in black, with white writing on the keys. Layout wise, it's the same as you'd expect on any other keyboard, with the 'QWERTY' set up and the number pad to the right hand side. Soft to the touch, the keys are quite springy and have a calm feel to them, they're very quiet when typing, unlike some keyboards where it sounds like a machine gun is firing when somebody is typing extremely fast! The sleek, modern design also means it won't take up too much room on your desk.
There are two clips to the back that raise up if you like your keyboard to be slightly higher at the top than at the bottom, although I would prefer it if they were a little longer. However, the keyboard works perfectly fine and I can type my reviews without clattering other keys into Word Documents!
As standard, you get a five year warranty from Kensington.
For the price, you really cannot go wrong. There are no fancy hot keys but what do you expect for something you can buy for £4? I would recommend it to anyone because although it's cheap, it's a name you can trust.
5 stars all the way for a great, back-to-basics keyboard.