good keyboards??

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by markj, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. markj

    markj Geek Trainee

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    Can anyone recommend a good keyboard, preferably one of those ergonomic natural hand position ones as I type all day at work & my mouse hand gets a bit tired. I've got a MS keyboard which I was given, but being used to a laptop, it seems really clunky. Not bothered about it being wireless, cost is more important. Are all MS keyboards clunky or are the new ones better? It sounds like I'm playing the drums!!

    I saw a nice logitech on overclockers.com, but it was wireless, they're wasn't a cheaper normal one. Plus I think I've got enough waves pinging around in my room already without something else sending them out.

    Anyone used those mini keyboards - how d'you find 'em? Less stretching I imagine, but easier to make typos?

    Cheers :chk:
     
  2. markj

    markj Geek Trainee

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    P.S. What does OEM mean?
     
  3. Exfoliate

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    OEM=original equipment manufacturer, in other words you basically get the keyboard, maybe some necessary software. There's no redistribution like Dell slapping their label on logitec's product for example.

    If you want an ergonomic keyboard I thought this looked good: Microsoft

    As for those small keyboards, I think they're a mixed bag. There are compact/mini/notebook keyboards which usually are made up of really tiny enter and backspace keys and require you to hold shift for some function keys (shift + R=F3).

    Then there are slim layout designs (what I have) which usually have a decent key size, that manages to save room and allow you to type properly (no really dinky backspace keys for instance), while others, like what I have at school:swear:have backspace keys the size of the "G"!

    This is what I have Zippy, I find typing on it to be a breeze, the backspace key isn't normal sized but isn't pathetically small so it works for me. The aluminum feels so good too, makes me want to type just for the heck of it. Newegg has a ton of good keyboards so check 'er out. Hope this helps mate.
     
  4. markj

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    Microsoft recently released a special mini-keyboard...

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  7. Fred

    Fred Moderator

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    hahah! Good one
     
  8. Exfoliate

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    Spongebob! That's a pretty sweet keyboard man, I want one!
    Lovin' the 3 fingert salute 'board, saw that on the MS bashing site too dude.
     
  9. Big B

    Big B HWF Godfather

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    I've been real happy with Logitech keyboards. I'm really not sold on the wireless part...mostly because of laziness, but Logitech's keyboards seem to work fine and don't seem clunky to me. However, you might wanna check out some brick 'n mortar stores, like Best Buy, just to try out the keyboards. What's a big deal to you may not be a big deal to me.
     
  10. ninja fetus

    ninja fetus I'm a thugged out gangsta

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    Like Big B said, it's good to go to a store and tryout keyboards to see he they feel n' such. Pretty much anything logitec will be good.
     
  11. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    Agreed. I feel that Logitech keyboards are the best, and have been for some time. :good:
     
  12. markj

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    Yup... I guess you're right... I'll try em out before buying.

    Cheers
     
  13. markj

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    Went for the MS Wireless Natural Multimedia keyboard in the end. Very happy with it, although installation wasn't that straight forward, and although it says that it persons best if the keyboard is 8 inches or more away from the desktop receiver, I have found that if it's more than that it misses a keystrike every now & then.
     
  14. zRoCkIsAdDiCtInG

    zRoCkIsAdDiCtInG HWF Guitar Freak

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    logitech + wireless = awesomeness
     

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