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Cherry Standard 105 key PS/2 Keyboard

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      01.02.2002 20:37
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      This is going to be an awkward opinion for me to write. This is not your all singing, all dancing Internet keyboard. The Cherry RS-6000M is a completely bog standard keyboard by modern standards. But I am going to try and write an in depth opinion anyway. I'll start by setting a few easy tasks for you. If you own a standard keyboard that just has the normal keys, look at it. Go on. Does it look cheap and plastic? You will find that some keyboards that are supplied with a new PC are cheap and nasty. When you press the keys, do you find that the keyboard flexes before the key is pressed? I find that I get this with keyboards that cost less than £10.00. Now pick it up. Does the keyboard feel weak and fragile when it is not on the desk? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you could do worse than look at this keyboard. I'll start with the look. Seeing as all keyboards are made of plastic, of course it will look like plastic. The difference between this and many cheaper keyboards is that you can immediately see that the case has been moulded with thick sturdy plastic and has a nice textured finish. Remember that this is a budget keyboard, so it is designed to look practical rather than look like the control panel of a jumbo jet. But Cherry have put the effort in to make sure it isn't tacky The keys are laid out in the standard "QWERTY" formation, and they are boldly labelled. There is a separate numeric keypad and there are four arrow keys along with some other keys between the letters side and the numeric keypad. It now includes a "Euro" (?) sign on the "four" key as well as the dollar sign. Holding "Control" and "Shift" while pressing "four" activates this. The second test was the key press. I found that when I replaced an old keyboard with the cheapest one I could get, the board creaked and flexed as I pressed keys, which meant I
      had to press the keys further down to get them to engage. If I include the third point about picking up the keyboard, I can assert that this keyboard is built to endure abuse. I can pick the keyboard up in one hand, hold the end of the keyboard and there is no flex at all. I have dropped the keyboard a few times and have encountered no ill effects, although I wouldn't recommend intentionally dropping any electronic equipment. This keyboard is quite heavy compared to more modern keyboards but I think it aids the sturdiness. The weight is not a hindrance though. I find that it is just heavy enough to stay put when you type. My newer Logitech keyboard was so light that I had to type carefully. Any heavy key-press was likely to send the keyboard sliding along the desk. Thanks to the weight and the tough rubber feet, this keyboard is going nowhere. The keys themselves incorporate "Soft Touch" technology. Whether you like this or not will be down to personal taste. The term "Soft Touch" means that the keys do not click when you press them. Pressing them onto a pressure pad activates the keys. The old style of keyboard used micro-switches, which clicked as they were pressed. These had a tendency to break over time though and I have found that Soft Touch keyboards seem to last longer, as there are fewer mechanical parts to fail. I told a bit of a lie at the start of the opinion. There are actually three special keys on this keyboard. They are located at the bottom of the keyboard on either side of the space bar. The left-hand key acts as though you have clicked on "Start" in the Windows taskbar, there is an identical key to the right side of the space bar. The right hand key does the same thing as if you had clicked the right hand mouse button and brings up an options menu (I am assuming that you have your mouse set on the default Windows configuration). The connection is PS/2. This means that
      you will need an adapter if you have an old AT style motherboard. AT connectors are big chunky connectors. PS/2 connectors are smaller and fit into the more modern ATX motherboards. If you have bought your motherboard or system in the last 18 months or so, it is very likely that you have an ATX motherboard. There are also two legs on the underside of the keyboard, so you can lay it flat or lift the back to have a more natural position. It is also easy to see if you have engaged "Caps Lock", "Num Lock" or "Scroll Lock", as there are lights in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. For those who touch type, there is a raised line on the F and J keys so you can align your fingers properly. A raised line also adorns the 5 key on the numeric keypad. 5 is the middle key so it is easy to type numbers without looking at the keypad. When "Num Lock" is switched off, you can use the keypad as arrows and page movement keys (Home, End, Pg up, Pg dn). Other useful key that is incorporated (I believe that this is on almost all keyboards) is the "Print Screen" key. When you press this key, one of two processes will occur. The key will either send the current contents of the screen to the printer, or in some cases, pressing this key will save the screen as an image file. I'm not quite sure how you choose which you want, I believe Windows decides when you press the key. That's about all there is to tell about this keyboard. Cherry keyboards are manufactured in Germany, and I generally purchase them from Dabs.com for £17.62 including VAT but excluding postage. When you consider that keyboards with all the extra options can be priced at up to £80, this seems a very reasonable price to me. I love the assured feel of the keys and I can trust that the keys have engaged without double-checking. If you want a sturdy, practical and well-designed keyboard that is almost bombproof, this is a
      must have. I would recommend the Cherry brand above all others. I would sum up my views of this keyboard with the word "Reliable". Well, that's it then. I have managed over a thousand words on this product, which I am actually quite proud of. Thanks for reading.

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