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I had used this keyboard before but I decided to get my own 11 months ago not as a replacement but because I had other things that needed one. I needed a keyboard for my Games consoles, and my computer at home.
This then is a multi purpose keyboard, suitable for everything that needs one. Connects to the Xbox 360 no problem and simple keys such as the windows key become a shortcut to the dashboard. Not only this but it works with multiple operating systems on a PC.
Mine looks like it was brand new yesterday minus the dirt, and all the keys are still working. No paint has worn off the lettering and the wire is still intact. It has also had multiple sips labels of hot water such as tea and coffee, and has survived them all. I use the keyboard almost every single day and still not a problem has arose. It is a very durable keyboard.
Let's cut to the chase, it's called a quietkey keyboard, and yes, it is very quiet. A single tap with a normal amount of pressure gives a soft click, and even a light tap of the key gets the character to appear on the screen. A little sensitive which can be a good and bad thing. Good because you only have to tap them slightly so less painful after hours of typing, but bad because the slightest knock can cause a typo.
The little clips at the back angle the keyboard up by a few degrees And make the keyboard easier to use but do knock down again very easy. If you accidentally hit the top of the keyboard the legs flip down. They do clip in place but the plastic is very weak. Not a problem for me since I don't use this feature but for others it may be.
It feels well built with only a little wobble in the keys, and is very comfortable to use. The keys indent quite a way before they hit the bottom so you get a nice "soft" landing for your finger. After using it for a few hours it's not tiresome. I would say however that the keys should be more rounded at the bottom. The curvature of the bottom keys to make it look good do compromise comfort when hitting things like the space bar.
Overall it's a great keyboard, and for the money it's good value, it just needs a good clean now and then. Recommended!
We got these keyboards included with our shipment of Dell desktops (Precision T7400s and T3400s).
They are connected via a standard USB cable which originates from a very solidly moulded port in the back of the keyboard.
The keyboard is a standard QWERTY layout with a slight slope added to the shape of the bottom row of keys. The bottom of the keyboard also juts out slightly between the two Windows keys, although this doesn't really improve anything ergonomically. The design is quite atavistic - I'd like to see some of the more stylish or feature-heavy keyboards included considering how many computers we bought and the price.
There are two little legs that fold out on the rear underside of the keyboard so you can get a more comfortable typing angle and there's two rubber grips on the front underside that stop it sliding about.
Caps lock, num lock and scroll lock toggles are indicated by the green lights over the Dell logo on the top right and give a better indication that a lock is on. I don't like the caps lock buttons with the little built-in LED as you have to move your finger to check it's on or off, so I prefer this set up.
Like all keyboards with deep set plugin keys they are a magnet for dirt, you can pry the keys up for cleaning but I tend to just blast it with pressurised air.
Our keyboards have been in use for about a year, and are still performing well. The symbols are painted on in white and it has yet to rub off despite almost constant daily use.