Product Type: Kensington keyboards
Newest Review: ... 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 key... more
Don't let 'valu' put you off!
Member Name: 9217niall
Advantages: Low cost, reliable, good design, soft keys
Disadvantages: None really
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.
Summary: If you're in need of a keyboard, go for this. Why pay more?
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