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Computer keyboards range in price massively starting at around five pounds and raising up towards the one hundred pound mark and even beyond. You may think that they all essentially do the same thing (type) but the same can be said about cars (which all drive), but if your going to be spending your time typing some six or sixty odd words per minute then your want something that's comfortable, practical, doesn't cause wrist strain, looks good, doesn't cost the world, as so forth. Sadly this "Labtec Standard Keyboard (967424-0120)" fails in every conceivable way making it more suited as a door wedge.
But I'll explain why....
Firstly the bottom of the keyboard (where you would normally rest your wrists) is raised rather high. I suspect that this is some sort of half witted attempt to reduce strain, but considering it forces both of your wrists to sit at an steep upwards angle, and then your fingers being pressed down at a lower angle, it makes typing very unnatural and very unusual (especially when using the lowest line of letters Z-M). I had to keep stopping and bending my wrists back and forward.
The keys on the keyboard (especially the spacebar) need to be 'hit' as opposed to being 'pressed' for the character to actually register. You may become used to it after a while, but personally I would prefer to spare my fingertips and use a slightly less typewriter like intensity keyboard.
The design is very basic being slightly off white in colour (does anyone still buy white keyboards) which tends to clash with the popular black or silver colour trends that every other piece of computer equipment seems to follow these days. It also means that you will have to spend more time cleaning the keyboard as anything and everything will stick out like a can of Irn-Bru in a health food shop.
The shift keys are small being the same size as "Caps Locks" and "Enter" respectively (please note that my keyboard while being the exact same model number has a slightly different layout that the picture shown on Dooyoo). This makes typing errors more frequent and again forces you to bend fingers rather tightly to hit the key successfully.
Build quality is generally poor with the keyboard being very lightweight, so it slides across your work surface with the slightest knock. The plastic is very hard but it is also brittle as mine already has a small crack when the cable enters the body of the keyboard.
So unfortunately while it's cheap this keyboard will only be suitable for somebody who does very little typing or someone who lives on their mouse. Otherwise spend more and get one that's far superior, I would recommend the Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 for a similar priced alternative.
(This keyboard has a PS/2 connector and you can buy it from Amazon.co.uk for £6.11)
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
The first time I used this keyboard I thought it was a blessing. Although in most ways it is a totally standard keyboard which is fairly uninteresting for me the benefits are in the buttons. The keyboard itself is a standard size, and is the normal, slightly old-fashioned bought in bulk for offices type. However, it has a few advantages that most other keyboards do not. For example its keys are not made out of the standard hard cold plastic but coated with a slightly rubbery material, this make the keys alot quieter than I have been used to using. This does present a problem though when touchtyping as it can be hard knowing if a certain letter has come up. It also makes slightly annoying clicky sounds on the last letter you type before a space and the spacebar itself is very loud. There are a few little additions to this keyboard, whihc do not appeaar on some more basic ones, notably the sleep, wake up and power buttons which are situated in place of print screen scroll lock and pause/break. I don't use these keys, but I did once or twice go to press print screen and found my computer sleep, which was very annoying. Obviously this isn't a high price keyboard and is plugged into the back of the computer, although I am very impressed by the cord length, which easily reachs a metre longer than standard. However, the lights are very small, so it can be really hard to see whether num lock ect are turned on or now and you actually have to look dirrectly at them rather than being able to see out of the corner of your eye. The lights are quiet birght though, which partly makes pu for the size. For me the keysize seems on the larger side of normal although the number pad keys seem a little bit larger than you would usally get although this doesn't tend to make much of a difference. However, due to the arrangement of the new buttons the arrow pad is alot lower which makes it hard to manouvre sometimes. Unl
ike alot of other keyboards the unright and flat positions are both very stable and don't have the annoying tendancy to move, tipping the keyboard slightly when you move. The only problem with this keyboard really for me in the printing onto the keys, it is very patchy, sometimes very l ight and sometimes alot darker which would annoy me in my keyboard and has a habit of messing with the eyes. The texture of the keys makes me assume that the occasional spill wouldn't be a huge problem either, as the surface feels very wipeclean although it would be very hard to clean the keyboard as the spaces between the keys are tiny.
The Labtec keyboard is an excellent choice for those who require a simple, yet stylish product. This reliable keyboard will last for years thanks to its sturdiness and durability. The standard key layout provides just the right comfortable silent touch.