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I'm very picky when it comes to computer keyboards and I'd quite happily pay a bit extra to get a decent one I like. My parents own this keyboard and I regularly use it, although it's not my favourite keyboard!.
It cost them circa £5 when they bought their new PC a couple of years ago and at a price that cheap they've got a great deal. It is a good size, the text on the keys is clear and the text shows no sign of wearing out after 2 years of daily use.
Ergonomically, it is decent. The arms that raise the keyboard up have two options, up or down, but in the up position they raise the keyboard to a good, comfortable, position while offering a very sturdy support. It connects to your PC by a USB cable which is fine by me as wireless keyboards aren't faultless. As soon as you plug the keyboard in, the PC installs the relevant drivers and you can use the keyboard almost straight away.
The keys are a good size, often buttons like the space bar and backspace are odd/annoying sizes but everything on this keyboard is just right. There are no media buttons that some keyboards come with but that's not the end of the world.
Why aren't I 100% happy with it? I like my keyboards to have relatively flat buttons and require a minimal force to input each letter. I feel that, after using this keyboard for an hour or so, my fingers have got a mini workout and as a result, I would not enjoy using this keyboard day in day out, but that's just me.
In conclusion, this is a good keyboard at a great price but, for me, the keys require a bit too much downwards force to input the letters so I would rather a different keyboard.
This keyboard is completely black which is a good idea as it doesn't show up dirt as much as white or cream varieties. All of the keys are marked clearly in white and despite regular use, the letters on my keys are showing no signs of wear or fading.
There are three green lights on the top right-hand corner which come on to show when caps lock, num lock or scroll lock have been activated. The buttons themselves are not too deep and can be pressed easily without too much effort allowing quick typing.
The different groupings of buttons are spaced far apart enough so that it is easy to clean in between them. There are plastic flaps on the underside of the keyboard at the back allowing you to have it tilted towards you rather than just lying flat. However this is only a slight tilt and the angle is not adjustable. It never slides around on the desk when in use but it is not particularly grip onto the desk either so it can be slid out of the way easily if necessary. The cable is long enough but not so long that there is unnecessary cable on the desk.
In summary, this is a very good basic keyboard which is comfortable and a perfect size.
This is a keyboard I used to own personally. and one I have used many times in school. I have seen them in every single classroom and as I do an IT and Media course I believe I have become very well acquainted with over the last few years.
I have seen these keyboards for sale in Amazon and Currys and they cost around £9 and £15 respectively. The keyboard uses a standard USB port so it installation is very simple just plug it in to your PC and the correct driver software will be instantly found and downloaded enabling it to work
The keyboard doesn't look to attractive but for around £9 you cant expect Alienware quality. This keyboard is perfect for home PC use it small size will allow to fit easily on a computer desk and the small little black clips on the base of keyboard will allow you to elevate the height slightly if you prefer to type at a slight incline.
It has to be said this is your bog standard basic keyboard as there is no option to program or customise what each key does. You have the numerical keys on the right hand side located a fair distance away from the letters. The F1- F12 keys are located in their usual position at the top. Their are also 3 small green LED's above the numerical pad which let you know if the Caps,Num or Scroll lock keys have been activated
For a budget keyboard the build quality is quite high the plastic is fairly durable and the keys even the space bar will be able to take a repetitive hammering of your fingers for months even a year without noticing anything wrong with it
One disadvantage I have with this keyboard when compared to others is that there is no space on the keyboard to lean your wrists on.
How to set up
This is pretty basic it runs through a USB lead, and all you do is plug the lead into a free USB port and the computer will then install the keyboard into your computer and that's it, it is all ready to use. No separate disc to insert its that simple.
The design of the keyboard is not anything fancy or any different from other keyboards, its just plain black, and just slightly longer than my screen so does not take up much extra room, I do find most keyboards are around the same size, and all the keys are always in the same place loll.
Using the keyboard
Using the keyboard is pretty good, the keys tap in as soon as you touch then so no hard tapping on the keys, although I still tend to do that for some reason. The letters always type as soon as you touch the keys so they do not take any response time at all.
These are available online and in shops for usually around £8-£10.
I have had this keyboard for quite a while now, and I do use it a lot, as I am on here a lot and also work a lot on my computer, some of the keys are fading slightly but you can still make out what the keys are, and for that price after a year or so of constant use you can not really complain about it.
I have also had small accidents with my coffees, not full cups but just little spillages, and it still works well, although i did have to give the keys a good clean down as they got sticky. I doubt it would still work if you knocked a full cup over it, but at least you know a few drops won't hurt it.
My overall opinion
Well I would say it is just like any other keyboard, it has no special features, and just standard, I do think its a good keyboard for usage and size and I would recommend buying one as it is easy to set up, easy to use and also I have never had any problems with it, as yet anyway.
A while back I wrote a review about the Logitech mouse I use at work. I also have the accompanying keyboard, and by coincidence it's the same as the one I bought to use for my laptop - the Logitech Deluxe 250.
This keyboard is available on Amazon under two slightly different listings: for the PS/2 connection and the USB connection. If you're intending to connect this keyboard to a laptop or want to use a USB port on your computer, make sure you buy the USB version! If you're buying for a desktop, try to buy the PS/2 version to save a USB port. You can buy adapters if you get the wrong version or you want to use it differently in the future, but you are adding costs on.
The PS/2 version is slightly cheaper; I paid around £8 for it last year (I ordered the wrong version, but bought a Belkin adapter). The USB one is currently around £10. Either way, they are still great value for money as they will last years and don't really feel cheap.
If you're one of those people who likes their keyboard to have customisable keys you'll probably be disappointed because this is just a basic keyboard with no bells and whistles. It has all the standard letter keys, number keys, a separate number pad, arrow keys and your typical End, Delete, Shift, Caps Lock etc. This is not a good keyboard for those who rely on programmable shortcuts in programs. What it is good for is someone who wants a spare keyboard, a cheap one for general family use or one to go with a secondary computer. I personally use this keyboard when I'm using my laptop at my desk, so it's fairly infrequent. At work I use it every day, and the keys don't press as softly as they originally did, but other than that it's in great condition.
To use the keyboard you simply plug it into a port on your computer. There's no software to install, so it's quick and easy to get going on a Windows computer. This keyboard does make good use of space - there's no wasted areas which is a problem I find with many Microsoft keyboards as the pointless curved design just takes up more desk space and uses more pointless plastic. It does only come in black, but I think it looks quite stylish. It also has the raised plastic bits underneath so you can have your keyboard at a higher angle if you don't like it flat. I don't tend to lean my wrist on the desk when typing so I find it comfortable; however you may want to invest in a keyboard wrist rest if you find typing uncomfortable.
If you spill something on this keyboard, it's easy to wipe off. I'd recommend giving it a thorough cleaning every so often as keyboards can get extremely unhygienic. To clean underneath the keys, you can simply slide a flat dinner knife underneath one at a time and carefully lift it up (careful you remember what order they go in by placing them upside down in the same order!) and then clean the underneath of the keyboard and/or keys before replacing. Do this whilst your computer's off, just in case!
This keyboard weighs 899g, which I'd say is quite light. It wouldn't make a good travel keyboard though - and to be fair it's not designed as one - because it is full size, and not extremely light.
The 250 Deluxe is everything you'd expect from a quality brand like Logitech, and it definitely hits the price point; in fact, I'd pay more for it because it lasts just a long time.
This is similar to the keyboard in the Logitech Wireless Desktop 1500 set, except the keyboard has a wire of course and no media buttons. It still has the new Windows Vista style Windows keys. And the glossy black end caps. It's a really nice keyboard to use and I bought it for £7 from eBuyer in January 2008 but you can probably get it for a bit less than that now as it's been out a while.
Since I have the 1500 set I knew this would be a good keyboard and is perfect if you don't need to move the keyboard or aren't worried about the lack of media buttons. This actually makes it a little smaller in size than the 1500 keyboard so will save you some desk space too. It is USB but comes with the adapter so you can use it on the PS/2 socket instead if you wish. I know I had to do this when setting up an old computer to enable USB legacy support and then I found out I ran out of USB sockets so had to use the adapter all the time in the end.
The keyboard is well built and feels like something that will last. The keys require a comfortable amount of pressing to activate. It has the newer (smaller) style caps lock key and num lock key to help prevent typing errors. This does actually work as I find on Dell keyboards the caps lock button is trimmed off on the right but nowhere else it means when pressing shift you can activate caps lock- well the Logitech solution gets round this problem by trimming off the bottom of the key too.
The only other feature it has is the "spill-resistant" drain holes. I haven't tested these yet though, fingers crossed. I don't really see how they resist spills but rather get the liquid away before it can do any damage so it should be more like "spill-damage-resistant" drain holes.