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So i needed a new keyboard a while back to use with an old desktop computer i finished cleaning up from my younger years and thought I'd add some style too. I thought back to when i was using the computers in my universities library and began searching for some similar models. I looked in PC world as they had some big deals on for Logitech devices.
It was then i came across the Logitech k200. Its sharp black colour and sleek curved design caught my eye. I then had the bonus of being able to try it out there and then as well as other models of keyboards right there in store. I fell in love with it instantly! The keys seemed to be at the perfect space for ease of typing and comfortable to touch. I just had to get it and for only £19.99.
Bagged up i took it home to try it out properly. I began un-boxing straight away. On the cover of the box is a simple photo of the keyboard whilst on the back is photos of it in use and on desktops. Upon opening i pulled out the keyboard sealed in protective plastic packaging to stop the keyboard from being damaged within the slightly thin cardboard box. The usb cable was nicely and neatly tied up, bound with a cable tie for added protection. Also included in the box was the warranty booklet and a brief help/set-up guide.
When pulling out and removing the packaging i noticed how light the keyboard actually is. The size 45cm X 15cm makes it a perfect fit for standard computer desks and fitted perfectly on mine. The black complimenting the fine oak wood.
I fired up the pc, running Windows Vista Home ready to use the new keyboard. I plugged it in to a free usb port and it was instantly installing. Using simply plug and play there is no fussing around with CD's and software/drivers to get it going. After around 20 seconds i got the message the device was ready for use. Simple fast installation and i was ready to go.
I fired up word just to try it out and i was quickly typing away. The keys are almost perfectly spaced apart for fast typing with a slight curve on the keys to give a comfortable fit for your finger tips. When typing at first it can feel a little like hard plastic however i found its very quick to get used and you can almost forget the keyboard is there. A feature i later realised from on the box was the spill resistance feature which i have yet to test however from closely looking at the keyboard i've tried it hard to find anywhere leakages could get in.
Another great feature of this keyboard it the hot key buttons for sleep, internet, calculator, volume and mute buttons. However i've yet to consistently try these out. I've tried the sleep and internet button which both seem to be quickly responsive, the internet button swiftly opening up your default internet browser. The usb cable is of a fairly good length and could easily reach the back port of a computer from a desk with ease. Also built into the bottom of the keyboard is 2 tilting legs, which i have found that i always use which raises the keyboard up from the desk at a better angle for use. However it all comes down to your preference.
I've used this keyboard for around 8 months and yet to have any trouble with it. The sleek curved design of the keyboard makes and excellent wrist rest for your hand. Even with the long periods of use and typing i've yet to experience any hand pains or distress. The keyboard has also been knocked a few times and pulled out and still there has not been a problem with it. Its highly reliable and resilient especially for the price i originally paid. For a simple keyboard with a few light media and quick press buttons at an amazing value for money this keyboard is a must have. With simple plug and play on any PC or laptop any computer users of any level should be able to handle this keyboard with ease.
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When looking for a new keyboard I don't spend much time. I simply Google cheap keyboard and find one that Is not too extravagant, well priced, and does not look ridiculous. I then wait for it to arrive and hope it types well. This is exactly what I did for the Logitech Keyboard K200 for Business and I am glad to report that everything worked out fine.
It was a standard querty keyboard for £8.99. It also came In black which was useful as my desktop and monitor are black. When it arrived I plugged it straight in with the USB connector (which is handy as I can also use it on my laptop where the keyboard is broken) and away I was with the keyboard ready to type. Some keyboards take a little time to get used to but I felt right at home as soon as I started. I found the keys very responsive and easy on your fingers to touch. The keyboard has the standard letters, numbers and F numbers at the top and also a number pad to the right hand side. What separates it from other keyboards is a line of quick keys above the F numbers. These include Play/Pause, Mute, Volume down, Volume up, Internet home, Launch default e-mail application, PC sleep, Calculator launch. To be honest I never use these apart from the volume up and down, but I suppose they could be useful to some people.
It is a simple black keyboard, nothing too fancy.
I have used the keyboard on a number of desktops and a laptop and all have accepted the keyboard allowing it to work instantly.
I have used it on a daily basis for over a year now and all the keys work as good as ever. I have the odd crumb caught under the keys but apart from that it is fine. Apparently the keyboard has a life of 5 million keystrokes (sounds impressive).
All in all I could not be happier with the reliable keyboard. For under a tenner this is perfect.
My Dad was going online for the first time so having set up one of my older PCs for him I also needed a simple but decent keyboard for him to use. I had an old white one that came with my first ever PC that I bought in 2001. The PC abandoned long ago but the white keyboard remained in use as it was good quality and proved to be better than any of those that came with subsequent new desk top computers that I bought. The only problem was that the letters on the keys had worn away and this was of no use to my Dad. I had another spare wireless keyboard but this was continually problematic due to very stiff keys that were becoming less respondent to key pressing - whether this was to do with the wireless connection or the physical keyboard I was never quite sure.
I decided to go to PC world because I wanted to be able to test the keyboard and ascertain if it felt right, that is, I wanted to be certain that the keys were comfortable to use and were not too small or too closely positioned together. I couldn't be sure of this if I had taken a gamble by buying one on line - even though I knew I would inevitably be paying at least a few pounds extra in a shop.
I remember in the shop that there was a keyboard on offer for about £10 - I can't recall the brand - but the keys were tiny and there was no number pad. I knew I wanted a black keyboard because this would blend in better in the living room, especially on a dark wooden desk. In the end I decided upon the Logitech K200 because it fitted most of my requirements. The main enter key was of ample size and nicely positioned and didn't interfere too much with the surrounding keys. The keys in general seemed a nice size, well spaced and comfortable to use. I could tell that this keyboard would be reasonably quiet to use as you wouldn't have to hammer down the keys because they were too stiff or too high. The keys also have bold, bright white characters that are easy to read even in subdued lighting. If I recall correctly I think I paid £15.
The keyboard connects to your PC with a standard USB connection. The lead for this USB is a nice length and not too thin. From the keyboard placed on a desk it could easily reach a port at the back of the PC placed on the floor. Upon first use and plugging in the USB for the first time, I would say that the keyboard was ready to use after about a 2 minute wait for the software to load.
On the keyboard itself there are the usual qwerty keys that most people will be familiar with: a number pad on the right, the number keys above the letter keys and above these the 12 function keys (F1 to F12). Although this is a very basic keyboard it does have a few useful one-touch access keys along the top and, unlike any keyboard I've used before, all of these worked as soon as the keyboard had been set up. These one-touch keys include pause/play, mute and volume controls for playing media; an internet home page button; a launch default email application button; PC Sleep and a handy one to bring up the calculator.
According to the box the keyboard has a durable spill resistant design - this is untested of course. There are also two adjustable tilt legs that are sturdy enough and allow for a more ergonomically correct typing position.
In conclusion I really feel I got a good deal with this keyboard. I think I could have bought it on Amazon for £3 less than I paid but it was nice just to pick it up from a shop for a change and be able to partially test it on the spot. One is always weary when buying electrical goods at the cheaper end of the market, but as I am sure it will be for many others, the K200 performs efficiently and was exactly what I needed. My Dad is also very pleased.
I consider myself to be quite a good typist and don't require to look at the keys and it is important to me that I can pick up where keys are on a new keyboard relativity quickly. I had no problems adjusting to this keyboard and find that keys are fairly well spaced out. I have been using this keyboard on a daily basis at home for the past 2 months and haven't had any problems with it.
This is a standard QWERTY keyboard. There is nothing too fancy about this keyboard, no special ergonomic adjustments to help with people who may suffer from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) for example. The keyboard connects to your laptop or PC with a standard USB connection.
There is a separate number pad, which I like to use when working on spreadsheets or using the calculator on my laptop. There are also your number keys along the top 0 - 9 and there are also 12 functions keys (F1, for example).
This keyboard also comes with 8 keys, which I call quick keys. Quick keys allow you to carry out simple operations by pressing the key once. These quick keys are Play/Pause, Mute, Volume down, Volume up, Internet home, Launch default e-mail application, PC sleep, Calculator launch.
According to the manufacturer this keyboard has a life of 5 million key strokes. Reading this from the box, I presume that this means per button. I would expect this to last me somewhere between 3 and 5 years before some of the buttons start to become a little hard to press.
~Installation and Usage~
The keyboard is easy to install and set up. Simply find a free USB slot on your PC or Laptop and plug it in. It will take a couple of seconds to register and then you should be good to start typing away. I have found that the keyboard is very respondant to my key presses.
You can buy this keyboard for under £10 from various online retailers. I think this offers excellent value for money. The keyboard is sturdy, robust and has all the keys which I would expect from any decent keyboard. For me the number pad is essential and the quick keys are a nice addition, this is just my personal preference.
It may be listed as a business keyboard, but I believe this is suitable for use at home too.
== Introduction ==
For some time now I've used a Microsoft Wired 500 keyboard, but just recently it's begun to give hints that it's approaching its dotage. Nothing serious as of yet, but I felt that I'd like to get a replacement before it became a matter of urgency. The problem was that the desktop PC keyboard market is increasingly dominated by hulking behemoths the size of llamas, with more buttons and controls than a Boeing 747. I didn't want that; I wanted an unassuming bit of kit that would just do a job without fuss.
Most new keyboards are also wireless. I didn't want this either - I only type at my desk, so the ability to move the thing round isn't important, and batteries are just one more thing to worry about. Okay, so this probably marks me out as a complete and utter Luddite, but I don't care. I'd probably still be using a CRT monitor if you could still get them, after all! So, it was off to the local retail park to poke around the likes of PC World and Comet, and in the end Maplins (somewhat to my surprise) offered up the Logitech K200.
== Look and feel ==
As I said, I wanted a simple, straightforward, unfussy keyboard, and that's what you get with the K200. It's actually quite old-fashioned in appearance, with only the slightest curve of the unit's bottom edge and bold, businesslike white labelling on the keys. The layout is resolutely unoriginal, and (for once) even the function keys are very nearly full size. Up at the top there *is* a row of eight "media" keys to do exciting things such as launching the calculator, but these are small and easily ignored!
The keyboard is a fair bit lighter than the Microsoft unit I had been using, but it's stable on the desk and doesn't slide around at all, whether or not you have it tilted up on its back legs - which do, I have to say, look slightly flimsy. I was (very) slightly disappointed at first by what seemed to be a (very) slightly rattly sound to the keys, but that soon faded. This is quite a quiet keyboard, which is good for me but may be less so for those who still hanker after the clackety-clack of the fabled 1980s IBM units.
== Installation ==
Getting the keyboard going is about as easy as it's possible to get, which is a good job really as there's no software whatsoever included in the box. Plug it into a spare USB port, and there you are. I mostly use Ubuntu Linux (10.04 LTS) and had no problems whatsoever, but the K200 performed just as smoothly under Windows XP, and the unit is listed as compatible with both Vista and Windows 7 as well. The graphics on the K200's box suggest that there is no Mac support, but I have no way of testing that for myself.
Linux didn't complain when I tried plugging the old Microsoft keyboard and this one in at the same time; they both worked fine, though oddly toggling the Num Lock status on one keyboard seemed to force the other to follow suit! As you would expect of any self-respecting USB device, there was no difficulty with unplugging it, and plugging it back in, while the system was running. In short, it just worked, which I was more than happy with since that's what I was hoping for!
== Extras ==
This is going to be a rather short section, as the whole point of this keyboard is that it *doesn't* come with extraneous trimmings. However, it is worth noting that the K200 is claimed by Logitech to be resistant to liquid spillage. That sounds great, until you read the small print on their website and discover that the maximum amount used in their tests was 60 ml - so I suspect that knocking a full mug of tea over it might still not be the best idea! Even so, it's probably a feature worth having for the odd small splash.
== Value and verdict ==
The RRP for the Logitech K200 is £12.99, and that's the price Maplins sold it for. However, it's possible to get a few quid knocked off that fairly easily: Amazon will let you have it for a penny short of a tenner, for example. That seems like good value for anyone who's simply after a no-fuss, no-frills keyboard that does its job without drama or surprises. It's not a five-star keyboard because it doesn't feel quite substantial enough, but it's an easy four.
I had a logitech k200 keyboard that I used for a desk top pc and it was a good keyboard. I think it was well priced and you can buy it for about £10 or less. It was reliable when I had mine and it was easy to set up for me.
It had 1 usb connector and that was ok I guess. It was easy because it was a plug and play set up and there was no messing about getting it set up at all. I think this was a help and saves time as well. All the keys worked from the beginning with no need to alter them.
The keyboard worked ok but it was a wired one and that can be a problem for some. At the time that didn't bother me too much because it was for general use with a static desk top set up. I think anyone who is not keen on wires would want a wire free one instead.
The keyboard was easy to type on and had a low key profile that I liked. It was not noisy when typing and that was another good thing. The keyboard was thin enough to look modern but not so thin that it could get damaged easy. I could tilt it to make it a better angle for use if I wanted and that was handy.
The great bit about the keyboard was the hot keys that you can use in an instant. These are for volume, calculator, email etc. I think it was good that I could have one touch use for going online and doing emails etc that was also a big help. I liked the way the set up worked and found it easy to get used to.
The non spill design is made for when you accidently spill a drink or liquid and the liquid will not soak in but will run off the keyboard. I didn't test that but I think its a good feature to have if it works. I would recommend the keyboard as a cheap product that works with out too much effort.
The keyboard works with linux and with windows and it has a good 3 year warranty. For about £10 I think its a good wired keyboard that is easy to set up and begin to use.
So finally decided to make a review of my good non-expensive Logitech keyboard, also got this one at Panama on the same trip me and my wife did couple of months ago... So I wanted to show you my experience with it.
At the first time thought I want to buy a good keyboard, because I think is very important for me to have a kind of comfortable keyboard and also wanted to be cheap! Lol sorry just wanted to buy many things had to save in every item I got there... so since I spend great time at my computer working... so is important for me that the keyboard doesn't stress my hands and also wanted to be useful. At one point thought on a keyboard that I´ve seen before and I liked as soon as I glanced at it... unfortunately they didn't have that one ... so I had to buy this keyboard which of I´m going to speak a bit.
The package comes with a Manual (who needs this anyway??) and with a CD with the drivers; the installation went really fast and without problems, just plug-in and PLAYBALL! Heh...
**** A bit of detail ****
The keyboard isn´t a ergonomic one, with multimedia features, of which Im going to mention later, it doesn't has a rest area for the palms of your hands, which is not cool because also is important that your hands to be rested, for this, I just put like an add-on cushion thing that I bought additionally...
So at the top of the keyboard we can find the keys with regular functions like Sleep, Internet browsing, Calculator and Mute, all these can be re-configured with the Logitech software (I THINK), haven´t installed that yet anyway ... not bad, honestly don´t use these special keys that much...
Beside this, the keyboard is pretty standard with UK Localization, is pretty light in what refers to weight, also the keyboard is rather quiet, and it depends on user preference on whether it is an advantage or a disadvantage, in particular to me does not bother me, although I should clarify that I like the sound of older mechanical keyboards, I know, this is OBSOLETE!.
Contrary to this, this one does almost no noise; it seems like old shoes walking on moss. If sound is your thing, you'll do better with a Das Keyboard II or something similar, but you will pay (literally) for it.
Again with more of technical features:
Width 45 cm
Depth 15.5 cm
Height 1.8 cm
Weight 490 g
Connectivity technology wired
Key/Button Function Sleep, internet browsing, calculator, volume, mute
Features Spill proof, tilt legs
Expansion / Connectivity
Connections 1 x USB - 4 PIN USB Type A
Cables Included 1 x USB cable - 1.8 m
Compliant Standards Plug and Play, CE, UL, TUV, VCCI, BSMI, cUL, FCC, KCC, WEEE
OS Required Linux Kernel 2.6 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
Service & Support 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 years
**** My Opinion ****
The keyboard is a great device, provided with arrangement of some navigation nothing special of course. I'm completely used to it, and since is of great value, also I can tell you that since these keyboards offer 3 year warranty, I would easily say is more like Lifetime warranty, because it won´t break, unless you smash it against the floor because you´re losing in a shooter game or something, not my case of course... LMAO.
Anyway I recommend it also because is pretty cheap and is of great quality if you´re not planning to invest lots of Money on a keyboard, this might be your best choice.
Overall score is 4.5/5
I'm the sort of person who, if he doesn't have to be sitting at a desk, isn't. I'm always looking for a way to not have to be hunched over my work, back straining under the weight of my bowed head. These days I'm not at my laptop a lot. Certainly I use it all the time, but I'm often sitting somewhere else altogether. I have a system of external keyboards, wireless mice, touchpads, monitors and pen tablets which mean that I can be as far away from my computer all the while still working.
Maybe I should just get a more comfortable chair.
Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is, this is that I have a ridiculous amount of external devices, one of which is the K200 Business Keyboard from Logitech. I've said before in a number of reviews I am a big fan of Logitech and their products, this keyboard being yet another one of them.
This one is a pretty standard keyboard like you would expect. It's full-sized, containing a complete set of keys, including the numeric pad on the right. It's stylishly made, and ever so slightly ergonomic with its curved designed. While I found no difference, it does look cool, so there we go.
The keyboard features eight buttons at the top, which can be assigned to different things with the proper software from Logitech, and also comes with four media "hot keys" to control music players.
The keys are low profile, white text on black pastic and the keyboard is sturdy and good quality throughout, with rubber legs which fold in.
Four media hot keys. Overall, it's a very good keyboard, and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone. It's light, weighing in at less than 500g and you can buy one for less than 10 pounds at all kinds of places. With its easy plug and play installation, it serves its purpose within seconds of opening.