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      23.06.2011 00:42
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      Not a bad keyboard but better to be had out there.

      A keyboard which is meant for music is abit up for debate, the reason i had to purchase this one was down to my old keyboard's buttons got damaged so i needed a cheap replacement, Yes this keyboard is still working a few years down the line but its getting to the point where if i had the spare cash i would replace it without a second thought. The reason this is classed as a music keyboard is due to the numerous keys which you can find around the outside of the keyboard. Most of these now are broke and wont work, thus making this a "Logitech NON Media SO NOW PRETTY MUCH NORMAL keyboard" not as catchy name i know.


      Price and Availability
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      I bought this keyboard from my local computer shop which is just down the road from me, however you can still buy this keyboard online for around the 12 pounds region, that's not a bad price for keyboard these days however i think there is better to be found out there if you are to look around. For 12 pounds your really dont get alot for your money, the keyboard can pick up dirt very easily and then it becomes a pain to try and clean and the keys can break so easily without even using them. its really not something i would recommend to anyone. Below is where you can buy this item from for the best price which i found.

      amazon shop - 12.00

      (sorry for not having a lot on the price and availability section of this review, if you have any questions dont hesitate to message me)


      Appearance and Design.
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      The look of the keyboard is rather professional, the whole keyboard is a matte black and the buttons all have a similar style towards them expect the "music" buttons round the outside. these are long and silver to try and stand out from the rest of the design. The keys have a rather nice feel when pushed they all seem to click and you are aware that you have pressed it which makes touch typing that whole lot easier. The keys are laid out like you would expect and how you would find all the other keyboards. The number keys to the right and the F buttons along the top. simple stuff.

      On the back you will find two pull down tabs which give you the option to make the keyboard stand a little more upright so the keys lay flat , but for me i feel that the best way to make the most of this is to be able to put them away and have the keyboard laid flat on the base of what it is made from so the keys have a small tab up lifting at the end of each key so i can still touch type with ease.

      Now onto the music keys, these are the biggest let down of the keyboard. ive never had much use for the as the skip track and play/stop buttons only work with windows media player, this isnt what you need in a PC keyboard when the main music player is now iTunes which means you cannot use them for that option, you then have the Back and Stop buttons to the left .. these dont work properly and now they have decided to stop working altogether. However on the plus side there are 6 buttons which still want to work, these are the volume buttons which work with all program's as this effects the volume of the PC and not the speakers, These can come in hand y if you want to mute the music why you take a quick call however you will miss the song.

      The other three buttons are the Outlook Express button, this would be great if i used that program, but i dont, so that's pointless for me, the second button is of a small picture of a house, this loads up your internet browser and brings up the homepage, this is a nice feature but one that i frequently forget to use and i always end up just clicking with my mouse instead. However its nice that Logitech have left me with the option there in case i ever feel like a change. and the last button is of a calculator, this can come in handy when you want to quickly add up some new numbers and get some quick math in there, instead of having to scroll through all the start menu to get there quickly. These all work and can come in handy from time to time, but that's only when i remember to use them.

      The rest of the keys are working fine and ive had no other problems with this keyboard, the installation was completely fine. same as my screen, plug in and play, however i think that if you were going to go for quality over the price then something a little more flashy wouldn't go a miss!


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      A nicely designed keyboard but with a few technical problems that could have been ironed out before it got in front of us reviewers! if your looking for something which is good value for money then this is the keyboard but dont expect it all to work in a few years time... something which technology personally should be doing at this current age with how advanced we are!

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      01.09.2010 21:43
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      An inexpensive, contemporary looking and ergonomically designed keyboard

      PLEASE NOTE: This is an up-dated and revised review, so please do not go by previous low rates!!

      Terms Used In This Review:

      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: 'Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist...The carpal tunnel - a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand - houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm'. {http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders

      Repetitive Strain Injury: 'can also be referred to as repetitive stress injury is an umbrella term for a number of specific injuries caused by the repeated movement of a particular part of the body. Specifically, repetitive strain injury is known as an occupational overuse syndrome that affects nerves tendons and muscles. There has been a recent exacerbation of repetitive strain injury cases with the advent of the computer into mainstream society. This most well known type of RSI injury is known as Carpal tunnel syndrome'. {http://www.repetitivestraininjury.org.uk/

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      'As a computer, I find your faith in technology amusing' ~ Logitech Media Keyboard ~ My Experience
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      'C:\ Bad command or file name! Go stand in the corner' ~ Ergonomic Design:

      This keyboard incorporates a 'Zero-degree tilt' which is an ergonomically designed method of helping PC users to avoid such debilitating conditions as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
      Although, for the past thirty five years I'd been in the Health Care profession, the last couple of years I've been a student. I spend a copious amount of time on the PC due to coursework and shhh don't tell the tutor, reading/rating/writing! I had to invest in this practically constructed keyboard due to the pain I was developing in my wrist whilst typing; due to poor posture and unsatisfactory console.

      With the keyboard being flat, I do not feel my wrist are being obliged into an ascending position, avoiding the upward angle of the wrist hand movements being bent in order to type. Now, when I type, it feels more natural, and although I weary through excessive use, I do not suffer discomfort through incorrect positioning of the keyboard's component. This apparatus is suitable for anyone that uses a PC as the old proverb wisely notes, "Prevention is better than cure".

      '... File not found. Should I fake it? (Y/N)' ~ The keys ~ Usage

      The keys are horizontal, even and smooth, affording a light tapping that makes it easy to glide from key to key without needing to push down hard on the tabs. The planate sleek design makes operating this keyboard an absolute pleasure, an effortless employment of soft keys makes light work of writing.

      'Ethernet (n): something used to catch the etherbunny' ~ The Look

      This Logitech tool is smooth to the touch, slim and flat. The implement has a sleek shiny black strip that surrounds the sides of the keys meeting at a contemporary curvature at the top. There are ten silver keys that adorn the top level of the gadget and two larger silver keys on the left hand side. With thirteen symbol keys in a neat vivid blue located underneath these, the tool gives a quality appeal. All other QWERTY composed keys are in black with sharp white lettering.

      'Best file compression around: "DEL ." = 100% compression' ~ Functions

      The instrument incorporates a Button Function for applications launch, e-mail Internet browsing, programmable, multimedia, video access music, volume, and calculator. Although these are attractive practical features, I tend to have an array of windows open already; due to the constant switching I need to do for my course work. My son has had to up-grade the memory on my PC! But, to the dismay of my son, he insisted on showing me how brilliant these additional features are, hoping I'd adopt usage of them! But, it would be easier to adapt to the simplicity of the easily programmable keys to open my favourite applications, files or sites .Recalling the other proverb here of, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink"! For the volume control I use a separate attachment adjoined to my speakers for this application.

      '<-------- The information went data way>' ~ Specifications

      The Operating Systems required are either Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Vista ME, XP, 2000. I have Windows XP. The keyboard incorporates a simple PS/2 connector with black integrated cable. The device comes with an excellent Manufacturer's Warranty of 5 years. The product is currently available on Amazon affordably Priced at £7.95

      'Smash forehead on keyboard to continue.....' ~ Would I recommend?

      Yes, if you're looking for an affordable, attractive, technologically engineered console with comfort and safety in mind.

      Minus one star due to 'Disadvantages' note!

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        08.01.2008 23:12
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        Logitech Media Keyboard

        I had recently bought myself a KVM Switch, a device that lets you connect more than one computer to the same keyboard, mouse and monitor and lets you switch between them. However, my old Trust keyboard was USB only and the KVM box only uses the PS/2 connection. I had a USB-to-PS/2 adapter, which I thought would solve my problems but it kept 'losing' the keyboard connection whenever I switched.

        My solution was simply to buy a new keyboard with only a PS/2 connector and so this review is for the Logitech Media Keyboard which I happened to come across on eBay for £16 (inc. £6.00 delivery). The keyboard retails for £19.99 online and offline so I saved four quid! I found it on Ebuyer for just over £16 if interested but otherwise, Dixons, PC World, etc all seem to stock this keyboard.

        Having used a variety of different keyboards, I have found that some keyboards can be uncomfortable and more difficult to use. Some are easier to type with, whereas others require more tapping strength. Being a touch-typist whom frequently receives comments on my being a human dictation machine, responsiveness, comfort and the 'feel' are important when it comes to keyboards.

        Using certain cheaper keyboards make me more prone to typos (mistakes) leading to me spending more time doing the same thing, frustration and possibly a smashed up keyboard! I own other Logitech devices and I knew that was a good choice since their products I've seen are all top notch quality!

        Now looking at the Logitech Media Keyboard, I think that the build quality is excellent. The plastic doesn't look cheap at all. It has lots of buttons at the top and the Function Keys (i.e. F1, F2, etc) are round rather than the usual cube keys.

        Some keys are shaped in such a way that you'll know what they were once you're used to the keyboard so you won't have to look to see what they were. i.e. the round 'Escape' key bulges in instead of out. The cursor keys aren't perfectly shaped 'cubes' like most the other keys on this keyboard. They're slightly curved in places, which I think looks nice. The overall appearance of the keyboard looks great, with everything labelled using either icons or both text with icons.

        All keys seem to be very responsive without asking for much effort to be put into my tapping. Something I've noticed is that the letter labels on the keys are in the middle of the key rather than top left/right of the key, which I thought was unusual.

        An initial attraction to this keyboard for me was the media buttons. I wanted Play, Stop, Next, Previous, Volume up/down and Mute buttons and the Logitech Media Keyboard has them all as well as a 'Media' button to load up your default media player. The 'Play', 'Pause', 'Stop', volume, etc buttons can control your media player even when the media player is minimized. This is useful for me since I minimize the player and watch video through my TV. This is also useful if you've minimized your media player while it plays MP3s.

        It even has one for 'Favorites' (Internet Explorer bookmarks, and yes, American spelling), 'Home' to load up your default browser, Email, Messenger, Search the web, Back and Forward for when you're surfing the web but this is only for Internet Explorer. A shame it doesn't work in Firefox. The sleep button doesn't seem to work for me. I thought the most unusual button was the Calculator button, which I think is quite useful. All of these buttons are programmable so you can assign something different to them.

        If that's not enough for you, the Function Keys can also be used as to load up programs, undo, redo, save and still giving you room for four keys (labelled a, b, c, d) more to program. All you have to do is press the 'Mode' button. The Media and Internet buttons worked before installing any drivers from the supplied CD but the Enhanced buttons did not. By default, the F2, F3 and F4 keys load up Word, Excel and PowerPoint and these are labelled with the Microsoft Office icons for those applications.

        It took me a couple of installs because it did not seem to detect that I had the 'Media' keyboard and would not let me install the enhanced function configuration program. This was with the keyboard plugged into my KVM box so I unplugged it and plugged it directly into the PS/2 port at the back of my computer. This worked and I was able to install everything needed. I simply plugged the keyboard back into my KVM box. Programming buttons were a cinch and can be done through the Logitech software in 3 easy steps.

        If you had one too many programs you wanted to load up, you can even create a customized menu to open a program or website, so when you press the programmed button, it'll give you a menu like the ones you get when you right-click the mouse button with a list of programs or websites you add. No complaints here as it was all very straight forward to install and configure.

        Once installed, the actions appear on the screen in green text. For example, when you press a programmed key to run a program, i.e. Photoshop, it will say Adobe Photoshop and the version number in big green lime green text. I think this gets in the way especially if you're watching a movie and using the Media buttons to Play the movie.

        I cannot find where to turn this off. Only way I've found is to Exit the Logitech software but you lose the use of the Enhanced functions. Media and Internet buttons still work though. MusicMatch Jukebox and RealArcade (for games) are included on the software CD as well as comfort guidelines and help centre so you can use those if you wanted.

        The packaging and specifications also boast a zero tilt design for added comfort. I think the keyboard does look quite flat so this must be true! Like most keyboards, you can tilt the keyboard by pulling out the two stands under the keyboard at the top to lift it slightly.

        It also has a wrist rest, which you attach to the bottom of the keyboard so you can rest your hands. These seem to be included as standard with Logitech keyboards and most other brands but are optional to install. I find this keyboard very comfortable to use. The taps aren't that loud either. I can hear when I type but it's fairly quiet compared to other keyboards I've heard so would be less of a disturbance to other people. Not just that, the box says it's spill resistant! I am NOT going to test this out.

        Something I don't particularly like about this keyboard is the layout of the 'Home' and 'End' keys. Directly above the cursor arrow keys, you would normally find a set of six keys. Going from top to bottom, left to right we usually have Insert, Delete, Home, End, Page up, Page down but the Logitech is Home, Delete, End, Page up, Page down. The 'Delete' key is twice the height for some reason. The Insert key has been merged with Scroll Lock on the Media Keyboard. I do feel it makes more sense to have the 'Home' and 'End' keys side by side since we type of left to right. I'm just more used to the old layout.

        The 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons do not seem to be able to 'seek' in Windows Media Player or RealOne Player when the buttons are held down. This is slightly disappointing because it says "<< Seeking" or "Seeking >>" on the screen when I hold those down so it's supposed to but I can live without it. I can move to the next and previous tracks/movies with these keys so it is not all bad. However, I've found that it does increase the speed x2 when using Intervideo WinDVD player.

        In conclusion, the Logitech Media Keyboard is a very good keyboard indeed. It looks good, has excellent build quality, easy to install, configure and use, has a wide variety of buttons that are also programmable, and it's comfortable and responsive. It's a shame I can't get some buttons to work and how some only work in some programs but this is just a software issue and they can be programmed to do something else. Also it's a bit annoying that I can't turn off the on screen display when I press the media, Internet keys or Enhanced keys. I can get used to the 'Home' and 'End' key layout in time so that's nothing to worry about. Oh and it's spill proof and has a 5 Year Warranty! Highly recommended!

        Thanks for reading!

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