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After getting sick and tired of my old cordless keyboard needing to be constantly resynchronised with the receiver,which involved pressing a series of buttons in a pattern on the keyboard, repeating on the receiver and then keeping my fingers crossed while I hoped they connected! I decided to invest in a new board. I was rather skeptical about buying another cheap keyboard as I didn't want it to be yet another waste of money. I also did not want to spend tonnes of money. I asked the advice of an assistant in a PC store about what to look for in a cordless key board and he told me to look for one with no less than 2.4 Ghz of wireless technology. He found this one with exactly that as it was only £9.99 I decided to give it a go.
Once I took the keyboard out of the packaging and put the batteries in, all I had to do then was plug in the receiver that fits in a USB slot. It is a bit of a downer than one of my valuable USB slots is taken up, however I was used to this as my last keyboard was also a wireless one. I could not believe that there was no software to download and I certainly did not have to read any instructions. The keyboard is literally plug in and type! The keyboard and receiver are paired in the factory so there is no more irritating syncing acts!
*Layout, style and design*
The keyboard is not all singing, all dancing and it does not look as sleek as some of the more expensive ones on the Market. It's chunky and there is a lot of spare areas of geeky, cheap looking plastic. The keys are comfortable to press though and they don't make much of an annoying clicking sound. I like the layout of the keyboard and I was pleased to see some menu buttons that my previous keyboard lacked. There is an option to launch the media player, calculator, email and other applications. There are also some new function buttons such as refresh and search. All very useful, yet I could still live without them.
I was amazed at the ease of setting this keyboard up so I truly expected great things from it and it did manage to deliver. I find the keyboard really reliable and really put it to the test by seeing how far I could take it from the receiver. The results were impressive, I could safely use the keyboard from the opposite side of the dining room, which equates to around 8 meters. This is very successful and on the whole, I hardly experience any trouble with the keyboard at all. The response of the keys when stuck are extremely fast and they are quite responsive. There is the occasional blip though, where for some unknown reason a key will stick and keep repeating on screen until I turn the key board on and off. Slightly annoying but it doesn't happen often enough to get too huffy about it.
Speaking of the on off button, this is such a good idea as it really does help save battery power. The keyboard runs on two AA batteries and apparently these can last up to three years if it is looked after properly. There is a low battery warning light for your attention, to make sure you don't get caught out.
The keyboard is better than I expected and I guess I do find many of the hot keys useful. I like the auto launch of Internet explorer for example. I think I would prefer a more streamlined design though with less keys. I could even do without the number pad to be honest. However, I settled for a cheap keyboard and this is exactly what I got. The design is the main downfall of this keyboard, whereas the connectivity side it really impresses. I like the fact that it is always ready to go when I need it and it did not involve loading any software on my machine.