Right at the end of last year the keyboard on my PC broke.. just stopped working. As it was alarge and thick keyboard - I decided to try out a small, slim one and at a cost of less than £15. So I tried this keyboard.
When opened out of the box found the size measuring around 40cm x 16cm x 1.6cm, to be smaller than the broken one. Which I was pleased with. Setting up and getting going is really easy. Right out of the box, it came well packed - just plug into the computer via a USB Cable. I have used this keyboard with an old PC that uses Windows XP and a newer one that users Windows 7 and for both the use and set up was fast.
The actual keys are well spaced apart and the numbers/letters are very clear. I like the feel when typing - the actual noise of each click is louder that my other keyboards - but I have not found this to be any problem.
In the 10 weeks of use so far there have been no issues at all. Being smaller and slimmer this keyboard takes up much less space on my desk so I am pleased with it.
Overall this is a great budget keyboard, looks good, works well with easy set up.
The gloss plastic parts will mark more than matt.
I decided to buy a substitute for my old, very big keyboard. The subsitute should offer more features and should look better.
Features & Usage
As to the appearance I can say that it is constructed very small and light, but I don't think this is that important because it is not supposed to be carried around. Also, the keyboard looks stylish, I think.
The keyboard is in general very easy to use. There's no special installation needed, just plug the cable in and start using the keyboard. I like the Internet and e-mail buttons, they became nice helpers for the daily usage.
Besides, this keyboard is excellent as the symbols are stuck on rather than just painted on, which provides durability of the symbols. Furthermore, the keys are sensitive so you don't have to type with much pressure.
The keyboards design is great due to the fact that it looks great and is constructed small and light. Also, it is durable and works good (with a good response while typing). I can highly recommend this keyboard!
Three of years ago I found myself having to spend a lot of time in bed due to two slipped discs. I had a laptop computer but because I was forced to lay in strange positions to ease the pain, there was no way that I could have the laptop on my lap, instead I had to have a table by the side of the bed but using the laptop on there was almost impossible. My partner suggested getting a keyboard and mouse to use with it and we looked in the Argos catalogue to see what was available. The mouse was no problem - I bought a small mouse for use specifically with a laptop - but the keyboard was a different matter entirely. I didn't want a full-sized keyboard as it would be too cumbersome, but I did want one with all the usual functions. Then something caught my eye - a Logitech Ultra-Flat keyboard.
Reading the details, it said that it was smaller than usual and lightweight, which would be ideal in my circumstances. The best thing was that it was remarkably cheap, so we decided to try it - I think at the time it cost in the region of £14, which I didn't think was a lot to pay for a keyboard, although it was wired and not wireless.
Logitech is a Swiss company founded in 1981 and started life just manufacturing computer mice which were innovative at that time. Since then they have branched out into a wider range of computer accessories but are probably still known best for their mice and keyboards. Their products are usually good quality, competitively priced and sold throughout the world.
DESIGN OF THE KEYBOARD:-
It's smaller than a normal-sized keyboard at around 40cm x 16cm - it's actually just slightly wider than the laptop itself. It's made of shiny black plastic which, because it's so light, feels rather insubstantial and I must admit that at first I didn't think it would last all that long, but I've been using it almost daily for the past couple of years and there's no sign of anything breaking on it whatsoever. The keys are still intact and fully functional. It's easy to keep clean with just a quick wipe over with a duster (because it's shiny, though, it does seem to attract the dust).
It has the full range of QWERTY keys, together with a numeric keypad, four separate arrow keys (which are duplicated on the 2, 4, 6 & 8 keys), backspace, delete, insert, home, end, page up and down, Windows key, Print Screen, and separate ? * - and + keys. Basically it has all the keys that you would find on a full-sized keyboard. There are also 12 Function keys which can be programmed but I personally haven't done this. At the top right hand corner of the keyboard are three green lights which indicate when the Numeric Lock, Capitals Lock and Scroll Lock are depressed, a thoughtful and useful addition.
It's quite a thin keyboard and, as its name suggests, is flat. However, there are two small feet on the reverse that you can use to tilt the keyboard at a slight angle (according to the product details this is a 6 degree angle) but I find that it's equally as comfortable to use it completely flat or with the raised feet.
I use full-sized keyboards daily on my desktop computers at home and at work and I can touch-type to a great extent. The keys are slightly smaller than those on a normal keyboard and are squashed together more, but I find that the compact size doesn't substantially affect my ability to type at a reasonable speed. Occasionally I hit the semi-colon key instead of L, or the comma key in place of M, but generally speaking I have no problem with typing with this keyboard. It does take a little time to get familiar with the smaller size, but if you are used to typing on an integrated laptop keyboard, then you should find it relatively easy to use this one - I think, personally, that this keyboard is actually more user-friendly. What I like most of all is the fact that the keys themselves feel like those on a full-sized keyboard. When you depress a key, there's no 'rubbery' feel to it -all the keys have a very positive motion with a good range of movement. Having said that, there is some noise when typing - the usual plastic on plastic sound- but it's no worse than any other keyboard in my opinion.
You don't need any software - it's plug and play in as much as you just insert the USB plug into a spare USB port, Windows will recognize the keyboard and away you go. It does also come with a PS/2 connector in case you have an older computer. It's compatible with Windows 98 (I wonder if there are many computers still left with that operating system), Windows 2000, ME and XP. I use it with Windows 7 and prior to that Vista and there have been no issues using it with either operating system. I assume that it would also work with Windows 8, but it would be prudent to check first.
WHERE TO BUY AND PRICE:-
Logitech have stopped producing this keyboard for the UK (although it still appears to be manufactured for the American market) but you can still buy the UK model online - play.com are selling it at £21.44 and you can also buy it new on Ebay for between £12 and £15.
The Logitech Ultra-Flat keyboard is compact, lightweight and has everything that you would find on one of its larger brothers. I'm still using this today with my laptop because I find it so easy and convenient, and after three years it's still going strong with no sign of the keys coming apart. It's a pity that the keyboard is not more widely available because I think it's superb for the reasons stated in my review and it gets my thorough recommendation.
(Thank you for taking the time to read my review)
Last year, I had a laptop crisis. The worst kind of laptop crisis. I had dropped coffee over my laptop, and consequently found myself with a very unhappy keyboard. After trying my best to dry the keyboard (a hair dryer was used), keys were sticking or not working at all, and I knew that there was no way I'd be able to carry on using the laptop as it was. That was when I went on the search for an alternative means of typing, and found the Logitech Ultra-Flat keyboard.
Measuring approximately 40cm x 16cm x 1.5cm (16" x 6.25" x 0.5"), the keyboard takes up a very small amount of space on my desk. The actual character based part of the keyboard is almost identical in width and height to my laptop's keyboard. The only difference is that there is a number pad on the far right of the keyboard, which my laptop lacks. I was particularly surprised by the weight of this keyboard - at 440g, it is feels very light. That, combined with the keyboard's occasional creaking when I pick it up makes me wary that it could potentially be easily broken, but so far it has stood the test of time.
The keyboard looks pleasing and stylish, as it is made of a glossy plastic around the edges of the keyboard. However, with all glossy plastics, this makes it incredibly prone to dust and fingerprint marks, and so regular maintenance is required to keep it looking swish. I would recommend a cloth to go over it for the times when you are not using it to minimise dust gathering.
The keyboard also comes with two small legs underneath to raise the keyboard slightly. Although a monumental difference cannot be noticed in doing this, I do find it slightly more comfortable to have the keyboard raised.
Ease of use
Setting up the keyboard is very simple. It is connected to the computer via a USB cable which runs from the back of the keyboard. Simply plug the USB into a port, and you're ready to go! A PS/2 port is also included for those older computers that pick up a laptop's presence in this way.
As the keyboard is very similar to that of a laptop's, I found the transition from my own laptop's keyboard to the Logitech Ultra-Flat very easy, and typing was not generally an issue. However, that said, I do occasionally slip up. The keyboard's compact nature does sometimes lead me to accidentally press 'Insert' instead of 'Backspace' or the up arrow instead of Shift, as the keys are so closely positioned that I sometimes miss the key that I'm blindly feeling for.
The keyboard is also quite loud compared to others I've used. Of course, a tapping noise of some degree will always be encountered when using a keyboard, but this keyboard really does like making itself known. I don't know whether it's the way the keys have been positioned, or the material that they're made of, but I noticed that there was a considerable difference between the softness of my laptop's keyboard and the rather plastic sound of this keyboard as you type. While this is not a huge issue, it is something worth considering if the noise of typing irritates you.
According to Amazon, this keyboard is suitable for Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP. However, I use it on a Vista system, and have found that it works perfectly fine. I can only assume that it would be suitable for a Windows 7 system as well, but unfortunately I'm unable to test and confirm this.
Ultimately, my main priority when looking to buy a keyboard was the price, and the Logitech Ultra-Slim is very reasonably priced in my opinion. Costing £8.99 (Amazon.co.uk), it's not going to break the bank. This keyboard doesn't pretend to be an all singing, all dancing, ergonomic, feature ridden keyboard. As such, it is not fair to compare it with the fancier keyboards on the market. It is basic, but includes all essential keys. It has served me well over the year or so I've had it, and would be suitable for someone looking for a basic, and cheap keyboard. It is especially suited for someone used to a laptop keyboard, as it is almost identical in this respect.
I purchased the Logitech ultra-flat keyboard among other components when I got a custom build PC, when looking at it in pictures I really liked the sleek small slim design of it. I thought I'd find it fine to use. I was somewhat wrong with the decision.
The Logitech ultra-flat keyboard from the moment you take it out the packaging is considerably smaller than a regular keyboard, if you have one to compare it with you will see the difference, however I do still believe it's a nice keyboard. The main problem with this keyboard as because of its small size keys have been moved around to accommodate. For example buttons like page up and down and home buttons are now located below and to the left of the enter key. There is also no spacing between the enter key and the numerical pad on the right hand side which can take some getting used to.
The positives of this keyboard as it is quite comfortable to just flow across the buttons imprint with the slightest of touches allowing typing to become a dream and can be done at speed with ease. The keyboard is also compatible with most operating systems, just plug and play, when I plugged this into my computer it downloaded the necessary driver / drivers instantly without having to do anything. It also comes with an adapter allowing you to use either the USB port to plug it in or the designated printer port which is quite useful. It also comes with a three year warranty allowing you to not have to worry about whether it breaks or not although for the cost it is not a great worry for most.
In conclusion I think this is a very good keyboard it would probably also be well suited for younger kids for their first pc as it is much smaller than a full sized keyboard.
For a while I've been looking for a new keyboard, after the keys on my laptop's one started coming off. As long as it worked well, I would have been happy. I bought the Logitech Ultra Flat Keyboard - in the past I have had some Logitech products, which were trustworthy. I was quite happy with the keyboard, but found several flaws.
It has a sleek, shiny design and looks fantastic overall. It is very thin too, as the name implies. It is good for putting on your lap, unlike large, thicker keyboards you will often find. It is also useful on desks, as there are plastic stands on the back. The position of the keys is quite unusual and will take a while for you to get used to. As a result of the keyboard being fairly small, there isn't much space between the keys meaning that you might make some mistakes while typing. You will also find that the position of keys like insert, delete and print screen are in strange places. I had trouble particularly with the page up/down keys.
It has a good quality. I've had it for quite a while and none of the keys have come off yet. I often use it for reviews and sometimes gaming, so I know that it is reliable. However, you may find that the thin, plastic stands on the bottom will come off quite easily. But overall, this keyboard has the same standard of quality as thicker keyboards.
It comes with an adaptor, which is handy if you are going to use it for older PCs. You can use this for PS2 and Wii consoles. You would mainly use this if you are online, using a chat function. Here are all of the systems you can use this with.
Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista.
Overall, it's a good keyboard whether you're using it on a desk or your lap. It looks excellent, has a great quality and works with most operating systems. However, the unusual key positioning and close key spacing will probably frustrate you. So, I can't fully recommend it. But in my opinion, it is just about worth the £10 purchase.
This review is going to be short and sweet... I promise!
I mean, it's for a keyboard for goodness sake, so what can I tell you?
Well.... Although I spend most of my time on my trusty laptop, we still have the need for a chunky monkey old skool pc in our house, which in turn requires a keyboard.
My choice of weapon is simple but effective, offering reliability and is certainly fit for purpose. It's also cheap which makes me cheerful!
I purchased my Logitech ultra flat from Amazon seven months ago, opting for a wired after a rather disappointing dalliance with a wireless floozy.
My keyboard is flat, very compact and has all the usual keys necessary and a number pad.
The keyboard is adjustable and will tilt to approximately 6 degrees.
It is also programmable but I have never bothered with that function.
The blurb states that it is compatible with the following:
Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista.
So not sure about Windows 7 as I'm running Vista... yeah I know, I'm a glutton for punishment!
There is plenty of cable length, approx 1 metre and it's robust having survived being knocked off the desk onto the floor in a fit of Vista fuelled rage! That reminds me, I must request a refund on those anger management sessions.
Easy to set up, just plug in the USB into a port and off you jolly well go.
Mine cost me a tenner. Bargain.
If you want a basic keyboard then this just might be the one for you. If however, you are a flash Harry with delusions of grandeur then this will not be for you, so best jog on.
Thanks for reading.
This is a simple and basic keyboard and does the job you want it to do.
For the price we paid just under £10 it was on special offer and it is worth it and very simple just plug and play, it has a decent lengh wire so you could use the keybaord from a distance. You don't need to install it and worry about it disconecting unlike wireless keyboards that we have stuggled to use in the past.
We use the keyboard everyday and has still not broken after over a year of using it and all the keys still feel of good quality just like it was new still.
It does come with clips underneath to prop the keyboard up, I used them for a while untill they broke off and we lost them but I didn't expect anything else for the price we paid for it.
I would recomend this keyboard for anyone who dosn't want the expense or bother of installing a keyboard. When you press the keys they are louder than other keyboards we have had in the past but thats not an issue for us and I think keyboards might be similar if they are cheaper ones.
I bought mine because they were on offer at WHSmith (I paid about £7 for it), to use instead of my laptop's keyboard, because I like the extra space between me and the screen when I'm typing.
The keyboard connects with a USB, and there is plenty of cable length (at least a metre) so it would be suitable, in that respect, for a desktop computer as well as a laptop.
That said, I do find the cable a little annoying, and if I had a little more money to spend I would probably research the possibility of a wireless keyboard.
In other respects, the keyboard is fairly basic. The flat keys make it both compact and therefore easily transportable, and easy to type on (though that may just be my personal preference). It does tilt up slightly for more comfort.
None of the keys have yet broken after eighteen months of day-to-day use, so as far as I know it is fairly reliable.
As with most modern keyboards, there are no annoying drivers to install. All it needs is to be plugged in via USB, and that's it.
Overall, I would recommend this keyboard for its price, and if you're looking for something simple and functional. As a basic keyboard, earns its 5 stars. However, if you like lots of additional keys that do exciting things, this is not the keyboard for you.
i bought this keyboard after getting rid of my wireless flat keyboard. I love typing with laptop keys. i find that you can type a lot more fluently than with bigger keys. This may just be me but personally i find shallow keys better.
for the price this is a very nice sturdy looking little keyboard. it comes with a nice length of cable so it will stretch from your tower to your desk with ease.
It is a very basic keyboard though so if you are looking for something that has media buttons then maybe it'd be best looking somewhere else.
The price i paid for my keyboard was £10. In my opinion for £10 this keyboard is well worth this amount and if you are not looking for anything fancy this is definitely worth picking up.
one of the bad things about this keyboard i think is that there is no gap between the number keys and the actual enter button. jumping from a slightly larger keyboard to this one took a bit of getting used to as the number pad is closer to the QWERTY keys than other keyboards.
Another thing to be aware of is, it gets dusty and quick! it's just the sort of finish that the keyboard has. although it does look all nice and shiny when you first put it on your desk - give it 10 mins and it'll have a little layer of dust on it before you know it. This may just be me but i like to think that my work space isn't THAT dusty.
overall this keyboard is a nice little addition to anyones computer desk. it's light and compact and overall is a nice keyboard to type with. It does take a bit of getting used to the shallow keys if you are not used to it but once you do, you'll love it.
I was looking for a new keyboard for my laptop, as, with my pen tablets, I like to work away from my desk, maybe on my bed or something, and with a laptop with an ethernet connection it's not always easy. So I bought this keyboard to use for when I didn't want to sit on my uncomfortable chair and hunch over typing.
Off Amazon, I found this one to be one of the cheapest and I'm a big Logitech fan - they've made some really good computer accessories, some of which I own and am very happy with.
The keyboard came in the mail and it was pretty much everything I expected it to be. Like the title suggests, it is flat, quite reminiscent of an ordinary laptop keyboard, which is fine as I'm much more used to those. It's made of a glossy plastic which seems durable enough - I haven't dropped it yet or anything so I can't be sure of how durable but I'd say it was pretty good.
As it is flat, it stores itself pretty easily amongst your other computer things and doesn't take a great deal of space. It's large - or rather, a classic desktop keyboard size with the numeric pad on the side and all of that. There isn't any space between the keys like you get on ordinary keyboards, but like I said, I think this works better as an extension of your laptop as it is so similar to one of those keyboards.
It connects through USB (as well as the old PS/2) and the USB especially is easy to install and run, and use instantly.
The placement of the Page-up /Page-down keys are different on this and are placed at odd and annoying places which I can't seem to get to get used to, mainly because I keep reverting to my laptop. But if I had to say a fault, I'd have to say it was this, but otherwise, the Logitech Ultra Flat is your simple, honest QWERTY keyboard that has never failed me yet
I touch-type pretty fast and love this ultraflat keyboard as it really allows me to skim the keys at super-fast speeds! This keyboard looks sleek and chic and is nice and thin, so it won't take up tonnes of space. It's at a great price too and is by a pretty trustworthy brand, so will last well.
The only annoying thing I would say is that if you don't touch-type or have pretty chubby fingers, you may need to get used to this as the keys are flat so slightly more precision is required. This keyboard is quite responsive, but the keys do need a good hit to go down, so if you're a gamer, you may find it a little annoying. I'm just trying to find faults here, but really, this is a good buy, so bear in mind these are the only negatives if I had to find some!
As with any keyboard, I cannot stress the need to use gel wrist supports (and get one for your mouse too) cos if you use it often, you may find yourself prone to RSI (repetitive strain) which is not worth the risk. I find using flat keyboards a lot may increase this risk, as the keys are that bit lower. However, this keyboard, as with most keyboards, comes with two tabs on the reverse which flip out to raise it slightly.
A nice, simple keyboard which looks great and works nicely. All your basic keys (no short-cut keys, like 'calculator' for example, but I prefer this!). A good buy for the price.
For the price this is excellent!
I bought one of these after I accidentally threw a cup of tea in to my G15! I picked this baby up for £9 from Comet, in a huff and pissed off! When I plugged this in and started typing I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to look and feel cheap. I can tell you it doesn't at all.
The keyboard is very slim, as the name implies and I did take a few days to get use to the new lay out. The low profile 'laptop style' keys make typing easy and fast. My only frustration is the Caps Lock which I keep hitting inadvertently, but I believe this may be down to poor typing habits.
This not a bells and whistles product. It is the keyboard equivalent of a tin of 'Basics Beans' but I have grown to enjoy it. It takes up the smallest amount of room of any keyboard I have owned and I hardly ever miss a stroke!
The shiny black finish can become easily covered in fingerprints and is a bit of a pain to keep clean but apart from that, and my poor typing, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by such a cheap board.
I have hammered this product with many hours of online gaming and it has never faltered, not once.
The Logitech Ultra-Flat Keyboard sets out to compress the size of a standard computer keyboard into a flat and thin design, incorporating the very same keys as a normal keyboard, but utilizing less space. I figured I could use more space on my desk, so I ordered the keyboard from Amazon.
The keyboard is made of shiny black plastic. It looks good, but you can very easily see if it is dusty because of the glossy finish. The keyboard has the feel of a laptop keyboard. If I had been able to try out the keyboard before buying I would not have ordered it. I am used to standard desktop computer keyboards, and I find I make more spelling mistakes on laptop style keyboards because they require a different amount of pressure on the keys.
I compared this Logitech keyboard to my old standard keyboard, and I would say the Logitech takes up about 75% of the space my old keyboard did. Standard keyboards are somewhat thick and bulky in comparison. However, the price you pay for this is that the keys have all been squeezed together within a rectangular area. There is no spacing under the F1-F12 keys, no spacing around the arrow keys, no spacing around the keypad, etc. You save a slight bit of space, but at the cost of having to completely re-learn where the keys are. I have always been an extremely fast and efficient typist, and would usually type without even looking down at the keyboard. However, with this keyboard I find myself having to look down every time I want to press the 'Delete' key, or 'Page up', 'Page Down', etc. In fact, this is so much of an issue for me, that I have never been able to get used to the keyboard. I regret buying it, and I will be looking to replace it.
The actual keyboard itself seems study and solid. The keys have never come off, and I don't have the impression that any of the major parts of the keyboard are particularly weak. The exception is the supporting legs that are found on the back of the keyboard and can be flipped down to support the keyboard and bring it up from the desk. They are made of very thin plastic, and mine broke when I dropped a (closed) plastic bottle of water on the keyboard. Arguably, this is something that might have had an impact on a more sturdy keyboard as well, but that doesn't defeat the fact that when you look at the legs they are made of very thin plastic, and it would definitely not take much of an impact to break them.
The keyboard supports both PS2 and USB connectivity, which is a big plus. It comes with a USB connector and PS2 adapter that can be attached to make the keyboard work with a PS2 connection. The main gain of a USB connection is that you can plug the keyboard into any computer without re-booting. In theory this could be done, for instance, to quickly gain more comfort when working on a laptop computer, although in this case, the Logitech keyboard does not offer any additional benefits over the keyboard of a laptop computer. I personally use the PS2 plug. PS2 has been the standard for keyboard to PC connectivity since 1987. The reason I prefer PS2 is because I like to keep my USB ports free for other devices that require USB ports, such as external hard drives.
I paid £10 including free delivery from Amazon March 2009. Personally I don't think the keyboard is worth as much. I can never get used to where the Page Up and Page Down buttons are among other keys...
Bought this keyboard to pair with a Kensington riser stand as I was getting a sore neck typing on my laptop whilst at my desk. I picked this one as it was compact, therefore perfect to store in a desk drawer with the stand when not in use. It doesn't have all the media buttons that other keyboards have, but I don't have a problem with that, because with the exception of the volume control, I never use those buttons anyway!
The keyboard looks great in gloss black, but the finish either attracts dust, or makes it more obvious than a matte finish, as I often have to give it a little dust off with a microfiber cloth. The keys are well laid out considering the overall size of the keyboard, but they can take a little getting used to as some of the buttons have been 'squeezed in'. Once you've used it for a while, it's not an issue. The keys also have just the right amount of 'click' for my taste, not too loud, but you know when you've struck one. I find this useful as some keyboards are too light for my preference, which results in no feedback, and missed letters occasionally (if I've missed any in this, I'm typing it on my laptop keyboard on my lap, so the Logitech can't be blamed!!). I got it for £9.99 from Play.com, which was the best price I could find at the time.
An impressive keyboard with great value for money.