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Logitech Ultra-Flat Keyboard
Member Name: BitterFusion
Logitech Ultra-Flat Keyboard
Date: 06/11/11, updated on 06/11/11 (68 review reads)
Advantages: Price, look
Disadvantages: Proximity of keys may be an issue for some people
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.
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