OVERVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION
A beautiful and practically shaped USB keyboard with extra buttons for easy use and comfort, for a great price from £5-£20 widely available from most retailers.
I would highly recommend this keyboard for anyone any skill set or age range, I have bought a couple of these due to owning several computers, none of my keyboards have ever had any issues and all work perfectly years after.
Microsoft Curve Keyboard comes in a detailed red Microsoft box, with a picture of the keyboard on the front with clear details of contents, keys and specifications.
The keyboard itself it very easy to install, it doesn't come with any installation disks, just plug it in and it takes seconds to install, if your PC does have any trouble installing the keyboard you can download the driver for free from the Microsoft website (although I have never had any trouble.)
- Media Keys
The keyboard is designed for office use, with extra media buttons such as Back, Forward, Play, Pause, Volume and Mute. They have thought about everything with useful additional buttons for your browser too including email, homepage and search with an easy calculator button above the number keypad too for easy, quick calculations.
- Style and Comfort
Its shape is designed for comfort, attractiveness and space saving, with a curved bottom edge, keys and top edge, hence the Keyboards name. It is beautiful to type on with its easy, sleek, elegant keys that hardly make noise at all, so typing at night isn't an issue. The keys are slightly curved which works and fits well within your fingertips to make typing comfortable and easy using the QWERTY Keyboard.
- Intergrated Water Channels
This keyboard has intergrated water channels for accidental spills. Obviously no keyboard is completely drown proof, but if you do spill anything this will help channel any spillages out and helps keep it splash proof.
- Easy clean
Just wipe over with a lighly dampened cloth or wipe to clean over the keyboard, this is best to do once the computer is switched off to avoid any accidents.
I have been using these keyboards for years at my school. They have a couple hundred of these keyboards and for good reason. Mainly, they appear to be very robust. I have seen so many things spilt on these computers and frankly some of them have been very mistreated but they still all appear to be functioning well.
It is a wired keyboard with a decent sized wire, I like this as in the more inconvenient situations shorter cables may not be acceptable and you can struggle to position it the way you want. This keyboard doesn't have this trouble.
The curve can take a little time to get used to, especially if you have only ever used a straight keyboard, but after about 10 minutes you can generally use it as well as any. I do not find them any more comfortable nor do I find them any less comfortable than any other keyboard through.
This keyboard feature media buttons for controlling media players mainly. I personally see no point in these buttons and feel they just waste space and bump up the price of keyboard. It is really no more difficult to move the mouse and click rather than look and press the button on the keyboard - much of the time I find that the keyboard doesn't even control the media players correctly anyway or you press a media button and nothing happens! it does also have a calculator button to open up the calculator (I bet you never knew it did that!), in a school this is pretty handy, however I do not know how useful this would be in other situations - at an office it may be helpful but at home I do not know how often you will be wanting the calculator to appear.
Both have a limited lifespan in my house. I have gone through so many kettles before finding my current Phillips - but the quest for a perfect keyboard continues.
I've had this Microsoft Comfort Curve Key board for about a year now - it has some good points and some bad points, and in all honesty I waver as to whether I would buy another. I have a couple of keyboards in the attic. They do work - I've never broken a keyboard. The problem is - I tend to erase the letters. Not quite sure how, but every keyboard I get ends up with rows of blank black keys rather than the standard qwerty letters. The vowels go first, and then more commonly used letters such as s and t. In no time I am just guessing where the letters should be, and for the most part, I can get by with this, but my sons can not - so we buy a new keyboard. This keyboard has also completely lost it's lettering, but this time rather than buy a new keyboard - I've just ordered keyboard stickers from ebay. These work a treat and I don't know why I never thought of this before - but I also keep thinking - maybe I should have put these on the old value range keyboard from the attic and tossed this one up there as a spare instead.
I bought this keyboard for two reasons. The first is that I hoped the lettering would stay on a more expensive key board better. The second is that it claims to be easier on the hands, and both my son and I have some problems with our hands. I'm sure you have heard of ergonomic key boards before. There is some debate as to whether they really do much good, but it is meant to be a more natural position for the hands. Some of them are quite mad looking, I've even seen some keyboards split in half - and as a person who does not like the things they used changed - this was going to far for me. The comfort curve is designed for people like myself, who are used to flat keyboards and are not quite ready for a more radical change. It is still meant to reduce hand strain by keeping the hands in a more natural position. it even claims to improve posture.
Although this was not a deciding factor for me - this keyboard claims to be splash proof. I never really trust these claims, so this did not affect my decision to purchase but I'm glad it has it. The Microsoft site says there are special channels built into this to draw a spill away. I don't know about that - and I won't be dumping a whole cup of tea on this to find out, but it has had some minor splashing with the kids, and it does not appear that any liquid made it's way in. I did quickly turn the keyboard over and the juice just fell onto the desk where it was easily wiped away. The keys are placed in such away that it seems less likely for liquid to sink in - and crumbs don't seem to make their way into this when my children or husband end up eating over the keyboard. I do think this a great feature as I used to be forever getting annoyed at the rest of the family while trying to bang crumbs out of my keyboard. If you like to have lunch at the computer - then I would buy this key board for this reason only. I would also note that this keyboard seems to be smash proof. We had quite an accident with the keyboard shelf collapsing on our computer desk and my son crashing down on top of it. It's had a few other crashes and bangs as this computer desk is really rubbish, and always come out of it without a problem.
Being almost completely crumb proof means this is easier to keep clean. It doesn't seem able to really get dust in between the keys either, and this does not show fingerprints or marks easily. Should it need a clean, a quick wipe with a bit of damp kitchen roll will do the job or an antibacterial wipe. Keyboards are known to harbour bacteria - so even if it looks clean and occasional wipe is in order, especially if many people use the computer. I do find coffee splash marks on this from time to time --- my husband of course but he always says any spills are from the children. I once read that liquid spills were a major cause of computer damage - and that the parents almost always blamed the children - but the drink most likely involved was coffee - how many children drink coffee? It is hard to notice these though, they don't stand out a great deal, and wipe off very easily. In fact - I can't say that this keyboard has ever looked dirty - you need to really look in a good light to see any spills or marks. But I don't use the keyboard with dirty hands.
There really was not any set up involved with this keyboard. I simply plugged it in and it was ready to go ( it is wired). Although the change in keyboard layout is slight, it took me some time to get used to it and my typing was significantly worse than usual - and let's face it - I'm a poor typist at the best of times. The keys are all in the same places as an ordinary keyboard - there is just a slight curve and a few of the keys like b and n are larger than the rest. I can't really say I have notice any major difference in comfort, but I do think this shape is slightly more comfortable. My son says it is more comfortable for him, but it may be because it's a big bigger than the slim one he has. I am used to it now though - so didn't want to switch again.
I would note that this keyboard also made claims to be quiet, and this is not true. This keyboard is by far the noisiest keyboard I have owned, so if you will be using this in a room where quiet is an issue, such as in a bedroom where someone else is sleeping I would strongly recommend against this keyboard. I do think it might become a nuisance to a person watching television as well. The noise doesn't bother me - but the reason for the noise does.
Apart from the issue with the letters wearing off - my main issue with this computer is the fact that it requires a harder touch to get a response. Instead of soft tapping away, you need to hammer these keys a bit - which leads to quite a bit more hand strain in my opinion. OK - to be fair - hammer may be an exaggeration, but you do need to press these keys further and harder than any of our old keyboards. It also leads to missing letters, or even whole words missing if you are not watching carefully to make sure each letter has registered. Now if you happen to be typing overly long registration codes or such, one missed letter will end driving you crackers after the third failed attempt, and for this reason I am knocking off one star for this and very nearly knocked off two. Considering the overall build quality I am still giving this four stars, but it is a very low 4 stars, and had we had the option for half stars it would be 3 1/2. On the plus side though - there does not seem to be any lag between a character being pressed and appearing on the screen. If it doesn't show up right way, it won't be showing up at all.
This has all the standard keys one would expect from a keyboard. The qwerty alphabet with numbers on to Esc and F1 - F12 above that and directional arrows numbers and a few other keys to the left. It also has some buttons at the top for back and forward, volume up, down or mute, home, search, and email. I never use any of these. The one quick button I would have liked - and that I very much miss from my old value range keyboard was a single button to hit power off.
If resistance to spills and abuse are primary factor for you in choosing a keyboard - then this is the ticket. If you really want a quiet or very responsive keyboard though - I would look elsewhere with even value ranges out performing this keyboard in both departments. The durability of this does make a good choice for a child's keyboard though, or for anyone who likes snacking while surfing.
I believe I paid £12.99 for this, including postage, from Amazon, but the current price is higher at £17.79. I would also note that this is the number 2000 model. They also have a Microsoft Comfort Curve 3000, 4000, and 5000. Each one is very different, so this review applies only to the 2000. The 3000 model is actually the least expensive - but has some very poor reviews.
This keyboard has died as well. the enter key stopped working. I would have brought the rate down to 3 , except that I did get a chance to test the spill resistance shortly after writing this review. A whole cup of tea went into the keyboard. I quickly turned it over and poured the tea onto the floor ( I did clean it afterwards but you need to get liquid away from elctronics quickly). No harm was done and we had several months more use from this. Also despite any issues, i did look for another keyboard the same, not being able to find one, i took the microsoft 3000 which is very similar.
When I first began using my laptop through an external display I chose to also make use of an external keyboard. In my opinion Apple make the best keyboards I have ever used so this keyboard, which would be replacing the inbuilt keyboard on my Macbook, had an extremely hard act to follow.
I didn't want to spend a lot but wanted a keyboard that could provide a tactile experience that was easy to type on, would provide a quality feel and be comfortable to type on for long periods at a time. After reading lots of online reviews and visiting a few retailers to see how the keyboards felt on display Ia decided that the Curve was definitely the way to go.
This keyboard has a total surface are that is larger than most full scale keyboards due to its ergonomic design. This means that if you are restricted in the amount of desk space you have, then this may not be the best keyboard for you. However if you dont have this restriction that this can provide you with a quality typing experience.
The ergonomically designed layout of the keys means that there is an oversized spacebar and the most used letters have a larger surface area than thie lesser used counterparts in order to aid fast error free typing. However when you are used to a standard keyboard layout this can seem a bit alien to begin with. Once you get your head around the key sizes the keyboard becomes extremely nice to use. The action of the keys gives a feeling of quality that is often missing from budget keyboards, and the media keys that are located at the top of the keyboard work with both windows media player and iTunes.
The only gripe i have is that it can prove slightly tricky to clean due to the design of the keys and also, as with all PC keyboards, the legs that raise the rear of the device can easily be broken off.
I had a very nice experience while using this keyboard, the build quality meant that it still felt as good as new after many months of use. Its only now that it has been replaced by Apples wireless keyboard that the Curve has been retired from duty returned to its box and stored.
When you compare this item to its budget competitors, this keyboard comes out on top every time in both its feel, design and value for money.
Some of my eldest daughter's friends have this keyboard with their home computers and they apparently rave about it. So earlier in the year my daughter went out and bought this for her computer in her bedroom. From my point of view, I tend to spend a lot of time of both her computer and my own one downstairs which has an ordinary straight keyboard. So I suppose I can give a direct comparison between the 2 types, as well as giving my opinion on what this curved one is like to use.
Now I have to admit, I am a little sceptical of these 'new' concepts that always claim to make things easier of better, especially with computers. I've previously written reviews about palm rests for keyboards, and sort of came to the conclusion that it was a solution looking for a problem, but why bother? With this keyboard, if it was so good, why don't the big computer system manufacturers adopt the idea and sell it as standard on their new machines?
We got the keyboard from Amazon for £9 with free delivery, and looking at the prices of the 'normal' type keyboards in comparison, it is fairly cheap and towards the bottom end of that price scale. Looking at it out of the box, you notice that it is slightly bigger than other keyboards, mainly because of the curve that it has. The idea of the curve is so that you can have your hands in a more natural position when typing, in theory making it more comfortable to do so and also avoiding you getting RSI..
It has a USB connection to your computer, and the keys are what they call compact and low profile, and admittedly are smooth to type on rather than the standard click or 'clacky' sound that you often get with cheap keyboards. It's just a case of plugging the keyboard it into your computer and away you go - no need to install any drivers etc, although there is a CD supplied if you have problems. There are 10 'hot keys' across the top giving you features such as forward and back, play, pause, volume up and down, mute, browser open and e-mail. One of the keys also quickly opens your calculator function, which is a nice touch.
Apparently one of the key selling features is that this keyboard is water resistant, which in theory means it should be able to handle the odd drink spill across it. Might seem a unique feature, but I seem to remember taking a couple of cheap keyboards apart in the past and noticing that they also had a water resistant membrane below the keys. So this could be a standard feature across many other keyboards and not particular to this curved one.
I've now used this keyboard for many hours on and off over the past few months and I'm still not sure. My keyboard at work is a straight one, as is the one on my main computer at home, and whilst it did take some time to get used to the layout of this curved keyboard, I didn't really feel that for me, it was any more comfortable or easier to use than my normal keyboard. The keys still type the same letters and it still has the same standard QWERTY layout. But to me, it's just another keyboard - I don't really love it, but I don't really hate it. I kind of nothing it really. But from my daughter's point of view, she raves about it and how it's made it easier for her to type. But is she just convincing herself that it is better because it is different?
In summary then, where does all that leave us? I suppose for me it is just another keyboard with a few extra 'hot' keys that I probably wouldn't use. For my daughter, her opinion is that it is brilliant. So I think it is very much a matter of personal opinion and for only £9, it's not really an expensive mistake to make if you don't get on with it.
So from me, I could recommend trying it out just to see if it does anything for you, but it's not one that I'll be rushing out to buy for myself.
My keyboards tend to live short lives due to the fact that I keep spilling things onto them making their fragile little circuits explode. I have thus had the chance to sample more than my fair share of keyboards from the basic budget model to more expensive models with loads of pointless extras which never get used. My latest and favourite keyboard is the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000.
They keyboard is plug and play which means that it is simple to install, simply attach the keyboard to a USB port in your tower and it sets itself up with no need for installing any programmes from a CDrom. The lead is nice and long meaning it stretches to allow you to position your keyboard somewhere comfortable for you. A wireless version of the Curve keyboard is available but is out of my price range and I find a wired keyboard adequate for my needs anyway.
The difference between the Curve and a standard keyboard is the design of the keys. It is a standard QWERTY keyboard but instead of the keys being placed in straight rows they are placed in curved lines. This means that the keys are uneven sizes with those in the middle being larger than those towards the edge of the keyboard. For a touch typist this means that when they place their hands correctly (fingers on the left hand on the ASDF keys and spacebar and those on the right hand on the JKL; and spacebar) the hands are stretched out and held in a more natural position than they normally would be. I am a touch typist who types reasonably quickly and I have found that I can type quickly and accurately using this keyboard. My daughter is a two finger typist and she also likes the layout of the keys. It did feel odd using the curve keyboard at first but it took very little time to adjust to the new layout.
The keys are also low profile meaning they stick out from the keyboard for less of a distance than normal keys. As well as looking nice and neat this also means that there is less strain on your fingers as each key only needs to be depressed gently. The keystrokes are nice and quiet with a soft thudding noise rather than a rather harsh clacking noise that standard keyboards makes. I like this as I often type in the early hours of the morning and I have no worries about the noise carrying and disturbing others.
I spend more time than is strictly healthy tapping away at my keyboard, I am an OU student who also has a bit of a facebook addiction and I used to get pains in my wrist from overusing my keyboard. I have noticed that my pain has disappeared in the past few weeks due to using a more ergonomically designed keyboard.
As well as the QWERTY keyboard the curve keyboard has a few extra launch buttons. The internet shortcuts are Volume and mute buttons which are very handy when you are on YouTube, back and forward keys, a button which takes you to your browsers home page and a search button. All of those buttons work perfectly in Mozilla Firefox. In addition to this the mail button opens your default email programme (in my case this is outlook express) and the calculator button, which is handily placed by the number pad, opens the calculator from the extras menu. All of those buttons are well placed and have worked without me having to programme them into the keyboard's memory. Having well thought out extras saves you a few precious seconds when wanting to carry out tasks that most of us do on a frequent basis and makes using your PC that tiny bit easier.
In terms of maintenance the fact that the keys are low profile means that they are less likely to gets bits of muck stuck down the sides of them. I will admit to the bad habit of eating at my computer and I would be embarrassed at the crumb collection that accumulated between my keys on standard keyboards and I am very pleased to say that this has not happened with my curve keyboard. I have not tested out the claims that this keyboard will survive spills but hopefully it means that this will make it last longer.
Like I said I have used dozens of different keyboards and I consider the Microsoft Comfort Curve keyboard to be the best of the bunch with its sleek ergonomic keys and nifty extras. Another pleasant surprise is the price, at just £10 from Amazon it is extremely competitively priced meaning even those on a tight budget can afford it. It is often the simple things in life that make things easier and by making a few simple changes to the standard keyboard design then Microsoft have come up with a winner.
I was in need of a new keyboard for my PC as after a few years some of the keys had started to stick and it got really annoying. I went online and thought that picking a keyboard was going to be easy and quick, but I was so wrong. There are so many different shaped keyboards and they vary in price.
I just wanted a keyboard that was easy to use, but it also had to be comfortable to use as I do a lot of typing. I decided to read some reviews and in the end there were a lot of mixed reviews about each keyboard as everyone has a personal preference and it was hard to reach a decision.
In the end I opted for a Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000, it was available for £10 so I thought I would give it a try and if I did not like it I could always purchase another keyboard as it was a price that was nowhere near my budget.
The Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 is a keyboard with a curved design that is created for extra comfort compared to a standard keyboard. It is also water resistant so you do not have to worry about those unwanted spills.
The keyboard has built in hot keys at the top of the keyboard as you can easily control your music with volume control, connect to the internet or there's even a calculator shortcut button which is ideal for making that quick calculation.
You will be able to connect the keyboard with its usb cable and it will be ready to use in a matter of seconds, if your computer does not locate the keyboard there is a disc that comes with the keyboard so you can set up the keyboard with ease.
This ergonomic keyboard helps your hands and wrists rest more naturally and I find it comfortable, compared to my old keyboard. The keys are comfy to press and they do not make a loud noise compared to some keyboards. Which is what you need when you are typing away with other people in the room as it can be very annoying for others to listen to.
The biggest and only disadvantage to this keyboard is that due to the curve the keys in the middle of the keyboard are larger than standard keys, it took a few weeks to get used to, but once I had got used to it, it was easy to use. I would now never revert back to a standard keyboard, I now also have a curved keyboard at work that I use daily.
Overall this keyboard for £10 is worth every penny, you could get a more advanced keyboard which is wireless but this will have a larger price tag, it really depends on your budget and your individual needs.
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
After my keyboard broke down I had to find a new keyboard. Since I pretty much spend hours per day sitting behind a PC I wanted a keyboard with curved shape so it made typing easier. After a short search I found the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 (MCC) for not too much money and the choice was quickly made.
The MCC is a simple black keyboard. I think the keyboard is not beautiful or ugly but more neutral. The MCC has an ergonomic layout making the chance that you get RSI smaller. This means that you just need to get used to before you use this keyboard. The MCC is a fairly solid keyboard, though I do not know whether he would survive a fall of 2 meters. The MCC is largely made of matte black plastic with the 'multifunctional' shiny black on the top part. The material is not susceptible to stains and scratches and looks after 1 year use quite well.
The MCC is a simple keyboard with the standard U.S. International layout (QWERTY). As mentioned, the MCC has a curved (ergonomic) format. Fortunately the MCC has a numeric keypad and dedicated buttons for page up / down etc (the smaller keyboards don't have this). The keys are very similar to laptop keys and are therefore very light in use. The MCC has 10 function buttons above the keyboard. Lets you (in the default configuration) run the following immediately:
* Home Page (Home)
* Search (search your PC)
* Mail (Outlook)
* Previous page (in Internet Explorer)
* Next page (ditto)
* Volume up
* Volume down
* Pause / Start (play through Media Player)
* Volume mute
The MCC has three indicators.
1. One to indicate whether your NUM LOCK turned on.
2. One to indicate that Caps Lock is on.
3. And one to indicate whether you SCROLL LOCK turned on
Because of the light touch you can quickly type with the MCC without you fingers getting tired. The back of the keyboard can be lifted slightly. I must admit that the curved keyboard is getting used to, but now I don't want to go back. Another advantage of the light keys is also very quiet while typing.
Connecting the MCC is a piece of cake. Windows immediately recognizes the MCC and 3 seconds after automatic installation you are typing.The MCC is not a wireless keyboard, but with a USB plug connected to the PC. This cord is about 50 cm long, which is long enough for me. The fact that the MCC is not a wireless keyboard, for me is just a temporary advantage. Now I never have to worry about batteries or power or range or something so I'm not getting frustrated.
The MCC is a nice keyboard with particular programmable function keys that are very useful ( you have to download the software for this). I am pleased with the ergonomic buttons and light touch. I know that there are "better" and more elaborate keyboards where you hardly need the mouse but the MCC is good enough for me and the best thing is that the keyboard is only 10 pounds.
After the my horrible, cheap rectangle shaped keyboard I had got a bit difficult to use I decided I would spend a bit on a new keyboard. Two of my friends kept going on about how good this keyboard was, but I just couldnt see why they thought so highly of it? I did about an hours of research on the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 and decided I would splash out a small amount of cash on it. The keyboard cost me about £17.99 at the time, and for a keyboard I thought that was quite a expensive.
So I recieved my keyboard, set it up ready for use, and I just couldnt get used to it. I continuted to use it for weeks and before I knew it, I was typing away at ease. The Comfort Curve keyboard is much differant to normal keyboards with the obvious differance being it is curved at the bottom. This makes the keyboard easy to use and helps your hands when your typing. The keyboard plugs in simply to one of you USB ports which is easy for anyone to do. It also has some shortkeys at the top of the keyboard which allow you to go forward on a webite, pause and play your music, go to your web/home and a few other features which are handy to have.
I have not regretted ever buying this curve keyboard because I believe it is very easy to use, stops my hands hurting and the added bonus is that it looks good. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone.
When purchasing a keyboard I'm not usually bothered about the design so long as it isn't a huge bulky thing, but I quite like the curvy design of this particular keyboard. The design is very smooth and the keyboard itself is black which is always a plus for me.
Due to the curvy design some of the letters are larger than others, for example G H B N. When I first started using this keyboard I found I made a few typos here and there due to the different size letters and the way it curves. However within a week or so I adapted to the design and then began to touch type much quicker without making the same mistakes.
The keys themselves are relatively flat and easy on the fingers. When typing the keys are loud but not very loud, but in a quiet room it can seem loud. The keyboard offers a range of hot keys (short-cuts) including Back and Forward, Web/Home, Search, Mail, Calculator and keys to higher or lower the volume as well as pause and play. I find the hot keys to be useful at times but personally find it quicker to click back via the browser rather than pressing back on the keyboard. The only hot key I make most use of is the calculator, but it all comes down to personal preference and whether you prefer to click or press. I think its good the keyboard has the hot keys for those of you who prefer to use them.
On the underneath of the keyboard there is these 2 little plastic legs tucked away, this allows you to pull them out and have the keyboard on a slight tilted angle making it more comfortable to type with. However when I first started using this keyboard I would prop the keyboard up on these little plastic legs and I found whilst typing, if I'm typing a lot they would just randomly collapse making the keyboard lay flat. Even though they are a nice feature, they don't lock into place making it very easy for them to slide back down. Since then I have just left them folded away and use the keyboard flat, I still find it very comfortable and easy to type with.
The keyboard is USB, once it's plugged in it's ready to go, it doesn't require any installation. I like the simplicity of it, and how hassle free it is. The keyboard itself is also very light weight and easy to move around. The overall layout is like most keyboards, it is a qwerty and typically has the number pad to the right with the arrow keys just before it.
I've been using this keyboard for about a year and a half now and fortunately haven't spilled anything on it although it does state that this keyboard is spill resistant and should withstand an accident spill. As of now this keyboard is available from Amazon for £11.99, which I think is a great price and is definitely worth the money.
You can't really fault a cheap Microsoft keyboard, and I am actually quite fond of the curve, but I won't lie, I did spend a good five minutes staring at it and thinking 'why is my 'N' key so huge?' Okay, so I get the curve design, the keys vary in size, but still, a year into having this keyboard I look at the distinctly larger 'N' key and wonder.
Aside from the N key, the keyboard is pretty nice. You'll be able to get it for around £15 in the right places. It's USB and has a range of 'hot keys' (which should be noted, are for use with largely Microsoft programmes) such as the basic back and forward, home page, search buttons for Internet Explorer and a mail button that will open Outlook. Also volume up/down, mute and play/pause buttons, applicable to Media Player and 'other popular media players' - you can't change what these buttons do (for example, I'd much rather the Mail key took me to Hotmail as I don't use Outlook).
The calculator 'hot key' is also quite nicely placed above the number pad. The space bar is also quite large and nice to use. Overall, the keyboard is very attractive, with quite flat, but easy to use keys and mostly black design with hints of silver. The flip stands at the back are a pretty generic height, but, quite irrelevantly for me, two of the four non slip pads fell off for me pretty quickly.
It's not distinctly loud, but it is not a quiet keyboard, something I would have taken into consideration had I bought it myself. It's also quite a nice keyboard for gaming I've found. On a final note, Microsoft also advertise this keyboard as having a 'Spill Resistant Design', apparently it's designed to withstand an accidental spill. Odd feature, but it's in there for the clumsier of us. A nice all round, cheap keyboard; can't really fault it for the price you're paying.
A keyboard is a very important thing for a computer. You can just not use a bad keyboard, you use a keyboard all the time on a computer, so you need a good one. Now I got this as a gift, and was not expecting much. I have feel for the "Ultimate comfort accurate keyboard" and spent £50 on it, only to find the keys are all in different places, and it is impossable to touch type with. So opening the box, I saw that they keys are all different shapes, and they keyboard was a curved shape. So not expecting much, I plugged it in, and gave it a go.
Now, they layout was very good. I quite liked it. I could type better than my old one, and to be honest, even if I had brought it, for £11, it was a great budget keyboard. I have a nifty litttle button that opens the calculator, I have a back/forward button, but my mouse also has a much better placed one of them, so I do not use it much. It looks quite nice, and I really liked it when I got it.
But 2 months later, it started to go wrong. First of all, I started to get a huge buildup of rubbish in my keyboard, and when I spilt a bit of drink on it, whilst nothing happened, it did get in my keyboard, and I spent ages trying to clean it up where it happened. Then my spacebar broke, and now I am left with a very annoying broken spacebar, that I have to hit in the right place, or the spacebar will not work. Then just normally using it a few weeks later my little leg snapped off, So now i have to wedge the keyboard with a small bit of paper. And to be perfectly honest, I have now had the keyboard for a year, and it just feels like it needs replacing, the buttons do not work very well, some of them get stuck, and it just does not feel well made at all.
But I think the thing is, I use my keyboard for gaming, typing up big documents, but the main thing is chatting. I mabey type 2500+ words a hour chatting, not much if you are a good touch typer, and the keyboard is just not build well enough to cope with that sort of typing. Sure, mabey some of the dooyoo users here only use there keyboard for a little bit everyday, and I can understand that, and if you are using it like that, it should be ok.
But for a user like me, there are loads of other keyboards you can pickup to use today, for about £30. But if you are only using your keyboard for a bit, and are quite a slot typer, I am sure you will like this keyboard.
This is one of Microsoft's lower end keyboards, with just a wired USB connection (PS/2 adaptor included) and an ergonomic feel in mind. When your fingers first start tapping away you will probably notice a somewhat odd feel about it, since the keyboard is designed ergonomically rather than the usual "flat" layout the keys are held almost around a curve, meaning that some are larger than others, which can lead to you accidentally hitting the wrong letter.
This is most noticeable when you first use the keyboard, or use it after being stuck in front of a standard keyboard for a long time. I think that the layout is supposed to be better for your health, since it encourages a more natural layout for your hands. Typing on it takes a little getting used to, although after a while the "odd" layout will probably feel natural to you.
Along the top of the keyboard there is the usual array of buttons which are there to "help" make things easier, some are useful (such as calculator) whereas others just seem to get in the way, for example there is a Play/Pause button which works with iTunes, but only when iTunes is the currently focused application, no use if you wish to pause music in the middle of something.
As with most Microsoft hardware it is very well built, you can feel that it isn't going to rattle apart as you type as fast as you can. Despite this it is pretty noisy, not in a way that makes you feel like it is a cheap product, but more so that there is a loud and reassuring click & clunk upon key presses. This has the disadvantages that you can no longer use your computer very privately, although it does ensure that you know when you have pressed a key, if not you are left with an odd amount of silence.
I'd say that despite this being a budget model in comparison to Microsoft's other offerings it is by no means substandard, when you compare to other cheaper brands you can definitely tell that it is worth paying a little extra.
Since I've been using this keyboard every day for over a year, I think it's time I reviewed it! Mine is the wired version, but I believe you can also get a wireless one.
This keyboard has the keys in a slightly curved formation, the idea being that you type with your hands positioned so that the fingertips are pointing slightly inwards, this being a more natural position than you get by typing on a basic 'straight' keyboard.
I have been using computers for longer than I care to remember, and have used many, many keyboards in that time. This one comes in black, with the usual little 'feet' on the back underside so that you can raise the keyboard to a comfortable angle. There is only one position for the feet, whereas some keyboards I have used have had two. However, I find the position allowed is perfect for me. The keyboard is pretty solid and does not rattle or feel flimsy when you type.
As well as the usual keys, this has the following controls, all except one of which are placed above the F keys:
Back and forward keys - these are for surfing the web, and do the same as the corresponding buttons on the browser.
Music pad - this consists of an oval containing a large start/pause key, with three keys arranged below it: volume down, mute and volume up.
Web/home - this opens your default browser or, if it is already open, takes you back to your chosen home page.
Search - opens your default search engine.
Mail - opens your default email client, such as Outlook.
Calculator - this is the only one that is not at the top of the main keyboard, being placed above the number pad. It brings up the Windows calculator.
I have to say, I do not use these keys that much, but I can confirm that they all work; I think in my case, it is just habit - I have got used to using other controls for these functions.
**Using the keyboard**
I suffer a LOT from RSI type conditions, and find it difficult to use a straight keyboard. I find the Microsoft Comfort Curve extremely comfortable to use - it really lives up to its name. I also find that the keys require very little pressure, which is great when you type as much as I do!
The space bar is very deep (front to back) as well, which I find very useful - when I use my husband's straight keyboard I find I am almost hunting for the space bar!
I can't fault this keyboard at all. I have used other ergonomic keyboards, with varying degrees of shaping, and this is my all time favourite. Price wise, I've seen it from £11.99 at Misco, to around £50! I really can't remember what I paid for mine - probably around £30, but it seems that if you search a bit, you can get a good price for it.
Because it is only slightly curved, it also takes very little time to get used to if you are more familiar with straight keyboards.
I'd thoroughly recommend it, especially to anyone who suffers hand, arm or wrist discomfort when typing.
For many years now, since my first exciting but baffling association with a PC, I have always typed my magazine articles on the Olivetti keyboard that came with my first computer, bought from Radio Rentals. And to give you some idea of how long ago that was, the computer was loaded with Windows 3.5.
Because that keyboard is so good, (the computer itself is long-gone), I have never considered buying a replacement or a spare; until recently. During a shopping trip at Tesco I noticed the 'Comfort Curve' on the shelf and, purely on impulse, I bought it.
Until today I have hardly used it, but noticing that Dooyoo needed a review for that particular model of keyboard, I decided to take it from its attractive red box once again and give it proper test.
It is now connected to the PC, so let us see how it performs at writing this review!
Straight from the box: I am impressed immediately with the look. It is sleek, modern, slim, black and extremely light to handle.
Connection was easy: Simply plug into a spare USB port and it is up and running! No additional software at all needed (A whole lot better than fiddling with one of those 'pin' connectors).
The keyboard layout: As expected it is the traditional 'querty' (there would be something drastically wrong if it wasn't) with all the usual keys found on most keyboards, such as Delete, End, Page Down, Insert, Home and Page Down etc.
On the right is the usual calculator (which I personally have never used on a keyboard) with a nifty little button that when pressed brings it straight up onto the screen.
At the top of the keyboard are 9 buttons: From left to right they are - Back/Forward, Volume Down, Volume Mute, Volume Up, Play/Pause, Web/Home, Search, Mail.
The Back/Forward buttons are ideal for selecting 'next' or 'previous' pictures in a file.
The Silver volume and black Play/Pause buttons made life a lot easier for me than clicking on the appropriate screen buttons with the mouse.
The web/home button? To be honest I could not really a find any usefulness in this feature...perhaps I'm not using it correctly!
The Search button is a quick way to find anything on the computer without having to resort to searching the various locations with the mouse.
Finally the 'Mail' button. With one touch your email box is displayed on the screen. A useful button for those in a hurry.
Microsoft claim on the packaging that all keys are 'Spill-Resistant'. I'll have to take their word on that point, I certainly do not intend to test their claim!
Typing with the 'Comfort Curve': Although I have lately learned to touch-type - very slowly I must add - I am fundamentally a 'two-finger-stabber'.
First the 'two-finger-stabber' mode: Under the fingertips the keys feel extremely smooth indeed, although finding the correct keys is a little awkward at first due to the curved design. The keys are very quiet, making my old Olivetti sound like a traction engine in comparison, and have a 'friendly' feel to them. They are quiet flat in comparison to the 'stepped' design of the Olivetti keys, but has not taken long to adjust to. One thing that is annoying is the space bar which I find very noisy indeed.
Now my newly-acquired touch-typing mode: With my wrists resting on the desk (wrong, I know) this new keyboard really is a pleasure to use with its near-quiet keys. Due to its slim design the keys are really easy to reach, and hardly any finger pressure is required to use them. Even the space bar is not so noisy now! That's a blessing!
So, to sum up: All in all the Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000, as a mid-range priced keyboard, is a pleasure to work with, making typing in both 'two-finger-stabber' and touch-typing modes a breeze. It would be perfectly efficient and comfortable in use for both beginners to typing and touch-typists alike. Apart from the slightly noisy space bar I can thoroughly recommend it.