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Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
Member Name: broxi3781
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
Date: 11/06/12, updated on 27/08/12 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Splash and smash resistant.
Disadvantages: Unresponsive, skips letters requires more force for letter to register.
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.
Summary: Ideal kids keyboard - or for those who eat over the keyboard.
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