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Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000
I have been lucky in my new job in that all of my monitors, computer and accessories have been bought nice and new for me and so far seem to be of a very high quality. I use two keyboards and they are both the Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 versions for simplicity.
I cannot describe the packaging as these were already set up for me. However from experience Microsoft keyboards come in a nice, well packaged cardboard box. Much like what you would get with any keyboard.
This keyboard needs a USB port connection and has a cable that is approximately 1m in length. The operating system needed with this product is Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit). The keyboard has easy access media keys across the top of the board where you can control your music, videos, and open the calculator with the touch of a key (I do not use these).
The keyboard is quite a funky design in my opinion. It is a curved shape rather than your standard rectangular design. Both the top of the keyboard and the bottom are mirrored in this slightly curved shape which gives the keyboard quite a modern and stylish appearance and I find it to be very pleasing to the eye. The keyboard is black, with matt black keys and a glossy black surround.
This Microsoft keyboard is a lot flatter than your average keyboards and has approximate dimensions of 470 mm length x 175 mm width and a maximum depth of 10 mm. This is all part of its unique design and comfort use. The Comfort Curve is engineered to be an ergonomic product that will maximise productivity and lessen discomfort in your workplace or home. I like to think that my workplace bought me this to not only enhance my efficiency, but also make sure that I am using well-made and comfortable tools, which is very important when you are sat at a desk all day.
The keyboard is designed to let you use a more natural wrist position, i.e. straight rather than bent over on the wrist. It is very comfortable to rest the palms of your hands on the desk and type away for long periods of time with this board. I find that I barely have to lift or bend my wrists very often at all, as the keys are nearly streamlined against the desk and are quite small and easily reachable, even for myself with small hands.
The keys are almost conjoined and because they are very flat and even I do find that pressing surrounding letters and numbers can be a problem, especially when it gets to 3 or 4 pm and my minds starts to wander. I would say that people with larger fingertips may find this slightly annoying, although Microsoft claim that the keys are the same size as your standard keyboard, the curved layout of them can cause problems to start off with.
I really enjoy using this keyboard and have gotten used to its unique curved design. I find it is very comfortable to use during the day and it definitely makes a difference when you are typing long documents. My only quip with this is that I find it easier to press surrounding keys than on a normal keyboard, but this is not a huge issue for me and as long as you check your work and spell check will not be a hindrance. This keyboard has an RRP of £19.99 on the Microsoft website and I feel this to be a very good price for a comfortable and good looking keyboard.
I was trying to find a keyboard that required less physical effort than my regular keyboard. This keyboard nicely accomplishes this goal. Although i still think Apple keyboards are only very slightly easier, this laptop is very comparable.
The one thing that is very obvious when looking at this laptop is that it is smaller than some other ones you have probable see. The keys are very small on this keyboard, and in general the whole dimensions of the keyboard take up less space. This change can be easily adjusted to, as it does have some benefits. Since everything is a bit more scrunched up together there can be more keys fit into a keyboard. this is very useful, as it can speed up the process of typing dramatically. You also feel like you have more control when typing.
The one thing that annoys me about this laptop is that some parts of the case shows fingerprints. Although i sometimes make a big deal out of fingerprints, some people are like me and are annoyed by them also.