Oh readers please don't judge me by the crumbs and dust that just fell out of the keyboard when I turned it upside down!!! Honestly it's my husband's fault I promise! I hardly ever take food near the computer and when I do it's usually just a soda. I'm on a bit of a cleaning spree at the moment so the keyboard is glimmering and happy now. We went away for a week and somehow in that one week away and one week of me being ill the house was taken over by cobwebs, dust and animal hair! Not to mention my devil children who managed to play with what seems like every toy and not put anything away!
I'm a bit of a dork and enjoy playing computer games and I first bought the Microsoft Digital Media Pro keyboard because it gave me more than the basic at my finger tips. It meant I could play Quake and take very quick breaks to look at work or e-mails without disturbing the game progress. When my husband and I first moved in together he had a really nice desktop computer with a super cheap keyboard so I "accidentally" lost his in the move and replaced it with mine.
You can customise the favourites buttons to take you directly where you wish to go, zoom in and out of documents and photos with the flick on a pinky, jump to the internet, e-mail, music and photos all without lifting your hands from the keyboard. Sounds a bit lazy but I love that I don't have to reach for the mouse every few seconds when I'm working on things or playing a game. It's surprising how little I use the mouse unless I am trolling the internet. The keyboard has buttons for putting the computer on lock and stand-by and the every so helpful calculator button (my math is appalling!). The keyboard originally came with a wrist rest attachment which I have always had on for comfort.
I do notice from time to time that my husband doesn't use the shortcut buttons ... I've not mentioned it because I figure he knows they are there and opts to use the mouse as his preferred method but then again maybe even after all these years he just hasn't noticed! I keep telling him off for not doing things around the house the way I would do it (the proper way) so maybe I'll just leave him to it with the keyboard. It is a bit maddening to watch someone scroll over with the mouse to adjust the volume when there are keys on the keyboard to turn It up, down or muted!
The technological world has moved so quickly and as this keyboard came over from the States with me some 10 years ago it hasn't got some of the things more modern keyboards can offer. It isn't wireless nor does it have Bluetooth, chip readers or fingerprint readers. In all fairness though my tower has its own media card reader and I have no need for a fingerprint reader. I don't need a wireless keyboard as we have the desktop set up like a little office area and it never needs to move around plus the cord isn't seen as it's on a pull out drawer. We have extra USB spots on the front of our tower so we don't worry about using up the USBs with the mouse and keyboard. Despite the keyboards age it has aged beautifully and works well with Windows Vista and now Windows 7.
This has been a great keyboard and long may it continue. I think when looking for a new keyboard this one should be at the top of the list only losing out if someone really wants a wireless option. Should our ever stop working or develop a fault it will be replaced like for like. Currently this keyboard is priced in the £20 zone.
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I have had this keyboard for around a month and it is simply amazing for the price. As the product title states this is the best for media when used with windows xp/vista/7. It has 5 favourite buttons which can be assigned using the included software which provide a direct link to a website or application. It also has other hotkeys to open the internet, documents, music and messenger. One of the most innovative ideas was the zoom slider at the side which works for pretty much any program. There is also the function lock key which makes the function key have serve another purpose. The num lock keys etc are single LED's which are bright enough to see in the morning. There is also a calculator button which summons the windows calculator program although with the supplied software the button can open another program. The sleep button has been made less protruding so you don't have to worry about putting the pc into sleep by accident. This model comes with a detachable palm rest which is amazing for people who get fatigue in their hands when they type. It is simply amazing bar the fact that it has to be on a flat table otherwise it moves around a bit defeating the purpose it set out to achieve. Please be warned that the keyboard is rather big compared to others but it shouldn't cause much hassle. Overall a great keyboard at a great price (£16).
I bought this keyboard around about January this year, and it came packaged with a USB to ps/2 adapter, and I decided to use the USB part, to connect it to my computer. And it never really worked. I installed the software that came with the Keyboard on a CD-ROM. And it worked for a while, but then on the same day I installed the new Logitech Mouse that I had bought at the same time, and I couldn't get both to work at the same time as each other, and I decided that it must be because the software was working against each other and blocking each other from working. So I quickly packed it back away and put it out of the way in a cupboard until the end of july. And my old keyboard stopped working so I tried the PS/2 connecter and it worked perfectly. And since that day I've been using it all the time, and it's very good.
The buttons are all in good positions, and aren't too close together. It comes in the standard QWERTY configuration, and includes a bunch of features that my previous keyboard didn't have.
It has a option where you can save your 5 favourite websites to 5 differently numbered buttons, and then whenever you wanted quick access to the site, you just press one of the buttons, and the computer loads it up for you.
There's also buttons to open:
And also a Mail button, a web/home button, which opens up your homepage, and a Messenger button, which opens up Windows Messenger, without having to search through your computer to find it. Which for me is very handy because it's the main reason I use a computer.
It also has a button switch for zooming in and out of pictures and text.
It came packaged very well, maybe a little too well, because the box became a little damaged while opening it, but that wasn't a major problem.
It cost around £30 from PC World and now that I can actually use it I realise that it's a pretty decent price for a keyboard of this quality.
It's also a good keyboard to use for PC Gamers, which is the main reason I bought it in the first place, along with the gaming mouse.
The only other non-major problem I had with it was the fact that most Microsoft keyboards nowadays have a slot inside where you can plug USB computer mice, directly into. And this one didn't. Not really a problem, but would have been a nice additional feature.
Overall I'd give this keyboard 4 out of 5 stars.