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Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro - Keyboard - PS/2, USB - 105 keys - white - UK - retail

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      09.05.2002 18:23
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      Like them or not, you have to admit that Microsoft sure can make a good piece of hardware kit! Their numerous operating systems may be often riddled with problems, but this Internet Keyboard Pro is yet another example of how the same company can produce unrivalled hardware devices. Depsite having some USB problems in the past, installation with this keyboard was a breeze and the same could be said for the Intellitype Software package which powers and enables the extra buttons on the board. One useful tip from me would be to check the Microsoft web site after setting up the hardware and software though, as I found that the software version on my CD was slightly out of date, and the FREE downloadable update from the site offered more useful features, such as enhanced shortcut key configuration options. Well worth a look, as the update made the product even better at no extra cost! The build quality of the keyboard is excellent and the device is very "solid". The USB ports are nice and tight, so if you choose to use them, you won't need to worry about the connectors dropping out (a problem I have on my PC USB ports sometimes..) On the subject of the USB ports, these are of course a BIG bonus, but remember that because the keyboard is only bus powered (i.e. it has no mains adaptor and takes it's power from the computer), you can only use self-powered USB devices through the board's USB ports. This rules out digital cameras.etc., but most USB mice and gamepads etc. are ideal for the keyboards USB ports. Excellent. Finally, price-wise, as always DO shop around on-line before buying this product. I could have paid 49.99 for one but after shopping around I paid just under 30.00 ! Final Analysis : Excellent device from Microsoft - if only their operating system software was even half as reliable as their hardware ... !

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        19.01.2002 01:13
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        I have just purchased a new keyboard and I can’t believe how good it is. Honestly, until you have something broken where all the keys are jammed and you have to bang on them to get a letter out of them. Only then, will you appreciate how good this keyboard is. The one I am talking about Microsoft Internet Keyboard. The keys are so soft and typing is so easy. No need to bang just the gentleness of touches is required. It’s even got an hand rest which means that you can type with the keyboard on your knees, it much more comfortable. The Microsoft Internet Keyboard makes typing effortless and so easy. You get some extra keys which assist you if you are on the internet. The keyboard is really good for people who use the net. Instead of using the mouse you can use the Back, Forward, Stop and all the other buttons from your keyboards. The Power, Sleep and Wake buttons are also really good. The keyboard is quite good looking, it looks really good with your computer. It is a bit heavy and quite long in length but it’s function and it’s ease of the use is really good. You don’t need to install the keyboard just connect into your tower and you can use it straight away. It is compatible with both Microsoft Windows 95 and 98. The keyboard can be used in a variety of languages and you can chose which one. Of course English was the one I chose. The Keyboard cost £24 and for that price I think I got a great deal. It comes with a warranty for 1 year and it won’t disappoint. I got my keyboard from a local retailer but I am sure you can buy them at most major computer shops/stores.

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          14.09.2001 20:28
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          I recently decided to upgrade to a faster computer and with it I also decided to splash out on a more "flash" keyboard rather than paying the £4/£5 on the standard conventional keyboards. I can truely say that the extra money is worth every penny as this keyboard is packed with features and is more comfortable than many keyboards I have previously tried. Firstly the features as mentioned are superb and not in short supply. The 19 Hot Keys speed up browsing the web and these hot keys include the following: Back/Forward/Stop/Refresh/Search/Favourites/Home/Mail (these are usually found on the browser) Mute/Volume + and -/Play or Pause/Stop/Prev Ttrack/Next Track and Media (these are for troublefree audio and video playback) My Computer/Calculator and Sleep (additional useful keys) This keyboard also has two built in USB ports and also has the conventional PS/2 connector as well. The three year warranty is excellent as hardware usually only comes equipped with a standard one year guarantee. The price is also very reasonable and may be purchased for around the £25 mark. I purchased a combo set with both the Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro and the Microsoft Optical Intellimouse. This package deal came to £47.00 from dabs.com and delivery was fast. All in all if you would like to upgrade to a new keyboard and you require a more confortable approach to typing then this keyboard is a must.

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            17.06.2001 23:47
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            There I was thinking, "What shall I review for my next opinion?" when suddenly it hit me, not literally but almost. I thought I would review my computer keyboard (sorry about that joke earlier, not my strong point jokes!). The keyboard that I use with my computer is a Microsoft Internet Keyboard, there are many reasons why I got this keyboard including the last one had beer spilt on(among other things) it and it stopped working , and the fact that Microsoft actually make really good keyboards (and mice). For a change something they produce works as well as they say it does, a shame about their software though! ** What Does It Look Like? ** Well as you might imagine it has a normal QWERTY keyboard set-up, but with a few added extra buttons, which give it the power of the Internet! The buttons that you get are shortcuts to the buttons in Internet Explorer and so I assume they will only work with Internet Explorer (although I haven't tried it with another Web Browser). The buttons are Back, Forward, Stop, Mail, Search, Favourites and Web/Home. You also get a few more buttons, which are quite useful, these are My Computer (loads up My Computer), Calculator (loads up the Calculator) and Sleep (puts the computer into Sleep mode). All of these extra buttons are easily accessible and are Green, so they are easy to see. The keyboard itself is kind of bubble shaped, probably to do with ergonomics, but it doesn?t look too bad. The only problem that I have with it is that it is a tad too big for my desk that I use it on, but I'll manage. They keyboard also comes with a detachable wrist rest, don't get your hopes up this is only a plastic thing, however this is nice to use, but again make they keyboard a bit more bulky. ** How to Use the Buttons? ** Press them of course! But you also need to install the software, which comes with the keyboard to get these buttons working. The installation process of this
            is very easy, all you have to do is select the language that they keyboard, or yourself, will be using! The software, called IntelliType Pro, doesn't use up much space and runs in the background of your computer, so you don't know its running. ** How is the Keyboard to Use? ** As I said earlier the hardware that Microsoft produce is actually quite good and this keyboard is very nice to use. The keys are easy to press and it doesn't make that really annoying tapping sound (I hope I didn't offend anyone who likes that, it's just that noise drives me mad!). I am glad that I spent a little more on this keyboard as it I very nice to use. ** My Thoughts ** This is a very nice keyboard to use and it was worth spending the extra on it rather than getting a cheap keyboard. This is well worth the money.

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              06.06.2001 00:49
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              Being in the market for a new keyboard, as my old one was worn out, I had a look at a few before settling for this one (partly because of the extra functions it offered and partly because I got it at less than half the normal price). It is a little larger than normal keyboards (due to the removable palm rest and the extra row of buttons at the top), and due to this increase in size, it is not possible to use the little tilt feet underneath, if you have a desk with a sliding keyboard shelf, as it is too high (well it is on mine), so you need to get used to typing on a flatter surface, luckily with the palm rest this is not too much of an adjustment and is quite comfortable. Now the important bit, what is it like to use? Very comfortable as it happens, there is a nice sized palm rest, that, although it takes some getting used to using (if, like me you’ve never used one before), it’s benefits soon become apparent as it takes some of the strain off your wrists, and anyway if you don’t like it, it is removable. The keys are positive to use, but are neither the hard click type nor the too soft spongy type, but a happy medium, they are laid out in the standard QWEWRTY format and there are also the now standard Windows keys. Where this keyboard scores is in the extra features it has over conventional keyboards, for a start there are two USB ports on the back, so giving you an extra port to play with (the keyboard itself takes up one). There are also three extra buttons above the numeric keypad that are configurable, although they come preset (and labelled) for My Computer, Calculator and Sleep (puts the computer into power saving mode, if supported). Along the top of the keyboard there are a further 16 (non-configurable) buttons for controlling the CD/DVD-ROM drive and Internet functions. From left to right they are:- Internet Functions Back Forward Stop Refresh Search Favorites L
              aunches Web Browser Web/Home Launches E-mail Program Mail Sound Controls Mute Volume - Volume + CD/DVD-ROM Controls Play/Pause Stop Prev Track Next Track Opens default media player Media Setting up the keyboard is a cinch, it comes with both a USB connector and a PS/2 connector. Use of the USB connector is optional (but may as well be used because although you lose one port on the PC, you gain two on the keyboard), but if not used then the two extra USB ports cannot be used either, although all the other buttons will still work, but this does mean that it can be used with a none USB equipped PC, you just lose the use of the extra USB ports - which you don't have anyway. The PS/2 connector must be used, otherwise there will be no keyboard active until Windows has loaded (a pain if you need to use DOS (remember that?) or go into the BIOS). Once it has been plugged in and you turn on the PC, setup and configuration is easy, UNLESS you run Windows ME, as the supplied driver CD does not have Win ME support (you would think that Microsoft would have this sorted wouldn’t you? but no Windows 95, 98 and 2000, but not ME), instead you get directed to Microsoft’s website where they have kindly supplied a 18.6 Mb download of the latest drivers (which took me 1 hour 55 minutes to download – just short of the two hour cut-off time of my ISP), once download though everything worked a treat, but be warned if you have a slow connection. Overall I’m very impressed with the keyboard, it is comfortable to use, has a nice feel, the added buttons make using the Internet a lot easier, and the additional USB ports are a real boon. Recommended. *If you go to buy.com the details say no warranty, but there is actually a three-year limited warranty on the keyboard.

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              The Internet Keyboard Pro brings 19 Hot Keys and 2 USB ports to a comfortable standard keyboard design that also includes a detachable palm rest. Hot Keys allow you to browse the web, check e-mail, or play a CD directly from your keyboard. The USB ports on the Internet Keyboard Pro enable you to plug your latest USB devices directly into your keyboard. The IntelliType Pro software also allows you to customize your Hot Keys to make the Internet Keyboard Pro work the way you want it to!

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              Product Description: Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro - keyboard
              Device Type: Keyboard - wired
              Interface: PS/2, USB
              Localisation: UK
              Layout: QWERTY
              Keys Qty: 105
              Colour: White
              Package Type: Retail
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