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I bought my Sony Vaio keyboard about 4 years ago and it still looks as good as new.
It is a brushed silver finish which I think looks very stylish.
The best thing about it is the fold out palm rest which when not in use covers the keyboard and ensures it is dust free. So very little cleaning required which is always a bonus. I don't use it as a hand rest personally, but I think having a covered keyboard is a brilliant idea. It folds out easily and smoothly as it is hinged.
The next best thing is that this is wireless and so no wires are required to connect to the PC, so one less wire to manage around your desktop.
The keys are soft touch, so make little noise as you type and I find them really comfortable to use. I hate keys that make a noise and stand really proud of the keyboard as inevitably they stick or come loose and I get irritated by the sound they make.
The keyboard is battery powered, takes 4 AA batteries which seem to last forever as I can only recall changing them once in 4 years. I simply put the batteries in, switched the keyboard on and it was ready to use.
This has all the usual keys in a standard keyboard layout, plus three programmable action buttons.
This has a range of 32' although I haven't tested this as I use this with a desktop PC and I don't sit 10 metres away from it.
Unfortunately this only works with certain Sony Vaio desktops and notebooks, so if you are considering this check before you buy.
Price and Availability
As with most technology this has been superceded by a newer model. Big mistake in my opinion as this keyboard is far more stylish than its successors.
It can still be found on ebay priced around £40 to £50 . This was around £115 new so not the cheapest keyboard on the market.
Would I Recommend
Yes this is an uber cool keyboard that is still fully functional after 4 years use. It therefore isn't in my opinion style over substance as this seems indestructible, no scratches no wear on the keys and every key still works.
It does not eat batteries and I have had no problems with the wireless connectivity.
It looks expensive and it probably is compared to other models, but this is a thing of beauty in my opinion.
I do think that PC's are now part of the furniture so I like that this is a good looking model and does not look cheap and plastic like other keyboards I have used.
My only negative is they have incorporated pageup and down with the arrow keys, so you have to press the Fn keys to use them which is irritating.
5 stars from me.
Style and performance come together in this fully-functional VAIO wireless keyboard. The brushed aluminum finish and fold-up palm rest add a sophisticated touch to this handsome device. Powered by four AA batteries, you will have wireless power for a long time from distances up to 32' from the included infrared USB receiver. Mute, volume, standby, power and three programmable action buttons are built-in for the ultimate in convenience.
|Product Description:||Sony VAIO Wireless - keyboard|
|Device Type:||Keyboard - wireless|
|Wireless Receiver:||USB wireless receiver|
|Hot Keys Function:||Power, programmable, volume, mute, browser|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||38.8 cm x 16 cm x 3.1 cm|
|Designed For:||VAIO P Series VGN-P11Z/G, VGN-P11Z/W, VGN-P21Z/G, VGN-P31ZK/G, VGN-P31ZK/Q, VGN-P31ZK/R, VGN-P31ZK/W|