I have had the same keyboard on the computer in my bedroom for many years, it was slowly giving up and becoming unresponsive. The keys were dirty and you couldn't see the letters anymore! I saw this tesco value keyboard on my weekly shop and was shocked that it was only priced at £4.97. I picked it up as I though you couldn't go wrong at that price. I will now go into some more detail on the product and explain why I love it so much.
It comes in the typical tesco value white packaging you may expect. The box is just a bit longer than the keyboard and looks very cheap, you can see that the keyboard is black from the image given to you by tesco. It's simple yet effective. As with most tesco value products, no money has been wasted on a fancy design!
The keyboard is a stylish black colour and looks far more expensive than the price you pay. It is wired which means it plugs into the USB port in your computer. Although many are now wireless, this still looks good and I don't see the point in wireless anyway if your at a desk! It has all the usual buttons you would expect to see on a keyboard. It has buttons for you to stop music and skip tracks and also the caps lock keys light up. I don't think I will ever buy a more expensive one again because this is such good value and works and looks just as good. Its very lightweight and easy to set up via my computer. I am very happy with it. It is also solid and I think it will be very durable. When typing the keys feel very comfortable, easy to touch type on and soft! You don't have to press very hard at all.
I am seriously impressed with this keyboard, there are fancy ones on the market for 10 times the price. If you need a new keyboard and your not fussed about it being a wireless one, I would recommend you buy this. It's great value, looks stylish and has lasted me quite a while and still looks fairly new. It's comfy to use and is lightweight. A great addition to my bedroom! Thanks for reading, I am going to give this a 5 star rating, I can't fault it in anyway at all.
I bought this keyboard as a temporary replacement for my laptop, as the internal keyboard of the computer system had fried after I accidentally spilled water over it. For £5 I saw this simple plastic device as nothing more than a throw-away, weeks-use bit of kit designed not to last but to provide functionality over a short period.
I was wrong. 'Tesco Value' goods should never be underestimated and this is something I'll be sure to remember as I shop into the future. The keyboard is a durable slab of Poly-something containing all the required keys/buttons to operate your PC (or laptop) - along with a mouse - smoothly and accurately.
Although it lacks such additional features as play, pause, rewind and fast-forward (which up-to-date models seem to posses) that's not what this device is about. It's about simplicity and value for money - hence the Tesco range slogan. Saying that, there's still the familiar F1 - 12 keys, Print Screen, Scroll & Num Lock, accompanied by a numeric keypad on the right hand side. A forward, back, left, right formation is located between the main keys and the key pad.
The keys feel bulky and well-fastened under touch, and the height of the keys to your palm resting on the desk feels comfortable enough. At first the keys are quite resistant and 'difficult' to press, but as you begin typing they seem to soften - though this could be my imagining. Two extendable legs at the back left and right corners allow for that tilted experience many typer's stride for - though personally I feel this takes away from the task of word-creation.
LED lights let the user know whether Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock are engaged or not. This seems the most universally acceptable way to show such a thing, and with LED's being cheap and chips it would have seemed silly for Tesco to remove this mechanism for their 'cheap' range.
The keyboard is wired and not wire-less. It connects via USB-port and will appear within 'my computer' (for Windows users) as a 'device', though this is useless information as the board will work instantly on connection, no manual reading or set-up disks is/are required.
There's nothing more to say about this product. It's simple but effective, useful, not just temporary but perfectly fine for use over a long period, and it's cheap - just a fiver. The quality of the device may not be top-notch, but its durable and the keys reliable - they won't break off in a hurry.
So, if you're looking for a keyboard and don't want to part with your cash during these weary times - think 'keyboard' by Tesco Value.
My main PC has a fancy all-singing, all-dancing wireless keyboard with more functions than I'll ever know how to use. I think it's just the done thing these days to invest in your PC and ensure all your software and peripherals are up to date - probably something to do with those adverts on telly telling us that our three year old computer is out of date...
I needed a second keyboard for my netbook though, and I didn't see the point in forking out a lot of money for that. I knocked a drink over onto my netbook in my sleep one night, and a few of the keys just will not work anymore. I only really use my netbook for checking my email and watching TV or films in bed, so I didn't see the point in paying out to get it fixed. It was much cheaper, and quicker, to nip to Tesco and get an external keyboard.
I chose the Tesco Value wired keyboard purely because of the price. It costs just £4.97 in store or online from Tesco Direct. It has a USB connection, so all I had to do to set it up was take it out of the box and plug it into a USB port on my netbook - that was it. My netbook found the driver it needed to use the keyboard straight away, and I was immediately able to start using it to type on. I've use the keyboard a lot since, and not had any problems using it. I press a key - it responds, simple.
The functions included on the keyboard aren't all-singing, all-dancing, but they're plenty sufficient for basic PC needs. It's a full-sized keyboard with all the standard keys you'd expect to find on it. The design is basic but sleek and surprisingly stylish. The keyboard is all black in a slightly rounded-edged rectangular design. When I first got it out of the box, I was surprised to find that the design was perfectly pleasant as I'd expected something clunky and cheap looking.
What I like the most about this keyboard, besides the price and ease of installation of course, is that it's incredibly light weight. Presumably that's because there's not much to it, but that's fine by me. I can pick up both the keyboard and my netbook in one hand with ease, making using this external keyboard a more acceptable long-term solution than I had thought it would turn out to be.
I'm so pleased with this that I've got no intention of forking out to repair my netbook now!