Product Type: Tesco keyboards
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Value Your Keyboard
Tesco Value Wired Keyboard
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Tesco Value Wired Keyboard
Advantages: Useful, well-made, durable, long-lasting.
Disadvantages: Doesn't include additional keys found on expensive models.
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.
Summary: Perfect - almost.
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