Although the Trust Multimedia Keyboard is coming up at £9.49 at amazon.co.uk I must admit I actually picked it up in the Currys clearance for £4.97 a few weeks ago. It's very very basic - available in black or cream, I went for the black as it hides any finger dirt!
It's basically a squared off, fairly comfortable and durable basic keyboard with no bells and whistles. It is full sized, and very easy to use - no installation required - just plug and play. There is very little to the keyboard in terms of features - it is marketed as a basic keyboard and the fairly plain cardboard box it comes in is testament to that.
Though I have only had it a few weeks and use it only occasionally (it was bought as an inexpensive addition to a media centre) I have no real reason to believe it won't last, as cheap keyboards tend to do! It is wipe clean, the keys seem very durable and can be replaced if required, and is fairly comfortable to type on given the price. The build quality is good too. Obviously it doesn't have extras such as a scroll wheel or dedicated buttons but that's not really something you would expect of a basic item like this.
I can't really say there is any reason to justify it being nearly £10, I think £5 is a much more realistic price and if you shop around you shouldn't have too much trouble finding it for this price.
I stupidly knocked a glass of water over my keyboard last week and has to send off for another one, which cost me £8.40 from Amazon. I opted for a cheap wired keyboard which is this one a Trust Multimedia Keyboard.
It has a USB connector and fits nicely onto the computer, the keyboard is black and light weight. This one however is spill resistant which for someone like me is a godsend as I'm accident prone when it comes to looking after keyboards.
I don't know why but I like to drink coffee at my computer, so spilling may occur like with the glass of water which drowned the other keyboard and it is now in the airing cupboard hopefully drying out, but I'm not holding my breath for it's recovery.
The keys on the new keyboard I have are quite springy and bounce back up at each touch, it is a little noisier than the other keyboard I had but I'm getting used to it.
It has the copy and paste button and the cut button ont he left hand sdie and you can access the internet with a touch of another button. I like the layout as it is just like most other keyboards so won't take me too long to get used to it.
The F buttons are situated along the top and it is a plug and play keyboard so there's no fussing around getting it set up when you attach it to the computer. It has 19 media keys for direct access to Internet Explorer, e-mail, media player etc USB and PS/2 connections to assure compatibility with all computers
I like to sit with it on my knee when typing so It's a good size a oblong keyboard quite basic but useful and at a good price.
I'd be happy to recommend it to you.
It is a make I have never heard of before but the price was so cheap and i needed a replacemant so i bought it, so far i have had no trouble with it and as it's a basic keyboard i'm happy with my purchase.
~ My personal experience ~
When it comes to keyboards I have to have the best as I do tend to type quite a bit, especially writing lots of reviews, surfing the net and even a bit of gaming. I decided I wanted a keyboard that can multitask and that is the only way to describe this keyboard.
This can do lots of functions all at the same time, for example I can open new browser windows at the push of a button and return to home using the return to home button on the keyboard. If there is anything I love the most about using computers its finding new shortcuts that can speed up the process of going back and forward between webpage's.
~ Specifications ~
The keyboard comes with a PS/2 type connection which is compatible with all recent computers unless you have a really old PC that you would even use as a toaster. The best spec about this keyboard in my opinion is that it is spill proof! Yes Spill proof! So if you read a review that is as exhilarating as this and you get excited as you do and suddenly you swipe your hot chocolate onto your keyboard, its fine your keyboard will live to see another day.
~ Compatibility ~
It is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and XP which most people have these days. If you're an advanced user and use older versions of windows you will be able to find drivers online so you can use it with your desired version of Microsoft Windows.
You do get the drivers (software that installs to make the keyboard work) with the keyboard so there is no need of worrying if you have download and install then from the web, you get a CD with them on.
~ Warranty ~
You get a 2 year warranty which isn't bad and so far my keyboard hasn't faltered so far. For the price this seems quite a decent warranty.
~ Key Functions ~
The main multimedia functions it supports are the following:-
* Internet browsing (tick)
* Multimedia (tick)
* Office (tick)
* Email (tick)
So this ticks all the boxes for the average PC user or laptop user as it can converted to USB which is better for laptop usage. It isn't wireless but still you don't need batteries, just good old fashioned computer power.
~ Price and shop ~
I bought my new keyboard from Micro Direct which is where I tend to buy a lot of my IT equipment. The cost was around £8 which is pretty decent for such a decent product. You can probably find it cheaper online, you might just have to do a bit of searching. It cost me £4 for postage which is a little expensive but worth it for a safe arrival.
~ To conclude...~
I think this is one of the best keyboards I have bought; yes it isn't the best technology out there but still a decent, reliable and easy to use keyboard with lots of shortcuts to feed my addiction for shortcuts.
The price is decent; the warranty is great and an overall durable product that will give you lots of years of life, especially for writing those 1000 word reviews.
Technology Rating: 4/5
Reliability Rating: 5/5
Price and Postage: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5