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Nice chicklet keyboard that sits solid on your desk
Reviewed in Canada on September 9, 2016
When I looked at the images I noticed that the keys look a lot like those on my laptop and I like using my laptop keyboard.
I have rather large fingers and appreciate a keyboard that has some distance between keys. The only time I don't have issues with striking two keys at the same time is when using my ASUS laptop. I have tried well over a dozen wired and probably as many wireless keyboards and the ones with "chicklet" type keys work the best for me. It has to do with the narrowness of each key, the same dimensions at the bottom as at the top means that as I depress a key, if I'm not square on I won’t end up hitting the bottom portion of an adjoining key.
When I plugged it in Windows immediately identified it and all of the extended features outlined below.
Chicklet keyboards don't suit everyone but there's nothing I would rather use. The pressure required to depress a key is the same as my laptop so again for me a bonus. This thing is also nowhere near as loud as other standard key mechanical boards. While not as quiet as the mushy soft touch ones you can find it's a very good compromise in my opinion. The characters on each key is basically laminated on, they are not white plastic characters embedded in black keys which means that after some time they will wear off, after a few hundred thousand strokes give or take a few thousand.
The USB cable is a standard length. For tilt, rather than the fold down variety of legs that somehow always manage to have one break, this keyboard uses one bar that runs the length of the board (see image below). There are wide rubber feet on both the front and back bar to keep it from slipping around. If you pick up the board it’s easy enough to twist and flex it but when on the desk it stays solid due to the long foot at the back (image below).
Gamers will most likely not want to use this board, the spacing of the keys will probably throw them off. Again this is my opinion as a part time gamer but others may feel differently.
I like that there are rapid access buttons on the top right hand side starting above the back space button.
Media player – when pressed Windows 10 brings up the default media player
Windows Explorer – when depressed brings up your Windows Explorer panel
Above the number pad
Volume mute – mute’s audio from any source that might be playing
Volume down – self-explanatory
Volume up – also self-explanatory
Calculator – when pressed brings up the Windows default calculator
Sorry Apple people, I don’t own an Apple so cannot comment on how well it works for that OS.
When compared to other full keyboards the functionality is certainly on par and above some that I have had to deal with. Key presses are well weighted and travel is a good mid-range distance that I personally like.
If there was one thing I would ask for its back lit keys.
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