A good board can prevent strain injuries
Even though touchscreens are all the rage these days, the keyboard is unlikely to ever be replaced by it. Having said that, keyboard technology in itself has come a long way, so much so that buying one can become quite a headache for many of us. Be sure to make an informed decision before you buy – consider the following.
It used to be that keyboards were solely for typing and little else. Not so any more. As computers have evolved, so have their keyboards, and now it’s possible to find many different complexities of keyboard, depending on what you want.
If you’re a music lover, you can opt for a keyboard that has buttons for controlling the volume, skipping tracks, playing CDs etc. Just bear in mind that extra buttons are only useful if you are actually going to use them! If not, then it’s really nothing more than clutter that you don’t need!
Like the trusted computer mouse, keyboards have come a long way in their design specs. While there are still many keyboards in the old traditional rectangular shape, a lot of newer versions have more natural designs. Ergonomic keyboards are ideal for people who are going to be typing away for several hours at a time, as they have a much more natural feel about them. While they are more expensive, costing up to $100, they can reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury.
While the basics of pretty much any keyboard are the same, there are some with extended functionality for tasks such as word processing. There are also specialist keyboards for playing games as well. One of the best of these, the Logitech C15, (costs about $70), features a GamePanel LCD display and gives users the ability to create macros with their keyboard. Others, such as the Logitech diNovo Edge ($130), come with a hyper-sensitive touch pad that allows for faster scrolling.
If you do go for a more functional keyboard, only consider functions you are likely to use, otherwise you are just wasting money.
The choice here is between wired or wireless. The wireless versions cost more, but are not hugely expensive, and offer more in terms of flexibility – they can be moved around easier, some can be folded neatly away (great for laptops).
For gamers, the Logitech diNovo Edge is just about the best there is, costing around $130. Apple users (including iPad users) will no doubt look no further than the Apple Wireless Pro, which costs around $120. The Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard is a great choice for those who simply want to type, and can be had for around $70.
Other good and trusted keyboards include the Rosewill RK-9000 USB Keyboard ($100), the Das Keyboard Model S Professional Silent ($129.99) and the very ergonomic Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 ($25).
Where to buy
When we looked around and did some comparisons, we found that Bizrate was one of the best places to find the cheapest prices, while the Naaptal keyboard comparison tool also found some good deals.
Some wireless keyboards and mice you might consider are:
- Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard (About $130)
- Apple Wireless Pro Keyboard (About $120)