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Not Just Another Keyboard

Illuminated Keyboard

An illuminated keyboard.

The essential part of our computer life is the keyboard. It is that part of the computer we often touch the minute we open our computers. It is important to have a keyboard that is good-looking, has added features, and comfortable too. The market is full of the different kinds of keyboards. It is important to know the different keyboards to give you a heads start.

Check out this list:

  • An ergonomic keyboard is designed for efficiency and comfort to lessen muscle strain or similar discomfort. The ergonomic keyboard was design in a V shape so that the hands can type in a perfect angle that is suitable for the human form.
  • Mechanical keyboards are accurate, reactive, and long lasting. It makes use of physical, actual switches located under the keys. This will make the user aware that a key has been pushed. When pressing a key, the switch will be pressed down. This will send a signal to your computer that says that a certain key has been pressed.
  • A gaming keyboard is just like the standard keyboards but they have extra features. These are the palm rest, illuminated keys, additional LCD screen, multimedia keys, etc. It has illuminated light so the user can play their games even in the dark. Its keys are great for adjusting the volumes, music tracks and keys enables the user to do other things while playing a game.
  • Wireless keyboard is accompanied with a wireless mouse. It is used to communicate with computers, tablets, Bluetooth technology, infrared (IR), laptops using the radio frequency (RF).
  • Multimedia keyboard – is designed to enter often-used programs and functions with one-touch. It has keys used to enter internet, music, and other programs such as calculator, email etc. The five buttons controls the play/pause, volumes, next, and previous buttons. There is an icon to mark the volume of the speaker. It also controls the music programs. The songs can go forward, backward, play, pause, etc. by using the right buttons. There is also a mute key. Multimedia keyboards has many connection formats – USB, PS/2, and wireless. This keyboard is pre-programmed and is ready to use.
  • A fixed-split keyboard is a single board. The keys are separated into two or three groups. The user can type in different angles which is something that the usual keyboard cannot do. An adjustable split keyboard is split in independent pieces. Here, the angles can be changed.
  • Portable keyboards have many kinds – roll up, foldable, and many more. The foldable keyboard is handy but not as handy as the roll-up keyboards. The roll-up keyboards look like a normal keyboard, but it also has a soft feel. Both are light and easy to carry. The other kind of portable computer keyboards are the mini keyboards and the numeric keyboards.

Now, you know the different types of computer keyboards You can  read this buying guide to assist you more on which type you would like to purchase.

Guide on Choosing the Right Keyboard for You

Thin and light keyboard

A slim and compact keyboard.

If you spend a lot of time in front of your computer, your fingers stay on your keyboard until your work is finished. If you are a graphic designer, a writer, a serious game player or a plain housewife, there is always the right keyboard for your needs. Read the various types of keyboards in this link.  If you are using a desktop, you are probably thinking of getting a keyboard with extra features that will make your computer experience better. If your current keyboard does not suit you, buy another one, but use this guide in choosing a keyboard.

Read the guide below:
  • Check the back of your computer to see the port. The round one is PS2 port while the rectangular is a USB port. This will tell you what type of connection your keyboard needs. If you do a lot of typing, use an ergonomic keyboard. On the other hand, if you deal with numbers, use a numeric pad. The right keyboard will allow you to work in great ease and comfort.
  • Today, both PAS/2 and USB ports are obsolete. The most recent keyboard is a wireless that connects to your computer via Bluetooth technology. The only problem is how to set it up. The keyboards needs to be compatible with the system. Find out if your computer has a Bluetooth adapter before purchasing one.
  • For serious game players, a gaming keyboard is just the right one for you. This is usually backlit and illuminated. You can play all night in the dark because you can see the keys very clearly. There are keyboards that needs more pressure when you type, but there are those that has that soft and sensitive touch. Depending on what kind of game you are playing, the “switch” is the mechanism that takes care of the sensitivity, level of noise, and comfort.
  • Nowadays, keyboards are design to make your computer experience relaxing. Keyboards can be group together according to the various needs of people. There are now portable and compact keyboards and the keys are close together. Additionally, it may not have a numpad like the picture above.
  • Should you go wire or wireless? The wireless will not clutter your working space because it has no cord. But it could get into the way of other wireless devices. If you are a serious game player, the wireless can lag which can affect the gameplay. Also, wireless is powered by batteries that will add to your cost, or you have to charge it as often.
  • The keyboards are also adjusted to the fast-paced lifestyle of users. There are keyboards like multimedia. It has extra keys for controlling the music player, launching apps, volume control, and so on. Others use a touch pad or a joystick in place of a mouse.

Of course, the keyboards that has added features has a price. You can always chose the one that fits your budget. The more features you want, the more expensive. Whatever you decide, whether ergonomic, gaming, wireless, multimedia, portable, do not forget to check the keystrokes first. See how the keys feel when you use it.