For the longest time I’ve been a big fan of the Microsoft Media Keyboard 3000 since a keyboard built for typing not playing games. The keys have a good layout and feel to them. It’s not loaded down with extra keys for macros or LED readouts or some other feature to give me extra sniper abilities. It’s just a keyboard for people like me who do a lot of typing. Alas, the keyboard is getting hard to find and the only versions lingering around are the wireless models. Not really to put them down, but I don’t care for wireless keyboards. When I turn my computer on, I want my keyboard to be ready. I don’t want to scramble to find batteries to make the stupid thing work and then make some special trip. I’ll make a special trip for ice cream, but not for batteries for my keyboard. And when it comes to the wires cluttering my office, the keyboard wire is the least of my concerns.
So the quest has been on to find a replacement. Sadly it hasn’t gone well. While gamers have the pick of the litter the rest of us sort of get shafted when it comes to keyboards. It’s perhaps the most important input device yet the choices are terrible. I don’t want a keyboard that looks like a surfboard or has some unyielding curves or comes with some ridiculous split in the middle. The ergonomic keyboards are anything but comfortable. I’m not a fan of the electronic switch keyboards either. They actually sound pretty neat, but I don’t like typing on them. Feels like a box of rocks.
Yes, I have some very specific wants when it comes to my keyboard.
I keep looking and waiting and I think I may have found something. Amazon had a sale on Logitech devices and one of them was the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800. Now regularly this bad boy would cost $100 which is a hell of a lot to spend on something I haven’t had my hands all over. Plus it’s wireless which would put me off. But, I like the way Logitech handles wireless. Yes, device is wireless but it still charges the built in battery from the computer. I have the Logitech G700 gaming mouse and while I didn’t like the grip of it I love the design. It either plugs directly into the USB port or it can unhooked and goes wireless. Yes, thank you, best of both. Seems the K800 follows the same idea. It charges via USB and can be disconnected at will.
Since the price dropped 60% I was willing to give it a try and sell it off it didn’t meet my needs. So why take the risk? Well, it’s a flat keyboard which means the height of the keyboard is a mere millimeter so you don’t get those massive gaps and crevices like other keyboards. Now that I have it I’m pretty excited. It has an excellent, springy feel, the keys are smooth and easy to hit, the spacebar isn’t too firm and as a bonus the keys light up. It makes each letter bright and easy to find even in a lighted office.
The key size is slightly different than I’m used to and so is the layout causing a few more typos than normal, but I’m quickly getting used to it. So far I’m very played with the K800 and already have a watch on it at Amazon so the next time it drops in price I’ll get another one.
For the real typists out there this could be a good fit for you.
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