Logitech Y-UY95 920-000914 Wired Keyboard Reviews

Logitech Y-UY95 920-000914 Wired Keyboard

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Very nice keyboard suitable for daily use

May 7, 2010 (Updated May 11, 2010)
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Pros:Good weight
Tactile keys
backlit keys
modern style
rubberized finish
relocated indication lights are perfect

Cons:finish will collect dust
very pricey for a keyboard
Feet seem fragile and pads come off easily

The Bottom Line:

Definaltey recommend this keyboard to both pros and casual users.  Will withstand many years of hard usage and continue to look great.


If you're looking for a keyboard that looks good, is quiet, has great feel and will stand up to daily business class use, you've just found it.

I was initially skeptical of a backlit keyboard. I am a computer programmer and go through a couple of cheap keyboards every year and have been on the lookout for a nice keyboard to attach to my business computer for several years.

I’ve tried everything from the cheap Dell keyboards all the way up to a $200 wireless unit. They’ve all lasted about the same amount of time. The relentless pounding of a programmer, the crumbs from his snacks and the inevitable coffee spill is usually enough to send one to the trash can and me to the store… but this keyboard has been different.

At last, I am confident in recommending a keyboard to fellow programmers that don’t want the clunky look of the “das keyboard” that is available out there. This keyboard has great styling and is built well enough to stand the test of time.
I will say this about Logitech: I’ve not have very good results with their products in the past. I love their designs and their feature sets, but getting one of their products to last any amount of time has proven to be impossible.

This keyboard was purchased from Staples at the urging of my wife. We had an agreement, if this keyboard died, or I just didn’t like it, she would allow me to spend the big bucks on a super-nice setup and take this one off my hands. Needless to say, she was a little excited about the prospect of a getting a keyboard with a backlight for her computer. Although the $100 pricetag seemed high for a logitech product, I reluctantly swiped my card and brought it home.
Initially, I didn’t think that the backlit keys would be of any benefit, as I rarely look down at my hands when I type. However after many late night programming sessions, I can’t see me going back to a non-lit keyboard. It’s very nice to be able to look down at your fingers when you misplace your hands to get back on track.
Installation:

After un-boxing, setting this keyboard up was a breeze. Windows 7 recognized it immediately, installed the drivers and the backlight gently faded up to let me know it was ready to use. In order to use the “special keys” which are just remapped “F” keys, you must install the software that came with the keyboard.

The software installs easily and allows you to specify what programs open with each key. I’ve left mine at the defaults and find that they are more than handy.

I’ve been using this keyboard now for better than 6 months and can say it appears to have no signs of wear. The light tactile feel of the keys combined with the short stroke (similar to what would be found on a laptop) has actually increased my typing speed enough to note here and while I wish the feet that propped the back of the keyboard up were more stout, the angle that they provide is perfect for typing painlessly.

One other item I never thought I would enjoy is the “palm rest” at the base of the keyboard. This allows me to keep my hands in the proper position during typing. This assists in the prevention of carpel tunnel. The rubberized finish that Logitech seems to be putting on everything these days is stout enough to not chip or scratch, easy to clean with a damp cloth or anti-bacterial wipe and the close spacing between the keys prevents large crumbs (or in my case flying solder) from getting beneath the keys.

The stylish look of the keyboard compliments the design of the flat-panel monitors I am using and looks great on the desk. Since this keyboard is backlit, I don’t see Logitech coming out with a wireless version, and that’s fine with me. The keyboard  is the one desktop item I prefer wired. There’s nothing worse than having the batteries go dead in your keyboard in the middle of a paragraph.

One design change I really like is the placement of the indication lights for your num lock, caps lock and scroll lock. Located in the lower right corner of the keyboard, they are integrated into the single shiny black strip of plastic beneath the keypad. When off, they completely disappear. When on, they glow with the same pleasing white light that the keys emit.

For those of you that work in an area with lots of co-workers in close proximity, this keyboard is very quiet. No more incessant clicking of keys as you type away. The tactile feel of each key “pushing” is still there without that annoying “click” of each key press.

All in all, I would highly recommend this keyboard to both professionals and casual users alike. It has withstood the test of time with this programmer. Consequently, my wife will be getting one for her birthday so she will stop stealing mine!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 100

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