You're typing without this keyboard? Why?
Jul 5, 2002 (Updated Jul 5, 2002)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Quiet, excellent tactile response for touch-typists, high-quality design, large backspace key, reachable backslash/pipe key.
Cons:Some lettering on keys starting to wear after YEARS of use
The Bottom Line: Everything a touch-typist or anyone else looking for a more relaxing, tactile yet comfortable typing experience needs to have said experience.
This keyboard is awesome. I have used many keyboards in the past several years, but this one tops them all. The feel of the keys is very tactile, while remaining very quiet. When I use a different keyboard, if my hands were my mouth, it's as if I had duct-tape mostly covering my lips compared to typing on this keyboard.
Recommend this product?
In fact, I have gotten certified with BrainBench.com's typing speed and accuracy test to 111 words-per-minute using this very keyboard, and I don't feel I could have achieved that level without this keyboard, which keeps on flowing right through every speed I type at without a glitch.
I think part of this has to do with the Ergo Technology incorporated in this keyboard, which changes the amount of effort required to press different keys based on which finger usually presses that key. The keys pressed by your ring and pinky fingers require the least effort, and others require varying increasing levels. I personally don't really notice this if I use the same finger to press on two different keys that should have different levels, but I'm sure that while typing repeatedly with the varying levels of pressure it increases comfort and reduces strain on the weaker fingers.
While I can't perfectly describe the typing experience on this keyboard, I do know that I have used many keyboards and am very picky, and this one stands heads and shoulders above the rest. I am also considering buying KeyTronic's TAG-A-LONG keyboard for use with my laptop (in black, of course!), and I'm sure that it will be wonderful as well, as it incorporates similar technology.
My only "complaint" (if it can be called that) is that, after several years of heavy use, several of the keys' lettering is wearing off. The keys are: V, N, M, and L (almost fully worn off), and S, D, C, "," (comma), and "." (period) (partially worn). This really isn't a big deal for me, as a touch-typist, and if I didn't know how to touch-type and therefore needed to see the letters, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to use the keyboard enough to see this wear occur! So there's really no downside to this, unless you happen to touch-type and someone else who doesn't uses the same keyboard (after the first few years).
I think I may be addicted...as a programmer that statement might include the entire computer, but the sheer enjoyment of using this keyboard definitely has a part in keeping me typing happily away!
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