Microsoft Natural Elite A1300002 Wired Keyboard
(74 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
For Everyone but Gamers and Power Users
Apr 29, 2002
Review by brxndxn
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Compact, ergonomic design, GREAT feel, higher quality than most keyboards
Cons:Frustratingly tiny directional keys, function keys, and awkward layout of them
The Bottom Line: If you seldom use the directional keys, delete, home, end, page up, etc. keys, then this keyboard is wonderful. If you are used to those keys, you'll be slowed down.
After spilling Pepsi all over my last keyboard, and never quite being happy with it in the first place, I decided to get a higher-quality keyboard - the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite. Being a nerdy gamer, I wanted a keyboard with a nice feel.
Recommend this product?
This keyboard does have a very nice feel to it. When you type fast, the keys are quick and responsive. They have a soft click to them when pressed and they do not feel flimsy.
The keys are slightly textured which allows for a better grip. In fact, this keyboard has the best-feeling keys of any keyboard I have ever used.
This keyboard is also very compact for being an ergonomic keyboard. It takes up about two-thirds of the deskspace that my last ergonomic keyboard occupied. The layout of the main alphanumeric keys is amazing. Not only is it a split-key design, each row of keys is offset slightly in height to where it feels most comfortable to press them. I appreciated this very much after spending hours of typing each day.
However, this otherwise perfect keyboard has some serious flaws. First of all, the function keys are all half-size. For someone that uses them often, this gets quite annoying. Also, the directional keys are much smaller than normal and they are laid out like a diamond. This makes playing games with the directional keys almost unbearable. Also, the insert, home, page up, delete, end, and page down keys are all half-size. Again, if you are used to using these keys often, you will sacrifice productivity with this keyboard.
This keyboard is very durable. It is made out of better plastic than most keyboards and feels much higher quality.
I was reluctant to buy this keyboard because of the small non-alphanumeric keys - but I thought I would quickly get used to them. Maybe it is my non-surgical hands or maybe that my hands are larger than most, but after three months of use, I still find it very hard to get used to the small keys and odd directional key layout. For this reason, I am getting rid of this keyboard and going back to a keyboard with full-size keys. However, I still believe that the feel of this keyboard is wonderful - I just value my higher productivity with larger keys more than just a good feel.
Overall, this keyboard is great for most users - except for gamers and power users in my opinion.
Amount Paid (US$): 39.95
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