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    Keyboard (Any)

    I need a new keyboard. What would the loungers' recommend as the best keyboard for a programmer? It needs to be wireless because of my desk configuration but appart from that I have no other restrictions.

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    Re: Keyboard (Any)

    Because there were no replies in the VBA forum, I have moved this thread to the Hardware forum.

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    Re: Keyboard (Any)

    I'd have to turn your question into a brand selection one, because I don't know what a keyboard suitable for a programmer is. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> These days the keys on any keyboard can easily be changed, so that shouldn't be a concern.

    For the past several years I've used Logitech cordless keyboard-mouse combos and been happy with the performance. The S510 I'm using now seems to stretch the battery life (mouse) a bit longer than my previous model. It so happens I buy "low end" (<$50) but Logitech has models up in the $200 bracket if you're so inclined.

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    Re: Keyboard (Any)

    "best keyboard for a programmer" <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Do programmers have hands that are different? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    "Do programmers have hands that are different?"
    Yes, if they are internet programmers they have webbed fingers <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Keyboard (Any)

    I hate looking for a new keyboard! Luckily, I've been getting notebook PCs at work and home for the past couple of years from the same manufacture, the layout hasn't changed drastically (if at all).

    I find the problem for me, is when the standard keys are located differently on newer models. For example, the standard inverted 'T' cursor keys changing to a single column of keys, or the 2 row x 3 col Insert / Home / Page Up / Delete / End / Page Down changing to a 2 col x 3 row (5 key) mess.

    And finally, the function keys (F1 - F12). I like the F1-F4, F5-F8, and F9-F12 grouping. Why, did someone think going to groupings of 3 was a good idea?

    The next time I have to purchase a keyboard, I'll be looking very closely to get one that suits me, and isn't a "will do".
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Keyboard (Any)

    I love my Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser keyboard-mouse-"Media Pad" combo (bluetooth). I never use the media part, or the alternate function keys or any of the little buttons along the sides that launch the browser or email (they're all programmable) -- they don't get in my way, either. The Media Pad also functions as a calculator and alternate nav device. The feel of the keyboard is much like that of a laptop.

    The mouse has a recharging dock which I use about every fourth or fifth day (I work at my computer between 6 and 10 hours daily). The keyboard uses four AA batteries and I can go nearly a year before replacing. The combo cost around $125 at Amazon.

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    <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>My Kensington keyboard has all the keys I need and some that I do not use. Cost about $10.00 <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Keyboard (Any)

    Thanks to everybody who posted. I'm in the fortunate position to have a supplier that will lend me equipment for me to try. After some Googling I decided to try the Logitec deNovo, the Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 700 and the Microsoft Wireless Mutimedia Keyboard 1.1

    The deNovo is a good keyboard but I found the communicatiuon to be flakey. It would lose its pairing with the PC after charging. This, while not a show stopper, is really annoying after the irst couple of times.

    The Entertainment Keyboard is the most odious device I have ever had the misfortune to use. The keys are different sizes which is very awkward to get used to. The function keys, along with Home and End are touch 'bumps' along the top and the arrows keys are way too small for my stumpy fingers. After about 10 minutes of closing windows after I'd accidentaly touched one of the bumps I put it back in its box.

    The multimedia keyboard is the one I selected. Sure, I don't use or need the multimedia buttons but they are far enough away from the rest of the keys as to not get in the way. The layout is standard, the function keys are big enough and it has a numeric pad. The only drawback for me is that it uses batteries which I am not keen because Murphy's Law states that when you need new batteries you never have any and using batteries is not exactly environmentally friendly.

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    Kevin Bell

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