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Well. Seems like you can't just buy a keyboard any more. They're all wireless multimediamedia desktop bluecenters. I ended up with this rather neat Logitech thing with a seperate number pad (which means I can put it on the opposite side to the mouse, for better ergonomics). Also, the keyboard has a scissorkey action (like a laptop keyboad) which is somewhat lower impact and easier to type on.

Oh, and the numberpad detachy bit has a thermometer in. Which is handy, in a way. It's 27°C on my desk right now.
8th Sep 2005, 15:18   | tags:,,

Rich says:

That's quite handy! I'm sure Twine will be pleasantly surprised, too.

8th Sep 2005, 15:27

kostika says:

Nice looking keyboard.

When I was replacing my natural keyboard I ended up with one of the multimedia ones that cost me twice as much. And I use none of the multimedia crap.

Colour me unhappy.

8th Sep 2005, 15:30

silent.whisper says:

o that looks lovely,, (*wants to stroke)

8th Sep 2005, 15:37

mat says:

just found out the numberpad detachy bit hs a calculator in as well as everything else. And all the "media" keys work without me installing the nasty logitech software.

Doesn't have any CAPS LOCK leds on it though, which can get annoying.

8th Sep 2005, 15:40

mat says:

temp update: 29°C

That's in the shade as well!

8th Sep 2005, 15:41

seaneeboy says:


I saw on the weather last night it was meant to be 15degrees here in london today, so I'm absolutely swealtering in the 28 degree oven - and as for the tubes - oof!

Nice keyboard though. I love my cordless mouse, a board to go with it would be natty.

8th Sep 2005, 15:44

munkt0n says:

very nice! has the price dropped on these now? last time I saw one they wanted $$$silly for it

8th Sep 2005, 15:54

teflon says:

The guy sitting next to me has just asked 'What does that little twizzly bit at the bottom of the number pad do?'

8th Sep 2005, 15:54

mat says:

Media control thingy - play/pause, stop, prev/next. Worked out of the box too - it controls iTunes. The email key launches Thunderbird and the Internet key launches Firefox. I'm pretty chuffed.

munkt0n - £80 at PC World, bet you can get 'em cheaper online.

I didn't buy it cos it was shiny or anything, I bought it 'cos it was the only one in the shop that didn't cause stabs of lightning agony to shoot up my arms when I typed on it. I wanted a £15 wired keyboad that wasn't shit, but you can't buy those any more.

8th Sep 2005, 15:57

kostika says:

Mat have you tried using the natural keyboards?

8th Sep 2005, 15:59

mat says:

Yup. Can't stand 'em. They are very good if you write a lot of prose, but very bad if you write a lot of code. I used to use one when I played MMORPGs, and I found it to be excellent for typing English with. As soon as you start writing html/php/etc, the "naturalness" really starts to get in the way. Which is a shame, becuase the centre spilt really helps limit ulnar deviation (can cause nerve damage)

This one seems pretty nice so far, but it's very hard to tell after only having it an hour or two.

8th Sep 2005, 16:06

kostika says:

Aww..hadn't thought about the coding bit. I would die without my natural as it keeps my wrists from hurting. (tendonitis, not carpal tunel). And it is perfect for gaming.

Do you use a mouse or a trackball?

8th Sep 2005, 16:09

mat says:

Mouse, but I use keyboard shortcuts a lot - the main reason I programmed accesskeys into moblog was to save me using the mouse : )

I might try a trackball, one day. I've heard good things about them.

8th Sep 2005, 16:11

martwine says:

29 degrees? It's bloody well 25 and raining in Corsica. And my camera's broken. GODDAMN

8th Sep 2005, 18:12

Helen says:

This scissory keys things sounds good. I much prefer typing on a laptop.

8th Sep 2005, 18:18

beth says:

yes i think typing on a laptop all these years has saved my fingers and wrists a lot.. a bugger to get back on if a key falls off though..

8th Sep 2005, 19:28

ladislav says:

I'm the opposite - laptop keyboards hurt my fingers much quicker. Though normal keyboards aren't great...

9th Sep 2005, 13:31

Angel [a.k.a Terra] says:

NO CAPS LOCK? no way. i'd break the thing in frustration.

9th Sep 2005, 14:19

teflon says:

nonono, it's just got no capslock LEDs - little light to show you when it's on.

that said, hardcore hackers don't like capslock, and prefer to have a Control key in its place. I can't say I use mine often, other than when I have to enter long strings of numbers and uppercase letters..

9th Sep 2005, 14:25