Keyboards: Do you have a preference?

Philippines
February 16, 2010 12:38pm CST
I'm a writer, so I guess that makes a big deal for me.. But I never knew how much I was actually missing out in terms of great keyboard experience until I used the Macbook. Thanks to the Macbook, I realized that there's a better way to type. :D The flat keys are perfect for the writer's hands. After that experience, I was never the same again. I would always look for keyboards that are wider than the usual configuration. On desktops, I prefer the Logitech keyboards. Their keys are wider than the usual keyboards, plus, their classic line is cheap, too. :D I'm also happy that Acer laptops now adopted the Apple standard of flat keys. Now, if you need a Windows rig, and don't care for a Mac anyway, you can just buy an Acer and it'll have nearly the same kind of amazing keyboard experience. How about you? Do you like certain kinds of computer keyboards? :)
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
16 Feb 10
I have some preference when it comes to keyboards of laptops. I would really like the page up key to be above the left arrow key and the page down key to be above the right arrow key. This kind of detail is present on a Toshiba Satellite laptop series, just couldn't recall exactly what model though. With this kind of specification, I can easily navigate through a page or a window that I am looking at with out doing much movement on my hands. The keyboard is actually the last determining factor for me if I would buy a laptop or look for another one. Even if all the specs are really impressive, if the keyboard isn't how I would like them to be, I guess I'd just look for that old model of Toshiba.. (^_^")
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Wow, this is new. :) I mean, that is a very specific need.. Macbooks don't even have the PageUp key, and it even sucks that it doesn't have HOME and END keys.. But I'm not too bothered by that. I'm too happy with the flat keys to care. Heheh. :D Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ratyz5. :)
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Just goes to show that we have different tastes and preferences when it comes to the things that we fancy. Luckily, most keyboards on laptops are adapting the flat trend when it comes to its keys so, you wouldn't have a problem in case you have to use another laptop, perhaps from a friend or an event to register something. I am just really picky with the comfort that I can get when it comes to that input device on the keyboard. Also, there is this bothersome trait that I don't like about ordinary keyboard that desktop computer have. They often have the Backspace key and the Insert key close to each other Its really annoying whenever I type..
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
Backspace near the Insert key: that's new, too. :) Are you a programmer, by any chance?
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@sathishss (274)
• India
17 Feb 10
hai frnd. i not saw the difference between keyboards, i will decided to bye new keyboard now i fix to buy Acer thanks for ur awarness.
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Hi Sathishss, yes, an Acer is a good choice for a laptop. :) They have better engineering for their Timeline series. :) Even their AspireOne is looking great. I love the nearly full-sized keys experience, even on a 10" Acer Aspire One. :D Let us know if you love your purchase, when you get one!
• India
19 Feb 10
hai nenya. good day. yes i decided to buy coming monday. two laptops for me and my friend keep lotting good luck. tell me good things and good one always to me my friend ok.
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
That's awesome, Sathiss! What are you getting? Pictures! Haha!
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
16 Feb 10
I was not aware that the keyboard for Mac and PC are different. It certainly will be something I will look for.
• Philippines
16 Feb 10
Yep, in fact I learned keyboard shortcuts only on the Mac, because it just makes things easier. :D There's an Apple key, near the keyboard, which is useful for almost everything. Unlike the Windows key, which is basically just to open the start menu. Boo! Check it out in an Apple Store near you! If you're from the Philippines (judging from the nick), Powermac, Digital Hub/Digital Walker, are great places to take a look-see of the differences between a Mac and a PC. :D There's a Powermac in Greenbelt, in Greenhills, and Digital Hubs are in Robinson's malls. :D See you around!
• Philippines
16 Feb 10
OH I saw that you were from Canada. There's a Filipino term, Mariposa, that I mistook your nick for. :) Anyway, do check out an Apple Store near you, and you'll see what I mean. :D
• Canada
17 Feb 10
I have been using Dragon Naturally Speaking on and off since I bought it about six months ago. It is a break from using a keyboard, just speaking into the microphone is great until it stubbornly refuses to learn what you said or makes a mistake. There are keyboards that are like a game controller but expensive. You can lean back in an easy chair to type with them because you hold them in your hand. They are not a qwerty keyboard at all. They save your back and wrists from uncomfortable positions. I have some links to different ones somewhere but cannot immediately find them. Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly. I live in Orillia, Ontario which was written about in disguise in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, a humorous tome by Stephen Leacock. He renamed the town Mariposa in the book to disguise it, and the town (now a city) has adopted the name (Mariposa) somewhat. I was not aware Mariposa had a meaning in Filipino. I understand there was some historical Spanish influence though.
@Iram786 (498)
16 Feb 10
I don't really care about how my keyboard is although the one thing I do hate is PC keyboards! I hate the noise the keys make when you're typing and they go in so deep :-(. At the moment I have a Dell laptop and it's keyboard is perfect! It's a proper full keyboard like a PC's except they keys don't go in as much thankfully!
• Philippines
16 Feb 10
Oh yeah, I agree, they do "go in so deep," as well as make such an awful noise.. Though sometimes, I do miss the noise. It's fun to listen to, when you wanna hear how awesomely fast you type, hahaha! That's the only problem I have with the Macbook keyboard... It's too silent. :D Hehehe!
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Iram786, you know, I never really had a term for the experience of typing on a desktop keyboard, but when you talked about them "going in so deep," I'm now noticing how happier it is to work on a laptop keyboard rather than on a desktop keyboard. The height of the standard keys really IS annoying, eh? :D Thanks for participating!
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Feb 12
Over the years I've always used whatever keyboard I had in front of me. Though I like the keyboards that come with the standard lap top. The keys are perfect for what I need considering I use them a lot. Not just for typing, but overall general use of the machine itself with several well-placed keystrokes. Though I like the standard qwerty configureration over all as well.
• Philippines
3 May 12
Hi Kayla! Thanks for answering. :) You've used the Dvorak and other keyboard types? I heard that some keyboard types, i.e. the Dvorak, actually make typing a lot easier, not to mention faster. Though, since I've now mastered the QWERTY keyboard without looking, I guess it's just easier that way. :)
@abitcurious (1423)
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
I used to work on my Toshiba laptop and I didn't actually think that it was better until I started working on our desktop. I really noticed the big difference when I used the keyboard and I really hoped for my laptop's. This is my second desktop keyboard. I'm still looking for the right fit of keyboard for me.
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Try Logitech. :) Even their Classic models rock. \m/ :D But I tried googling Microsoft keyboards earlier, thanks to JoyfulOne's experience with it, and I'm... Drooling. Take a look, their ergonomic models seem to be REALLY sexy. :D
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
16 Feb 10
My favorite keyboard is one of those ergonomically designed one. It looks like a wave rather than rectangular. I write a lot, and type a lot too. Mine's made by Microsoft, but I can't see any other name on it as far as style goes. One reason I switched was because I had the beginnings of carpal tunnel and could only type a little bit at a time. Since switching to it, I have no problems with either of my wrists anymore, and gee, I might be imagining it, but it seems I can fly over that keyboard anymore lol. The ergonomic ones are nice because they are shaped exactly how your hands lay, in a natural position. Once in a while I use my daughter's laptop, that keyboard drives me nuts because it's so small in comparison.
• Philippines
18 Feb 10
Cool. :) Microsoft makes keyboards too? Never knew that. :) Good to know. :) And good to know that it fixed your carpal tunnel probs. :D I looked it up, and I realized that they've got really cool stuff now! Neat! But I'd love to see the day when standard desktop keyboards have trackpads too.. I'm crushing on that ergonomic keyboard with the trackball. XD What kind of laptop does your daughter have, JoyfulOne? Is it a netbook? Odd that it doesn't have a full-sized keyboard. Usually, standard 13- to 15-inchers have full-sized keyboards already. :)