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Published on February 20, 2009 By Bebi Bulma In Personal Computing

Ever since I decided to clean up my mess of cables I decided it might be time to replace my $14 slim wired keyboard with a wireless one. Problem is...my list of things that I want seems to be difficult to find in a wireless keyboard. As mentioned, I prefer the slim, scissor-switch type keys, and also some multimedia keys (play, pause, switch tracks, stop) but I *don't* need some huge gaming keyboard that'll take up half my desk.

I went over to Staples and saw the Microsoft Wiresless Laser 6000 and was quite impressed with it. Had all sorts of keys I could use, plus the slim design. I've never used an ergonomics keyboard before, but as long as it's not one of those funky split ones it should be alright. Seems the reviews are a bit mixed though, with some people claiming the performance/range isn't so great (I don't need a huge range).

Which wireless keyboard do you prefer/recommend and why?


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on Feb 21, 2009

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/192&cl=de,de

not for gamer, but realy good to sit on my couch and surf on my tv

on Feb 21, 2009

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard_mice_combos/devices/145&cl=us,en

 

This is what I have... quite happy with it.. and not too terribly expensive.

on Feb 21, 2009

Little hint: Make sure it's a Radio Frequency keyboard not a Infared one. The infared keyboard you have to have line of sight just like a remote for a TV. I found that out with the Microsoft Media Center keyboard, I had to return it the only way it would work is to point it at the infared reciever.

on Feb 21, 2009

Good answer blueray and vStyler! 

Logitech is the way to go BB.

I've been using Logitech's now obsolete Cordless MX Duo since 2003 and it's still functioning like the day I bought it.

The one consideration most people don't care about when buying a keyboard is a measurement called key stroke life (KSL).

You can purchase a wireless keyboard for a buck or two at the 99 cent store and it could measure 15,000 KSL, meaning you'd have to hit a key 15,000 times before it may wear out.

Most of the newer high-end boards are rated up to or beyond 75,000 KSL.

Logitech boards are feature rich, easy to customize buttons galore, Zero tilt ergonomics and transmits from anywhere in the house.  The matching mouse comes either left or right handed and is also loaded with tons of easy features.  The mouse also comes with a seperate charging cradle.

To preserve your board, I highly recommend either a Safe-T Skin or Viziflex seel for two reasons.  You won't wear out any of the key's face which is caused by oils from the fingers and even if you accidently spill an entire cup of hot liquid on your board, it will not get wet.  These flexible skins do not hamper your ability to type.

Keyboard skins costs around $15 and is worth the small price to protect your investment.

The best keyboard on earth is the one that feels good under your fingers BB.

My Cordless MX Duo cost me about $105 six years ago, never had an issue with it.  So to me it's worth every penny.

Let us know what you decide, ok?

 

Cordless MX Duo Review

Viziflex Seel Homepage

 

on Feb 21, 2009

 I use  http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/192&cl=us,en   I just love it. I don´t know if that what you want. But as I said I love it.    

on Feb 21, 2009

Well... I know it's not wireless, but this keyboard makes me drool:

Another logitech keyboard

Just too bad it's not available over here yet. Otherwise I be getting one!
(Currently got the G15)

Wouldn't mind one of these either though:

Skinnable keyboard

Just "a bit" on the pricey side...

on Feb 21, 2009

Wouldn't mind one of these either though:

That Optimus Maximus board is killer Snowy!

 

on Feb 21, 2009

For those that like split keyboards, I have used this one (Logitech Comfort Laser) for the last 2 years and liked it. The range is good and battery life is good. My only complain is I wish it was a bit bigger (keys and spacing).

 

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard_mice_combos/devices/167&cl=us,en

on Feb 21, 2009

cplair

That Optimus Maximus board is killer Snowy!
 

Indeed it is, but far too expensive

on Feb 21, 2009

I used to use MS Wireless Optical Desktop Elite set, which had a scroll wheel on the left side of the keyboard. Unfortunately their updated Vista driver killed the scroll wheel but it worked fine otherwise. I had the set for almost 2 years, then the mouse stopped working. I emailed MS support, and they had me try different troubleshooting things, but it still didn't work. So they said they would send me a replacement for the mouse. Then they said that they couldn't replace the mouse only because it was discontinued (even though I still see it for sale on their site), so they sent me a whole new keyboard/mouse set, which happened to be the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 V.2, $100! It's similar to the one you posted, but different arrangement of the extra keys. It's an ergonomic keyboard, but not the split type, just slightly curved. I thought I wouldn't like it, but it's very easy to type on. I was (pleasantly) surprised to get a brand new keyboard/mouse set from MS, even though my old set was well past the warranty time.

on Feb 21, 2009

I use Microsoft Natural Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard 7000, which i purchased about 2 months ago, and i love it, i had previously used the 3000, but i like the ergonomic, it tends to help the wrists, the 3000 my wrists would burn after typing for a long time, not with this one though, little time to get used to it, but well worth it

on Feb 21, 2009

listen to me carefully (as if you could ), DONT NEVER, "EVER" buy the logitech mx5000, is a pain in the ass, it auto disconnect for no reason (even while wrigthing and no, the batteries are not the problem)...

on Feb 21, 2009

Logitech wireless Wave. Best way to surf!

 

on Feb 21, 2009

The diNovo is way too rich for my blood, and the new totally slim backlight keyboard looks *really* nice, but wired.

It's hard finding low-profile quiet keys on wireless, blah!

To preserve your board, I highly recommend either a Safe-T Skin or Viziflex seel for two reasons.  You won't wear out any of the key's face which is caused by oils from the fingers and even if you accidently spill an entire cup of hot liquid on your board, it will not get wet.  These flexible skins do not hamper your ability to type.

My A, N, and Shift keys are almost completely worn off, and it doesn't bother me at all (especially on a $14 keyboard). At least I know where the keys are.

on Feb 21, 2009

Personally, I don't mind a wired keyboard - it's the mouse that usually gets in the way of my games when the cord gets stuck on something.

Although for some reason my wireless mouse still pauses sometimes, so it acts pretty much the same .

Frankly, I never want to replace batteries, so my keyboard is wired and my mouse charges in its base at night.

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