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    Phoronix: Amazon Has The Best Low-Cost Keyboard In A While

    If you happen to need a low-cost keyboard that's quite reliable yet simple and doesn't cost much at all, there's a very nice USB keyboard from Amazon...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQyMzU

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    Why, oh why, do mfr's still include a numpad? For a non-gamer it's pretty useless and just takes up desktop space and pushes the mouse farther to the right. Any good USB keyboards out there *with* the arrow and home|end|pgup|pgdn islands but *without* the numpad section?

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    • #3
      I don't like the keyboards that raise in the back. A raised front is much better for your hands or just keeping flat. And yes I agree a non numeric pad version would be nice.

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      • #4
        Clever..

        Clever way to make a little more Amazon referrals ... and still be useful..

        What mice do you use in this setup?

        Actually, now that I'm thinking about it.. It might be nice (for both us and your referrals) to have a guide to a Phoronix recommended complete system and components...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kurosan View Post
          Why, oh why, do mfr's still include a numpad? For a non-gamer it's pretty useless and just takes up desktop space and pushes the mouse farther to the right. Any good USB keyboards out there *with* the arrow and home|end|pgup|pgdn islands but *without* the numpad section?
          I use the numpad almost constantly, and I'm really far from being a gamer. I find it utterly practical. Of course, it's a matter of taste, and I don't deny a model without the numpad would be better for people who doesn't use it, to achieve better use of desktop space.

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          • #6
            That's an... odd think to make an article on, but OK.

            Originally posted by Kurosan View Post
            Why, oh why, do mfr's still include a numpad? For a non-gamer it's pretty useless and just takes up desktop space and pushes the mouse farther to the right. Any good USB keyboards out there *with* the arrow and home|end|pgup|pgdn islands but *without* the numpad section?
            Yea, I had the same issue when trying to find a compact keyboard to go with my tablet PC. For some odd reason all the keyboards have a numpad, which makes them super long and thus not portable. Though on my desktop I do like the numpad, which comes in handy for those extra key bindings that I don't need to use too often, but which are still useful to have (like voice commands/vehicle horns in games).

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            • #7
              Not a keyboard for real users

              This is a keyboard that schools and workplaces can buy by the hundreds for cheap.

              However, this is not a keyboard that a professional computer user wants to use.

              You should get a keyboard with mechanical switches.
              Filco and Cherry supposedly have some good keyboards I've heard.

              Cherry have the MX series of switches, Blue, Red, Black, Brown, Clear, White - each with different properties (clicky, tacile, actuation force).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                This is a keyboard that schools and workplaces can buy by the hundreds for cheap.

                However, this is not a keyboard that a professional computer user wants to use.

                You should get a keyboard with mechanical switches.
                Filco and Cherry supposedly have some good keyboards I've heard.

                Cherry have the MX series of switches, Blue, Red, Black, Brown, Clear, White - each with different properties (clicky, tacile, actuation force).
                Well, the idea is it being low cost and reliable (as in durability), not being suitable for professional use.
                Also, I don't know what specific professional use you mean; probably this ones aren't suitable for professional typing, but I use common keyboards for programming and they never got in my way. I can see the benefit, after reading a bit about them, but ultimately it doesn't seem as a "must" to me.

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                • #9
                  Well, I think I might pick one of these up for my Dad (who has gone through a decently expensive MS one and Logitech one lately), and maybe another one as a backup for myself - always good to have a replacement for something as critical as a keyboard that you know will just work.

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                  • #10
                    normal keyboard

                    normal low end keyboard. the store on my street have a lot of this with lower prices

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                    • #11
                      Terrible keyboard. Absolutely terrible. Would not buy even if they paid me to.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kurosan View Post
                        Why, oh why, do mfr's still include a numpad? For a non-gamer it's pretty useless and just takes up desktop space and pushes the mouse farther to the right. Any good USB keyboards out there *with* the arrow and home|end|pgup|pgdn islands but *without* the numpad section?
                        Not particularly cheap, but the ThinkPad USB Keyboard with Trackpoint is a wired keyboard with the tactile feel of, and key layout of, a Lenovo ThinkPad, with a design from approximately the era of the X61 / T61, if that means anything to you (it is notably NOT anything like the currently awful keyboards on the T530, etc).

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                        • #13
                          I have this keyboard

                          I have this keyboard though it's not from Amazon. It came with one of my Gateway Computers which I purchased from Costco. I can tell you from experience that this keyboard may not be the best keyboard for gamers, but it is definitely a nice and soft keyboard. Infact, I wouldn't mind replacing one of my other PCs logitech keyboard with this AmazonBasics' one.


                          -belal1

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mrugiero View Post
                            Also, I don't know what specific professional use you mean; probably this ones aren't suitable for professional typing, but I use common keyboards for programming and they never got in my way. I can see the benefit, after reading a bit about them, but ultimately it doesn't seem as a "must" to me.
                            If you work professionally as a programmer, then at home you sit in front of the computer too.
                            Then you might be using your computer for over 12 hours a day.
                            Then you should definitely consider getting a real keyboard.

                            Code all day, everyday, year in, year out. Millions, maybe billions of keystrokes.
                            You should get a real keyboard.

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                            • #15
                              Many of these cheaper keyboards use robber dome technology and feels mushy to type on, compared to keyboard with mechanical switches.

                              Non-geeks do fine with these cheap keyboards, they just watch kittens on teh interwebs and write "omg lol wtf bbq".
                              But for geeks like programmers who write millions of lines of code, you should get a real keyboard.

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