Choosing Computer Keyboards
Computers and keyboards go hand in hand. Even with the introduction of touchscreen displays, most people prefer the tactile feedback that a computer keyboard offers. Choosing the right keyboard can be tricky. Maybe you need a wireless keyboard for a flexible workspace, or a backlit keyboard that lets you work and play in the dark. The best way to ensure a comfortable keyboard experience is to consider your needs.
Wireless vs Wired Keyboards
Wireless computer keyboards are a good pick if you’re looking to cut down on clutter. Some models work at distances of up to thirty feet, which provides a lot of flexibility. Most wireless keyboards connect via a USB receiver or Bluetooth. You’ll find standard-sized models and compact options for hybrid computers. You’ll even find tablet keyboards.
Wired keyboards usually connect to a computer via a USB connection. They’re simple to set up, often ready in seconds. They draw their power from the computer, so you won’t have to worry about batteries. This is a preferred choice in situations where you need a solid connection with minimal lag, such as playing games.
Best Keyboards for Work
If you’re looking for a mouse-and-keyboard kit, choose models that offer optimal comfort. Ergonomic keyboards offer useful features that help limit wrist strain, such as elevated wrist rests, curved keys, and a natural arc that mimics the shape of the hand. Some application/editing keyboards feature multiple colors, and many have preset shortcuts for specific applications. There are even keyboards with a built-in mouse, and models you can separate to adjust to your typing needs.
Do All Keyboards Have the Same Layout?
While most keyboards come with a standard QWERTY layout, there are some slight differences to the position of other keys. Some keyboards have the function keys (F) in a four-key pod while others have them placed in a straight line. Keyboards may also have specials keys designed for a unique operating system. You’ll find keyboards that feature the Windows key, and Apple wireless keyboards for use with the Mac OS X.
How Do I Choose a Keyboard for Gaming or Watching Media?
Gaming keyboards come with features that help elevate the gaming experience. Programmable keys are a popular option because they allow you to create convenient shortcuts, giving you a tactical advantage. Most gaming keyboards also offer backlighting, and mechanical keys for sharper response. In addition, if you plan to watch a lot of media on your computer, look for backlit ergonomic keyboards that offer convenient media keys, play/pause buttons, and volume control.
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