Input devices like the keyboard have come a long way, in the 90′s it was more about function, now it’s more about style, usability, connectivity and axillary keys that help with your day to day computing needs.
Before you buy a new keyboard or mouse read on.
There are many factors to consider when buying a keyboard, what would you use it mostly for? word preocessing, gaming? portable use? or maybe even as keyboards for use with HTPC or other media devices, certain keyboards even have light up keys, and super touch sensitive keys that limit finger movement and RSI.
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For industrial uses, computer users will require other functionality such as waterproof keys, hygienic keys and the link.
A breakthough in wireless technology means that users can now operate keyboards from a distance, this is great for people who want the freedom to move around while using the computer, and this is paticularly useful for home computers and entertainment devices, where owns can use the keyboard from anywhere in the living room.
Initially the technology was limited in that, it would only work from a couple of feet, however the norm now is to be able to use wireless keyboard from up to 10 metres away. And more importantly perfectly, without an lag or disconnection issues.
Depending on your preference it’s possible to get wireless touch pads with a variety of different layouts, for instance, you can have a track pad similar to laptop computer, or have a small trackball beside the keyboard, or simply have a just keyboard on it’s own. The norm is to have a trackpad, as it enables users to have a way to control the mouse courser without actually using a mouse [this would defeat the portability benefit from the wireless touch-pad somewhat.
Wireless keyboards can also be purchased with built in touchpads or trackballs. A touchpad is the device that replaces the mouse on a laptop, in fact most wireless keyboards with a built in touchpad or tracker pad look much like the layout of a laptop. The benefit of having a touchpad built into the keyboard is that it doesn’t have to be used on a desk and takes up less space if used on a desk.
What’s amazing is that the cost of these devices are very close to what regulars keyboards cost, so it’s competitively priced in order to be a real alternative to regular keyboards. However due to the nature of the way a wireless touch-pad works, it’s worth spending money on a premium model in order to make sure that you have a model that lasts a long time on it’s rechargeable battery.
A wireless keyboard with touchpad makes a great alternative to a wired keyboard and wired mouse. It saves space, cuts down on dangling wires and allows you the freedom to use the keyboard at a much greater distance from your computer.