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Different Types of Keyboards

Laptop KeyboardA computer keyboard is an essential part of our working life. It is what we touch the most when we are using the computer. Because of this, we need to get the best-looking keyboard with added features and the most comfortable too. There are variety of computer keyboards in the market. So, let us narrow it down to the best ones that will suit your work and your budget.

  • Ergonomic keyboard is designed using ergonomic deliberation so as to lessen muscle strain and other similar problems. The keyboard is constructed in a V shape so that the right and the left hands can type in an angle that is fit for the human form.
  • Mechanical keyboards are very durable, reactive, and accurate. It uses physical, actual switches under the keys so the user will know if a key has been pushed. When you press a key, the switch will be pressed down. When this happens, the keyboard will send a signal to your computer to indicate that you pressed a certain key.
  • Gaming keyboards are like normal keyboards although they have extra features like additional LCD screen, palm rest, illuminated keys, multimedia keys, and so on. It has illuminated light to enable a user to play games at night when it is dark. The multimedia keys are good for adjusting the music tracks and the volumes plus the key is for doing other things while playing the game.
  • A wireless keyboard is used to communicate with tablets, computers, laptops using the radio frequency (RF), Bluetooth technology, infrared (IR). This is accompanied by a wireless mouse.
  • Multimedia keyboards are designed to access often-used functions and programs with just one-touch. It contains keys used to enter music, internet and other programs like calculator, email etc. It has 5 buttons that controls the volumes, play/pause, previous buttons, and next. The volume are marked with speaker icons. It is also good for controlling the music programs. Songs can be played, go forward, backward, paused etc. using the right buttons. A mute key is present. Multimedia keyboards has various connection formats – PS/2, USB and wireless. It is also pre-programmed and ready to use.
  • A fixed-split keyboard type is a single board. It has keys that are separated into two or even three groups. This allows the user to type in different angles which cannot be done with the usual keyboard. An adjustable split keyboard is split into many independent pieces. The angles can be changed.
  • Portable keyboards have several types. There is the foldable, roll up and many more. Foldable keyboards are not as handy as the roll-up keyboards that has a soft feel, but it does feel like a real normal keyboard. Both keyboards are easy to bring as it is light to carry.
  • Other types of portable computer keyboards are the numeric keyboards and the mini keyboards.

Now that you have read the different types of computer keyboards, it is now time to determine which of these types is good for you. You can read this buying guide to help you more on which keyboard to purchase.

How to Choose the Right Keyboard

computer keyboardWhen you open your computer, your fingers will stay in the keyboard until you are done. Whatever is your purpose, there is an appropriate keyboard for it. You can read the different types of computer keyboards in this link.  If you own a desktop, you may be using the usual keyboard that goes with your computer. With the long hours in front of the computer, get a keyboard that has a bit of extra features. Your keyboard can do a lot for you so it is best to invest on the right keyboard. Make your computer experience better by following the guide below:

  • First, take a look at the back of your computer. You will find either a round or a rectangular port. The round is a PS2 port and the rectangular one is a USB port. The kind of port will tell you of the type of connection your keyboard needs. If you spend most of your time typing, then you need an ergonomic keyboard. If you deal with numbers, a numeric pad can allow you to work in comfort.
  • A gaming keyboard is good for those serious players. This type of keyboard is usually backlit, and illuminated. It is a perfect choice for gamers who loves playing all night because they can still see the keys even in dim areas. There are keyboards that are soft and sensitive, but there are others that needs more pressure to type on. The mechanism that is responsible for the level of noise, sensitivity, and comfort is called “switch.”
  • The USB ports and the PS/2 ports connection is almost obsolete. The wireless ones which connects to the system via Bluetooth is the more recent type. The only challenge is how to set it up. Know that a lot of keyboards needs software installed to use the function keys. Check first if the keyboard is compatible with your system.
  • The design of your keyboard will make your computing experience more relaxing. Based on various needs, keyboards can be group together. Standard keyboards are common but it comes with multimedia keys aside from its standard set of 104 keys.
  • Wire or wireless? Both has its pros and cons. The wireless has no cord that will clutter your working area. However, it might get into the way of your other wireless devices. In gaming, the wired keyboard is much preferred. The wireless can lag which can hinder the gameplay so it would not recommended if you are a serious gamer. Also, the wireless keyboards are powered by batteries that adds to your cost, or you have to charge them from time to time.
  • With the fast-paced lifestyle these days, you need to speed up your work. There are multimedia keyboards that has extra function keys that can be used for controlling music player, volume, launching apps, etc. Some has a mini joystick or a touch pad in place of a mouse.
  • The price depends on the features that are added to the keyboards. Choose the best within your budget. The more features, the more expensive. Whether you decide on a wireless, ergonomic, gaming, multimedia, portable, always check the keystrokes. Test how the keys feel when you use it.