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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2010
As others have pointed out, this keyboard is smaller than most, with less keys than typical PC keyboards have, however all of the most important keys are there. The backlighting is excellent, but you just about have to keep it constantly lit since it is almost impossible to tell what the keys are without it.
My only big complaint is the backspace key - it is a single key size rather than the double-width size that is standard on most keyboards, and it is placed right next to the "home" key...if you are a less than perfect typist like me and use the backspace key a lot, it is aggravating because you will find yourself hitting that home key all the time. That will send the cursor back to the beginning of the line you are on, requiring you to stop and use the "end" key (or worse, repeatedly hit the right arrow key) to get back to where you were. With practice, hopefully this will get better.
All in all, though, I am really pleased with the keyboard despite the minor complaints. I thought the price to benefit ratio was excellent and even if the keys wear off in a couple of years, it is cheap enough to just buy another.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2010
I like this keyboard because it is smaller " 6 1/2 by 16 inches " than most other illuminated keyboards out there. This fits in nicely on my somewhat crowded desk. Most of the other keyboards are 3 to 4 inches larger. True the larger keyboards have more features and keys, but these are all the keys I personally need. All of the letter and number keys are full size, a couple of the other keys are not as large as a standard keyboard. This keyboard might be difficult for a experienced typist to get used too, but I am a 2 finger peck typist so no problem here. Check out my keyboard photo under customer images on the product page.

The keys light up nicely, they are very easy to read day or night. The problem is I have to leave the keyboard light on even during the day. It is extremely difficult to see the keys with the key lights off even in the daylight unless I have another light source on the keyboard. The letters are an off white with the light off. Buy the way the light on/off switch is the Scroll key, took me a while to figure that one out.

The more expensive keyboards have laser etched letters and numbers that never wear off. These keys are not laser etched and consequently will probably wear off with time. My last keyboard had similar keys and some partially wore off in under 2 years, and I don't type that much.

This is a very nice smaller illuminated keyboard for the price, if you can get by with the features or lack of features this keyboard has it's a good buy.

PS; I don't know where there dimensions came from on there description, but they are definitely wrong. It' 6 1/2 inch by 16 inches long exactly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
I bought this keyboard for my home computer because our computer is in the room upstairs where my kids and my wife go to sleep while I do a lot of late night work. I wanted a lighted keyboard because I work in the late hours and keep the lights off. There was no trouble setting it up when I received it as it worked when I plugged it in.

Once I started typing within 10 minutes I noticed the biggest problem I have with this keyboard: the damn backspace key is so small. I can not tell you how many times this has messed up. It is the size of a regular letter key and not even placed on the end like regular backspace keys. This has caused me so much frustration. Think of how many times you press that key! Normal keyboards have a larger key 2-3 times larger and placed on the end of the top row of keys. No idea why they kept it in this position but I hate this keyboard for it.

Second problem is quality. My left shift key stopped working within 3 months of buying it. It will only work if I slam it down with full force. I did not send it back because I figured it was from my own error, such as spilled crumbs, drink or other error but I will point out that my standard Dell keyboard lasted through years of the same abuse.

Just typing this review I have had to go back at least 5 times because of the damn backspace key. I hate this keyboard.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2010
I just love this keyboard. I was wanting one that lit up because it is often kind of dark where our computer is, and I don't like turning on all of the lights to type just a few things in. This one does the job! I also really like that their are bright green lights for the caps lock and num lock--my last one didn't have any light. The only complaint I got from my daughter was that the back space button could be bigger, but this doesn't bother me. All in all I am very pleased with my purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
the keyboard is awkward to type with. super small backspace button. had 5 people try it, every singl;e person can't type correctly with it. contact misspellings because of odd key placement.

Avoid this bad keyboard.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2010
I've had it for a couple of months now and I really like it. I replaced a new dell multimedia keyboard with this one for two reasons:

1. This one is narrower and fits better in my desk keyboard drawer, giving my mouse more room.
2. It is very easy to see the keys, especially at night.

I bought a new dell desktop computer and a beautiful white keyboard came with it, but it was too wide and difficult to see the keys.

The only problem was getting used to the new key layouts and sizes for the enter, backspace, end, home and delete keys. I would prefer to have the backspace key larger than other keys but I've already adjusted.

This keyboard is actually plugged into a Trendnet KVM box allowing me to use one keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker system with two computers. Trendnet uses the Scroll Lock key (two presses) to switch between computers and this keyboard also uses the Scroll Lock key (one press) to switch the backlight on and off. In spite of that I haven't had any problems, it works fine.

It seems very durable so far and a good value for the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2010
Plug this into your computer, and at the touch of a button, you have the keys clearly backlit with a soft blue glow. If you want to work on your computer in the poor lighting and you can't touch-type things like numbers (or can't find the home keys in the dark), this will make using the computer much easier!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
The bad...
- Keys feel too mushy. I handle a lot of desktop/laptop keyboards and this has to be the worst "feeling" in my opinion.
- Bad placement of keys. The "enter" key, "backspace key should be in the far right (not to the left of the far right keys).
The "delete", "home", "page up", etc, keys should perhaps be attached to the number keyboard.
- The keys are lighted with blue light. If you ask me that's the worst color besides black for "light". It could have been a light orange or even weak white for a much better job lighting.
- You cannot have the keyboard with the lights off (the keys become totally dark. It's good if you want to practice your typing, though.
- Size could be smaller (edges of keyboard could be cut). Multimedia buttons could be cut also to save space.

The good:
- Standard size keys
- Cheapest lighted keyboard I could find. Any better priced ones out there?

If you buy it, make sure you try typing a lot first, to see all the shortcomings/error produced while typing.
Make sure that you are ready to return and another lighted keyboard to replace it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
It worked fine and then one day it just quit working. I bought one before and it lasted about a year this one wasn't even a month old.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2010
I have a dark area where my computer is located at and this key board lights up vey well !
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