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Kensington Slim Type Keyboard - PC ( 64365 )

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  • Sleek contemporary profile complements any desktop
  • Scissor-switch technology delivers crisp, responsive touch typing
  • Laptop-style keys with a lighter action for faster typing
  • Intuitive hot keys for one-touch multimedia control
  • Easy USB connection

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Kensington
  • Model: 64365
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black, Silver
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches ; 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000243DNA
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 64365
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 24, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Dress up any desktop computer with a stylish, low profile keyboard.

The Kensington SlimType Keyboard delivers comfort and convenience - with a style that will complement any desktop. Outside, the sleek, slim exterior reflects today's contemporary styling. Inside, the latest keyboard technologies deliver fingertip convenience and control. Scissor-switch key technology - found in laptops - delivers light action typing with a crisp, responsive feel. And intuitive multimedia hot keys provide one-touch control of volume, play/pause, track, mute, and eject. There are even hot keys for sleep and calculator modes.

Product Description

Kensington Slim Type Keyboard for PCs : Dress up any desktop computer with a stylish, low profile keyboard. The Kensington SlimType Keyboard delivers comfort and convenience - with a style that will complement any desktop. Outside, the sleek, slim black and silver exterior reflects today´s contemporary styling. Inside, the latest keyboard technologies deliver fingertip convenience and control. Scissor-switch key technology - found in laptops - delivers light action typing with a crisp, responsive feel. And intuitive multimedia hot keys provide one-touch control of volume, play/pause, track, mute, and eject. There are even hot keys for sleep and calculator modes. Kensington 5 year warranty. PC or compatible computer with USB port.

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Customer Reviews

My keyboard still works and looks just as good since the day I bought it.
Dean Smith
This keyboard feels like a laptop keyboard: the keys are easy to press and feel very precise.
Samuel Sonne
I can type with this keyboard faster than on any other keyboard I've used.
Christopher & Valerie Byrnes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Bob on January 8, 2005
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I prefer laptop keyboards because the keys have a shorter actuation distance, which seems to make typing less stressful. The Slim Type actuation distance isn't as small as an iBook keyboard, but I think it's smaller than the keyboards of some Dells I've used. Maybe it's also the feel of the "crisp" "scissor-switch" keys as advertised above - "crisp" is certainly accurate. Anyway, I find that with this keyboard I can type a lot longer before my wrists start to hurt, as compared to normal desktop keyboards. Plus, the low profile (less than an inch high) means that I don't need a wrist support, I can rest my hands comfortably on my desk.Update: yes, I've noticed the problem mentioned in another review with keys "sticking", with both keyboards that I own. What happens is that about every half an hour the keyboard power-cycles, and when it comes back on, if it powered off or maybe came on when a key was depressed then things can get in a weird state - pressing other keys fixes it. The power-cycling itself is annoying, since I can't type for the two seconds or so that it takes to complete - the key repeating part I find less so, since it only happens occasionally. It isn't as bad for the user as it sounds, although it is indeed a major design flaw. I didn't mention it earlier because I thought it might be a Linux problem, I'm sorry if I misled other buyers. I'll wait and see if I can get replacements from Kensington.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Teapot Tales on July 9, 2006
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I do not want to repeat everything that all the others wrote about this keyboard, except for a fact that it is nice, solid, fast, and inexpensive for its quality. What I do not like about it (although I could not give it less than 5 stars) is the regular-size NumLock key (some Logitech boards have a smaller NumLock key, which allows your to avoid pressing it accidentally). Well, it is just a wish, actially. Also, I am not crazy about the placement of the Delete key: it is somewhat hard to reach. The second ''|\'' key exists for no reason (I guess that the manufacturer did not want to make another irregular size ''Alt'' or ''Start'' key ) and it kind of interferes, sitting between the ''SpaceBar'' and the left ''Alt''. Yes, I type fast, I type ALOT. So, certain things do make difference for me. There are no perfect keyboards, but this one is certainly above-the-average in so many ways.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T.K. on October 2, 2007
I tried this keyboard for several days and returned it.
Fortunately, Amazon gracefully accepted the return without any problem.
Here is my take on this keyboard and hope I can prevent someone like me from buying and returning this product.

1. Pros
1) Scissor type keyboard for comfortable typing
2) Smaller than regular size

2. Cons
1) Irregular layout
This was the deciding factor for me.
I could not get used to the strangely placed keys such as Ins, Del, Pgup, Pgdn, Home, End. Since I need to these keys frequently during programming, I found myself making lots of mistakes with this keyboard.
In addition, I started to make mistakes with regular keyboard as well.
2) Compared to regular-sized keyboards, this is smaller but only by a small degree.

3. Conclusion.
I loved the tactile response of scissor-type keyboards. It is definitely easy on my fingers.
However, the cons of this keyboard made me return it.
- If you need to use keys such as Ins, Del, Pgup, Pgdn, Home, End often
- If you think you may have problem adjusting to the irregular layout,
- If you do not desperately need the small saving in space offered by this slim keyboard,
I would recommend you to get regular sized-keyboard with scissor-type structure.

4. Alternatives
For PC users, I found the following alternatives available in the market.
Of course, there are more, but these are the ones that I tried.
1) I-rocks 6170M (Mac keyboard but can be used with PC without any driver)
2) I-rocks 6170E (with illuminated keys)

The former is cheaper than the latter but it has some shortcomings such as
- Alt and Windows keys are flipped
- It does not have PrtSc, scroll lock, Pause key.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert on June 22, 2006
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Mine died a few weeks ago, and I replaced it with a Logitech UltraX keyboard. It is a 100% improvement over this Kensington model. The UltraX feels more solid, is even more responsive, has a standard layout, looks more sophisticated, and has no driver problems.

Pros:

- Keys have a very nice feel to them. Not as good as many laptops, but still a huge improvement over a regular desktop keyboard.

- It's much easier to type very fast on these scissor-switch keyboards.

- The media (play/pause, volume up/down) keys are handy.

Cons:

- Problems with the USB driver. At unpredictable intervals, one key press will result in ~30 repetitions of that key. You have to backspace through them, unless the backspace key was that one that stuck, forcing you to retype most of your last sentence again.

- Chrome-colored paint accents wear off very quickly, leaving an ugly greenish-grey color.

- The keys tend to stick after a while. They feel 10% engaged and you have to poke them a little to unstick them.

- The nonstandard layout is a little annoying at times. I never got used to the pgup/pgdn positions.

- The Cadillac comparison made by other reviewers sounds perfect to me. Too much flash, chrome, and cheap materials and not enough quality.

- Mine lasted less than 18 months. Unacceptable when paying $30 for a keyboard alone.
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