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Backspace key is too small and no left mouse button next to track ball like the WKB-3000UB/FK-760
on April 1, 2012
I've bought at least 4 or 5 Adesso WKB-3000UB keyboards and at least one DSI 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard with Optical trackball, Black, FK-760. Sooner or later they fail, trackball becomes erratic, scroll wheel stops working or keys stop responding. All but one have been Adesso.
I love the WKB-3000UB/DSI FK-760. This keyboard, the WKB-3000U is a newer offering from Adesso.
1. Keyboard feel is very good (better than the WKB-3000UB)
2. Scroll wheel is much better than the WKB-3000UB
3. Track ball is much more precise than the WKB-3000UB
1. The backspace key is the same size as the other "standard size" keys and it is located next to the Home key. It should be twice the size as other keys as on the WKB-3000UB/FK-760. I don't know how many times I think I hit the back space key but inadvertently hit the Home key. It really messes things up!
2. Unlike the WKB-3000UB/FK-760, this keyboard does not have the left mouse button on the right edge of the keyboard by the track ball. For those of you that have used the UKB-3000UB/FK-760 you know how great that feature is. You can move the mouse and left click with one hand!
The ergonomics of the WKB-3000UB/FK-760 are the best I have found to date. I love the layout! Unfortunately it suffers from poor quality issues. I have tried to find another keyboard with trackball (or keyboard with separate trackball) that worked as well. I just can't find one. So I keep buying the WKB-3000UB. :( I've tried the IOGEAR Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel, 2.4GHz Wireless GKM561R (Black) but didn't like it (poor track ball performance). :(
I have to give up on Adesso, as much as I love the ergonomics of the WKB-3000UB I just can't keep dropping $60+ on replacements.
Two days ago I ordered 2 FK-760 keyboards. They appear to be a clone of the Adesso (or vise-versa). I am hoping they are better quality, but more than likely they are just clones. :( My lone surviving keyboard is a FK-760, I don't know if it's luck of the draw or if that MFR makes a better version, guess I'll find out soon (fingers crossed).
The DSI FK-760 keyboards arrived. Maybe I forgot how rough the track ball performance is on those keyboards (Adesso included). I was going to send the Adesso WKB-3000U back, but after brief usage of the FK-760, I decided to pull the WKB-3000U out and give it another shot. The track ball and scroll wheel performance blows the WKB-3000UB/FK-760 away! To avoid inadvertently hitting the Home key (as described above), I decided to pop it off. Uh-oh! It is a more complicated key attach design than most keyboards, and I think I may not be able to reinstall that key. But oh-well, I don't use the Home key that much anyway. I routinely pull the Caps Lock key too (who uses that key these days anyway?). That key needs to go away.
My initial review gave this keyboard 1 star, I'm upgrading my rating to 3 stars based on the track ball performance. If Adesso would increase the size if the backspace key and include a left mouse button by the scroll wheel then I'd give it 5 stars. Please Adesso, make a keyboard with the ergonomics of the WKB-3000UB but with the quality of the WKB-3000U!
Keyboard continues to work well. I still miss the left mouse button by the scroll wheel (hint hint Adesso!).
Even though I give this keyboard 3 stars for the deficiencies listed above, I still recommend it. I use it everyday.
Sorry folks my two previous updates remark about no left mouse button by the scroll wheel. My bad, I meant to say no left mousse button by the track ball. There is a left and right button by the scroll wheel. But without a left mouse button by the track ball you must use to hands to surf. Bummer!
I'm still using this keyboard. The track ball is getting a little sticky. Not sure how to clean it. ???