Customer Reviews: Microsoft Wired Keyboard 200 for Business - Black
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on January 12, 2012
I like how this keyboard works - a cheap keyboard which allows users to type on without frustration.

I think the keys are a bit softer than other cheap keyboards, including full-sized keyboards come with manufacturer PCs. That gives a possible faster typing speed, and reduce level of fatigue after typing for hours. The keyboard looks normal, which is simply fabulous. Nowadays keyboard makers always introduce funky but useless shapes of keyboards and layouts, which is terrible. Indicator lights of Caps/Number Pad/Scroll locks are above the number pad, which is a normal location. These lights are in amber, and have a reasonable light intensity. For those who want a keyboard that is cheap, usable, and doesn't look weird, Microsoft Wired Keyboard 200 is the one.

Downsides of this keyboard? Not many. First, there aren't any drain holes for spills. However, this keyboards only cost about ten bucks. If accident happens, pull out key caps and clean it, or directly buy a new one. Second, there is a utterly ugly keyboard saying "Health Warning" label attached to the USB cable on the keyboard side. Unfortunately, I cannot remove that label due to warranty (not confirmed with Microsoft - those who wants to remove the health warning label, please check with Microsoft first). That's all for the downsides.
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on May 1, 2014
I bought this to replace another Microsoft USB keyboard, because the letter "V" stopped working. So I receive this, it is a keyboard, and it basically works, so why the 2 stars? I will tell you. One strange thing about this particular item is that it keeps turning off the Num Lock light a few seconds after I stop typing. If I start typing, it turns the Num Lock back on. I have never seen that in any keyboard before. It actually annoys me. I don't like to see blinking lights all the time in my peripheral vision. I wasn't aware that a single LED consumed so much power that it required an energy savings feature, which requires the keyboard to go into the equivalent of a sleep mode or something. I am talking about a single LED, not an array of them. I don't know anybody who needs to count how many pennies they will save over the course of the next 1000 years by turning off a single LED for a few minutes here and there. That in its self doesn't warrant the 2 star rating, but what does is sometimes when the light goes off right as I am starting to type again, they keyboard literally goes offline, my computer makes that "usb device unplugged" sound, followed by a "usb device plugged in sound" then the keyboard goes back online. So naturally when that happens as you are typing, you are typing on a keyboard that is literally disconnected randomly for a second here and there. How annoying! This is the first time I have ever bought a keyboard that literally has a software glitch in it. Who would have thought you can actually manufacture something like a keyboard with software glitches. Well look at the brand name on this keyboard "Microsoft" and then there should be no doubt who can manufacture such an item with software glitches. In the time it took to write this review, that happened to me 5 or 6 times. What a piece of junk. If anybody knows how to fix this issue, please reply, if it is a simple thing to resolve, I will buy you an ice cream and revise this review with some more stars.

5/4/14 update. Figured out what is going on with the keyboard going off all the time. This is specific to Windows 8/8.1. Here's how to fix it:

Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers

Right click on your USB Keyboard, go to Properties, than the Hardware tab.

Highlight USB Input Device (this is the part that doesn't show up under Device Manager) and click on Properties. Click on Change settings.

Go to the Power Management tab and uncheck 'Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power'

That should do it. The keyboard wont shut off after not using it, and it wont shut off from holding down a key for 5 seconds. Kind of ridiculous why that is checked by default.

I am keeping the review at 2 stars because of the fact that you even have to do this to make the keyboard work correctly, and for the fact that it wasn't easy to find the solution to this problem either.
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on October 23, 2013
I type a lot. This is a no frills, standard keyboard that works well for typing with all keys just where your fingers expect them to be.

My old standard keyboard was noisy and the letters had worn off the keys. For not much more than 10 bucks this keyboard works great. The keys seem easy to press, having a slight texture on the surface and being indented just enough to result in fewer bad keystrokes when typing in a hurry. Typing is easy with all the keys just where my fingers expected them to be. No need to get used to a different keyboard layout. Note: it has full sized; Enter, Shift and Backspace keys.

The keys and keyboard are not the quietest. Maybe I am a 'heavy typer'. But the rubber feet are not the best, so I use a folded cloth under the keyboard which quietens it down significantly on my desk.

Overall, this standard keyboard is a great value that is easy to use and has no unneeded extras, and comes with free shipping. What more could you want in a basic keyboard.
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on January 2, 2012
I was looking for a simple white computer keyboard and this is PERFECT! I love it! Most computers now come with black ones, and when it gets dark in the evening I couldn't see mine! Even though I am a competent typer I still like to be able to see the board at times. Shipping and postage was reasonable so I am a happy happy typer!!!
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on August 9, 2012
Having been using laptops since I was in grade school, I needed a keyboard for my first home-built PC. Since I don't have enough money to buy something nice like a mechanical keyboard, I decided to go the other direction and get the cheapest keyboard I could find, which happened to be this one.

First off, the keyboard felt very mushy to type on. Heck, when I got the keyboard, my very first thoughts when I tested it out were, "Wow, this is a really mushy keyboard." I've used a variety of keyboards, and I would say that while it's mushier than the Dell keyboards that come included with their pre-built PCs, it's nowhere near as bad as the white keyboards that Apple used to sell before they made their thin aluminum ones. However, after a week of using the keyboard, I got used to typing on it, and I didn't notice any discomfort while typing.

Aside from typing, I also did some gaming on it. Some of the games I played were Metro 2033, Left 4 Dead 2, and Blacklight: Retribution. Left 4 Dead 2 in particular requires a lot of finger gymnastics and multiple simultaneous key presses, especially when playing as a Hunter, and I didn't notice any incorrect or missing inputs while playing. It's a competent gaming keyboard.

All in all, the keyboard does its job well, and for the $9 I paid for it, I don't regret buying it. As your first keyboard or as a backup keyboard, you can't go wrong.
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on March 26, 2015
This keyboard is quiet with the perfect amount of travel and force required to depress a key. It features the classic, predictable, and ergonomic layout of 104 keys with three LEDs to indicate the status of number lock, caps lock, and scroll lock. As it is wired it never needs battery replacement nor has any key lag or latency problems.

However, with a default setting in Windows 8.1, the keyboard randomly turns on and off, as evidenced by the number lock LED turning on and off. This causes aggravation due to the keyboard not registering a few keystrokes when this happens. The computer also makes a USB connection/disconnection sound when this happens.

Fortunately, the fix is easy: uncheck "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" in the device properties. I posted step-by-step instructions with screenshots on how to do so here:
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on March 26, 2014
I bought this when I purchased a new computer. The keys started getting stuck within the first week of use, and the keyboard started to become increasingly unresponsive after about a month of use. Unplugging it and plugging it back in fixed both issues, but they cropped up again between five minutes to an hour later. Naturally, this was incredibly aggravating. Working from home with this keyboard was a nightmare.

For a long time, I thought it was my system settings and I thus spent several hours trying to fix registry keys, thinking that my new system came with a bugged sticky keys feature. After testing with another keyboard, I quickly found that was not the case. I threw this thing in the recycling after coming to that realization. It is more trouble than it is worth.

I am glad other users have had a positive experience with this keyboard, but I am one of the unlucky folks that had a negative experience.
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on January 23, 2013
Alright, one star on a keyboard, why? This keyboard will work fine for most typing, but issues come when there is a need to hold keys down for any duration. When the keys are depressed fully, that is not enough to guarantee that the keystroke is registered. There must be additional pressure on the key after it has been fully depressed for any signal to be sent to the computer. This additional pressure might not be noticed during normal typing when each key is pressed only once, as bringing your finger down fast on the key gives the extra pressure needed when it bottoms out to register, but when holding down any key for a short time if constant (and unexpectedly hard) pressure is not maintained the registration of the key being depressed will fluctuate. This shows itself if holding down shift for any period of time, or wasd while playing a game. I gave it a few hours of heavy use to see if it was merely something that could be gotten used to, but it is simply unreliable if you do any less than hold the keys down with enough pressure to make your fingertips hurt.
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on June 25, 2014
I bought this keyboard to replace the "stock" one that came with my new computer - I didn't like the "new" key configuration on the Delete, Home, End, etc. This keyboard has some sort of power saving feature which it shuts off after a few seconds - you can see this cause the "Num lock, Caps lock, etc" lights turn off like it is going to sleep. I use this keyboard for work - and as a Designer using AutoCAD - you are using both the mouse and the keyboard.....and there can be seconds sometimes minutes between keystrokes. That being said, when I go to type a key command in - it "misses" the first letter/command in my keystroke cause that initial "hit" wakes up the keyboard. So, more times than not - I am having to retype my commands due to this stupid keyboard shutting off to save 1/millionth of a watt of energy. For me personally, this keyboard is going to find a landfill soon - which in turn means all the wonderful power I'm saving by this dumb thing auto-powering down will be lost and then some as I add to a landfill.
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on March 18, 2014
I have done some research on this keyboard and it should act normal, but this one is not.

Odd things this keyboard does:
Hold the key down more then 2 seconds it will continue to do the last function until you pull out the USB connection
Cannot hold CTL key with another key it will lockup the keyboard where it will not allow number pad to work.

Not too sure if this is the keyboard normal operations, I plugged in another keyboard and it work fine, this one wow not too happy with at all...
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