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    Keyboard suggestions ??

    My solar powered Logitech keyboard died earlier this week. I am disappointed because it is only about 3 years old and has had relatively light use. I am currently using the wired Dell that came with my small desktop that I got 3-4 months ago. It is a dog. I have to really whack the keys hard with my typing stick. Not only is that tiring but I am having to enter some letters twice because the keys are not getting depressed enough. Can any one recommend a keyboard with easy to press keys? I went to BestBuy to check some out but they only had a couple on display. I think there were only two sales people there and they were involved in cleaning up after Christmas.

    Also, is there a way to get Windows 10 to do key clicks when the keys are depressed? That might help save me time wasted going back and putting all the missed letters in. I could only find references to turning key click on and off with the on-screen keyboard. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    If you go to the PC gaming area in Best Buy you'll find lots of other keyboards. I have a Deathstalker keyboard from Razr and i love the key style because they don't fatigue my crippy hands, like a mechanical keyboard does. It also has the anti-ghosting feature; this allows keys to be held.
    Hope this helps.
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    Crappler, that looks fantastic. Are all the keys really programmable? I use an alternative keyboard layout. I am currently using a Windows app to reprogram the keys. The problem with that is I cannot use other computers like my wife's. With a programmed keyboard I could just plug it in to her computer. I had a programmable AT keyboard back in the 1980's but they quit making them. There are some available from specialty companies but they want an arm and a leg for them.

    Are there any cons to your keyboard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post

    Also, is there a way to get Windows 10 to do key clicks when the keys are depressed? That might help save me time wasted going back and putting all the missed letters in. I could only find references to turning key click on and off with the on-screen keyboard. Thanks for any suggestions.
    No way that I know of within Windows 10, but there is a little program you can download that will do it. I think this is what you are looking for.

    https://www.grc.com/freeware/clickey.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    Crappler, that looks fantastic. Are all the keys really programmable? I use an alternative keyboard layout. I am currently using a Windows app to reprogram the keys. The problem with that is I cannot use other computers like my wife's. With a programmed keyboard I could just plug it in to her computer. I had a programmable AT keyboard back in the 1980's but they quit making them. There are some available from specialty companies but they want an arm and a leg for them.

    Are there any cons to your keyboard?
    It comes with a good software program that allows you to program the keys, but I've never tried it. Do you want me to test something out for you? Then I could tell you for sure.

    Cons:
    - The font for the keys is weird at first, but once you get used to it you'll like it. Well, I did, anyways. They're all lower case and italicized.
    - The keyboard is backlit so if that's not your thing it's a con. I like it myself. If you don't like it, it can be turned off.

    As far as programming the keyboard, I'm pretty sure it's based off the computer and not the keyboard itself, but it still could be programmed through the software on either computer.

    Hope this helps.
    Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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    This is me using this damn keyboard! lol

    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarcube View Post
    No way that I know of within Windows 10, but there is a little program you can download that will do it. I think this is what you are looking for.

    https://www.grc.com/freeware/clickey.htm
    I will try it.
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    See my personal webpage @
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    I am learning a lot about keyboards. There is a measure of the force required to trip the key switch. It is called the "actuation force" and is measured in grams. The range appears to be about 45 -80 grams. Also the key travel distance can be measured in mm. Regrettably, only a couple of gaming keyboard manufacturers report it. IMO this should be a standard listed spec. It certainly would make my keyboard selection a lot easier. I know know that I want one on the 45gm end of the continuum.
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    I also use a gaming type keyboard. Mine has nice back lighting in addition to an audible sound when the keys make contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reader View Post
    I also use a gaming type keyboard. Mine has nice back lighting in addition to an audible sound when the keys make contact.
    What make is it and have you had it very long?
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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