View Full Version : anyone use a 89 key keyboard??
09-22-2004, 11:19 PM
I am really thinking about getting smaller keyboard, too many devices not enough desk. I guess the big problem is losing some fkeys, and the numberpad. Lots of apps use these for built in shortcuts. I thought about getting a seperate numberpad and a smaller keyboard, having the numberpad seperate would help alot.
So anyone try this or have any other ideas??
09-23-2004, 10:42 PM
Get a bigger desk.
Sorry i'm not trying to be sarcastic, well okay a little bit , but I would not trade functionality if I could help it.
Even if you can't run to a new desk how about making a new bigger top and fixing over the old one. You could even shape it to suit your seating position. Or what if the monitor is taking up space, raise it on an open box arrangement to use the space underneath.
What's taking up the space, wacom pad etc ?
09-24-2004, 02:32 AM
Thank you for your advice, I agree giving up functionality is not an option. My problem is that the mouse is running into the keyboard and when the tablet is needed it makes this worse. I am going to try a smaller keyboard with all f keys, and a seperate numbepad. Since all the keys are present everything should work as before.
wish me luck!:thumbsup:
09-24-2004, 02:42 AM
IBM has great keyboards. They cost quite a bit I think but they are good. Pretty much if you have ever used one of their laptops the keyboard experience is quite the same.
Got one of these (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=23-134-020&depa=0)... works out pretty well... no loss of Fkeys and use a separate USB Numpad.
Haven't tried to map the mulitmedia keys yet to in-app functions, but one of these days I'll give it a shot.
09-24-2004, 03:08 AM
Thanks everyone, I actually ordered that exact keyboard JDex! From newegg no less.:scream: Do you like it? It seemed like it got some good reviews, I am hoping that it is as smooth as it is described. I am looking forward to getting some more space on the desk.
Peanuckle, I think I did see that ibm keyboard about the same size as this one just a little pricey. I am sure it is very durable though, so if I like this arrangement and the orick doesn't last I will definitly look at it closer.
I guess I like it as much as one can like a keyboard.
Seems durable and is pretty quiet. Mine has been though it's share of abuse and is still working. I saw a low-profile, self-iluminating 89key board a few months ago that made me druel (dunno brand), but at $119 +tax, I decided that my little $20 board would suffice. Nice thing is, that if it lasts another 9 months, it will be my most successful keyboard purchase, longevity-wise.
09-24-2004, 04:53 AM
Sounds good thanks for the testimonial. Most keyboards that I've owned are used for keyboard shortcuts more than typing, so it is hard to spend too much on one. I hope I have as good luck as you have had thanks Jdex.
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