The keyboard is the main way that a person can connect to cyberspace, which pretty much makes it the most important input device--because without it, you can still claim to have a computer but you couldn't actually use it.

How to Choose a Keyboard

Consider these things when choosing your new keyboard: 

  • Features: The standard keyboard is the 104-key (QWERTY) keyboard. They now come with additional keys for the Internet and other functions. The majority of computers come with the traditional type of keyboard.
  • Design: There is a large variety of keyboards with different shapes that you can choose from. The contoured keyboard  with its recessed keys allows a more natural placement of your fingers on the keyboard. You should choose the type of keyboard that is most comfortable for you to use.
  • Size: Try to get a keyboard that will fit the allowable space on your desktop.
  • Comfort: Some keyboards make a 'clicking' sound during typing while others will have a softer touch and the keys are easier to depress. Choose the one that will allow you to type with efficiency and ease.
  • Ergonomic Keyboard: The keys on ergonomic keyboards are tilted at a 45-degree angle thus making it possible for you to type and still keep your wrists and forearms in a straight and natural position. I suggest that you invest in one so as to help to prevent wrist injury.
  • Wired or Wireless? Wired keyboards are the most cost-effective option, but a wireless computer keyboard is a better choice for entertainment programs, creating work flexibility, and for large workspaces where your computer keyboard is far from your computer.
  • Connectivity: Wired computer keyboards connect to your computer through a USB or PS/2 port. Before shopping for a computer keyboard, make sure you know what port type you have available. USB ports are faster than PS/2, which makes USB a better choice for gamers who need quick response. Adaptors  are available to convert USB to PS/2, and some keyboards will include the adaptor at no extra charge.

Keyboard Types

Wired Keyboards 

If you rarely use your computer or if you use it only to read your emails and surf the net now and then, these might be the best option for you. They are the cheapest and most basic models.

Wireless Keyboards 

If you choose a wireless computer keyboard, pay attention to battery life. Some wireless computer keyboards include a charging dock that powers up built-in rechargeable batteries, but if this is not the case, opt for rechargeable batteries and a charger for whichever model you choose (saves money and is better for the environment).

Ergonomic Keyboards 

Ergonomic keyboard was designed to bring comfort to the user. They come with natural wrist alignment to rest your wrist in a more comfortable position. If you are a frequent computer user, you should consider getting a ergonomic keyboard.

Gaming Keyboards

For gaming purpose, it is advisable to get a gaming keyboard. The thing to look out for is the in-game control and hot keys programmability.

Multimedia Keyboards 

Frequent multimedia user can also benefit from the various types of multimedia keyboard available in the market. These keyboards have extra short cut keys to give you full control of your favourite media player or video playback.

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