Wireless Keyboard

A world without wires. That’s really the dream, isn’t it. And in the age where cell phones are increasingly becoming multimedia centers, wireless devices such as the wireless keyboard become increasingly valuable. There are many factors involved when purchasing a wireless keyboard and they include compatibility with your computer’s operating system, your budget, range in accuracy of your transmitter (does the keyboard respond quickly enough?), comfort (are the keys far enough apart) and whether or not you will need Bluetooth in the device.

Many of the wireless devices that you come across will be packaged with wireless mouse devices in what are called “desktop” sets. Of the things you want to look for, be especially mindful if comfort, how the keyboard is going to fit in your workspace and how you will integrate it with your other devices. Some will value aesthetics highly, while other just want functionality, useability and dependability. And yes, it is possible to have all these things. All you must do is device what you’re looking for, shop around and don’t settle until you see what you like.

Consider the Apple Wireless Keyboard, an easy-to-use, Bluetooth-compatible model with a stylish design. While there is a slight lag in keystrokes and it only works with the OS X version 10.2.6. or later and is pricey, this device is a great choice for Mac Bluetooth users. Be sure your operating system is compatible before purchasing, however. The Nokia Wireless Keyboard is also on the expensive side, albeit an attractive and user-friendly device. Shortcut keys make it an especially nice piece of technology to have around. However, there is no keyboard lock and the keys are kinda cramped. In the long run, however, this is a good device for Nokia users. Enter the Palm Universal Wireless keyboard, perfect for palm and pocket PCs and compactly designed. The keyboard slide and PDA stand are awkwardly designed, but this device is travel-friendly, user-friendly and works with a lot of different devices. Other decent wireless keyboards include the Targus Universal Wireless keyboard and the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard.

If you are an iPhone user, there are applications you can download that will give you a touchscreen keyboard, which is even better than buying a wireless keyboard because it is less expensive and you don’t have to carry around an extra device. Applications such as the Zemote cost just a few dollars and will be a must for home theatre PC users using Windows or Windows XP. User options include wireless and modes that include touch pad with scroll, keyboard, remote control keystrokes and general media control buttons. One feature actually lets you move your PC mouse pointer through motion.

One of the most popular wireless keyboards — and it comes with a wireless mouse, too — is the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro. This device is credited for a comfortable set-up and a slew of features that you can customize yourself. Only catch is there is no added bonus to buying these in a bundle versus buying these devices separately. However, the device is still considered an excellent bargain for a skilled keyboard. This device is great for the home and office or for gamers.

Meanwhile, the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 — which also comes with a wireless mouse — is stylish, curvy and designed for fast and comfortable typing. There are many quick-launch keys available, and this keyboard is compatible with both Macs and PCs. On the downside, the keyboard and mouse must be configured separately. While for the most part the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 is well designed and useful, it is also criticized for being too lightweight and cheap looking.

This Wireless Keyboard Review is Written/Updated on Dec 6th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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