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Computer Keyboards

The computer keyboard is the most important peripheral when using a computer - in fact, older computers will not even boot up without a keyboard attached to them. There are many different types of keyboards today, even wired and wireless.

Wired Keyboards

Wired keyboards connect to a computer through the use of a USB connection. Some of them feature removable cables as well. Mechanical keyboards and gaming keyboards typically prefer a wired connection because of the amount of power it utilizes to power all the features and lights.

Wireless Keyboards

Wireless keyboards are usually very simple and easy on the amount of features. They usually don't have any lights and are very basic to conserve on power consumption because these things run on batteries. Wireless keyboards can connect through the use of either a USB dongle or a Bluetooth connection. Some brands of wireless keyboards have very great power efficiency that the batteries can last up to over a year or so.

Gaming Keyboards

Gaming keyboards take the form of many keyboards, be it mechanical, membrane or wireless. What sets a gaming keyboard apart from the rest is the ability to register multiple key presses at a single time, feature extra keys that are programmable (macro keys), and also shorter buttons so that the keys are pressed faster. Gaming keyboards are also very popular with the inclusion of LED lights.

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Computer keyboards are the main input devices for every personal computer in the world. Although there are many other input devices for a computer, the keyboard is the most essential one - it is almost impossible to completely operate a computer without the use of a keyboard. Find out more about the types of keyboards here.

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2016 New Cleaning Window Blinds Brushes Air Conditioning Car Keyboard Cleaner Shutter Home Tool Multifunctional Dust Cleaning Brush
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Features:Tools; Room Type:Bathroom,Living Room,Kitchen,Car; Cleaning Supplies:Lint Remover Brush; Material:Plastic; Net Weight(kg):0.04; Listing Date:11/16/2016
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2016 Cute Mini USB Vacuum Keyboard Cleaner Dust Collector Cleaning Vacuum Brush for PC Laptop Desktop Notebook
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Universal Laptop Computer Phone Keyboards Cleaner Soft Gel PC Cleaning Clay Magic Dust Collector Gum Rubber
HK$ 28.00
Banggood
Description : Universal Laptop Computer Keyboard Cleaner Soft Gel PC Cleaning Clay Magic Dust Collector Gum Soft Rubber This is a Universal Laptop Computer Keyboard Cleaner, which can picks up dust and dirt from computer keyboards, mobile phones and printers. Do not leave residues, keeps your hands clean, has a proven disinfecting action. Dust and dirt in gaps will be absorbed by the compound. It can really help to catches dirt and kills over 80% of germs. By pressing the cleaning compound onto the surfaces that you would like to clean. Can be used for many times until the cleaning compound turns into dark color. A must for using public computers in a clean and safe way, ideal for all devices and surfaces. Specification : Material : Soft gum material. Color : Send it in random Warm Notes : 1. Before using it to clean your keyboard, please power off your keyboard, and it is necessary to knead it into a roll, which ensures no small items sticking your keyboard. 2. During the shipping or storage, if the temperature is high, the product's shape might change like a liquid. Please put it in the fridge for a while will be OK. Package Includes : 1 x Magic Keyboard Dust Cleaning Soft Gel Detail Pictures :
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Floating Mechanical Games Feel Suite 7 Colour Backlit Keyboard Or Suit
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Power Supply:USB Port; Connection:Wired; Features:Backlit; Mouse type:Gaming Mouse; Mouse size:121mm-130mm; Keyboard type:Gaming keyboard; Keyboard Backlit:RGB Backlit; Number of keyboard keys:104; Number of mouse keys:3
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1STPLAYER GK3 Mechanical Feeling Gaming Keyboard
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61 Key ANSI Layout OEM Profile PBT Thick Keycaps for 60% Mechanical Keyboard
HK$ 156.00
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Specification: 1. Item: OEM Keycaps 2. Main Color: White and black 3. Anmount: 61 Features: 1. This keycap set is OEM profile, higher than Cherry profile. 2. The keycap is made of durable PBT material, the thickness is about 1.5mm. 3. It can be used for most Cherry MX Gateron MX Kailh MX and all other MX switches keyboard. 4. Pleast notice that it is only the keycaps, keyboard is not included. Incompatiability 1. If the spacebar is 6u 6.5u 7u instead of 6.25u, it can't be compatible, such as some Hhkb Cosair Logitech. 2. Some old Cherry keyboard whose Spacebar Capslock back hole is different is not compatible. 3. Some Costar stabilizer keyboard whose spacebar may be clicky for thick caps.You can adjust the wire or cut the edges of inner spacebar. Package Included: 1 * 61 OEM Profile PBT Thick KeyCaps For MX Switches Mechanical Keyboard
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ZALMAN ZM-K500 Usb Mechanical Keyboard Uk Layout
HK$ 497.00
Nzgameshop
- Offers gamers best conditions by using high quality linear type high actuation force and fast response switch - 5 multimedia keys on the upper right side (volume /-, mute, internet browser, email) for easy access - 352x169x36mm compact layout allows wider working space for your desk - Ergonomically designed to minimize user`s fatigue - Long lasting laser carved key caps - Durable 20 million times' key life - Adjust the height to your own preference Keyboard Purpose PC/server Keyboard style Straight Keyboard form factor Standard Keyboard number of keys 92 Hot keys Yes Keys operating life 20 million characters Adjustable keyboard height Yes Actuation force 50 g Device interface USB Ports & interfaces Cable length 1.5 m Design Material ABS synthetics Colour of product Black Backlight Yes Backlight colour Red
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Wireless Keyboard Mouse Wireless Keyboard Mouse Suit Ultra-Thin Keyboard Mouse
HK$ 133.00 HK$ 172.00
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Power Supply:AAA Battery; Connection:Wireless; Mouse type:Office Mouse; Mouse size:100mm-120mm; Keyboard type:Office keyboard; Number of keyboard keys:104; Number of mouse keys:3
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Filco Filco Majestouch 2 Ninja Cherry MX 87 Key Mechanical Keyboard Black
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Majestouch NINJA Tenkeyless [BrownSwitch/Tenkeyless/US ASCII
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Elephone EleEnter Game1 USB Wired RGB Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
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Elephone EleEnter Game1 USB Wired RGB Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
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E-3lue Ekm727 Ergonomic USB Wired High-speed 87 Keys/104 Keys Esports Mechanical Keyboard Gaming Key Cap Metal Panel Blue Switches/Black Switches Colorful LED Backlight
HK$ 377.00
Tomtop
Features: Ergonomic design to fit your fingers and wrists, and it is suitable for people who use keyboard to play game or work for a long time. 12 multimedia shortcut keys by pressing FN + F1-F12, and you can enjoy both games and entertainment, very easy and convenient to use. Durable laddering and floating key caps design, and the double-shot molding keys are not easy to fade and provide comfortable typing angles and reduce resistance when touching. Colorful and cool LED effects: the keyboard supports different kinds of LED effects, and they are definitely good assistants to highlight the atmosphere of game playing. Backlight pressing tips: Fn+Ins, Fn+Hm, Fn+Pu, Fn+Del, Fn+Pd, Fn+End. N-Key rollover allows multiple keys to work simultaneously. The keyboard will meet a various of games and bring you a good gaming experience. Metal panel, durable and full of mechanical feel, and it is easy to clean. The 104 keys mechanical keyboard is with stand feet to help adjust its placing angle for different needs. Can be used in the office, also can be used to play games. It can directly plug and play. Supports systems: for Windows 7/8/10/2000/Mac/XP/ME/Vista/Linux, etc.
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E-3Lue Ekm753 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard USB Wired Blue Switches Metal Panel 104 Keys
HK$ 284.00
Tomtop
Features: Ergonomic design to fit your fingers and wrists, and it is suitable for people who use keyboard to play game or work for a long time. 12 multimedia shortcut keys by pressing FN + F1-F12, and you can enjoy both musics and entertainment more easily and conveniently. Blue switches, excellent keystroke feeling, low resistance and click feedback, suitable for playing games or typing. Built-in professional gaming chip, which can make a quick response under your command. Durable floating keys which can provide comfortable typing and reduce resistance when touching and is not easy to fade. Metal panel, very stable and durable, and it is easy to clean. Non-slip foot pads can protect the keyboard from slipping and improve the stability of the keyboard. With stand feet to help adjust its placing angle and meet different requirements. USB wire with anti-interference magnetic ring: great performance in anti-interference, very durable and it will ensure controlling the game smoothly. N-Key rollover allows multiple keys to work simultaneously. It will meet a various of games and bring you a good gaming experience. DIY switches: You can change the switches by yourself. This keyboard does not have lighting effect when using.
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Lenovo Mk300 Mechanical Keyboard
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Filco Filco Majestouch 2 Cherry MX 87 Key Mechanical Keyboard Black
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Cherry MX Brown Switch (tactile feel)/87 keys
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RAZER Razer BlackWidow X TE RGB
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Built around Razer's award-winning Mechanical Switches designed from the ground up for hard-core gaming. The crisp, tactile feel, responsiveness and consistency deliver a unique unfair gaming advantage
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6X Mechanical Keyboard Switches Tester Kit Clear Keycaps Sampler For Cherry MX
HK$ 55.00
Banggood
Specifications: 1. Material: Plastic 2. Size(L*W*H): 6.5 x 4.3cm x 2.2cm/2.6" x 1.7" x 0.9" 3. Contains 6 Clear caps and 6 Cherry MX Switch: Black, Blue, Red, Brown, Light Green, Green Descriptions: If you can't decide which switch to type on. This sampler tester kit and decide which switch fits you better. This kit is designed to simulate the actual feeling on a real cherry mx switch mechanical keyboard by mounting all the actual switches on a PCB Features: 1. A must have kit to try Cherry MX mechanical key switch. 2. Mounted on PCB to simulate actual key feeling. 3. Translucent clear keycaps. Package Included: 1 x Tester Notice: 1. There will be 1-3mm error due tomanualmeasurement. 2. The color may have different as the difference display.
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2.4GHz Wireless Multimedia Ergonomic Usb Gaming Keyboard Metal 6 Buttons Wireless Mouse Sets For Laptop / Computer
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Power Supply:AAA Battery; Connection:Wireless; Features:DPI Adjustable; Mouse type:Gaming Mouse; Mouse size:100mm-120mm; Keyboard type:Gaming keyboard; Number of keyboard keys:104; Number of mouse keys:6
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Rapoo Rapoo V500L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Black Switches Mix-colored Backlit Backlight USB Wired Anti-ghosting
HK$ 468.00
Tomtop
Features: Durable full mechanical keys With mechanical key switches, a single key life of up to 60 million operations. Individually backlit keys Mix-colored backlight with adjustable brightness, making your keyboard cooler. Anti-ghosting capacity Conflict-free keys allow you to press up to thirteen keys simultaneously without any signal failure. Keycaps Durable keys with double color injection molding keycaps. Media control Fn keys give you quick access to functions like media player, homepage, volume adjustment etc. Onboard memory, save and play Built-in Flash memory can save the keyboard settings. You can play the way you want it, on any computer without the help of any software.
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Motospeed Motospeed Professional USB Wired Esport Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo Keyboard and Mouse LED Backlit Blue Switches 26-Key Rollover Adjustable DPI Mouse for Pro Gamer Dota LOL PC
HK$ 336.00
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Features: Keyboard with thoughtful win lock function: there is no need to worry that you may press win key by accident during game playing. Adopting superior blue switches: the blue switches can bring user good tactile feedback, and once you press the key it can respond accurately and quickly. The keyboard adopts double-shot molding technology so it can prevent the keycap from fading due to sweat, water and scratch. Supporting 10 different kinds of LED light effects: boosting the atmosphere of game playing. Multimedia combination keys: when user wants to use email, calculator, etc. These combination keys are just within hands reach, convenient and time-saving. Aluminum alloy panel: fashion, stylish and durable. Ergonomic design: Ensuring user can concentrate on game playing for a long time without fatigue. Mouse with classical 6 buttons: effortless and easy to use. Adjustable Dpi: user can adjust it for different game needs. Cool LED backlit: the color of backlit changes with the changes of Dpi. Built-in professional gaming chip: high performance in anti-interference, ensuring there are no drop frames when user uses it for quick movement. Comfortable and compact design: user can grip it firmly during usage. Durable Teflon footpad: it is conducive to have great performance in game playing. Plug and play, easy and convenient to use.
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Motospeed Motospeed Professional Mechanical Gaming Esport Keyboard with Tactile High-speed 104 Keys Anti-ghosting Black Switches USB Wired
HK$ 303.00
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Features: Black switches, obvious key pressure with resistance and bounce, great tactile feedback and small noise. Anti ghosting with full keys unlimited simultaneous keystrokes. More than 50 million keystroke, long service life. Well build, solid and heavy that give you an excellent operating experience. WIN key quick lock and unlock. 12 media keys, more convenient to use. Rubber pads and stand feet on the bottom for increasing stability and skidproof. The keyboard works amazingly in both the typing and gaming. Perfect fit for professional gamers.
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60% DIY White Mechanical Keyboard Universal Frame Plastic Case For GH60 Poker
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Specifications: 1. Color: White 2. Material: Plastic 3. Size: 30cm x 10.8cm x 2.5cm / 11.8" x 4.3" x 1" 4. Fit for: Gh60/ Poker2/ Faceu 60% Mechanical Keyboard 5. Screw dimension: 0.2cm/0.1" Features: 1. Durable and tough, protect your keyboard well 2. Simple style, make the typing more comfortable Package Included: 1 x Keyboard Plastic Case Notice: 1. Please allow 1-3cm error due to manual measurement.Pls make sure you do not mind before you bid 2. The color may have different as the difference display, pls understand
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G.SKILL Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Cherry MX
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Cherry RGB Red Key switch Full RGB Backlighting Media Control Panel with Volume Roller and Digital LED Volume Display On-the-fly Macro Recording with Full Per-Key Programmability 6 Extra Built-in Macro Keys Foldable Mouse Cable Holder USB 2.0, Audio, and Mic Pass-through Ports Solid Brushed Aluminum Top-Plate
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Cherry Cherry Mx-board 3.0 Wired Professional Usb Keyboard With Win-key Lock
HK$ 689.00
Nzgameshop
Extremely robust professional keyboard for fast and precise input The Cherry MX-Board 3.0 captivates with its world-exclusive use of Gold Crosspoint contacts in the MX modules, ensuring perfect and extremely fast keystrokes. This professional, maximum-precision keyboard is even sturdier and more robust than its predecessor, making it the perfect partner for every type of exacting input imaginable. MX module with Gold Crosspoint contacts for reliable contact capability and exemplary responsiveness N-key rollover: Simultaneous operations of up to 14 keys without any key ghosting effects Available in four different key confirmation types Professional quality with a perfect key stroke: 50 million operations for each key The integrated metal plate and extensive anti-slip protection ensure it remains robust Detachable cable Win-Key lock: Windows buttons can be disabled to prevent inadvertent operation
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Rapoo Rapoo V500L Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Brown Switches Mix-colored Backlit Backlight USB Wired Anti-ghosting
HK$ 468.00
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Features: Durable full mechanical keys With mechanical key switches, a single key life of up to 60 million operations. Individually backlit keys Mix-colored backlight with adjustable brightness, making your keyboard cooler. Anti-ghosting capacity Conflict-free keys allow you to press up to thirteen keys simultaneously without any signal failure. Keycaps Durable keys with double color injection molding keycaps. Media control Fn keys give you quick access to functions like media player, homepage, volume adjustment etc. Onboard memory, save and play Built-in Flash memory can save the keyboard settings. You can play the way you want it, on any computer without the help of any software.
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Features: Ergonomic design to fit your fingers and wrists, and it is suitable for people who use keyboard to play game or work for a long time. 12 multimedia shortcut keys by pressing FN + F1-F12, and you can enjoy both musics and entertainment more easily and conveniently. With blue color lighting effect and 10 LED backlit modes, and you can customize the lighting effect by yourself. By pressing Fn+End to customize the lighting effect and pressing Fn+Ins to switch backlights. Built-in professional gaming chip, which can make a quick response under your command. Durable floating keys which can provide comfortable typing and reduce resistance when touching and is not easy to fade. Metal panel, very stable and durable, and it is easy to clean. Non-slip foot pads can protect the keyboard from slipping and improve the stability of the keyboard. With stand feet to help adjust its placing angle and meet different requirements. USB wire with anti-interference magnetic ring: great performance in anti-interference, very durable and it will ensure controlling the game smoothly. N-Key rollover allows multiple keys to work simultaneously. It will meet a various of games and bring you a good gaming experience. DIY switches: You can change the switches by yourself. Optional switches type: There are two optional switches for the keyboard((blue/black switches). 1. Blue switches are suitable for playing games or typing due to its excellent keystroke feeling, low resistance and click feedback. 2. Black switches are suitable for most games due to its fast response and good tactile feel. How to customize the lighting effect: First step: Press Fn+9/0 Second step: Press Fn+End to start Third step: Press the keys you want Fourth step: Press Fn+End again to save
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Breathing Lights USB Gaming Keyboard with Pad 2 Pieces a Set
HK$ 273.00 HK$ 410.00
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Power Supply:USB Port; Connection:Wired; Type:Gaming Keyboard; Features:Backlit,Waterproof; Keyboard Backlit:Multicolor Backlit; Number of keyboard keys:104
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E-3lue Ekm751 Ergonomic USB Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard High-speed 104 Keys Optional Colorful LED Backlit/Programmable RGB Backlights
HK$ 357.00
Tomtop
Features: Ergonomic design which is suitable for people who use keyboard to play game or work for a long time. 12 multimedia shortcut keys by pressing FN + F1-F12, and you can enjoy both musics and entertainment in an easy and convenient way. Durable laddering and floating key caps design, and the double-shot molding key caps are not easy to fade and provide comfortable typing angles and reduce resistance when touching. Ultra-comfort: equipped with a full-size detachable hand rest which can support your hands, very comfortable. User can enjoy game or work for a long time. N-Key rollover allows multiple keys to work simultaneously. It will meet a various of games and bring you a good gaming experience. With macro function: you can customize and set macro with the keys for various games through the driver.(only for the keyboard with RGB led effect) Aluminium alloy panel, durable and full of mechanical feel, and it is easy to clean. Backlit pressing tips: Fn+Ins, Fn+Hm, Fn+Pu, Fn+Del, Fn+Pd, Fn+End. The borders of the keyboard have lighting effect, which can be turn on/off by pressing Fn+Pb. With stand feet to help adjust its placing angle and meet different requirements. Non-slip foot pads can protect the keyboard from slipping and improve the stability of the keyboard. 1.8m USB weaving wire with anti-interference magnetic ring: great performance in anti-interference, and it can directly plug and use. Lighting effect: 1. There are two different lighting effects(optional) of the mechanical gaming keyboards, one is keyboard without Rgb, and the other is keyboard with RGB(optional). 2. For the keyboard without Rgb: Mixed-color LED effect(9 cool lighting effects and 5 recorded modes). With its different LED effects, it will bring you a good visual experience. 3. For the keyboard with Rgb: Adjustable RGB LED backlit: 6 themes backlit which have 3 different lighting effects in each theme(up to 18 optional led lighting modes). 16.8 million adjustable colors: each key can be customized and adjusted to 16.8 million colors. You can set your favorite colors by yourself.
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iPazzPort iPazzPort Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Multi-color Backlit Backlight for Mac Windows Laptop Computer Android iOS Multi Media
HK$ 264.00
Tomtop
Features: Slim design, beautiful appearance, fashionable. Long-range Bluetooth connecting distance is up to 33 feet/10 meters. With a standard laptop keyboard layout full Qwerty keyboard. Multi-color backlight for convenient operation in darkened room. Ultra sensitive touchpad: can switch between the Mouse Touchpad mode and Number Key mode by sliding. With a power switch, can shut off the power when not in use, saving power. Supports multi-touch and scrolling bar. Supports multi languages. Application: home entertainment, education, training, conference, presentation, projector, etc.
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RK Royal Kludge Gaming S 108 mechanical keyboard
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RK release Side108 (S108) backlit mechanical keyboard
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K002 Gaming Keyboard Seven Colors Backlit Three LED Modes USB 104 Keys for PC Laptop Desktop
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Tomtop
K002 Gaming Keyboard Seven Colors Backlit Three LED Modes USB 104 Keys for PC Laptop Desktop
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Computer KeyboardsHong Kong

The keyboard

The computer keyboard is probably the most important piece of computer peripheral or accessory you must have. The computer keyboard is the most basic way to navigate through a computer, even from the most basic of interfaces such as the BIOS settings where the computer mouse is not recognized; and thus the keyboard has become the main input for computers.

The typical keyboard has a up to 104 keys as a standard, but this may vary in different types and layouts of keyboard, each one representing an alphabetical letter, numeric, symbol, function, and directional key. Each key has a representing letter, numeric, or symbol printed or engraved (in many different ways) on to the key for user reference. Most often, pressing several different keys simultaneously or in sequence may also result in a secondary function of the key being activated, such as the quotation mark which may give a single quotation symbol or a double quotation symbol. Functions like this gives the keyboard more functions than the original number of keys do.

Keyboard layouts

They keyboard's layout may vary in different regions, and the most commonly used one is the QWERTY keyboard, which is the one commonly seen all over the world, with the layout of some regions different slightly in the placement of certain keys such as the "bar" key (commonly found above the "Enter" key), which could be placed next to the "Backspace" key instead. Other lesser known layouts include QWERTZ and Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, which is rather uncommon in most parts of the world. The QWERTZ is widely used in Germany where the "Z" replaces the "Y" key in the QWERTY layout.

Type of keyboards

There are actually a lot of different types of keyboards out there, including ergonomic ones which may look rather strange, but actually help to reduce wrist and finger strain during long typing sessions. However, keyboards such as those are rather rare and uncommon in use these days, although they are still widely available for purchase if someone would wish so. Today, most people differentiate keyboards among three different types based on their type of keys: membrane keyboard, mechanical keyboard, and the laptop keyboard, or also known as the scissor switch keyboard.

  • Membrane keyboards (also sometimes known as rubber dome switches)are the most commonly found and used keyboards today, and they come in many different shapes and sizes. They are so named because of the type of technology used in the keys to activate them: Two plastic films that contain a circuit which maps all the different keys. The keys are then activated when the rubber dome or cap under each key is depressed, pushing the two circuits together to complete the key activation. Membrane keyboards are usually very cheap and affordable too, although they can get very expensive depending on features.
  • Mechanical keyboardsare often known as the premium types of keyboards as they feature individual mechanical switches for each key. These keyboards are much superior to the membrane keyboards because they have very fast actuation force and do not require a user to full depress each key (bottoming out, as the term goes) as if they are using a membrane keyboard. There are many different types of mechanical keyboard switches such as loud clicky ones, ones with a small tactile bump, or even ones that are completely smooth to depress.
  • Laptop keyboardsor also known as scissor-switches keyboards are in a way a sort of hybrid between a mechanical keyboard and a membrane keyboard. Laptop keyboards are generally very shallow and contain a mechanism of sorts under each key that looks like a scissor which depresses on push, which then presses down on a membrane layer to activate the key. Although not as comfortable as a mechanical or membrane, the laptop keyboard's short key travel allows for very fast key activation, resulting in faster response and speed.

When looking for a keyboard, you should know what you are looking for either based on function or budget. If a simple keyboard is all you need for very simple daily tasks, then a membrane keyboard is best suited for you. If you want a very luxurious and comfortable typing experience, go down the mechanical keyboard path. Reliable brands of keyboard include Logitechkeyboards, Razerkeyboards, and Steelserieskeyboards, just to name a few.

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