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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.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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    #2
    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.
    Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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      #3
      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?
      You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
      http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

      See my personal webpage @
      http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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        #4
        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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          #5
          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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            #6
            This is me using this damn keyboard! lol

            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

            See my personal webpage @
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              #7
              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.
              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

              See my personal webpage @
              http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                #8
                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.
                You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                See my personal webpage @
                http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                  #9
                  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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                    #10
                    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 @
                    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                    See my personal webpage @
                    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                      #11
                      You'd have to see if it would work for you, but I used a Logitech G510S for computer work for about a year. I have full hand function, but worked in an office where keyboard noise was an issue, so it's quieter than most mechanical keyboards. The keys seem well-delineated, too, which was important to me as I did data work without looking at the keyboard and needed to be able to "feel" the keys.

                      The feature that sold me on the Logitech G510S was the ability to load up to 54 different phases of text or keystroke chains in the half keys off to the left side and/or the buttons around the keyboard (they can be reprogrammed so they're not doing music functions). I did a lot of work with multiple phrases or keystroke series, like depressing Alt, then some letters, and Ctrl, and then some letters, and then the phrase. I did this 6-8 hours straight some days. In most programs I used I could set a macro, but that was clunky. It was horrific if I had to punch the same seven or eight keys in a string all day long if the program I was using at the time wouldn't allow for macros, memory, or any other special shortcuts (some programs don't, like Adobe Acrobat). Being able to tie keyboard commands and, in my case, tie them to the hardware (my keyboard) was a lifesaver. Yes the macro keys were half-sized, but for me that wasn't a problem.

                      The information you save in your keyboard can actually be tied to the board if you need to, so you can bring the board with you to multiple machines. All that is required is enough administrative access to install the special software from Logitech required to run the board & macro keys (otherwise it functions as a normal keyboard and the keys on the left side are ignored). On a home computer you will have enough administrative access. On a work computer I had to ask for it, but IT was able to give me authorization in a jiffy.

                      I chose the Logitech over the Razer brand because I could touch/practice with the Logitech board, it was in stock, and it had more keys than the Razer did at a better price point. The Razer had to be special-ordered, sight unseen, non-returnable, at any place within 100 miles of me. It was also louder in an office environment. My coworkers had already asked me to use noise-deadening material for my work-assigned board...

                      I've also found Logitech Wave to be a good keyboard to use a stylus on, at the times I've done it (short-term).

                      Good luck!
                      Mystery

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                        #12
                        Thanks Mystery. I will check those out.
                        You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                        http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                        See my personal webpage @
                        http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          #13
                          My keyboard is a Perixx keyboard I got on Amazon chosen primarily for the back lighting. A mechanical keyboard with cherry key might be useful.

                          http://www.keyboardco.com/blog/index...ical-switches/

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