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Julie Bove
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      07-05-2011
Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off? Both of
my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was not. And
neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's keyboard
with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper keyboarding
skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own computer. Thanks!


 
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Paul
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      07-05-2011
Julie Bove wrote:
> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off? Both of
> my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was not. And
> neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's keyboard
> with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper keyboarding
> skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own computer. Thanks!
>


Apparently, they're laser etching keycaps now, and placing ink in the
trough created by the laser. I can see several companies offering
such a feature.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126043

I think I've had keycaps in the past, where they were molded, and
then ink or plastic was added to the inlaid character in the keycap.
Using a laser, means all the blank keys start the same, and the laser can
make any character on demand. One reviewer notes that the character
printed in the top of the keycap, isn't as crisp as older methods.

On inspection, all my current keyboards are the "wear-out" kind, and
my current keyboard, quite old, has significant wear on the
"gaming keys" That's when you know you game too much

Paul

 
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Julie Bove
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      07-05-2011

"Paul" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Julie Bove wrote:
>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off? Both
>> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was not.
>> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
>> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
>> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
>> computer. Thanks!

>
> Apparently, they're laser etching keycaps now, and placing ink in the
> trough created by the laser. I can see several companies offering
> such a feature.
>
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126043
>
> I think I've had keycaps in the past, where they were molded, and
> then ink or plastic was added to the inlaid character in the keycap.
> Using a laser, means all the blank keys start the same, and the laser can
> make any character on demand. One reviewer notes that the character
> printed in the top of the keycap, isn't as crisp as older methods.
>
> On inspection, all my current keyboards are the "wear-out" kind, and
> my current keyboard, quite old, has significant wear on the
> "gaming keys" That's when you know you game too much
>
> Paul


Thanks!


 
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Jeff Strickland
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      07-05-2011

"Julie Bove" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off? Both
> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was not.
> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
> computer. Thanks!
>


Keyboards are cheap. Go buy one.




 
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James D. Andrews
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      07-05-2011
On 7/4/2011 10:40 PM, Paul wrote:
> Julie Bove wrote:
>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off?
>> Both of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine
>> was not. And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a
>> kid's keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach
>> proper keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her
>> own computer. Thanks!

>
> Apparently, they're laser etching keycaps now, and placing ink in the
> trough created by the laser. I can see several companies offering
> such a feature.
>
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126043
>
> I think I've had keycaps in the past, where they were molded, and
> then ink or plastic was added to the inlaid character in the keycap.
> Using a laser, means all the blank keys start the same, and the laser can
> make any character on demand. One reviewer notes that the character
> printed in the top of the keycap, isn't as crisp as older methods.
>
> On inspection, all my current keyboards are the "wear-out" kind, and
> my current keyboard, quite old, has significant wear on the
> "gaming keys" That's when you know you game too much
>
> Paul
>



$80 for a wired keyboard?! Isn't that just a bit much?

 
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James D. Andrews
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      07-05-2011
On 7/5/2011 10:17 AM, Jeff Strickland wrote:
> "Julie Bove"<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:iutqg6$ngj$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off? Both
>> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was not.
>> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
>> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
>> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
>> computer. Thanks!
>>

>
> Keyboards are cheap. Go buy one.
>


Not the Logitech one Paul refs from Newegg.

But seriously, considering it's one of the most heavily used (and
heavily abused) items in a computer-oriented home,eventual keyboard
replacement is a given. And, as you pointed out, you can get one under
$10, which is what, 3-4 cups of coffee nowadays?

I have a Dell keyboard, as well, and the letters are fine after years of
heavy use, so there must be something to them.




 
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Jeff Strickland
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      07-05-2011

"James D. Andrews" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> On 7/5/2011 10:17 AM, Jeff Strickland wrote:
>> "Julie Bove"<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:iutqg6$ngj$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off?
>>> Both
>>> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was
>>> not.
>>> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
>>> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
>>> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
>>> computer. Thanks!
>>>

>>
>> Keyboards are cheap. Go buy one.
>>

>
> Not the Logitech one Paul refs from Newegg.
>
> But seriously, considering it's one of the most heavily used (and heavily
> abused) items in a computer-oriented home,eventual keyboard replacement is
> a given. And, as you pointed out, you can get one under $10, which is
> what, 3-4 cups of coffee nowadays?
>
> I have a Dell keyboard, as well, and the letters are fine after years of
> heavy use, so there must be something to them.
>
>
>
>


I have the Logitch diNovo Edge that I really like, but the letters are worn
off of the key caps. Letters are for sissies...






 
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Paul
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      07-05-2011
James D. Andrews wrote:
> On 7/5/2011 10:17 AM, Jeff Strickland wrote:
>> "Julie Bove"<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:iutqg6$ngj$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off?
>>> Both
>>> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was
>>> not.
>>> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
>>> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
>>> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
>>> computer. Thanks!
>>>

>>
>> Keyboards are cheap. Go buy one.
>>

>
> Not the Logitech one Paul refs from Newegg.
>
> But seriously, considering it's one of the most heavily used (and
> heavily abused) items in a computer-oriented home,eventual keyboard
> replacement is a given. And, as you pointed out, you can get one under
> $10, which is what, 3-4 cups of coffee nowadays?
>
> I have a Dell keyboard, as well, and the letters are fine after years of
> heavy use, so there must be something to them.


I referred to the Logitech one, as an example of a keyboard
with laser etched and filled keycaps.

If you pay $20 for a keyboard, the letters are just going to be printed
on top.

Some people pay more for a keyboard, to get the right "feel".
For people like me, "hunt and peck" specialists who type with
one finger on each hand, a $20 keyboard is fine. But people
who type with some level of proficiency, sometimes look
for the "typewriter" experience, and need the right kind
of keyboard to get good accuracy and speed.

There is a separate USENET group for discussions about
keyboards, buckling springs and the like. Try
alt.comp.periphs.keyboard as an example.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckling_spring

Paul
 
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Julie Bove
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"Jeff Strickland" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>
> "Julie Bove" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:iutqg6$ngj$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off? Both
>> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was not.
>> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
>> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
>> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
>> computer. Thanks!
>>

>
> Keyboards are cheap. Go buy one.


I did. I bought the one Paul suggested.


 
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Julie Bove
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      07-05-2011

"James D. Andrews" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> On 7/5/2011 10:17 AM, Jeff Strickland wrote:
>> "Julie Bove"<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:iutqg6$ngj$(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> Does anyone know of a keyboard where the letters will not wear off?
>>> Both
>>> of my parents have Dell keyboards and theirs are fine. But mine was
>>> not.
>>> And neither have any of the replacements. I currently have a kid's
>>> keyboard with the keys in various colors. It's supposed to teach proper
>>> keyboarding skills but daughter no longer uses it. She has her own
>>> computer. Thanks!
>>>

>>
>> Keyboards are cheap. Go buy one.
>>

>
> Not the Logitech one Paul refs from Newegg.
>
> But seriously, considering it's one of the most heavily used (and heavily
> abused) items in a computer-oriented home,eventual keyboard replacement is
> a given. And, as you pointed out, you can get one under $10, which is
> what, 3-4 cups of coffee nowadays?
>
> I have a Dell keyboard, as well, and the letters are fine after years of
> heavy use, so there must be something to them.


I've had two Dells and the letters wore off of both.


 
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