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    Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    I don't really like the one I'm currently using. It's quite cheap feeling and the enter key is too small!

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    How about this: http://tinyurl.com/3b6lrv2

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Still love my Saitek Eclipse II. Great quality.

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    Thanks for that Kingpotnoodle. To clarify, I'm interested in the opinions of people on this forum, not a bunch of random shopping results. Thanks for the heads-up anyway.

    Still love my Saitek Eclipse II. Great quality.
    Thanks for the suggestion Kalniel. I'm looking at something a bit cheaper (sub-£20) if possible.

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Then anything by Logitech or Microsoft, they tend to be pretty well made and I like them. Far more telling than opinions here though would probably be the ratings on the stores like Newegg, if there is something wrong with a product the moaners will be there.

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    If your after just a basic keyboard then the logitech Deluxe 250 is great http://www.scan.co.uk/products/logit...oard-ps2-black no frills but very nice to type on.
    The 350 for some of the extra keys http://www.scan.co.uk/products/logit...967740-0120%29

    A bit more expensive, look at Cherry, these are very well made keyboards http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cherr...sb-11-20-black

    the saitek/cyborg K80 is also nice as a basic cheap keyboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152188 (does come in other colours)

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaffar View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion Kalniel. I'm looking at something a bit cheaper (sub-£20) if possible.
    Then Cherry are my recommended budget make - used them for years at uni, pretty tough 'boards. OR old Dell OEM keyboards - also tough.

    Try some different makes in shops - I don't get on with Logitech's cheaper keyboards for example, they feel horrible to me.

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    i have to disagree with Kal, i have always had god results with Logitech no matter the budget!

    Cherry and OEM dell keyboards are very good though, especially this one:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Replac...item2c5dbc23bb

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    i have to disagree with Kal, i have always had god results with Logitech no matter the budget!

    Cherry and OEM dell keyboards are very good though, especially this one:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Replac...item2c5dbc23bb
    Yeah that one is pretty popular at work, but when this one starting shipping with the Vostro PCs people were asking for them:

    http://goo.gl/5SVvi

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    Yeah that one is pretty popular at work, but when this one starting shipping with the Vostro PCs people were asking for them:

    http://goo.gl/5SVvi
    lol... people at your work must be reallllly bored

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    The older one with the kinked space bar is actually better.

    The basic HP keyboard is pretty good too http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0002JD34...A3PXAV5FT8PFGD
    But I find the space bar feels a bit wibbly, you can twist it a bit, it's just not as nice as the logitech 250 spacebar.

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    The basic HP keyboard is pretty good too http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0002JD34...A3PXAV5FT8PFGD
    But I find the space bar feels a bit wibbly, you can twist it a bit, it's just not as nice as the logitech 250 spacebar.
    I really like those keyboards... last place I worked at I kitted out the whole place with them.

    Mind you, I also like the old Dell ones that look a bit like this, except not so compact:



    It's a long time since I've used a keyboard I didn't like.

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    Thanks for all your suggestions guys. I think I'll probably go for Biscuit's suggestion http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Replac...191420&afsrc=1
    There seems to be a consensus that Dell keyboards are good quality. I also like the chunky look of that one. And it's dead cheap.

    One other thing - would there be a noticeable improvement if I went for a slightly more expensive (£20) keyboard compared to that one?

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    The Dell keyboards mentioned look similar to the one I used on a work computer. Two wore out within three years.


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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    I got mine with a Pentium 4 Dell, still have it to this day and never had an issue with it at all :/

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    Re: Spec me a good, cheap, multi-purpose keyboard

    A few other people at work had the same problem. It was with the space bar and enter key. It was with the late 2005 to late 2007 models.


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