Computer Keyboards

Written by Charles Peacock
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Computer input accessories are so cheap these days that you may be tempted to go cheap when buying things like a keyboard and mouse. These are the main interface devices for your computer, however, and spending a few extra dollars will always be worth it in the long run. Keyboards in particular have come a long way in the last few years, and you may be surprised to learn that you can get some pretty advanced features for only a few dollars more.

Features of Modern Keyboards

A few years ago, the only choices you'd have when buying a computer keyboard were various shades of tan. Fortunately, those days are long gone. You can now buy ergonomic keyboards in all shapes, sizes and colors--a real boon for those of us who have experienced the pains of chronic typing-related joint-aches. The only problem with ergonomic keyboards is you don't know how well they'll work until you've used them for awhile, but with the help of online reviews you should be able to pick up some information on the benefits of specific models.

One of the main fancy features of the newest keyboards is the ability to go wireless. Many people might think that the only advantage of a wireless keyboard is one less wire stretching across your desk, but in fact the benefits go much further. Even if you don't imagine yourself typing while away from your desk, a wireless keyboard can go a long way in helping you work where you need to work--you can even put the keyboard out of the way and off your desk when you're not using it.

Extra buttons are another great feature of the latest keyboards. Things like volume knobs and Internet hot-keys are useful, easily programmable buttons that can save a lot of time with common tasks. All the new keyboards come with drivers that make setting these buttons up a breeze.

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