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I want a compact keyboard that's easy to move out of my way when I need more desk space.

I gave the Microsoft Arc a try, because it was free, and its layout is almost perfect. It just has a couple things that bother me. The lack of a Ctrl button on the right side, and the arrow keys are difficult to get used to. Also the power button is rather annoying. I really don't like the fact it doesn't automatically go into a sleep/stand by/ power saving mode of some kind. This wouldn't bug me as much if it was just a switch that I could flip instead of holding two buttons until it powers down.

Now I have it down to the Logitech K360, or this thing off of deal extreme.

The K360 pretty much solves all my problems, but it has a number pad which I don't care for too much. The cheaper one doesn't have a number pad, and it even has a wire, but I'm concerned about the build quality of it. I also don't really like where the Fn key is on it. If I could find a keyboard that is literally the K360 without a number pad that would be perfect.

So does anyone here have experience with either of these keyboards, or maybe a better suggestion for a scissor switch keyboard? Please Please Please do not suggest to me an overpriced mechanical keyboard. I'm sure they're absolutely perfect, but my budget is only $50. Coming up with over double my budget is not an option. Otherwise I would of just bought a tenkeyless one already.

Also I have no intention of using this for gaming, so wireless is not much of a problem for me. Although, it can't be Bluetooth, my desktop doesn't have that at the moment.

Thanks in advance, and sorry if any part of my post sounds rude.
    
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I have a wireless dinovo kb (logiteck) kb and number on dif pads but is BT use this to get out of my chair, buy logiteck receiver and plug in 2.0 usb port very easy and good luck with 50 dollar budget, never seen one close to that
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I would recommend a mechanical from Elitekeyboards.com Ha Ha...

But, I like the Logitech Wired (Back-lit white) keyboard that sells around that price. I think it's a decent keyboard if you aren't going to go mechanical. Although, the keyboard is flat so you depending on your taste it can be annoying to use. I know my wife purchased one, and we are giving it away for Christmas (it can't touch the Topre she purchased). Although, for the money its not a bad keyboard at all. Certainly, better than most crappy boards out there.

Here is the one I am thinking of


You have probably seen it somewhere before. IMO it's much better than the wireless version. The wireless version is horrible to type on. Goodluck!
Edited by Trueepower - 10/25/11 at 9:26am
post #4 of 7
You might be able to find a SIIG Minitouch for that price. Out of the two that you posted I would choose the deal extreme one. I think thats the one that ripster had some pretty good things to say about it.
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You might try this Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard. It might be a little over your budget. But it's great to use. Hope u find the best bet. Good luck.
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http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:16567

review of the second keyboard linked (deal extreme)
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I used a Logitech Compact Keyboard K300 for a good while when I was making the transition from a laptop to a desktop PC. Great quiet and space-saving keyboard that served me well.
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