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I'm not a gamer at all, just an ordinary PC user. Today my Microsoft keyboard gave up on me - I used it ~6 months.

This is the first time a keyboard quits on me - after using dozens of PCs over the past 30 years. I'm furious! I can't use my $2500 PC because of a bloody Microsoft keyboard. By the way, this is the first Microsoft keyboard I own.

I'm not looking to spend a lot of money for a simple keyboard, and I still hope I get this stupid Microsoft keyboard replaced.

Has anyone else experienced problems with his/her keyboard? Has manufacturing quality sunk so low that even a stupid keyboard can be an issue? Or is it a Microsoft problem in that their products are low quality? Actually, I never had an issue with their mouse products.
Edited by powerhouse - 11/20/12 at 3:38pm
post #2 of 16

I don't know where keyboards are at right now, so I don't know if this is becoming more commonplace.  However, a quality-made mechanical keyboard could last you up to 20 years or more.  I'm just saying that if you want to guarantee that this never happens again, then I recommend investing in a good mechanical keyboard as opposed to getting another membrane keyboard.

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post #3 of 16
I do feel like manufactures are trying to cut cost by lowering quality compare to back in the days where everything's build like a tank.

However I've yet to have a keyboard break on me on regular use (only broke keyboards by spilling drinks). If you want best bang for the buck, don't get mechanical keyboard. Say one $150 mechanical keyboard is equivalent to fifteen $10 rubber dome, chances are the 15 rubber dome will outlast that 1 mechanical.

BUT I bought it because it just feels so nice to type on. If you've already spend $2500 on your computer I'd recommend you try one. Considering keyboard and mouse are actually the only things you'll touch everyday on your computer. And if you're like me that spends most of the time on computer everyday then getting something nice for yourself will go a long way.

Hope this helps smile.gif
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the good advice! In the meantime I replaced the keyboard for another cheap non-mechanical one, this time Logitech. Well, it doesn't fell very good and I'm kind of regretting that I didn't see/heed your advice. In the meantime it solves the problem, while I can look out for something good.

By the way, which companies/models would you recommend?
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post #6 of 16
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Quote:

Thanks!!! I hope I find something in the $30-50 range. Not too long ago keyboards were built like tanks and didn't cost much more than the cheap ones nowadays. Too bad I can't use my proven old keyboard anymore - it has the round keyboard connector, no USB :-(. But my setup requires USB (I'm using a KVM). Will check out the link.
post #7 of 16
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Thanks!!! I hope I find something in the $30-50 range. Not too long ago keyboards were built like tanks and didn't cost much more than the cheap ones nowadays. Too bad I can't use my proven old keyboard anymore - it has the round keyboard connector, no USB :-(. But my setup requires USB (I'm using a KVM). Will check out the link.

 

Oh, $30-50 isn't high enough unless you get a good deal on a used one.

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post #8 of 16
Or get a ps/2 to usb adapter smile.gif

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post #9 of 16

If you do, then it has to be a purple adapter.  The green ones are for mice.

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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #10 of 16
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Wow. I never thought keyboards would be such a hot topic so I would get instant replies. Just went over the link posted before. Yeah, it's gonna cost me more than $50. Well $60 or so for good keyboard would be fine with me.

Unless I find a PS/2 to USB adapter - haven't checked that possibility. Currently my daughter uses my old trusted keyboard, but her needs are far less demanding. I'm typing a lot, she doesn't (yet).

The keyboard I bought now is real garbage. It works, but the keys, sizes, key position etc. are total crap. Oh well, I should have spent more time checking.

Thanks for the replies!!!
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