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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
Except when you don't want to touch type, and want to like hit I for inventory . Blank keyboards are usable, but it's not quite as simple as knowing how to touch type. I've been using a blank keyboard since I got my blank das in January 2009, and still have trouble hitting the right key sometimes. I have learned all the numbers and stuff from touch-typing though.
I turn off my Deck at night and play without back-lighting just fine.

But I've been typing since second grade. I know where my keys are. And the only time i Have problems is when I use my right pinky for the \\| key, as it doesn't like to press down as hard as any other of my fingers.
So the 55G Clears take a bit more effort to actuate the key without bottoming it out.
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I turn off my Deck at night and play without back-lighting just fine.

But I've been typing since second grade. I know where my keys are. And the only time i Have problems is when I use my right pinky for the \\| key, as it doesn't like to press down as hard as any other of my fingers.
So the 55G Clears take a bit more effort to actuate the key without bottoming it out.
Not having backlighting is very different from not having lettering on the keys. In the dark without any lettering on the keys, it's very hard to tell when one key starts and the other one ends. Again, it doesn't matter how well you touch type, touch typing is fine. It's when you are gaming or something and aren't touch typing that it can be an issue. I mean you don't usually get into touch typing position to open your inventory .
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post #9043 of 14551
Well with no lights on, I can't see the keys on my Deck at all. It looks pretty grim and dark down there.

And I actually do go to home-row on the keyboard if I'm using my right hand to do anything. It just feels more natural to me and doesn't eat up any extra time.

If I'm in the WSAD Position I usually just reach over and hit I, K, or M pretty instinctual and well.
Mostly because between the games I play, they are the most common right side keys that I need to hit.
So as long as a keyboard has atleast similar key spacing, I can hit those keys without a problem.

A laptop keyboard though, I'm rather lost at times.
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post #9044 of 14551
If you rest your hands against the bottom of the keyboard, you can "mark" a home position with an exacto knife. It doesn't look pretty, but it should help you find the home position.
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If your board has some USB ports on it and easy light is easy. Get a USB light on a flexible antenna or flexible neck. This can put just enough light to see your keys easy and not wake anyone or rune you night vision. I can get cheep ones here for <$10 but CostCo had a set of 2 for $20 and they had a battery pack for book use. They are great!

Like this one or that one.
 
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doesnt your computer monitor provide enough light to see youur keys?
I have a steelseries 7G, and it is not a backlit keyboard. i can see it just fine at night when playing left 4 dead or team fortress or even just typing on the forum. now if i had blank keycaps i would be LOST. but when i am playing FPS i never need to look down. my hand stays on the WASD cluster. i do not type properly and do not have the entire keyboard memorized. I think its awsome that some of you guys have the skill to use a blank keycap keyboard. i am jealous.
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He doesn't have letters on his keyboard..
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He doesn't have letters on his keyboard..
he doesn't have the Ultimate version.
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
Just feel for the nubs on the J & F keys.

They are designed to help you without looking. After awhile it becomes a habit and then you don't even think about it and just know where your fingers go
I've been using backlit kb's for so long, I totally gapped on that Thanks for the reminder.

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A laptop keyboard though, I'm rather lost at times.
Same, and I hate the changing key layouts from one model to another. Bugs me to no end. What's wrong w/ a little standardization?!? After using standard QWERTY for nearly 2 1/2 decades....picking up new key layouts isn't easy. It was bad enough switching from typewriters, to word processors and computers back then. I'm kinda set in my ways kb wise

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If your board has some USB ports on it and easy light is easy. Get a USB light on a flexible antenna or flexible neck. This can put just enough light to see your keys easy and not wake anyone or rune you night vision. I can get cheep ones here for <$10 but CostCo had a set of 2 for $20 and they had a battery pack for book use. They are great!

Like this one or that one.
I have a few like that. I just like a tidy, neat look to my desktop & would like them hidden (not directly viewable, from any angle except as a wash over the kb). Lol...I have a plethora of leds, resistors (and other electronic components). So it's nbd to whip up a small board w/ some smd leds this weekend. Thanks for the suggestion though
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he doesn't have the Ultimate version.
Oh I looked at the wrong post then.
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