I’ve been too poor to get any new gadgets recently. Apart from the HTC One X last year, which I love love love, but was just not inspired enough to blog about. Finally decided to get a nice spanking new keyboard, the Prolink PKB-3811U. My old cheapie one from Genius has been with me for years, and has turned nice and grungy with food, fingerprints and more. But that’s not why I changed it, it’s still working fine. In line with my thoughts of blogging more often from now on (again!), I wanted to make the blogging / typing experience easier on my wrists. I’ve have been suffering from some wrist fatigue for some time. They’re not yet swollen or immovable yet, but getting there fast. I thought my old keyboard was flat enough, but apparently it wasn’t. It was also quite noisy when I typed, and I’ve gotten quite fed-up of the clicking and clacking interrupting my thoughts.
My brother passed me an Apple keyboard sometime back, but it was really way too flat. The height of the keys was too low so I never knew if I’d pressed the keys or not. That, the Apple layout also seriously interfered with the way I game, slowing down my WoW-ing a lot. I’m fussy, I know. After 20 years or more of using the PC layout, what do you expect.
The Prolink PKB-3811U is really a no-frills, standard 104-key keyboard. Tthe keys are more of a Windows laptop height (think Lenovo Thinikpad T400), rather than the flatter than flat Apple chiclet style. The short travel is enough to suit someone like me, light enough that it doesn’t wreak havoc on my wrists, deep enough that I know I’m typing correctly.
And it’s quuuieet. I can still hear myself typing, but it’s more of a small peaceful muffled thud rather than a clack. I’m testing the typing out for the first time right now, and I love the experience! Need a little bit of time to get used to it being so close to the table, but that’s nothing compared to my oh-so-comfortable wrists!
Oh, and it’s illuminated~~~~~~~ ooooooo
The ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard
The ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard. It’s illuminated.
ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard. slightly glossy body, keys have a nice matte rubbery feel.
ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard. Backlight 1 Green
ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard. Backlight 2 Blue
ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard. Backlight 1 Cyan
ProLink PKB-3811U keyboard from the front. Nice and flat.
Forgive the bad quality pictures. Just snapped them off on the world’s sexiest phone, the HTC One X, and unfortunately not doing the camera justice.