Computer Keyboards & Keypads

Computer Keyboards & Keypads

Keyboards and keypads are two of the most fundamental computing peripherals. With the rise of computers in every aspect of life, the means of inputting information have multiplied. Whether you are looking for a standard wired or wireless keyboard or a keyboard designed for a specific kind of user (such as a gaming keyboard), there are many options to choose from.

What Are the Different Types of Computer Keyboards?

When shopping for a new keyboard, there are many factors to consider. Here are a few to help you narrow your choices:

  • Wired or wireless: While many prefer the ease of a wireless keyboard, it should be noted that older Apple and Windows computers may not be compatible with the standard Bluetooth technology required, and wireless keyboards often take batteries that will need recharging/replacing. Wired keyboards usually connect via USB.
  • Standard, ergonomic, or gaming: If you have suffered from wrist pain, or anticipate spending many hours typing, you may want to consider an ergonomic model over the standard rectangular design. These keyboards split the normal QWERTY layout into two halves, usually with raised areas that help the hands rest in a more natural position. If you are an avid gamer, a gaming keyboard has additional function keys and is often backlit.
  • Mini: Mini keyboards are small, wireless keyboards that are useful for interacting with game consoles, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs, as well as computers and laptops.
  • Backlit: These keyboards feature illuminated keys, useful for those who play games or watch movies.
  • Trackpads and numeric keypads: Extended keyboards with these features are available. A built-in trackpad means you do not have to purchase an additional mouse, which in turn reduces desk clutter. Numeric keypads are useful for anyone who does accounting, bookkeeping, and coding.

Why Choose a Gaming Keyboard?

Many serious gamers prefer to use keyboards rather than controllers, and keyboard manufacturers have catered to the audience by adding features they like, including:

  • Backlit keys: People sometimes turn off the lights when gaming, so backlit keys are a nice convenience.
  • Resilient keys. All keys look the same to the layman, but gamers know there are differences in the mechanics that affect durability. You have options like mechanical keys and membrane keys to consider.
  • Waterproofing. Mistakes are made in the heat of battle. Many gaming keyboards have rubber or other materials to make them waterproof, or water-resistant, so a spill doesn't take you out of the game.

What are the Other Keys on a Keyboard?

Besides the alphanumeric keys, computer keyboards also feature arrow keys to move a cursor or pointer, function keys that activate various aspects of your computer, and dedicated buttons for deleting, ejecting disks and drives, changing volume and brightness, and more. In addition, typing combinations can further command your computer to perform tasks. These vary depending on whether you are using an Apple, Windows, or Chrome device, and the complexity of your keyboard.

What Is the Best Keyboard for Sale?

When looking for a keyboard or computer, the term "best" is relative. Your PC keyboard depends largely on what you plan on using the computer for. For instance, people into PC gaming typically choose different keyboards than those who are only looking for a normal typing experience. Spend some time determinig what you'll use your computer keyboard for and then look for a keyboard that provides what you need.

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  • Excellent Refurbished: The item is in like-new condition, backed by a one year warranty. It has been professionally refurbished, inspected and cleaned to excellent condition by qualified sellers. The item includes original or new accessories and will come in new generic packaging.
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FAQs About Computer Keyboards

What is the difference between a membrane keyboard and a mechanical keyboard?

Membrane keyboards use pressure pads or membranes beneath the keys to register keystrokes, offering a quieter typing experience and a more affordable price point. Mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, use individual mechanical switches beneath each key, providing tactile feedback, durability, and customizable typing experiences.

How do ergonomic keyboards differ from standard keyboards?

Ergonomic keyboards are designed to reduce strain and discomfort during extended typing sessions by promoting a more natural hand and wrist position. They often feature split designs, adjustable angles, and wrist rests to encourage better posture and minimize repetitive strain injuries.

What features should I consider when choosing a gaming keyboard?

When selecting a gaming keyboard, consider factors such as switch type (e.g., mechanical switches for tactile feedback), key rollover (how many simultaneous key presses it can register), customizable backlighting, macro programmability, and additional gaming-specific features like dedicated macro keys or customizable keycaps.

Can I use a keyboard with my smartphone or tablet?

Yes, many keyboards are compatible with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth or USB connections. Some operating systems even support external keyboard connectivity, allowing you to use the keyboard for typing emails, documents, and other tasks on your mobile device with improved speed and accuracy.

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