While my old PC was merely getting a bit past its sell-by-date, the keyboard I was using was horrible - a really nasty HiPoint silicone bump device purchased as a temporary measure until I could do some proper research.
As before I had started with what I thought was a reasonable set of requirements:
- UK layout
- Compact (i.e. full-sized keys, but without a numeric keypad) to save space on my small desk, and avoid having to reach so far for my mouse.
- Nice tactile action
- High contrast between the lettering and background on the keys (or illumination)
- Wired (i.e. USB, despite the fact my new PC still comes with PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors)
- NOT CHICLET KEYS!
Instead, I decided to take a gamble on a keyboard found on eBay - a Bakker Elkhuizen 840.
- the right size
- in the right place
- legible with black on light grey
I'm well pleased.