Guest Author - Lisa Shea
The Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard has many features that I love. The ergonomic design. The placement of the keys. However, it has two main downfalls - its key presses are klunky, and it is LOUD.
First, some background. I was lucky enough to grow up with a computer terminal in my house in the 1970s and have been on a computer keyboard pretty much non-stop since then. I work from home running websites so I am on my computer all day every day. I've gone from the flat-touch-pad keyboards of the 80s to the tiny-key keyboards of green screen terminals to modern wavy ergonomic styles.
At this stage in my computer life, my main priorities are that the keys do not slow down my fairly quick typing speed and that they are quiet. I touch type, I can touch type with the keys in a variety of layouts, and I don't tend to use any "special keys" (probably because I tend to change keyboards every year). So keyboards with cool buttons and extra features don't tend to affect my choice. I wouldn't use them.
The reason I switched keyboards this time was that my previous one had a sticky shift button which was like water torture :) So I went into local stores and played with a number of keyboards. I really liked the layout of this one, it felt comfortable with its wave-shape, and it was responsive. So I bought it.
I wonder if a number of people who give this keyboard high reviews are people who have had it a short while. I know my first impression with this was that it was great. The main down side when I first had it was, during my nightly Skype sessions with my father, he always commented on how loud the keys were. We've been Skyping for a long while, and I've used a variety of keyboards during those sessions, and this was the first time he had this kind of reaction. It sounds like thunder coming through his speakers. I do of course notice it myself too but that was confirmation to me that it was just too loud.
Then there was the slight "side pressure" of the keys as they slide downward. This is a bit tricky to explain. The keys are very tall. There's a fair distance each key has to slide down in order to trigger the key press. As the key slides down, it's not necessarily going in an exact vertical up-down direction because of the way fingers curve and finger muscles move those fingertips. As the key moves downward, at a slight angle, it grates against the side of the keyboard wall that's around that key and that slows it down and gives a resistance.
I thought the second issue - the resistance on each key press issue - might fade over time. I thought maybe it would wear in, or that my fingers would get used to whatever the precise angle needed was, or that I was simply being too sensitive as I got used to yet another new keyboard in my life. However, I've been using this keyboard for months now and I have to say that both the noise of this thing and the resistance on key press are getting to me. It could easily be that someone who doesn't use the keyboard non stop all day wouldn't notice it. It could also be that I type too quickly for this keyboard and the speed I'm going just isn't a good match for it. Heck, it could be that my fingers aren't the exact perfect shape to line up with the key press direction and if my fingers were longer or shorter that they'd push each key exactly up and down and it wouldn't grate.
I can't tell. But what I can tell is that I've given up on this keyboard and am moving on to yet another model. We'll see if the new one does any better. This one goes into the recycle-to-friends pile, and we'll see if someone else has better luck with it.
I'll give it a 4/5 because maybe others don't care about the relatively loud noise and don't have the key press issues that I do. It's not that the keyboard is awful - but it's not optimal - and for me given the hours I'm sitting here I really do want to aim for optimal.
I purchased this keyboard with my own funds.
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