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April 26, 2009

In Search of the Perfect Keyboard

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I have had 6 different keyboards in the last 2 years. I’m always looking for the *perfect* keyboard. My perfect keyboard would have…

  • Backlighting
  • Volume knob
  • Media keys
  • Standard layout
  • Wireless (with *no* dropped keystrokes or delays)
  • Thin profile
  • Pointing stick (so I can use the mouse without taking my fingers off the keys)
  • Small footprint

I don’t think that keyboard exists.

I got a new Logitech keyboard this week. So far, I’m happy with it.

My favorite so far is the Dell Multimedia Keyboard (see end of post).


Here are the last 5 keyboards I’ve had in reverse chronological order and what I liked/didn’t like about them.

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard



  • Backlit
  • Cool looking/thin
  • No wasted “extra” keys
  • Volume keys
  • Function keys have normal operation first (can be changed)
  • Small footprint


  • Non-standard layout (delete key/insert key/scroll lock)
  • Not wireless
  • Uses volume buttons instead of knob
  • Media keys don’t work well with Zune player (opened a support item on this)


Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600

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  • Standard layout
  • Calculator hot key
  • Volume keys
  • Small footprint


  • Delay with volume keys
  • Not illuminated
  • Not wireless


Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000


  • Slight curve to keyboard is nice without being radically different than standard keyboard
  • Wireless
  • Good looking/thin


  • Non-standard function key layout
  • Hard to tell which keys were volume keys
  • Not illuminated
  • Many special keys that I never used
  • Sometimes pressing keys would do nothing, reconnecting USB transmitter fixed issue

Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard


  • Backlit


  • Big
  • Extra buttons I don’t care about
  • No volume controls
  • No media keys
  • Flakey keyboard management software
  • Not wireless


Dell USB Multimedia Keyboard


  • Excellent volume knob! Can easily turn it up/down quickly by feel. *Much* better than volume keys.
  • Media keys layout around volume knob works well. Track forward/back different size than other media keys so they can be used by feel.
  • Standard keyboard layout
  • Small footprint


  • Not backlit
  • Not wireless


Comments (13)

Aren't the wireless/back lit requirements mutually exclusive? or is the back lighting something that you expect to turn off after a set number of seconds?

I recommend painting your keyboard with UV reactive paint and breaking out the blacklight. Makes your keyboard glow and your Velvet Elvis posters rock!

I want both backlighting and wireless!

While the keyboard is in use, the backlighting should be on.


My main keyboard requirement is that it does not have swine flu.


So your saying you don't like OEM keyboards?

What? I said the Dell Multimedia, an OEM keyboard, was my favorite so far.


Yes, technically your keyboard is OEM. I meant a standard OEM keyboard shipped with a new computer. Not an upgraded keyboard that you choose while building your computer.

At work, I use the standard (no media keys, no extra buttons), Dell keyboard. I really like it.

Benjamin McKenna:

If you haven't already, try the Dell RT7D40. It's my favorite wireless keyboard I've used. The downsides are A)no backlighting, B) no pointing stick, and C)Delete/Insert keys are moved (below End and Pg Down respectively). I love the big volume knob in the top right corner though, it's the major reason I also keep an ancient HP SK-2056 on my desk. I wish more manufacturers would add this feature.


Try DasKeyboard.

Adam Katz:



Meet the ASUS EeeKeyboard for $599 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HK5RM6?ie=UTF8&tag=pm-post-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003HK5RM6


1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 memory, Windows XP Home, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a gigabit Ethernet jack, Bluetooth 2.1, a 16GB SSD, HDMI out, integrated Ultra-Wide-Broadband (UWB) receiver, three USB 2.0 sockets and a 5-inch LED-backlit, multitouch display with 800 x 480 resolution.

But is it Mac Compatible?


I know this post is old but....

Dell 0XN107

Same as the Dell keyboard you posted but WIRELESS (yaaay!)

I've been using it for years and have yet to find anything better.

My qualifications were exactly the same as yours. Only thing it's missing is the backlighting.

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