The Worst Computer Keyboard Ever!In these days we are all forced to stay at home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Having to do *smart-working** and work from home, I decided to change my 105 keys keyboard with a smaller one, in order to save some space on my desk and have a more comfortable workstation layout.
And so, I ordered online a compact keyboard, an 85 one.
I haven’t considered enough some basic things I was so used that were, to me, for free.
Angle BracketsThe keyboard does not have the usual left-positioned angle brackets key; the brackets are splitted across the
<) keys. This means that I have to hit the
Fnkey and the letter to get the bracket. Moreover, the brackets are in an uncommon and uncomfortable order: the first key you are going to hit is the closing bracket, not the opening one! Some programs and applications that require complex shortcuts like
meta->cannot be used because you would have to press
meta-Fn-zthat the keyboard does not see to honor.
ENTERkey is simply too small and, most notably, occupies only one row on the keyboard instead of a couple of rows as in the most common layouts. This means that, most of times, you are not going to hit the right key but rather the key immediatly on the upper row, that is
CTRL and MetaThe
metakeys have the same size, and this is counter-intuitive. Moreover, the presence of an
Fnkey between them makes harder to hit
metaat the same time because my fingers don’t count the extra key in the middle.
Paginator KeysThe paginator keys (e.g.,
PgUp) are overlapped with the arrow keys. This makes particularly hard to move across the text because you need to hold
Fnto paginate. Moreover, using paginator keys in combination with other keys, like
SHIFT-Enddoes not seem to be honored since the keyboard is not allowing you to press the whole sequence
LagThe keyboard had a stupid lag when used in intesinve writing mode. The final effect is that many letters are mangled and the words become incomplete. This is more true as the computer is doing any task, so I suspect the wireless receiver is somehow overcharging the CPU.
CapsLockkey was ridiculous: it immediatly activate but requires up to four seconds to deactivate.
ConclusionsAs trivial as it could seem, a keyboard has to be chosen carefully, especially if it needs to improve your productivity.
And in the case you are wondering which brand of keyboard it was, I will not discuss it here, but you can surely guess from my online reviews!