If you know anything about a good keyboard let me know

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  1. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    I'm looking for a good keyboard which won't cramp my hands and all I've found is this one from www.Evoluent.com

    http://www.evoluent.com/kb1.html

    Is there anything better out there, most of the specialist keyboard websites I've found still sell keyboards with connectivity from 1995, mentioning PS/2 and win98, with poor descriptions and lousy images.

    I really need something to replace my PowerBook keyboard and it would be nice if I can. Its got to be slim and not get in the way of my mouse or harm my posture, a left handed Keyboard isn't that important, but convenient.

    Failing all that, if you have this keyboard, what is it like and is it fully OSX compatible without giving you any trouble, reading the website, I'm don't fully understand when it mentions that the NUM lock is 'locked on'?
     
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  3. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I second this.
     
  4. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Logitech makes great keyboards, my family has a house up north and the computer up there uses one, and it is very nice and good quality.
     
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    I really like the ACK-5000HL keyboard. It's got scissor keys like a laptop, key action is short-travel but positive, layout is good, and even has volume keys which work on a Mac without drivers. I've been using the first one I bought for a while now, long enough for the keys to get very shiny - and it has been totally reliable.

    I know you can buy non-backlit versions of this coloured white in the US, but I'm not sure what it was called and who was the reseller for it.
     
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  7. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You're serious right? If you are, which one, I was being pretty specific in what I wanted.

    Which ever is easier for you to recommend, I've used both.

    It looks great, except their site must be broken, it won't load the english up, its stays in german and my german isn't very good. It's a weird but good site, if only I could understand why they offer left handed mice but not keyboards. I did say it wasn't important but I'm curious as to why they don't offer everything for left handed people.
     
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  9. Kane.Elson macrumors regular

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    Well if you want something extremely ergonomic get a kenisis. But as you mentioned thin you probably want something more along the line of the kensington keyboard they sell in the apple store, it has nice scissor action keys like on the powerbook.
     
  10. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Corded please!

    Interesting Keyboard, Apple doesn't have an image for it though, had to look elsewhere for an image. It doesn't win over the Evoluent Keyboard however.

    The Kenesis however are really cool except for the stupidly high price and the foot pedals.
     
  11. CrackedButter thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you for searching for another source with this keyboard. I'll wait till Macworld now, see what Apple releases and then make a decision.
     
  12. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Very nice keyboard (got a couple), but there are some small quirks to know about in its Macally incarnation.

    The keyboard layout is identical to the backlit version, but only the standard Mac keys are present. That means that there is a dead key below the right-hand shift, and you'll be thrown off for a while if you are used to touch typing and expect the apple-option-control cluster to be in a certain spot.

    The volume/mute/eject keys will only work if you first install a device driver (yes, it's universal). Because of this arrangement, F12 held down still works as a second eject key. Option-apple-eject does not work for sleep even with the driver installed, but option-apple-F12 does work.
     
  13. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Interesting. In its Windows 5000HL incarnation, when attached to the Mac the volume plus mute work without drivers and where the eject key would be on the Mac is the backlight control key. Attaching it to Windows however, the volume controls need a driver which incidentally is one of the most heinously badly written drivers I've ever come across so I don't bother installing it.
     

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