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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard £17.99 @ Play

bigbadsmallpaul Avatar
7y, 7m agoFound 7 years, 7 months ago
Seems like a good price for one of these.
The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is designed to give you a more natural wrist alignment, letting you work more comfortably. One-touch access to commonly used files and programs enhances productivity.

Specifications
* Gullwing Design
* Natural arc mimics the curved placement of the fingertips to reduce key reach
* 14-degree gable reduces wrist pronation
* Curved key bed designed to provide more direct key strikes for less finger effort
* Microsoft's Natural Split Keyboard Design: 12-degree angle split for natural wrist alignment
* Reverse Slope: The optional palm lift creates a 7-degree reverse slope for a more natural wrist posture than flat keyboards
* Zoom- get a closer lookzoom in quickly and accurately with the intuitive Zoom feature.
* Customizable Hot Keys - Perform common tasks, like opening documents and replying to e-mail, with the touch of a button.
* Improved Number Pad - Commonly used symbols such as equal sign, left and right parentheses and "Backspace" are in quick reach, just above the number pad.
* Ergonomic Design Type in total comfortergonomic design encourages natural wrist and arm alignment so you can work without discomfort.
* Internet Hot Keys - With the touch of a button you can quickly access the Internet.
* "My Favorites" Hot Keys - Customize these 5 keys to instantly bring up the photos, folders, files, and Web pages you use mostsimply push and hold to set.
* E-mail and Internet Hot Keys - Touch a button to quickly access e-mail and the Internet.
* MultiMedia Keys - Quickly and easily access and control all of your media from your keyboard.
* Lockable F Keys - Lock your F keys to avoid engaging them unintentionally.
* Integrated Palm Rest - Get better support with this plush, integrated palm rest.
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#1
Fantastic Keyboard....A lot better than the normal ones...I have it and paid a lot more....Heat
#2
not got this one, but always like the feel of microsoft keyboards. heat added

OP, might be worth adfding in title that it's microsfoft
#3
does this have a sleep button ? i love switching the PC off with the button
#4
Thanks, title and description have been changed. I think the buttons are highly customisable so if there isn't a sleep button already im sure you can create one ;D
I'm just looking forward to mine arriving soon!!
1 Like #5
found the answer, my sleep button shuts down the PC

Found answer from Microsoft site.
I. Create a desktop shortcut
1. Right-click the desktop.
2. Click New Shortcut.
3. In the Type the location of the item box, type rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState.
4. Click Next.
5. In the Type a name for this shortcut box, type Sleep, and then click Finish.
II. Assign the shortcut to a Favorites key
1. Click Start, click Run, type main.cpl keyboard, and then click OK.
2. Click the Key Settings tab.
3. Click the Favorites key that you want to change.
4. Click Edit, and then click Browse.
5. Click My Desktop, and then click the shortcut that you created.
6. Click Open, click Finish, and then click OK.
7. Restart the computer.
#6
Gah, I just bought this last week from play for £24.99 but it's not arrived yet.

Any idea if Play refund things when the price suddenly drops?
#7
#8
davidflett
Gah, I just bought this last week from play for £24.99 but it's not arrived yet.

Any idea if Play refund things when the price suddenly drops?


You could try cancelling your order in your account on the website and ordering again.
#9
I have this and am not too plussed. Hummm about 2 years in as some keys are not registering causing lots of messing about going back to insert partic letters. I can turn off the caps lock but it magically turns itself back on. Got it with the ergonomic mouse that I've had to modify because its click is too harsh on the hand (already have rsi - type stuff going on with that)
#10
ifti
found the answer, my sleep button shuts down the PC


You can also set the power button on the case to induce sleep in the control panel.
#11
Great keyboard....
#12
Is this offer any better

http://images.play.com/covers/3272564m.jpg


http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3272564/Microsoft-Wireless-Optical-Desktop-1000-keyboard-mouse/Product.html?P36=E68AFZ


Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 - keyboard , mouse

Customer rating on Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 - keyboard , mouse
£17.99
#13
I've had this keyboard before. I requested it for my work. Great if you do a lot of typing, really helped my wrist. but it's spread wide open so you need to touch type and be good at it.

Don't think it's that good for gaming or media
#14
my keys have gone stiff after 1 and half years, normally other MS keyboards have been fine
#15
CorpJones
my keys have gone stiff after 1 and half years, normally other MS keyboards have been fine


what you watching on your pc then lol:whistling:
#16
The Natural 4000.
great keyboard, BUT has one extremely annoying feature - an F-lock button which you cannot really disable if you use USB, because its a hardware button apparently. this has caused me to lose files when working fast or tired because you press e.g. F2 to rename a file without realising Flock is OFF and that key becomes Undo. I can't tell you how annoying this is. if anyone knows a real fix to make F-lock always on, please post.

I got mine bundled OEM with sh*t mice for about £20 each so this is good (get a Logitech mouse instead)

this doesn't work on USB
http://jtsang.mvps.org/flock-e.html
and this doesnt work in all apps
http://jtsang.mvps.org/usb_intellitype.html
#17
Smiff
if anyone knows a real fix to make F-lock always on, please post.


Have you tried remapping with Autohotkey?
#18
as i said i believe its a hardware mode switch, meaning AHK cant effect it - although, its possible AHK could get the alternative functions and remap them so it wouldnt matter if Flock if off.. have to look into that thanks.

update: tried using the keyboard hook in AHK, and it seems F2 is the same code whether Flock is on or off (!)
71 03C d 3.28 F2
71 03C u 0.09 F2

also some keys e.g. F5 without Flock actually send CTRL+O for open
A2 01D a d 0.91 CTRL
4F 018 a d 0.00 O

so this is very hard to fix, i'm stumped.
#19
I got one of these a while back.

I touch type so I'm pretty fussy about my keyboards.

I stopped using it because the space bar is horrible.

Its a real shame because aside from that the rest of the keyboard is really nice.

Maybe you'll be lucky and get one with a decent space bar.
#20
good point Jim.. the space bar is also very heavy and often doesn't register on one of mine, but another is fine..
despite all this whining its a great keyboard for typing speed and comfort imho, even non touch typists seem to like the shape after a while.
#21
Jim3
so this is very hard to fix, i'm stumped.


Does the f-lock key itself send any keycode? If so then you could write a program that would watch for it being activated and deactivate it automatically.

And yes, badly implemented keys are annoying. I've got the same problem with the Fn key on my current keyboard - it doesn't send any signals so it can't use it for anything or moved. IBM tried an autonomous keyboard on the PC XT but rightly dismissed it before settling on the keyboard layout and mechanics we use today.

I guess it's done because some people are impatient and don't want to install drivers but personally I'd much rather have a fully functional keyboard and spend 30 seconds putting a driver in than one that thinks it knows better and won't let me use it how I want.

[/rant] :)

@Jim3: How long did you use it for? It can take a few weeks of use for a keyboard to loosen up and for you to get used to it. - I bought a new keyboard two weeks ago and it's still changing in how it feels.

Also, if you did use it for a while did you take it apart and make sure everything seemed to be working OK? I don't know what sort of stabiliser that curved spacebar has but maybe it had come loose.
#22
Just fished it out of the cupboard.

Spacebar is still horrid. All the other keys are really nice and responsive.

When I bought it I did try to get used to the spacebar and thought it would loosen up with use, but it never did.

I did have had the spacebar off it a number of times and fiddled round with the metal bar thing underneath it, but nothing seemed to make it any better. I also tried putting some grease on it.

The problem with the spacebar is that if you try and press it from one side, eg. with your right thumb on the right hand side of the space key, 50% of the time, it doesn't really want to move freely and easily. If you press it more toward the middle of the space bar its fine.

I should have really returned it to the shop when I got hacked off with it, but felt a bit bad returning it because of all the mucking round I had done with it, greasing the keys and fiddling with the metal bar under the space bar.

I just keep on using the trusty old compaq keyboard I have had for years. Pretty sure I'll have to find an alternate sooner or later though. It has a ps2 connector and they are not that common on new computers.

If anyone is interested in getting one of these, I would reccomend you go try one out in PC world or some other shop and see if you like the space bar.

On the up side, if do get on with the space bar and you want to learn to type properly, this keyboard almost forces you to put your fingers in the right place and type properly.
#23
Smiff;5314985
The Natural 4000.
great keyboard, BUT has one extremely annoying feature - an F-lock button which you cannot really disable if you use USB, because its a hardware button apparently. this has caused me to lose files when working fast or tired because you press e.g. F2 to rename a file without realising Flock is OFF and that key becomes Undo. I can't tell you how annoying this is. if anyone knows a real fix to make F-lock always on, please post.

I got mine bundled OEM with sh*t mice for about £20 each so this is good (get a Logitech mouse instead)

this doesn't work on USB
http://jtsang.mvps.org/flock-e.html
and this doesnt work in all apps
http://jtsang.mvps.org/usb_intellitype.html


i had same problem with this damn F-Lock, but had a PS2 keyboard
this one is for PS2
http://jtsang.mvps.org/flock-e.html

they have a USB one too, please tell us if it works
http://jtsang.mvps.org/usb_intellitype.html

hope this helps
#24
Jim3
I did have had the spacebar off it a number of times and fiddled round with the metal bar thing underneath it, but nothing seemed to make it any better. I also tried putting some grease on it.

I guess you tried putting the grease on the shaft as well as the stabiliser?

As Smiff said he had one that's fine I guess it's just a quality control issue, hopefully they've sorted it out by now.

Jim3

I just keep on using the trusty old compaq keyboard I have had for years. Pretty sure I'll have to find an alternate sooner or later though. It has a ps2 connector and they are not that common on new computers.

Lets hope USB keeps compatibility for at least the 22 years and counting that ps/2 has managed.

You can get a PS/2 to USB adapter for a tenner if you've got a good keyboard you'd like to go on using - I know the last one on this page is recommended for the original IBM PS/2 keyboard so it might be a good choice if you've got a very old keyboard.
#25
Hi great price is the keyboard wired or wireless.


Maggs 2
#26
wired,
#27
Thanks
#28
its a wired keyboard and very good, i have and prefer a wired keyboard cause i have slight amount of clutter on my desk, so a wired suits me better. i have a wireless mouse thou which is a must!

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