Pros Very thin, smooth & quiet keystrokes, and great range. Batteries are simple AA and have lasted a month thus far.
Cons Initial setup was an issue. No keyboard power button or indicator.
Summary I love how thin the keyboard is, the keystrokes are smooth and quiet, and I use it around a corner from my computer (and usb rec'r) and it works great. Out of the box it worked, then a few days later it did not. Removing and putting the batteries back in was the only way to get it to awaken from what seemed like a sleep mode. Multiple install and uninstalls of the previous keyboard driver didn't seem to work. Then a few days later it started working flawlessly. Since that point I have loved this keyboard and would highly recommend it.
Pros I have repetitive stress injury, and this keyboard is kinder to my hands, arms and back than any other I have used. It takes very little pressure on the keys to type. With the legs at the back, the slope is perfect for me.
Cons No caps lock and number lock lights? Good grief, that's archaic.
Summary This keyboard is perfect for people with disabilities such as carpal tunnel and repetitive stress injury. It is very flat, with legs at the rear to raise the keyboard to 1 inch in the back. The angle is perfect for me. It takes very little pressure of the fingers to type -- a huge bonus for me. My husband appreciates the silence of the keyboard; he hated the clacking of all my previous keyboards. He says my typing on this one sounds like a soft rain. I frequently type notes when I'm talking to people on the telephone. So far, in three months, no one has commented that they hear me typing. My only two wishes to make this keyboard perfect: move the number pad to the left side of the keyboard and put caps lock and number lock lights on the keyboard. We picked up this keyboard at WalMart for $19 -- a great buy!
Pros This keyboard has a great feel to it. It is slim and works very well wirelessly.
Cons For traveling or commuting, the keyboard is not that durable and there is no "Off" switch. Unless you pull the batteries out every time you put it in your laptop bag, it will eat batteries.
Summary As many of the reviewers have said already, this keyboard is fantastic. It feels great. The keys are a good size and the Home/End/Delete keys are in a nice arrangement for programming.
The blue light is pretty bright, but has never bothered me. I guess if it does you can put electrical tape around it like one of the other reviewers did.
The only reason I did not give this keyboard 5-stars is that I commute to work each day on the train and it eats my batteries like crazy since there is no "off" switch. So in my laptop bag, it gets other stuff pressed up against it and they continually push the keys on my keyboard. This makes my batteries last from 1-2 weeks before I have to replace them. Another thing is that you have to be delicate when traveling with this. With my first keyboard, several of the keys ended up falling off from the keyboard being knocked about. Granted, I was a little more harsh on it than most users would be, but I'll say this: after it broke, I went right out and bought this exact same keyboard.
- I would rate this keyboard at 5-stars if you leave this keyboard at your desk all of the time.
- I would rate this keyboard at 3-stars if you travel frequently.
That is where my 4-star rating comes from.
I would definitely buy this keyboard again.
Pros Solid build, high-quality feel, quiet, clear design, excellent key response, small footprint, volume control, well-placed large 'Delete' key
Cons Transmitter flashes bright blue with every keystroke - paint it, black...
Some users would prefer to get an additional palm rest - there is just the bottom edge.
F9-F11 not working with my Sony notebook, not sure if they can be hacked somehow.
Summary After trying a lot of MS and Logitech keyboards in various shops I came across this HP keyboard which came with an HP desktop system. The sales guy told me 'it is only sold with a unit' --- sure enough, the next computer shop sold it separately. Not the cheapest here (in Australia) but:
it beats all those blobby, plastic feeling or shiny Xmas-tree like keyboards by miles, and who needs a little light when one single look at the bottom of the screen shows if numeric/caps are on or off.
It feels like a BMW, solid, fast, minimalist but perfect and clear design, no reflections, small footprint... it's for professionals which may not be exactly typing artists or gamers but want a well-designed top quality keyboard to increase productivity.
Goes very well with my Sony F137... I am a database developer = lots of code/mouse use (however, I prefer to use my old MS laser mouse 6000 not the HP mouse) and its just a treat to hack along. The large 'Delete' button is also much better placed than usual.
I have been typing code and technical docs since 1972 and this keyboard is the best I have ever used.
Pros Great for those who like laptop style keyboards.
Good value for the money.
Compares well with Apple aluminium keyboards.
Cons Piercing blue USB receiver light.
No indication of CAPS and NUM lock status.
Some FN key combos don't work with non HP PCs.
Summary After moving back to Windows from Macs I miss the beautiful Apple aluminium keyboard. This one fits the bill with laptop style short key travel, quiet keys, low profile and perfect key feedback. The mouse is great too: smooth movement, responsive, light, and and fits my hand nicely.
Very good value for money.
I'd have given the product 5 stars if it weren't for the inexplicable annoyances listed below.
1. As many have pointed out, the piercing blue LED light on the USB receiver which flashes every time a key is pressed or the mouse is moved is a total pest. If your computer setup allows you to hide the receiver from your view and from your next-door neighbour 2 houses away it's not a problem but not everyone can do that.
What were they thinking?
2. No indication on the keyboard, or the screen, to tell you whether or not CAPS lock or NUM lock are on. Not the end of the world but a nuisance at times.
3. Some F key functions are not usable unless you have an HP Touchsmart PC.
4. All the HP software is good for is to indicate the state of the batteries. Why not make the keys configurable?
Notwithstanding these gripes, it's an outstanding and inexpensive keyboard for those who prefer laptop style keys and for those who like Apple's aluminium keyboards. Nice no-frills mouse too.