When you work as a writer, having a keyboard that is comfortable to work with and upon which you can type smoothly and without too many errors is key. You may never have thought much about your keyboard, but when writing is your livelihood, believe me when I say it really matters.
I run a custom copywriting service called Leonis Copywriting, and to help make my writing work easier, I purchased a big-screen all-in-one computer from Dell. I love the computer itself. It has a 27" screen that makes it very comfortable to read source material and write my custom writing pieces for clients at the same time. One issue has plagued me for months, however, and that's getting the perfect keyboard.
Below is my journey through five different keyboards until just today I finally received the perfect one:
Keyboard 1 - Standard-issue from Dell
The first one came as part of a keyboard-mouse combo. It's a nice design, wireless and not unpleasant to look at. As a writer, however, the keys are clumsy and uncomfortable. Writers benefit the most from a shallower key that presses cleanly and can be attacked with great speed and precision. I'm afraid this keyboard did not cut it.
Keyboard 2 - Logitech K310
This offering from Logitech seemed promising at first but quickly showed some flaws. The most noticeable problem is the deeply unsatisfying sound the keys make as you type. You can call it weird, but there's a certain "clicky" sound that I like when typing, and this one just didn't have it. There was an almost tinny echo as you wrote as though the thing was hollow.
It does look the part, though my photo doesn't do it much justice. I'm afraid mine has been sat on the sidelines for a while now. Other flaws included the caps lock light coming on even when it wasn't active, and the num lock light. The spacing of the keys is nice, but the buttons are raised quite high. This means you have to go at it with some vigor to ensure accuracy, and that just means more of that tinny racket.
This one is, according to the box at least, washable in water, which I suppose counts quite heavily in its favor. If you spill anything on it, there's no need to panic, and you can rinse it under the tap.
Keyboard 3 - Logitech K120
Definitely the most retro offering on my list. It's also looking a bit dusty in the photo --- sorry, keyboard fans! I was looking for something simple, humble even. I thought this might offer a nice clickety sound and familiar geography since it's the kind of keyboard I used as a teenager. Boy, what a waste of not much money that was. This thing is hopeless for my custom copywriting work.
First, it's so ancient that it doesn't have a working volume control button on it. That was irritating when I had to keep adjusting the volume for different songs in my impossibly eclectic playlist --- Metallica comes out louder than Mozart, you know. Second, typing on it is like trying to push little skyscrapers into the ground. The buttons are so tall and squashed together. This was a firm no.
Unfortunately, I accidentally ordered a second K120 in an attempt to replace it. I wasn't paying attention to the information in front of me on Taobao! Never mind.
Keyboard 4 - Aigo W903
Though all the keyboards I'd been trying up to this point were made in China, I had yet to try a Chinese brand. Aigo (爱国者 - patriot, translated into English) is a pretty well-known brand but arguably has rather had its heyday back in 2009-2011. It has since been overtaken somewhat by other domestic brands.
The W903 was also called the "Chocolate Keyboard" - not because it's edible but because the keys do rather resemble chocolate blocks in their shape. This was quite disappointing to try, because in terms of appearance it appeared to have everything. It had nice, wide keys and appeared to be ideal for my style of mad finger-dancing over its surface. Turns out, it's actually rather too wide. My little finger was constantly missing the apostrophe, and I nearly put something out of joint trying to guarantee the right hits on some keys. In addition - NO VOLUME CONTROLS.
Keyboard 5 - Rapoo E9500G
This one is it, ladies and gentlemen was fifth time lucky, it seems. Actually, if you include the second K120 then I suppose it's sixth time lucky. This one has it all. First, the Rapoo has beautifully low-lying keys, almost the same as a laptop. It is quite reminiscent of the iMac wireless keyboard. One big difference is the size, though. This one feels more comfortable, has a number pad, and volume controls!
Even better, it's Bluetooth that works without a USB receiver. That means a valuable USB port just opened up at the back of the computer! I only just received it today, so I can't comment on battery life yet. It runs on two AAA batteries. You can store up to 3 Bluetooth pairings and switch between them seamlessly with a handy function button on the 1-3 number keys (see top left).
It works with a desktop, laptop, tablet, or any other device with Bluetooth and typing capability. This is handy to know! I'm chuffed to bits with it. My perfect writing keyboard at last. Even as I type this I'm trying to make the sentences longer, more voluminous so that I can continue to hear the delightful clicky sound it makes as I hit those keys with excellent accuracy and tremendous amounts of sumptuous comfort....ok I'm running out of steam on that one.
When you write, the keyboard really matters
If writing ever becomes an integral part of your working life, then spend time finding the best keyboard. In my experience, any uncertainty warrants a trip to a tech market or superstore in which you can sample keyboards on offer and see how they feel under your hands. I wouldn't have had to go through 6 different keyboards if I'd been able to do that. My excuse was the lockdown, but as we steadily move out of pandemic times, what will your excuse be?
Type right, write right.
To read more material written using my fancy new keyboard, explore my custom copywriting services right here on leonisx.com