Computer Keyboards and Cleaning Keyboards
Computer keyboards run from very cheap to fairly expensive. Before you buy any
keyboard, you need to put yours hands on the keys and type on it. It does not
matter if it is connected to a computer or not. What you want to find out is how
it feels. Some keyboards have a light touch, others need a heavy touch. Neither
is better. It is what feels the best to your. If you order one online, it would
be better to pay a little more for it. Usually the extra you pay will mean a better
feel to the keyboard. Very cheap keyboards often do not have the "touch"
that the more expensive keyboards have. Check out the keyboard here
If your budget allows, try an ergonomic keyboard. Though not all ergonomic
computer keyboards are expensive. They are usually a little more expensive than
standard keyboards. That is one of those funny looking ones that have the keys
angled to the left and right from the center of the keyboard. If you have never
tried one, they take a little time to get used to, but they are less fatiguing
than the standard straight across keyboard. Look at some good prices for ergonomic
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Look down at your arms as you type on the computer. They go from your sides
and angle in to the keyboard. At the wrists, you have to turn another angle
for your fingers to fit the keys. The ergonomic keyboard's keys are set so your
arms, wrist and hands, right down to the finger tips are all going the same
direction or angle. If you spend a lot of time at a computer keyboard, you may
find this to be the keyboard for you.
Just as there are wireless mice, there are also wireless computer keyboards.
This means you can place you keyboard anywhere it is convenient for you to type
without the constraint of a cord or cable holding you back. Again, be sure you
have spare batteries ready in case you run low on keyboard power in the middle
of a project.
Another very nice thing to have is wrist pads for your keyboard and mouse.
This is a pad that your hand rests on as you use your keyboard or mouse. Without
them, your wrists hang down and after a period of time you will feel more tired
from typing. The soft cushion wrist pad are made for both keyboards and mice.
They really reduce the stress on your wrists and make working at your computer
If you live in a very dry area, you often get a ZAP when you touch a
light switch, another person or even your computer keyboard. That "ZAP" you
give your keyboard is enough to go down into the keyboard circuit and damage
the electronics within it. A good idea is to have a "discharge pad" next to
your computer. Touch it before you touch anything related to your computer.
Touching a "discharge pad" will send that ZAP to a ground instead of inside
of expensive electronic equipment. A simple "discharge pad" is any piece of
metal tied to a water pipe.
You do not have a handy water pipe? You can tie it to an electrical
ground. The safest way to do this if you are not sure about electrical grounds
is to loosen a screw on the back of your computer. Wrap a piece of wire once
around the screw. Be sure the wire is exposed, do not wrap the plastic insulation
around the screw. Tighten the screw down to the computer's metal case. Run the
other end of the wire over near your keyboard. Strip off the end of the wire
insulation so bare wire is exposed. Any time you sit down to work at your computer,
touch the exposed wire to discharge and static charge to ground. Yes, you metal
computer case is a ground and is tied to electrical ground if your home has
a 3 wire grounded outlet the computer is plugged into. Of course, if you have
a soldering iron, you could solder a penny to the keyboard side of your wire
to make it more attractive.
For cleaning computer keyboards. Use a paper
towel or facial tissue lightly dampened with household rubbing alcohol. Do not
make it wet enough to drip down into the keyboard. I also vacuum my keyboard.
I run the vacuum over the keys and it pulls up dust and lint that settles between
the keys. There are also commercially available wipes for cleaning keyboards.
See cleaners here.
Cleaners They also have a 100 pack of wipes there.
An interesting cleaning point. Often women's keyboards get dirtier than
men's keyboards. Why would that be? Make-up. If a lady touches her face to rub
an itch or brush hair away from her eyes, a little make-up rubs off on the fingers.
This is transferred to the keyboard. Keep you keyboard clean with alcohol wipes.
You can also buy them commercially in pre-moistened packets.