Flexible Illuminated Full Sized Keyboard Review

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  1. Kevin O'Brien

    Kevin O'Brien Site Admin Staff Member

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    by Kevin O'Brien

    Not every office environment is friendly for your computer hardware. What about all those coffee cups being thrown at people, and what happens if your office is submerged under water? For the untold number of unlucky souls that need to work in such places, one keyboard manufacturer has finally stepped up to the plate to provide a solution to this problem. The flexible backlit keyboard from Brando aims to solve this age-old problem with an affordable price tag sure to fit any sea captain's budget, yarrr.

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    Features:


      Virtually indestructible
      Strong and silent
      Washable and hygienic
      Portable and storable
      Dust-proof and water-resistant
      EL illumination on/off
      Simply wipe up any spilled liquid with a damp cloth
      Lightweight, ultra-slim and compact
      Fits in your briefcase, backpack or notebook carrying bag and you do not have to worry any sharp edges
      Size: 49x13 mm
      Weight: 335g

      System Requirements:


        Windows 98/2000/Me/XP (or Vista)
        Available USB or PS2 Port

        Durability

        The Flexible Illuminated Full Sized Keyboard is made from a flexible and soft silicone material, which stands up to pretty much anything. For milder substances like coffee, soda, or water the keyboard laughs at the liquid, and ripples the fluid off with one quick shake across your desk. Harsher fluids like acid or gasoline were not tested for safety reasons, although they were not recommended to come in contact with the keyboard. The only weakness I found was the cable junction to the control module, which may not be completely water-tight.

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        Yes, we tested it under a running water faucet. (view large image)

        Typing Comfort

        The flexible keyboard is not the most friendly to recognize key presses compared to the average plastic keyboard. Typing was very heavy and deliberate, otherwise you would get garbled sentences, like the following: "Typing speeds are vry slowand accuracy forkpresses mkes typing usenames or passwords quite a chore. I was locked out of this site and ohes for typing in the incorrect informtion too many imes." As you can see, if you are not careful you will really confuse some people with your typing.

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        Illumination

        The electro luminescence feature of the keyboard is very bright in a dark room, but as pictured below it doesn't actually shine through the keys to show what letters you may be pressing. If you know the general location of different keys, it may help to get you back on target.

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        Conclusion

        I think it's a great keyboard if you need something to stand up to harsh conditions. If you are the type of person who eats over their computer, this might help save your you know what after an accident. All the features worked as advertised, although typing on the surface did take practice to get legible results. If you have $30 burning a hole in your pocket, you may want to considering picking one of these keyboards up from the Brando website.

        Pros


          Stands up to just about anything
          Folds into a burrito for easy transport (not edible!)

          Cons


            Hrd to tpe on

             

     
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  2. Bruno Rivest

    Bruno Rivest Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I would like to know if the typing on this illuminated keyboard is more difficulte than on other normal, unilluminated, flexible keyboard?

    Does the typing is easier on other flexible keyboard brand?

    Thank you for every information about this topic.
     
  3. ijen

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    I dont' know if its any different, but most flexible keyboard really really hard to type, you have to press very hard, harder than old style clicky keyboard. you can't type as the way you think anymore I dont' recomment it for gaming or faste typer
     

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