About six weeks ago I bought a new wireless keyboard, the Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000. On paper this has everything I want in a keyboard. It's a full sized keyboard with soft touch, low profile keys, it has a number pad (which isn't bunched up with the main keys), it has shortcut keys for media player, calculator and others, and it even has some customisable keys, which was a nice bonus. Oh, and of course it's wireless. Trouble is, it doesn't work. I have my PC on the floor to the right of my desk, with the wireless dongle in the back of it. The keyboard can't be more than 3 feet in a straight line from the dongle, but it cuts out on a regular basis and characters refuse to register. Does anyone know of a decent wireless keyboard at a sensible price that has a similar set of features? I don't need customisable keys, but they are a nice touch. I'm open to an ergonomic keyboard, but a straight one is just fine to be honest.
I have bad news and good news. I have a HP wireless keyboard and mouse and they also have a short range but with a short cable to move the receiver into line of sight both now work extremely well. I get about a months use to a set of keyboard batteries and change the mouse ones about once a week - I use rechargeables for both.
Okay, thanks guys. So are you saying most wireless devices need line-of-sight to receiver to work properly? I've only had one before, and it was similar to yours, wiz-king, where the receiver was on a cable so it could be put on the desk. May have to get a USB extension to put this one on in that case.
I bought the logitech ex100 keyboard and quite happy with it. Batteries seem to last longer than the reviews state. Tried a test and the keyboard still works 3 meters away from the receiver. As the receiver in on top of the desk I tried typing with keyboard on the floor (desk inbetween) and still works. click here click here