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Windows 7: Why are modern keyboards BLACK

19 Feb 2010   #41
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scotteq View Post
Microsoft Ergo Keyboard 4000 - split and angled. I can't use anything else: To the point where I bought my own to use at work.
Yes, those are the exact ergo keyboards that I use. I have 2 of them at home. The only thing I don't like them for is gaming. For straight out typing though, I love them. Fantastic keyboards and a great price.
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19 Feb 2010   #42
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi guys
I find as an older guy using modern keyboards which have black keys with silver / white letters on them very difficult to see sometimes.

The older one's which had WHITE keys with BLACK letters on them far far easier to read seem almost to have disappeared these days.

I've managed tro rescue 2 or 3 of these from "The tip" but can I make a plea here -- not everybody who uses a computer is under 25 these days.

Cheers
jimbo
I couldn't agree with you more. I have always had white keyboards until 3 or 4 years ago when I couldn't find them anymore. I don't necessarily look at the keys all the time, but it causes me to need better lighting so I can FIND the keyboard.
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19 Feb 2010   #43
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scotteq View Post
Microsoft Ergo Keyboard 4000 - split and angled. I can't use anything else: To the point where I bought my own to use at work.
Yes, those are the exact ergo keyboards that I use. I have 2 of them at home. The only thing I don't like them for is gaming. For straight out typing though, I love them. Fantastic keyboards and a great price.

Like the two of you, that is what I use and I also purchased one for work. It is about time to purchase another as I have worn the letters off of several of the keys.
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19 Feb 2010   #44
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

i think they are black just because for the last decade most desktop systems sold have been black. now you can still find white keyboards but typically they tend to be a bit plain. there are just certain features i've grown used to.
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19 Feb 2010   #45
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I like black keyboards. I hate white computer parts, feels old (no offense). Plus, black hides dirt. I am NOT a clean person.

I also am a touch typist (although at some point I need to sit down and retrain myself). So the letters themselves make no difference to me, I would rather have an ALL black keyboard with just feeling of bumps of letters or something, that would help me a lot.

I have crap ALL OVER my room, my stereo (that I never use....) is covered, I have random computer and monitor parts all over.

~Lordbob
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19 Feb 2010   #46
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
I would rather have an ALL black keyboard with just feeling of bumps of letters or something, that would help me a lot.
~Lordbob
while it's not all black maybe this would help you. btw why print letter on a keyboard made for the blind?


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19 Feb 2010   #47
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
I would rather have an ALL black keyboard with just feeling of bumps of letters or something, that would help me a lot.
~Lordbob
while it's not all black maybe this would help you. btw why print letter on a keyboard made for the blind?
Braille would be pointless for me, as I cant read it, but it might be fun actually, that might teach me.

Unfortunately, my KB I have now I like, and was rather expensive (got a good deal on it though), so I will be sticking with that for now.

~Lordbob
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19 Feb 2010   #48
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
I feel your pain Jimbo, that being said, I've been typing for 45 years and no longer need to look at the keys anymore...
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20 Feb 2010   #49
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I have to look at the keys to type....never learned to type "properly". That said, I have two keyboards that are either beige, or once were white....and I wish I had a black one to match my tower and monitor. Also, after reading through this thread,I think that it would be really cool if the letters were backlit, as I am often at the computer all hours of the night, and don't have a whole lot of lighting on in the room.
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21 Feb 2010   #50
smsff7

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
I would rather have an ALL black keyboard with just feeling of bumps of letters or something, that would help me a lot.
~Lordbob
while it's not all black maybe this would help you. btw why print letter on a keyboard made for the blind?
So none blind people can use it?

The real question is why would blind people do with a computer?
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