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A keyboard which is meant for music is abit up for debate, the reason i had to purchase this one was down to my old keyboard's buttons got damaged so i needed a cheap replacement, Yes this keyboard is still working a few years down the line but its getting to the point where if i had the spare cash i would replace it without a second thought. The reason this is classed as a music keyboard is due to the numerous keys which you can find around the outside of the keyboard. Most of these now are broke and wont work, thus making this a "Logitech NON Media SO NOW PRETTY MUCH NORMAL keyboard" not as catchy name i know.
Price and Availability ------------------------------ I bought this keyboard from my local computer shop which is just down the road from me, however you can still buy this keyboard online for around the 12 pounds region, that's not a bad price for keyboard these days however i think there is better to be found out there if you are to look around. For 12 pounds your really dont get alot for your money, the keyboard can pick up dirt very easily and then it becomes a pain to try and clean and the keys can break so easily without even
using them. its really not something i would recommend to anyone. Below is where you can buy this item from for the best price which i found.
amazon shop - 12.00
(sorry for not having a lot on the price and availability section of this review, if you have any questions dont hesitate to message me)
Appearance and Design. ----------------------------------- The look of the keyboard is rather professional, the whole keyboard is a matte black and the buttons all have a similar style towards them expect the "music" buttons round the outside. these are long and silver to try and stand out from the rest of the design. The keys have a rather nice feel when pushed they all seem to click and you are aware that you have pressed it which makes touch typing that whole lot easier. The keys are laid out like you would expect and how you would find all the other keyboards. The number keys to the right and the F buttons along the top. simple stuff.
On the back you will find two pull down tabs which give you the option to make the keyboard stand a little more upright so the keys lay flat , but for me i feel that the best way to make the most of this is to be able to put them away and have the keyboard laid flat on the base of what it is made from so the keys have a small tab up lifting at the end of each key so i can still touch type with ease.
Now onto the music keys, these are the biggest let down of the keyboard. ive never had much use for the as the skip track and play/stop buttons only work with windows media player, this isnt what you need in a PC keyboard when the main music player is now iTunes which means you cannot use them for that option, you then have the Back and Stop buttons to the left .. these dont work properly and now they have decided to stop working altogether. However on the plus side there are 6 buttons which still want to work, these are the volume buttons which work with all program's as this effects the volume of the PC and not the speakers, These can come in hand y if you want to mute the music why you take a quick call however you will miss the song.
The other three buttons are the Outlook Express button, this would be great if i used that program, but i dont, so that's pointless for me, the second button is of a small picture of a house, this loads up your internet browser and brings up the homepage, this is a nice feature but one that i frequently forget to use and i always end up just clicking with my mouse instead. However its nice that Logitech have left me with the option there in case i ever feel like a change. and the last button is of a calculator, this can come in handy when you want to quickly add up some new numbers and get some quick math in there, instead of having to scroll through all the start menu to get there quickly. These all work and can come in handy from time to time, but that's only when i remember to use them.
The rest of the keys are working fine and ive had no other problems with this keyboard, the installation was completely fine. same as my screen, plug in and play, however i think that if you were going to go for quality over the price then something a little more flashy wouldn't go a miss!
Overall --------- A nicely designed keyboard but with a few technical problems that could have been ironed out before it got in front of us reviewers! if your looking for something which is good value for money then this is the keyboard but dont expect it all to work in a few years time... something which technology personally should be doing at this current age with how advanced we are!