Recently my Macbook hasn’t been behaving very well and I wondered why since it hasn’t let me down in the last five years apart from an injured hard drive that was soon replaced under warranty. One of the issues that I was beginning to realise was the fact that the QWERTY keys were also beginning to get too slippery, sometimes not Apple “chicket” square keys wouldn’t function as quickly as they should of and often made typing a bit of a chore. A quick visit to an Apple store in Glasgow rectified the problem straight away and replaced the laptop’s battery since it was beginning to push itself outwards from its fixing as well as causing the track pad & top keyboard to expand, thus also slowing down the instant nature of the Macbook’s natural fast ability of typing. An instant repair meant I was back on track with the Mac and soon, began to settle back into writing reviews and general business duties. Apple also replaced the top cover keyboard completely free of charge due to their new quality improvement programme. However, to prevent future blemishes and over use on the new keys I decided to change my Macbook into a desk top computer, simply by buying a PC & Mac compatible wired USB keyboard and mounting my Macbook on a PC pedestal, also giving my eyes less glare than I was used to. That way, I can use the Macbook keyboard minimally and more at home attached to a separate wired USB keyboard of my choice. However, one of the aspects of owning a Macbook or Apple computer in general is finding a suitable keyboard without paying through the nose for an Apple marked accessory and I can access the short cut function keys on the Macbook at an arm’s stretch without having to distract me much whenever I’m using my computer – and I use it every day to do business, not just reviews online.
Nar2’s Quick Skip Product Spec
• PC and MAC compatible “gaming” plug and play USB keyboard.
• Permanently fitted with long USB cable.
• Colour coded “W,A,S,D” letter keys and cursor keys.
• Lightweight with optional stand points on the base.
• Three LED panel with Num lock, Caps and Scroll alert.
• Permanent design incorporates shiny plastic palm/wrists rests.
• Waterproof design, easy to clean & able to be used with 5 to 6 keys pressed once.
• Cost price £9-99 to £14-99.
General Design & Quality
One of the aspects that is very evident of the Texet WK 408 gaming keyboard is that it is made of very thin plastic and commands quite a big space taken up by its organic shape, nodding at several rivals from Microsoft with the way parts of the keyboard’s outer body bends in and out. This isn’t a big problem but for those expecting or having owned similar PC keyboards such as the rectangular and far more compact Samsung Pleomax with its sprung, soft keys, thicker plastic textures and a quiet time of it when it comes to use, the Texet offering here is very rattly and reeks of cheapness due to the lack of sprung textures. Although the keys are well spaced out, the keyboard suffers largely from a lack of perceived quality, creating a noisy performance whenever typing is required, or game play.