This week, I’ve had some adventures of the (typing) keyboard type. At the start of the week, the X key popped off the keyboard I’ve been using for the past 18 months and I couldn’t get it fixed back again. Fortunately x is one of the less commonly used letters but it was annoying when I needed it. Most of the time I could get a result by hammering down hard but that wasn’t going to be a long term solution. Since the face on some of the keys had also started to wear away some months ago, that one was lined up to become an emergency spare.
I ordered a replacement, which looked very smart but the A key didn’t work at all, a much more significant impediment for typing in English. That one came from Amazon, who have a pretty straightforward returns process (I dropped at at the local post office yesterday and the refund has already come through) but that left me back with the a faulty keyboard. In fact, I put in the existing spare I had but that also has some dodgy keys and, although I’ve also got a wireless keyboard, putting that onto charge reminded me why I had changed from that in the first place.
In the end, I decided to go for a slightly more expensive unit with mechanical keys, which I ordered from Argos last night and picked up first thing this morning. Argos is even closer than the post office and, if I got a dud, I could probably get it swapped without losing another day or two and having to wait for delivery.
So far, so good on the new one. It is a bit more clicky-clacky, which is typical of mechanical keys, but I’m hoping it will last me a lot longer than 18 months. This one also has a gently pulsing rainbow LED background, which adds nothing to the typing experience but does look very pretty sitting on my desk!