Last week my keyboard went kaput (Yeah I know, that’s why you’re not supposed to eat or drink at the computer). I lost my S, D, T, W and E, keys; even though I do a lot of cut and paste work this was a major problem, as my 26 character alpha-numeric password contains a couple of those letters.
Once I figured out that the Keyboard was shot, I thought I’d go get a replace (the spares I have just don’t feel right – Ever notice how you get more set in your ways as you get older?). I started out by going online and searching for my old keyboard’s model number (found on an adhesive sticker on the bottom). I located it at CompUSA online and made an assumption (I know it makes an Ass out of me and an Ass out of you) that I would be able to walk into a store and find a similar model. Boy was I ever wrong.
After discovering that all the Keyboards at CompUSA were either Ergonomic (Ugh!) or couldn’t hold down a piece of paper on a windy day, I went to Best buy, then to office max, then to Office Depot, and finally to a used computer store called Renaissance Computers in Tucson, AZ. (If you want Rude service these are your guys!).
At this point you’d think I would give up right? No way, it wasn’t like I was looking for some off brand Keyboard. The brand I like, KeyTronic, is the Intel of the keyboard industry; someone had to carry a model. So on the way home I tried a few more small computer stores, to no avail.
Your probably thinking get over it already and buy a keyboard or keep using your spare; I was too. But I couldn’t get over the fact that the model I was used to using:
- didn’t require a pencil to keep from hitting two keys at once
- was heavy duty enough to withstand my constant hunt and peck keying
- actually weighs more than a box of tissue
- lasted a 1 year longer than my last keyboard (same model) and it lasted 3 years longer than the one before it (different brand).
- Was the same brand keyboard used in most retail stores
Well I can go on, but I did finally find a similar model at a local Computer/Electronics store. They only had three in stock, so I bought two of them. I figured by them time these keyboards wear at (around 2013) they probably will be to antiquated to work on my computers).
So to make a long story short, if you are happy with the performance of something save a headache and buy two or three or four now!