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Wired Keyboards

Our wired keyboards are designed to provide long-lasting comfort and increased productivity during long periods of computer use. A USB keyboard lets you plug it in and go, no need for batteries!

A typical keyboard, either on PC or laptop, can make the wrists and forearms bend inwards in an unnatural position. After typing in this position for several hours the arms can become strained and muscle aches can emerge. This is why we recommend an ergonomic keyboard that promotes the healthy positioning of your arms and allows for a more natural hand flow during typing.

Many of our wired keyboards use a split key design that allows the hand to be slightly angled upwards instead of twisted down. Another popular feature is to use a separate numeric keypad on the left hand side of the keyboard instead of the right. This allows your mouse to be moved closer to the keyboard, causing less movement and muscle strain.

If you want to try out some wired keyboards before buying, we welcome you to visit our Perth showroom. Or, shop online - we can deliver anywhere in Australia.

Wired Keyboards FAQs

What is a wired keyboard?

Wired keyboards connect to the computer through a wire, with a USB plug or other proprietary connector on the other end. Wired keyboards are extremely reliable since they have a direct connection to the computer and do not suffer from interference, unlike their wireless counterparts.

What are the common wired keyboard connectors?

Nowadays, almost all wired keyboards use USB technology as the interface to the computer. Older computers that have the PS/2 plug can support the use of PS/2-compatible keyboards, although this type of connector is quite rare to find.

Connecting a USB wired keyboard can be done even when the computer is on, while PS/2 wired keyboards can only be connected or disconnected when the computer is off. Furthermore, PS/2 ports are often colour-coded, often with the purple port allocated for keyboards.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a wired keyboard?

Wired keyboards have a number of advantages when it comes to stability and response time, cost and usability. Because they transmit signals through a cord, the connection is more stable and the feedback for your inputs is much quicker. They also do not need extra batteries and often have exactly the same functionality as their wireless counterparts, while costing way less.

However, for all the advantages, there are a number of disadvantages with wired keyboards, mainly related to flexibility of use and clutter. Since wired keyboards have a limited length of cord, placement is key and it often limits how far you can place the keyboard from your desktop or laptop computer. In addition, the cord can clutter your desk, particularly if you have a number of devices that also use cords.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a wired keyboard?

Wired keyboards have a number of advantages when it comes to stability and response time, cost and usability. Because they transmit signals through a cord, the connection is more stable and the feedback for your inputs is much quicker. They also do not need extra batteries and often have exactly the same functionality as their wireless counterparts, while costing way less.

However, for all the advantages, there are a number of disadvantages with wired keyboards, mainly related to flexibility of use and clutter. Since wired keyboards have a limited length of cord, placement is key and it often limits how far you can place the keyboard from your desktop or laptop computer. In addition, the cord can clutter your desk, particularly if you have a number of devices that also use cords.

Which keyboard style or layout is the most popular?

QWERTY - derived from the letters at the top-left corner of the keyboard - is the most common keyboard layout. A majority of wireless and wired keyboards on sale and in use across the globe use this layout, which was mainly derived from typewriters.

There are alternative layouts that presumably improve on the QWERTY layout (Dvorak and Colemak), although the benefits haven’t been proven by studies. It is also difficult to learn a new keyboard layout, mainly because it requires people to resist the urge brought upon by muscle memory.

Is it worth investing in ergonomic equipment?

If you spend a lot of time typing at work, an ergonomic keyboard is definitely a good investment. While the initial cost of the equipment is more substantial than their non-ergonomic counterparts, the long term benefits often outweigh the one-off cost. In addition to improving posture and overall physical health, it also helps to keep stress levels and discomfort at bay while you’re working.

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