Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
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Recently, I got my hands on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro. This is one of those keyboards with
all the nifty buttons up top to make accessing programs easier. There is not a whole lot of
keyboard reviews out there but there should be. I mean, how are you going to know what
keyboard to buy if you don't know how any of them perform. In this review I will cover
everything: look, feel, features, negative aspects, and installation (keyboard uses software).
Let me start out by listing what Microsoft reported as features.
- Internet Hot Keys
- Multimedia Keys
- E-Mail Hot Key
- Custom Hot Keys
- Sleep Hot Key
- 2 USB Ports
- Ergonomic Shape
- Control Key Shortcut Labels
Installation was pretty easy. You put the PS/2 connector into the computer and then
turn it on. Once it boots, you insert the USB connector. Inserting the USB connector sets
off the installation process in Windows.
You then insert the CD that is included with the package and it installs the necessary software.
Then you will be prompted to restart. Once restarted, you can configure the Hot Keys for
personal use and away you go you can type like a mad man. The configuration is a very easy
Both of the Keyboards
This keyboard has a slightly different look and feel from my old natural keyboard which is now
two years old. I found that the new keys have less resistance (easier to push), along with
having the two sets of keys spread farther out from each other. One thing that has returned to
its original form was the arrow keys. The old Natural Keyboard had the keys in a diamond shape
but this one has the normal "old school" upside-down "T" shape, thank you
The Big Media Row
The 3 System Buttons
The major change in this keyboard is the use of "hotkeys." These keys basically give
you the ability to browse the internet, access your browser, favorites, mail, media players, etc.
without using your mouse. There is one main row above the function keys and then a set of three
buttons above the number pad. The three buttons all by themselves seem to be more system
oriented. One opens My Computer (or Windows Explorer), one opens Calculator, and one can put
your computer in sleep mode.
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