Less than a year ago,Â May 24Â 2007,Â I bought a new "Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000", black, sleek and shiney.Â Not really a bad piece of keyboard, I quite dislike the normal "split" ergonomical keyboards, as I find myself with my elbows and shoulders in uncomfortable positions, so this seemed to be a good combination.Â In one hand the wide curve made me move my hands nicely and made it easier to focus on good left-right separation, on the other hand, it wasn't letting me feel cramped.
The keyboard works sweetly, nice tactile feeling, though the colouring on the letters disappear a bit too easily. It's not really as if I touch the volume keys that much to warrant the ink to disappear from it. Same goes for the "next track" key.Â Â Still, they faded rapidly, and I didn't care.
Now however, what I do care about is the following. This morning when I crawled out of bed and into the room to put on some music I couldn't log into my computer.Â Why? Well, I couldn't figure it out at first. It went quite far, until I tried a second account and it let me in instantly.Â Â Odd.Â Â Â I tried to sudoÂ and su switch to the other account. No such luck.Â So, what's the issue then?Â Ahh, sometime later it dawned on me. The Q key was busted.Â No such luck. No input at all.
Riiight.Â Â Â Pop it open and check the connector,Â Nope, doesn't respond at all even with direct feedback.Â Wonderful. Some more exploring reveals that the Down arrow is gone as well.Â Â Now I'm annoyed.
So, what do I do about this?Â Frankly, no clue. I don't want another keyboard that goes bust in less than a year on me.Â Â Right now I'm typing on an ancient Keytronic Ergoforce keyboard.Â It's loud, obnoxious and ugly.Â Â Â And it works, unlike the shiney sleek black Microsoft branded piece I used to have.
Sod the returns.