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USB Computer Keyboards Buying Tips

Updated on September 28, 2011

How to Choose a USB Computer Keyboard

A basic USB computer keyboard can be a must for both desktops and notebooks. A good one can increase your productivity and improve your comfort with the right ergonomic design and logical layout.

Before you buy, you can consider and compare the features. Here are some important things to think about before making your selection.

A comfortable palm rest, height adjustments, and sometimes a curved design may help those who do a great deal of typing. Small features like this can help prevent injury.

Backlit keys can be of benefit for those who work in low light and keyboards with larger letters and bolder contrast can help those with vision limitations.

Some of these keyboards are standard size, others are more compact or extended. Compact models are more portable and great when you have a small desk space, but extended can be better if you spend long hours on the keyboard.

In addition to the standard key layout, users can look for hot keys or function keys that make performing certain tasks easier/faster.

When you choose your USB computer keyboard, just be sure it offers the USB ports you need; both in number, one or two, and type, 1.1 or 2.0. You'll also want to be sure that it will be compatible with your operating system.

On this page you'll see some affordable options that consumers have rated highly.

Logitech 350 USB

The Logitech 350 offers USB connectivity, CD-ROM, and a 104 key standard QWERTY keyboard. It includes 8 programmable function keys and is spill resistant. It operates perfectly with Windows Vista, 2000, and XP. It comes with a 3 year warranty.

Logitech's K120 on the other hand is also compatible with Windows 7.

Logitech Deluxe 250

The Logitech Deluxe 250 is one of the most affordable, classic USB computer keyboards out there. It is sturdy and durable, has the standard 104 key layout with 8 programmable function keys across the top. If you need to add a basic keyboard or replace one this is a great option. It has a USB port and is compatible with Windows Vista, 2000, and XP.

Large Print Keyboard

This keyboard is perfect for anyone with low vision. It features bright yellow keys with oversized black letters for improved contrast. It has the standard 104 key layout with hot keys for easy access to common commands.

It has wake/sleep commands for saving energy and will operate well with Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and Vista.

HP Keyboard

Great for those who type a great deal, this HP USB computer keyboard has a standard layout that allows you to type without looking at the keyboard. It is adjustable, allowing the user to let it lie flat or angle it upward to 6 or 12 degrees for maximum comfort. This keyboard has a sturdy build and should last for years.

Microsoft Keyboard

This Microsoft keyboard is designed for comfort. It offers an ergonomic layout that is slightly curved and provides a built-in palm rest. It provides the standard 104 keys with customizable short cut keys and multimedia controls. It has an attractive white finish and will easily connect to your PC with the USB. It comes with a 3 year warranty.

IBM ThinkPad

This keyboard from IBM features 2 built-in USB ports and an integrated cord that can have the length adjusted. It also has adjustable feet that allow the user to choose one of three levels to suit their individual needs.

This is one of the few USB computer keyboards to offer both a touch pad and pointing device (TrackPoint). It also features a variety of function keys to allow quick access to common functions. The extended size provides a handy palm rest and the fact that you won't need an external mouse will also save space on your work surface.

Microsoft Arc

Compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.6x, this USB computer keyboard offers better mobility and a great ergonomic design. It has 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and a USB port. It operates off of 2 AAA batteries and has a battery status indicator.

It has 4 programmable function keys and it's curved, compact design is perfect even with the keyboard in your lap. It comes with a 3 year warranty.

Lenova ThinkPlus

This Lenova model has the standard 104 keys and a full number keypad. It includes a rubberized palm rest for comfort and adjustable back feet to give users three possible positions to suit their individual needs. It is USB enabled and has a quality build while still being a very lightweight option.


This Macally keyboard is designed specifically for Macs although it will work with some Windows devices. It features two USB 1.1 ports. It has a Mac key layout, slim design, and scissor switch keys which make typing fast and easy without making too much noise. It comes with a 3 year warranty.

Saitek Eclipse

This USB computer keyboard from Saitek is perfect for working in low light/night time. It has back lit keys (red LED) with 3 lighting levels. It also boasts volume control, mute buttons, and an adjustable wrist rest for comfort.

It features a black and silver finish with a standard 104 key layout design.


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      RoyZwam 7 years ago

      I needed a USB Keyboard for my PS3,

      good hub thanks!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Thanks for putting together the USB keyboards - I have a logitech myself for now.