Word I have from a technical support professional is that their usefulness depends on what you want to use it for. They are weak in word processing application or where you expect the sensitivity of a standard keyboard. These lack the responsiveness of traditional boards and will be disappointing.
In an application as a keyboard for a kitchen monitor with limited actual text typing, this should be a good fit for me. As a POS keyboard or limited use, it could be a satifying tool. But, to date, they are less sensitive and respond more sluggishly than traditional boards, and are not a replacement for typing functionality. the excel in risky environment that pose spill/contamination hazards.
This just in: you get what you pay for… I’m about to have a cashier revolt over the “suckage” of the new keyboard. You really have to press the keys firmly or they sometimes don’t register. Also, the lack of a number pad is a real annoyance.
I just bought some from a company called wet keys. They are at www.wetkeys.com
I have one with an external mouse and the mouse and keyboard are wireless. I also bought one with the mouse pad and buttons like on a lap top are part of the keyboard. They are a bit pricey, but being wireless and washable, they really take away the wire clutter. I also have a Revention POS that is all in one, so it is very easy to keep everything clean and neat.
The stuff I bought is only a month old and works great so far. The wireless stick that goes into the USB is the size of a thumb drive which is very nice as well.
I missed this post… Tony you are on the right track with the wetkeys products. We have used their items for a very long time in our production areas filled with steam kettles and constant washdowns. They hold up very well and they are extremely reasonably priced. They do have quite a few options and it looks as if their prices have gotten even better than the last time I remember. This would be a great addition to any work area that has constant exposure to dust, liquid spill, and sticky hands.