Porn for writers

**Cross-posted from Writers Gone Wild

Hi y’all,

So. It’s my birthday on Monday, and the family have been bugging me about what I’d like for a gift. I’d have said “money” or “gift vouchers” but my mom and my in-laws have gotten in first with those. And my family say money and vouchers are “boring”.

Boring? I think not!

Anyhow, since the pressure was on for me to come up with something I asked for a new keyboard. You see, my old wireless keyboard started playing up a while back and finally decided to give up the ghost altogether, forcing me to plug in the clunky old reeeeally old keyboard I’d kept as a backup. You know, for when the wireless keyboard runs out of frickin’ batteries, and the kids have pinched all my spare batteries… again. (Nothing worse than sitting down to type and having nothing happen because your keyboard’s batteries have gone flat. Or your mouse batteries. And then you have to haul out the old dungy keyboard or mouse and find a spare USB port on your harddrive before you can do any work. Neat. Not.)

So DH and the kids hauled me to the local shopping center to check out keyboards. First place had none on display. Duh. Who the heck is going to buy a keyboard they haven’t even tried out? Not a writer, that’s for sure.

Next place had a bunch of keyboards on display, but they were all on a high shelf. Cue shortass moi standing on tippy-toes, wishing I’d worn heels instead of sneakers, doing the old “The quick brown fox” thing on each keyboard.

Narrowed it down to two keyboards. And one was on special. Score!

Then DH wandered up and pointed out the even fancier version of one of the keyboards I’d chosen sitting on a bottom shelf. Of course this isn’t one of the keyboards on display, so I had to go seek a storeperson to take it out of its packaging for me to try. Cue another embarrassing moment of shortass moi standing on tippy-toes with an audience to try out this fancy keyboard… which was so NOT on special. Yikes! But man, was it fabulous. Drool….

So of course I told DH the cheaper one was fine. And, wonderful man that he is, he ignored me, and took the deluxe version up to the counter. Even better, he set it up for me as soon as we got home, and didn’t make me wait till Monday… although I suspect that might have a little something to do with the fact my old keyboard is so loud it keeps him awake when I’m pulling a late-nighter. No exaggeration, apparently. DD informed me today she can hear me clicking away from her downstairs bedroom *wince* She, at least, finds the sound “comforting”. Unlike poor long-suffering DH.

Wanna see a pic of my wonderful, sleek, smooth, quiet new keyboard (that even has a battery indicator!)?

Here it is:

logitech mk710 Porn for writers

Mmmmhmm. Now that’s what I call writer-porn.

;-)

M

Addendum: 20-Jan-2013

P.S. in case anyone wants to know the brand, this is a Logitech Wireless Desktop mk710, and I bought mine from Dick Smith Electronics. (Note: the model down from this one was on sale at $30 off.)

Now I’ve been using the mk710 for a day or two, I’m in love with the rounded keys, and the smoothness (for want of a better word) when I type. The palm-rest is padded, too — definitely a bonus. (The Microsoft keyboard I was considering has a hard plastic palm-rest, which I didn’t like so much.) And I like the handy shortcut keys along the top of the keyboard — iTunes, anyone? I can skip a track, mute, play with the volume etc. at the touch of a keyboard button.

The other thing I really like is the Shift and Caps Lock indicators, which display in the little window to the right of the battery indicator. My previous wireless keyboard was a Bluetooth and the indicators never worked as they were supposed to… which meant I’d be typing in a password, wondering why it was flagging as incorrect, only to discover the Caps Lock was on — not ideal when your password happens to be case-sensitive. Grrr.

Oh, and the mouse was free, too. Was gonna stick to my previous mouse and use the Logitech one as a spare because I thought it felt a bit light, but DS nabbed my old one (he’d have nabbed my sexy new keyboard — his words, not mine! — given half a chance). And once the batteries were in, the weight of this new mouse felt perfect so I went with it. After two day’s use, I’ve found this mouse is the perfect size for my hand, and I’m now recalling why I like the more ergonomically shaped mouses over symmetrical ones. (You can’t see it too well in the photo above, but the mouse curves inward on the left-hand side where your thumb rests.) I also like that both mouse and keyboard have an “off” switch to conserve battery life when you’re away from the computer for a while. Now I just have to train myself to switch ‘em off!

I’m still discovering nifty things about this keyboard — note to self: read the instructions, perhaps? *g* Not entirely sure I believe the claims about the battery-life, but my previous wireless was a chronic battery-eater so any improvement on that is a bonus so far as I’m concerned.

All-in-all, epic win for DH on the birthday-buying front!

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