Keyboard colors

January 8, 2010 at 15:17:35
Specs: XP SP3 & Vista Business SP 2, 3.6 GHz / 4000 MB
It seems that most stores that sell computer equipment now sell all or almost all keyboards with black keys and white letters and numbers on the keys. Why is this ? I guess it's because those keyboards sell better ? I realize that keyboards with black keys probably look better and doesn't show the dirt as much, but I have hesitated to buy those keyboards because I thought it would be harder to see what's on the keys. I know that you can still get keyboards with white keys and black lettering, but they're harder to find. And what about having multi-colored keyboards ? How about having the fn keys in red, for example ? One can take this as far as you wish-red, white, and blue keyboards, keyboards with special colors for Christmas, ...

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#1
January 8, 2010 at 19:36:24
How about something like this keyboard.

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#2
January 9, 2010 at 05:52:19
I have hesitated to buy those keyboards because I thought it would be harder to see what's on the keys.

Why are you looking at the keys?

If I try that, I end up screwing up and making erros all over the place. Practice your typing and you'll find you don't need to look then the colors won't matter.

Heck, by the time I replace K/B's most times half of the letters and numbers are worn right off!

If you're energetic and enterprising, there's nothing stopping you from removing any keys you want to and giving them a paint job.


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#3
January 9, 2010 at 09:12:24
"Why are you looking at the keys?" Because I never learned to type. I still basically use one finger. As for giving them a paint job, I didn't think of that, but I don't think it's worth the trouble. I was really just wondering why we now see all or almost all keyboards with black keys and white letters and numbers on the keys.

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#4
January 9, 2010 at 12:03:39
re: I was really just wondering why we now see all or almost all keyboards with black keys and white letters and numbers on the keys.

I'd guess it's because it would not be cost-effective to make keyboards in a multitude of colors, never knowing what colors people will buy.

If company X is shipping thousands of machines to Best Buy, how would they determine how many hundreds should have red function keys, blue function keys or chartreuse function keys?

Black and white (and varieties of those shades) fit just about any decor - home or office - and typically match the monitor and CPU case, etc.


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#5
January 9, 2010 at 12:56:06
I agree with your point about keyboards in a multitude of colors. But again I ask: Why the change from white keys to black keys ?

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#6
January 9, 2010 at 13:06:08
re: Why the change from white keys to black keys ?

Didn't you answer your own question in your OP when you said:

I realize that keyboards with black keys probably look better and doesn't show the dirt as much...


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#7
January 9, 2010 at 13:27:59
Maybe I did answer the question-I thought there might be some other reasons, though.

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#8
January 10, 2010 at 05:40:39
I've always thought the following was the reason:

Black and white (and varieties of those shades) fit just about any decor - home or office - and typically match the monitor and CPU case, etc.

You never used to see black cases and monitors. Everything was that ugly offwhite fleshy tone. Someone decided he wanted black and the next thing you knew, you could purchase black K/B's.


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#9
January 10, 2010 at 07:56:45
The one thing I'd like to see more of is back lit keyboards, especially on laptops. I'm not the best typist but still type with both hands and not two fingers. In dark situations it would help as I still look down at the keyboard from time to time and if I cant see where my hands are I mess up. Yes even with the two nubs on F and J.

They can be had, but are usually aimed at gamers and are big ugly beasts and usually not ergonomic. I like a bent keyboard as I'm young, use the computer alot and already have a very mild RSI in my wrists.

You can buy dodgy pink plastic jewel encrusted keyboards at some electronic shops.....

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#10
January 10, 2010 at 08:08:01
Derby Dad hit onto the cause (as did the OP). The change from "all off-white" to an "all-black" PC was due to dirt and fading. Ever see how yellow an "off-white" machine becomes after years of sitting under florescent lights (as in an office/factory)?

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