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Spencer's Spotlight

For your reading convenients below you will find all the Spencer's Spotlight published in 2018

January 2018

Happy New Year!
I hope all had a wonderful holiday season. My spotlight feature this month will focus mainly on a very fundamental piece of equipment. My keyboard.

Over the course of the last few months I have noticed when I have been writing my articles, that my keys on my wireless keyboard have been sticking. The typos were getting ridiculously high. So, Amazon to the rescue.

I am a Prime member and really dislike going to the stores and dealing with sales people that do not know anything about the products they sell. Anyway, I found a keyboard with good ratings for 14 dollars and 93cents, cool, under 20 dollars. I am all about a good deal.

It is the Logitech K 360 wireless keyboard. Well, it came in the mail, I opened the box and it was a very nice looking keyboard. But, where was the dongle? Where, where, where? I looked all over the box, inside the keyboard battery compartment, and could not locate a dongle. Well, you know as well as I do, that without the dongle, you have a worthless piece of plastic.

I called Amazon, told them what I thought about them selling a keyboard without the dongle. They said it was supposed to work in conjunction with the mouse and they would send me the mouse and that dongle would work with my keyboard. Okay, sounds good, what do I know, little too technical for me.

the mouse arrives, I find the dongle and yep, you guessed it, it did not work either. So, scratching my head, I went back to the keyboard box, looked for the directions hoping I may have missed something; maybe some kind of switch I was supposed to press or push. I used the Seeing AI app on my I phone and nothing jumped out at me, therefore, I dialed Amazon again to tell them that this dongle did not work either.

While I was waiting for them to answer, I reached back in the keyboard box and my fingers brushed a crossed the front panel of the box. Yep you are right, I found the dongle hiding in plain sight, front and center. I took it and popped it into the USB port of the computer, and yes, you guessed correctly, it worked. About that time, Amazon answered the phone. I said I had already answered the question I had and sheepishly said good-bye.

So, after all that, I am happy to report that this is a very nice keyboard. The layout is nicely positioned. I usually have to mark several keys for orientation, but not with this keyboard. It uses batteries rather than rechargeables, which I prefer. It sits comfortably in my lap or it can sit on a table. It has rubberized feet to keep it stable, as well as a kick stand to adjust the angle while typing. It has an actual on/off switch so you can tell if the keyboard is on or not, without guessing like the ones with the on off toggle button. It has a full number keypad and the six pack is not in the usual place, but is located above the number keypad.

I really like the layout. About the only drawback to this keyboard I have found so far is that it does not have an application key. I have had to get used to the shift F10 combo to achieve this function. Also, a plus for me is the arrow keys are slightly below the rest of the keys for easy access.

For under 20 Dollars, you cannot go wrong with this keyboard. I highly recommend it, even after all I went through to get it working. Just another day in the life dot, dot, dot.

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