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Destroy
09-17-11, 10:43 PM
Been trying to find a cheap, quiet, illuminated, basic, full key and full size keyboard. Don't think one exists. MS X4 is closest thing.

They all have goofy macro or screen crap to try and justify the $50+ price tag.

Do keyboards with drivers use up precious gaming cpu cycles nowadays?

bob saget
09-18-11, 12:41 AM
the logitech illuminated one is good.

Redeemed
09-18-11, 01:27 AM
That one keyboard by that one company...? Yeah- I like that one. :)

Greedo
09-18-11, 01:55 AM
the logitech illuminated one is good.

THIS.

FlakMagnet
09-18-11, 03:12 AM
Sounds like original poster was asking about a 'basic' keyboard with illuminated keys and no 'goofy macro or screen crap'. So not sure if the Logitech keyboard fit that description ;)

I would say that any device with a driver uses CPU cycles, but a keyboard doesn't exactly thrash the CPU, not even the Logitech G15. Most of the time the CPU reads 0% on my G15 screen when I'm sat at the desktop doing nothing.

The G15 is a great keyboard if you decide that you want 'goofy macro or screen crap', and you won't need to worry about it sucking up valuable CPU cycles :)

Rakeesh
09-18-11, 03:24 AM
I use the wireless illuminated keyboard (k800) and it is pretty much a no frills keyboard other than that it is wireless and the keys light up in the dark when you move your hands over the keyboard to type.

Personally I prefer no frills keyboards myself, and the k800 was a natural choice since most reviews indicate that it doesn't suffer from any wireless lag or ghosting issues.

I think the wired equivalent is cheaper. If I didn't absolutely need wireless (my entire setup depends on wireless) I personally like those little $14 keyboards you can get at fry's electronics. (don't remember the brand name...kingman or kensington something? they have a nice rubber feel to them and are very spill resistant)

Destroy
09-18-11, 08:00 AM
the logitech illuminated one is good.

Can the Logitech or any 'fancy' keyboard be used in winXP (or on an older PC) WITHOUT drivers and work properly as a basic keyboard?

Rakeesh
09-18-11, 08:53 AM
Can the Logitech or any 'fancy' keyboard be used in winXP (or on an older PC) WITHOUT drivers and work properly as a basic keyboard?

The k800 does. In fact it works before the OS even loads up (bios, UEFI, boot menu, etc)

bob saget
09-18-11, 12:11 PM
Can the Logitech or any 'fancy' keyboard be used in winXP (or on an older PC) WITHOUT drivers and work properly as a basic keyboard?

of course. just plug it in. it doesnt have any special features or a separate screen on it.

frenchy2k1
09-20-11, 12:24 PM
the worst that can happen if you use a "fancy" keyboard without the drivers is that the extra, special keys would not be recognized. All of the other keys will work just great.

Yaboze
09-20-11, 01:50 PM
THIS.

+1

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/devices/4740

I use this. No drivers. Plug it in and go, works from BIOS, etc. All of the media keys work, etc.
It lights up with white led's and the brightness has like 3 levels, plus off.

I have two minor complaints.

1. The USB cable is rather short.
2. The USB cable coming out of the keyboard comes out of the right back side of the keyboard, not the middle. Many with LCD's like the cable to run straight to the LCD's cable management loop, making everything on the desk nice and clean. Since this cable is already short and now all the way to the right, it makes cable management difficult.

Destroy
09-20-11, 05:40 PM
+1

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/devices/4740

I use this. No drivers. Plug it in and go, works from BIOS, etc. All of the media keys work, etc.
It lights up with white led's and the brightness has like 3 levels, plus off.

I have two minor complaints.

1. The USB cable is rather short.
2. The USB cable coming out of the keyboard comes out of the right back side of the keyboard, not the middle. Many with LCD's like the cable to run straight to the LCD's cable management loop, making everything on the desk nice and clean. Since this cable is already short and now all the way to the right, it makes cable management difficult.

Ugg, no thanks. Typing on laptop style keyboards suck.

I think I solved my problem with stickers (http://www.amazon.com/Glowing-fluorescent-Lettering-English-keyboard/dp/B004CJPS66).

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HaXJ96y4L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

ICE2K
09-22-11, 02:30 PM
+1

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/devices/4740

I have two minor complaints.

1. The USB cable is rather short.
2. The USB cable coming out of the keyboard comes out of the right back side of the keyboard, not the middle. Many with LCD's like the cable to run straight to the LCD's cable management loop, making everything on the desk nice and clean. Since this cable is already short and now all the way to the right, it makes cable management difficult.

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj16/Cocolinaaaa/Big%20Smilies/thinking.gif hmmmm looks nice i might get 1, well the old keyboard i'm on now the cable is n da same spot so that's not gonna b a problem 4me.....