A Great Keyboard
April 9, 2010

The Key Tronic USB Classic keyboard is a high-quality, 104-key Windows Compatible keyboard that’s a perfect entry-level or basic replacement keyboard for any user.

The affordable Classic has all the durability and strength of the Lifetime line, built into a compact, space-saving design.

This keyboard features an extra large L-shaped Enter key and Windows application keys for easier Start and Task Manager operations. All keys are factory tested to withstand 20 million keystrokes.

Affordable pricing and a Lifetime Guarantee make this 104-key keyboard a necessary addition to every user’s PC.

The Classic-U keyboards meet the European Union RoHS initiatives.

Now shipping with Ergo Technology. Most keyboards use a standard 55 grams of force required to register every key, Ergo Technology has 5 different levels of force. From 35 grams to 80 grams – that correspond to the strength of the finger that touches the keys. The result is more comfort for your hands.

My experience and history with Key Tronic keyboards

I have used Key Tronic keyboards since 1991. Back then I used the KB101, it was great, a large L shaped enter key and above that a large backspace key.   It felt great typing with that board.  Later when Windows 95 came out they offered the KB101 Plus that came with 3 Windows keys.

These were switch technology keyboards made in Spokane, Washington. Very high quality build, the Num Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock lights were in the keys, leaving the space normally allocated for the lights to house a custom nameplate you could order for 5 dollars, I had my domain name on it.  Nice personalized touch.

Around 2000 they discontinued the switch technology boards and replaced them with membrane technology. I was told they were just way too expensive to manufacture since everyone was going to membrane keyboards, most made overseas at a fraction of the cost they could be made in North America. After years of use and dirt and spills took it’s toll,  I needed to upgraded my KB101 Plus.  I was really concerned about finding a board with the similar feel to it.   I spent about 300 dollars on keyboards trying to get one that I could get use too, but no luck.

I called Key Tronic and spoke to a very nice lady, I expressed my concerns about the switch technology keyboard being discontinued and she sympathized with me, she knew exactly where I was coming from.  I asked if they had any keyboards that have the similar feel to them as the switch technology, she said yes, the Classic.  It was about the closest you could get to the feel of the switch type keyboards, similar key layout and they also had keys that needed different input force to give you a tactical feel to it, as mentioned above, Ergo Technology.

You could not replicate the exact feel of switch technology keys, but the Classic was a very close match. I ordered one and tried it. After a couple weeks I was really happy with it and ordered 5 more keyboards, just in case they were discontinued. If there is one thing I can’t stand is a keyboard that just doesn’t feel right.

If you are in the market for a new keyboard, try the Key Tronic Classic.  Available in USB and PS2, Black or Beige. In the USA it can be purchased through many retailers for around 35.00 dollars, in Canada you have to purchase it direct from Key Tronic for 45.00 dollars.

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