Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad
Asus P5K Deluxe Wifi-AP
Buffalo Firestix DDR2-8000 2 gig kit
Kingwin 850 Watt PSU
Zotac geForce 8600GTS
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
The keyboard is pretty standard; slightly wider than a normal-width keyboard, a wrist-rest, standard keys with really large characters, etc. The keys are a little larger than the keyboards that I have been using. The function keys are split into three groups. Everything is pretty much in the normal place. The keyboard weighs more than you'd think, as thin as it is, it is definitely heavier than most less expensive keyboards, probably among the heaviest keyboards that I have owned. It is black, shiny around the key area, and matte on the wrist rest.
Of note is the “Enter” key. It covers two rows and is larger on top than bottom. This shape was the standard for a long time, mainly because it was the standard on the IBM electric typewriter, but most manufacturers have gotten away from this shape preferring a double-width key on the row immediately above the “Shift” key, and the backslash key above the Enter key. This one has the backslash key beside the Enter key immediately above the Shift key. This will take me some time to get used to again. Above the Enter key is the Backspace key, which has only an arrow. It is a double sized key, which is pretty much a requirement for me.
Also of note are the LEDs. They are located on the far right side of the wrist rest. They are blue and extremely bright.
It is a USB type keyboard and a PS/2 adapter is included. The cord is very nice, a full seven feet long. I have only had one other keyboard with a cord this long, and it cost about five times the price of this one.
The multimedia keys are located on the right and left sides of the keyboard and above the number keypad. Though the KB206BK comes with a driver minidisk, all of the multimedia keys worked fine without the drivers being installed.
The keys on the right side are for listening to music. The “Media Player” key on top launches your default media player. There are buttons for “Skip Back”, “Skip Forward”, “Play”, “Mute”, and “Stop”. There is also a volume knob on the wrist rest. All of these controls worked as intended.
Above the keypad are three buttons, “Sleep”, “My Computer”, and “Calculator”. The sleep button instantly puts your computer on Stand-by, and pressing your computer's I/O button returns you to the Windows login screen. You return exactly where you were at; I pressed the button while listening to an MP3, and it even returned to the same place in the song.
The “My Computer” opens the “My Computer” screen. This is worthless to those that use Windows Explorer, but I do use My Computer to navigate my files, so it will come in handy to me. The “Calculator” button launches the Windows calculator, and that will come in handy too.
On the left side of the keyboard are the internet keys “Home”, “Back”, and “FWD”. There is also an “Email” button. I use Outlook Express, so I really don't know if it will launch other email programs if you don't use OE.
There is a “Favorite” button, that launches the “Favorites” pane in IE on the left side of the screen, and a “Search” button that launches the Windows Search function. I use Firefox, so that button will see no use, and though I often do searches on my rig, I don't foresee remembering to use the Search button, along with any other of the left side buttons, but I'm sure that I will use the right side ones.