Those Darn Cheap Keyboards

Where are my letters?

Where are my letters?

It just seems like I’ve gone through so many computer keyboards in the last few years.  They don’t quit working but the letters wear off.  It has been quite frustrating.   I’ve ended up just buying a new keyboard mainly because they aren’t real expensive these days.  However, this latest keyboard was less six months old and already had 4 letters that had completely disappeared and more were wearing off fast.

A New Approach

A New Approach

I went up on Amazon and was looking at keyboards AGAIN when I thought that perhaps I might want to try a different approach.  Maybe I’m getting thriftier in my old age (stop that cheering, Hubby!).  I decided to look for some stick-on labels that I could just put over the keys that needed new lettering.

Starting the Replacing Process

Starting the Replacing Process

I settled on getting some large-print ones.  I don’t really need them since I’m a crack-typist and don’t tend to look at the keyboard very often but since the old eyes are getting older, it doesn’t hurt to “be prepared.”  The labels arrived today and included stickers for an entire keyboard, including all the special function keys.

Special Function Keys Included

Special Function Keys Included

 

After I replaced the few that had worn off, I reassessed the “look” and decided to just go ahead and recover most of the keys on the keyboard, whether they needed recovering or not.  That way it will look uniform.

The Final Product

The Final Product

Here’s the final product.  (Ignore the dust in some of these pictures, by the way.  I realize after seeing these pics that I need to do some keyboard dusting.)  I left some of the keys in their original state but recovered the majority.  I think it came out rather nice.  I’ve been typing on the keyboard all evening and it’s fine.  I can notice a bit of ridge around each key but my fingers are really sensitive and I’m already hardly noticing it now so I suspect within another day or two, I won’t even notice a difference in the feel at all.

So there you have it.  If you’re too cheap to buy a new keyboard when those keys start wearing away, just shell out a few dollars for some key decals and try that as an alternative.

 

 

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