Now the audio and mic ports serves pretty much the same purpose as the USB.
Its an extension port that can be used to connect headset and the likes. No need to worry about short mic, headphone, or headset
cables ... this keyboard fixes that issue.
A couple of extra stuff that this keyboard offers is the AntiRSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) A-shaped
keys. This is nothing new and you might have seen this feature with most newer Microsoft keyboards. This keyboard however
doesn't completely separate the keys into two ... the keys are just aligned or shaped so that they look like they're leaning
towards the middle. So regardless if you're used to using a non A-shaped keyboard before, or have used one of those in
the past ... this keyboard will suit you just fine since it doesn't force you to tilt your hands in an angle.
The keyboard keys are labelled as "silent". But I myself don't consider this keyboard as such
since it still create quite a loud "tapping" sound when being used. It however generates around 50-60% less noise when being
used compared to other non-silent keyboards.
There's no palmrest on this keyboard w/c doesn't really bother me. The lower end of this device
is a bit wider when compare to others and can serve as a palmrest. And oh, underneath the keyboard you'll find 3 rubber feet
(all positioned on the lower portion). They are stuck inside a slot w/c is better than other keyboards whose rubber feet just
sits on top of the flat plastic bottom of the device (w/c easily gets damaged/peeled out).
Like I mentioned before there are multimedia keys above the function keys. The said buttons
can only be used when the driver is installed though. Weirdly enough, A4tech didn't add a disc with the drivers ... that
can be obviously because A4tech is trying to reduce the price but just how much will it cost to add a single disc to the package?
Either way downloading the driver isn't all that painful since its only around 600kb. The said driver will add another tab
inside the mouse properties and needs to load at start-up for it to function properly. The said software/driver allows you
to record your own keystrokes if you want any of those 6 keys to function differently than the default actions.
This keyboard may not look as great as the other overly expensive ones ... but the additional
features/ports, combined with its very affordable price (less than more than half) makes this keyboard a steal! I wasn't able
to find a good review before I purchased this device. Now I hope this review will make your decision a bit easier =)