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Bought a new laptop in the end (Sony Viao - I like it because it's small and has a decent screen) - had it about 3 months, and the "n" key is already halfway to worn off.
Am I too heavy with it or do they just not build 'em like they used to?
Don't ask me why the "n" - I haven't a clue. Maybe I reply "no" a lot ;)
to test this? put your hand, palm up, on the floor, and place a large heavy book on your fingertips. Holding the back of your hand firmly on the floor, lift the book using nothing but your fingers. Too easy? then start piling on weights.
people complain that when I'm not paying attention, my keyboard is the loudest thing in the room - I tend to hit the enter key and space bar with a loud BANG!
I've gotten used to typing very quickly and aggressively.
all those arpeggios paid off, Miss Carmichael!
Coat your keys with a thin application of clear nail varnish. The letters will last longer.
I'm looking at my keyboard now and was surprised to find the N key, along with the right-shift and left, right, down keys are the most worn. The N hasn't disappeared yet, but the arrows are totally gone.
I own keyboards dating back to 1980, none of them suffer from degradation of that type. Most still work perfectly, especially the old IBM metal keyboards. A few have "sticky keys', but, I could fix those if I cared to clean them.
I've been using my MS Ergonomic keyboard for three years. I have to clean it once every six months......but it has no signs of wear afterwards.
You must be very hard on keyboards!
pH of your skin/sweat
Quite possible - actually I think you mentioned that to me last time we had this conversation.
It never used to happen. The old IBM keyboards that I used to use never gave way like this.
I should point out that this is specifically on my laptops. And looking at the keys, they seem to me to be decidedly cheap. It also looks like really cheap silver paint.
I've worked out the "n" - I tend to rest my forefinger on that key.
I'm certain these things have got worse. I guess the market is so competitive now, everything is done to an extreme budget.
Coat your keys with a thin application of clear nail varnish.
Ah yes, I think that was also mentioned last time - thanks for the reminder. Good idea ;)
Back in the mid '80s, shortly after they introduced the Mac, the folks at Apple were doing some design research. The gave Macs to a group of secretarial workers to use and abuse for a certain number of months. Upon return they found that a somewhat significant number of keyboards had much of the ink removed.
Upon reinterviewing the people with the affected keyboards they found that most used Oil of Olay. Kind of like the old saw where Coca-Cola would take the paint off a car.