The Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 is Cheap and Works Great
written by: Finn Orfano•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 11/26/2008
Why pay big money for an overpriced 'gaming' keyboard, or even a wireless one that never leaves the desk? This keyboard from Logitech is simple and performs just the way you'd expect it to.
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A while back, my beloved Beagle dog chewed my keyboard cable in half. I took one look at the wires and decided it wasn’t worth trying to splice back together. Little did I know, my hunt for an affordable keyboard would send me to several different stores until I found what I was looking for in the Logitech Classic Keyboard 200.
Keyboard shopping at your local retail store can be eye-opening. It seems that most of the options are either wireless keyboards or ones that also come with a mouse. I didn’t want to bother with the wireless stuff, nor did I want to pay the extra money for one, and I didn’t need another mouse. I saw keyboard prices ranging from 40 to 80 dollars, which is a bit ridiculous. I knew I could find one for cheap online, but I didn’t want to wait several days for one to be shipped in the mail. I needed to replace my keyboard that very day!
After visiting Circuit City, Best Buy, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, and even Radio Shack, I finally found what I was looking for at Office Max. Everywhere I looked for a keyboard, all they had were cheap off-brand stuff that I wasn’t interested in, or the pricey wireless jobs that I didn’t want to pay so much for. Office Max had this Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 for just $19.99, and that was exactly within my price range.
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Simple is Better
Simple is the word to describe this keyboard. I don’t like all those multimedia controls and buttons that so many keyboards have, and I never use them anyway. I just wanted a simple keyboard that works well, is comfortable, and inexpensive. This one happens to be USB, but it also includes a PS2 adapter, so it’ll work on most any computer. It is certified to work in Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP, and even Vista.
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Features and Performance
This is a very small and lightweight keyboard, but it still has all the standard keys. The frame around it is quite small, so the keys run all the way to the edge sort of like on a notebook computer. Since I have it sitting in front of my monitor on my desk, the smaller frame size helps free up some desk space. It is neither a noisy nor quiet keyboard, but the keys all function pretty well. The only problem I sometimes have is not hitting the left shift key hard enough, but that may just be me and not the keyboard. I use this keyboard all the time for gaming and have never had a problem. I don’t see the need to pay big money for some kind of ‘high performance’ gaming keyboard when this one works just fine.
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If you are looking for a cheap replacement keyboard and don’t want one with all those useless bells and whistles or an expensive wireless one, you can’t go wrong with the Logitech Classic Keyboard 200.