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Adesso Flexible Keyboard

Adesso Flexible Keyboard, AKB-230
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The Toughest Keyboard in Years Hits Desktops
Adesso Flexible Keyboard, AKB-230

by Lisa Heftel

How can you resist a keyboard which in not only flexible, but also water resistant, washable, unbreakable and dust proof?  The silicone that makes up the Adesso AKB-230 is also repellent to spills large and small.  How many times have you hunched over your computer drinking your morning coffee, then gasped after knocking the coffee into your keyboard, watching the liquid seep in the keys? More than likely that keyboard was "history". Not so with the Adesso Flexible Keyboard. 

Ideal Uses

The AKB-230's indestructibility also makes it great for marine and boating use, traveling, public use computers, kids' computers...anywhere that it would be exposed to a rough environment. Since the keyboard is completely sealed, it is contaminant-proof. Germs can't enter the device. That makes it perfect for medical environments including hospitals and labs. Plus, its water resistance allows for frequent cleaning, wipe-downs and disinfecting. It is also ideal for industrial environments such as factories, where dust is an issue or where a keyboard takes extra wear and tear.

"Go ahead and throw me."

This keyboard is basically indestructible. I hope it is not too often that you throw your keyboard against the wall (although you may often feel like it). But, most have experienced a keyboard that fell on the floor, or got a chair rolled over it, or stepped on. Adesso did all that when testing the AKB-230, and it held up perfectly.

Another neat feature is the AKB-230’s size and weight. The keyboard is very light, ultra slim and compact in design. That makes it the perfect, portable keyboard to take along for travel and presentations, from office to office or for use at school. The keyboard can be rolled up like a newspaper and thrown into a backpack or briefcase. The keyboard even has a dedicated number pad.

The AKB-230 has a very different texture from the typical hard plastic keyboard. Next, the key-press resistance is more than the typical keyboard. Both differences may take some time getting used to. But for me after a week of using it, I totally forgot about them. Also, if you like to prop your keyboard on your lap, this is not the device for you. As you can imagine, it will droop like a wet noodle.

Adesso claims this keyboard is indestructible and I certainly don't doubt it. This is an innovative device for a low cost of under $30.

Specifications

Connectivity: IBM AT, USB & PS/2 compatible
Compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98SE
LED lights for Num-Lock, Caps Lock and Scroll Lock
Key Layout: 109 Keys
Dimensions: 17.5" x 5" x 0.5" (LxWxH)
Weight: 0.6 lb
Temperature Range: 32°F to 175°F
Easy connection to USB and PS/2 ports.

MPN: AKB-230
UPC: 783750002424

Other Adesso flexible keyboard models

AKB-220: Adesso Compact Waterpoof Flexible Keyboard (black)
AKB-210: Adesso Flexible Mini Waterproof Keyboard (black)
AKB-230W: Adesso Flexible Full Sized USB Keyboard (white)

About Adesso

Adesso was founded in 1994. The company manufactures and markets innovative, ergonomic, industrial, programmable, wireless, and foldable keyboards as well as touchpads, mice, trackball, barcode scanners and high performance graphic tablets. Adesso most successful product lines include its Tru-Form ergonomic keyboards and Glidepoint touchpads.


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