New Keyboard Different to Old Keyboard Shocker

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Microsoft, what have you done?

I'm not referring to Windows 8.x (I'll admit that I've never been bothered by The Interface Formally Known As Metro) - I'm referring to the best keyboard in existence, or at least it was...

The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has been my mainstay text-input device since mid 2006; I've got several at home (one for me, one for my wife and another for the kids computer), and one at work - so you could put me down as a bit of a fanboy for these devices.

I needed to get my keyboard at work replaced because the 'b' key was getting stuck on my old one; the new one arrived this afternoon and, well, it's different...

The feel of keys is slightly squishier than before, and quieter - the whole thing feels less substantial than previous versions.

I'm sure that I'll get used to it over time, but it's not as pleasant an experience to type with as the previous iteration. In the end, Microsoft haven't moved my cheese as much as change to a slightly lower-fat recipe...

Oh well, first world problems...


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