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KeyTronic DESIGNER-P2 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

  • 104 Normal Keys
  • PS/2 Wired
  • KeyTronic
  • Black

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Engineered for style and comfort, this black keyboard will be great for your hands! Repetitive motion is not good for your joints-it can wear down the cartilage and arthritis can set in. This keyboard is designed to accept force on five different levels, from 35 grams to 80 grams. The keys will register with just the slightest touch, and are set in an energy-saving curve. Your fingers will not hurt so much, so quickly, as they do on a standard keyboard.

This keyboard carries 104 normal keys and a PS/2 Interface. For sheer ease of writing, you can not beat this dynamic keyboard!

  • newegg Stylish yet Tough The KeyTronic DESIGNER-P2’s sleek, contoured shape is stylish and graceful on the desktop, and comes exclusively in black for a bold look. Although it features stylish design, the keyboard is built tough and is guaranteed for a lifetime, as are its components.
  • newegg Standard 104-key Layout The KeyTronic DESIGNER-P2 features the standard 104-key layout for broad compatibility with computers.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime
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  • Jerry K.
  • 7/7/2013 12:21:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUndecided on quality

Pros: Love the key feedback and the curved layout, easy on the hands.. I have had multiple Keytronics over the years, with my first back in the AT/8088 days. Bought this KB on 11/22/12

Cons: As of yesterday, 7/6/13, both my CTRLs and my caps lock are dead. Havent spilled anything into it, and havent raged on it.. Disappointing. Made in China says it all.

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  • Thomas P.
  • 6/22/2012 8:58:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent for typing

Pros: Firm keypresses - you know exactly where the keypress contact is
Audible response for the same reason
Nice long cable
Super comfortable

Cons: Can't open the darn thing to clean it--although the upside-down shakes don't sound half as bad with this keyboard

No USB adapter included?

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  • Paul H.
  • 10/30/2011 9:13:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKeyTronic Designer

Pros: Good quality keyboard for the price. Have used KeyTronic keyboards for a number of years and they hold up well. The tactile feel is better than other membrane boards. Mechanical switch keyboards may be more responsive but I still prefer the feel of the KeyTronic Lifetime series boards w/ 30 million keystroke rating.

Cons: First one shipped had a slight problem with the backspace key.

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  • Wei T.
  • 9/18/2011 2:51:12 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe rightone

Pros: Great feel and noise, and gets better with age, great for typing and RTS gaming*.
Weighted keys are very nice to type on.
Solid feel. Truly is one of the best keyboards around.
I really enjoy the typing feel and sound it makes.
As close to the Topre Realforce as I'm willing to pay for.
I've gone through maybe 30 different keyboards in the last 15 years. Owned mostly Microsoft, Logitech, Apple, Keytronics, had a hand me down IBM model M. Currently switching between the Apple keyboard, a $10 Microsoft, and awaiting for my P2 to arrive in a couple of days. I play Starcraft 2 and am a 5 finger typists at 85-100wpm.
I previously purchase two Keytronics Designer P2 keyboards. First I think it was around 2002 or 3 when this keyboard was Maximum PC Best of the Best keyboard for a few consecutive years.
I get about 85 words after getting used to most keyboards, but only with the Keytronics and the likes have I been able to achieve towards the 100wpm mark.

Cons: A couple of issues I had with this keyboard
1. The F keys are way to high to use for gaming, but I actually do not use the F keys, shame on my, but I've been doing it for 10 years so I'm fine with it.
2. The keyboard does not take kind to any water spillage. It is a guarantee that it will break if you spill water on it, and I mean even if its a little bit on just a few keys. No mater what you do to try to get it back, it will never be the same. This also voids the lifetime warranty.

The only reason why I'm not giving it 5 stars is because it is so fragile to water. Most keyboards nowadays can withstand a run through the dish washer w/o heat, so this to me is a star behind perfection.

My first P2, I accidentally spilled a cup of a water on it after 2 years. My second broke after my friend spilled a little sip on a few keys. Most keys didn't work since.

Other Thoughts: Now this is my third Designer P2. I've thought through this purchase for quite some time. I didn't want to have to keep buying these boards. I've always looked for value in spending a little more to get a lot more out of it. So I started looking into the high end keyboard market. I found that there are basically a mess of German switches out there and only one true king, the Topre Realforce half dome half spring switches. At $300+ a board it is not affordable by many. I will get one later on, but for now from what I have seen in the Cherry switches, I believe Keytronics Designer P2 > Cherry switches.

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  • MIchael L.
  • 7/19/2011 8:29:17 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy Fingers

Pros: This Key Tronic wins out on ease and feel of typing. Sometimes old school is the only school

Cons: PS2 requires converter for newer laptops and motherboards.

Other Thoughts: My last keyboard was a Logitech G-15. I never got around to using the macros and advanced features.

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  • Vincent W.
  • 4/4/2011 3:18:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Keyboard I've ever owned...

Pros: This is hands down the absolute BEST performing keyboard for the price/performance ratio. Mechanical keyboards will always be superior to a plunger style, but honestly this keyboard is perfectly suited for long hours of programming and/or transcription more than any other I've tried in this price-range.

Keytronic makes some amazingly sturdy and great performing boards at a fraction of the price of mechanicals. Highly recommended.

Cons: None...

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  • Adam S.
  • 3/31/2011 10:21:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsComfortable Rubber Dome

Pros: Comfortable and quiet. Easily the best rubber domed keyboard I've ever typed on. It has a decent buffer since I can mash on quite a few keys and not miss a keystroke.

Cons: The PS/2 cable is almost too short. If you have a really big desk you might need an extension cable. Also, the backspace key is a little harder to hit than the other keys, not a real problem but if you're looking for a nice keyboard you expect it to be consistent.

Other Thoughts: If you like the Model M (or the newer Unicomp keyboards) but need something easier on the ears, buy one of these. I've replaced my 20 year old Model M with one of these for my gaming rig and I'm quite happy.

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  • Roland R.
  • 3/27/2011 6:36:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Work

Pros: - Good quality build. This keyboard is build pretty well and there are no flex points. The lettering of the keys is good, and seems like it will last a long time.
- the standard layout is good. The keys tops have a nice shape to them which makes typing very comfortable.
- PS/2 cable is very thick, and again this goes to the build quality
- key action is very good, nice tactile feedback, feelers on the F and J keys are OK.
- Indication lights are where you want them and light up just about the right amount
- all of the "pro" keys are in the right spot (Windows shorcut key, Scroll Lock, etc...) which Logitech seems to think no one needs anymore.
- gained 7-12 wpm with this one; it really feels like a precision tool once you get used to the different weights to the keys.

Cons: - key action is very good, except for the "0" on the numpad which is weighed at the max, and this seems too much for this key.
- The case of the keyboard could have used a little bit of a better finish, but I do like the red and black label that comes with this keyboard
- should inlcude a USB adapter
- not very loud, but definitely noisier than a regular membrane board. OK for cube farms as long as you don't hamme the keys too hard.

Other Thoughts: Great keyboard. I worked 8-10 hours per day as an IT pro, and I really wanted to treat myself to a decent keyboard. I have tried many, and my 2 favorites are the classic Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard and the Keytronic Designer. I really enjoy both. I would recommend the Keytronic to anyone looking for a good quality professional keyboard with a standard layout. I would recommend the Elite for anyone who would like to try the Ergo style keyboards. Forget about the MS Ergo 4000, the keys are flat and slippery, and way too mushy for my taste. That board is also way too big and forces your pointing device hand too far from the board. Key feel for the Elite and the Designer are superior to anything else I have tested so far unless you are talking mechanical keyboards.

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  • David S.
  • 3/9/2011 8:41:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsKeys not removable, rubber dome

Pros: Nice layout: Enter key and backspace are where they should be, keys have nice height and most have decent action. I can get 85 wpm; 10 higher than on the Model M I traded for this.
I wish I hadn't. I hate this keyboard.

Cons: Keys are not removable. I like to know what's in my equipment so the first thing I did was pop a key off to see what kind of switches it uses. Unfortunately I was doubly disappointed because first it uses rubber dome capacitive switches that feel like they're never going to get broken in. A good number of keys stick like the tab key. Second when I went to put the key back, I didn't notice that it was broken and didn't click into place so when I went to type on it again, it jumped out of its spot and hit the floor. Absolutely befuddled, I did some research and found that Keytronic does not offer replacement keys but I could order from Hooleon. Unfortunately they weren't sure if they could even get a replacement so they needed me to email them pictures of the key that was broken. The replacement ($6 btw) should be here soon, but I did something stupid and tried to very carefully pop another key off so I could try colemak.

Other Thoughts: After looking around, I found that this keyboard cannot be easily disassembled as there are no screws. I dug up a key puller and managed to carefully and safely get a few up, but the spacebar was in the way. I tried to get it out but it didn't want to come. Now it's broken on one side and I'm not going to bother replacing it. In fact, I'm looking around for a Kinesis Advantage or at least a Razer Black Widow with Cherry Blue switches. As soon as I find something else, I'm going Office Space on this piece.

Bottom line: Keys on a keyboard should be removable. These aren't.
If rubber dome is necessary, it shouldn't feel like typing in mud. This does.
I got a better typing experience from the $4 board that came with my mom's compaq.

Oh, and no NKRO either. 4, maybe 5 max.

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  • John M.
  • 2/10/2011 12:25:36 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsputs most to shame

Pros: The keys are tall, and have very spacious gaps next to each other. This is a very important feature for me, as laptop keyboards and other "flat" designs usually have no space between keys, causing me to hit 2+ keys far too often. I got this one used from my job, and the durability factor is unheard of. Never felt a key stick, and the bumps on 'J' and 'F' have never worn down.

All of the keys require a good amount of pressure to depress; almost as if each key were the sturdiness of a button.

Personally, I love a noisy keyboard, and this one is a nice mix between sorta quiet, but just noisy enough to hear each individual keystroke.

Cons: Not the best choice for gaming, especially if you like to hotkey things. The reason is that the F1 - F12 keys are super far away, and difficult to reach in a pinch. Cord is also a tad shorter than I would like.

Other Thoughts: Maybe a pro or con depending on your preference, but this keyboard is large. The footprint has got more than enough room for all of the keys, and basically an extra half inch to whole inch of plastic edge around the whole thing. I absolutely love the design, and the only thing keeping me from parking it in the closet is that it has no backlights.

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