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- Friday, March 23rd, 2001 Like Share






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dgrant Mar 23, 01
Oops! I almost forgot the keyboard!

The Silent PC package also includes a PS/2 keyboard with low-profile keys that require less energy to depress than the keys on a typical keyboard. It also features a power button which is great for all the lazies out there (myself included).

There are a couple of trouble spots with it though. In short, it is uncomfortable to use (despite the low-profile form). The angle of the keys is the same for each row whereas most keyboards employ a slight curvature from top to bottom that centers around the ASDF row. The keys on this keyboard run parallel to the body of the keyboard which puts your fingers into an awkward position. This is such a specific detail, but one the would definitely be noticed by a casual computer user and one that would cause some discomfort after extended use.

The other trouble spot is that it requires a special cable with a telephone jack (a Cat 3 connector if I am not mistaken) on one end, and well, the PS/2 connector on the other. Loose or break the cable, and out goes the keyboard.

The power button is definitely the highlight on this keyboard. Some people may like it, but it didn't inspire us to do much writing in the Neoseeker testing lab.
  • edit: grammatical error :] *

This message was edited by dgrant on Mar 23 2001.
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Thomas Mar 23, 01
Keyboard
The keyboard was designed and field studies have been made to avoid the problems of fatigue. The result was the keyboard as it is available. Being used to mostly badly designed keyboards may interfere with our perception. But keyboards are of personal preference. (If you grow up on Heinz tomato ketchup, any ketchup less sweet will not taste right later in life). I don't know if anybody looses a cable, but a damaged cable can be easily replaced this way.
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dgrant Mar 23, 01
Thomas >

You could definitely be right about the acceptance of poorly designed keyboards -- and this could certainly affect my opinion of this one. To be fair, I will replace my keyboard with this one and use it for a more extended period of time and I will post my findings in this thread. I certainly like to give every product I use every opportunity to show its worth.

As for the cable, I agree that it is unlikely that a cable would be lost, but it is still possible. A more likely occurence is breaking the cabke; my concern here would be that many people would just as soon pop into a store to buy a new keyboard, rather than wait for a replacement. Running along the same line, having a seperate cable would be a bonus for someone that really liked the keyboard that happened to break it (the cable).

Also, I have just completed an addendum to my original review of the Silent-PC that addresses the issues you raised in your email. That should be up soon.
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dgrant Apr 25, 01
My thoughts on the keyboard:

After using it for about a month, I still have mixed feelings about it although, I like it more than I thought I would. I still don't particularly enjoy the flat, angled nature, but the low-profile keys are depressed quite easily and I have noticed that I type faster using this keyboard. After extended hours of use, I would place this unit above the comfort level of the vanilla keyboard that I am used to, although not by leagues and bounds.

I do like the power button that the keyboard features and it is too bad it doesn't work on other systems as well :] .

I still have concerns about the special cable though -- I had a situation where I almost broke the clip that holds it in on the keyboard. Not a likely occurence but in the realm of possibilities.

If I were to score this keyboard seperately using our standard scheme, I would give it an 81%.
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Michel Merlin2 May 18, 01
The 1st page loads OK (http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/silentpc). But the following ones are 404-ed (http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/2.html and following).

In addition the Registering process doesn't work, thus I can't login and I am forced to use another name.

Paris, Fri 18 May 2001 11:40:35 +0200
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Michel Merlin2 May 18, 01
I see that my email address isn't available to readers as expected, so I add it now:

Michel Merlin
michel_merlin@yahoo.com
Paris, Fri 18 May 2001 11:44.15 +0200
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philm May 21, 01
I've just had the opportunity to listen to one of these cases and they are truly silent; I couldn't even tell that it was on. Very cool.
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jw May 30, 01

Good article but a few questions:

How loud is the power supply fan when the fan is running as fast as it can go? I'm sure its quiet when the power supply fan is running on low.

How loud is the 250 watt system when running on high? on low? Is it as quiet as the 230?

How loud is the 300 watt system when running on high? on low? Is it as quiet as the 230?



If I put a "Hercules Prophet 4500" graphics card with a PIII 1Ghz into this system and run Sierra's "Tribes 2" for 8 hrs straight, will this thing overheat? Will there be enough power for serious gamming?

I really want quiet, but I also want to have some fun every once and a while.

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