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    Default Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    I'm currently using Logitech Classic Keyboard. It uses PS/2 input instead of USB. Recently I saw another Logitech Classic model but with USB support, selling only RM3 more than than the PS/2 model. Both models are identical: spill-resistant, height-adjustable and have no special features like mutimedia hotkeys, macros, LED backligthing etc. They're just standard keyboards.

    I'm just wondering if it's worth buying the USB model & sell my current keyboard as 2nd-hand? Is there any advantage of using USB keyboard over PS/2, in FPS games or typing?
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    Default Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    I would keep your ps/2 keyboard as a backup keyboard if you upgrade to a newer usb keyboard. I've seen posts in the forum where a system has usb issues where the usb keyboard wouldn't respond to keystrokes and they couldn't enter the bios screens.

    Right now I'm using an old ps/2 Logitech Internet Keyboard that refuses to die. I've used newer usb keyboards but they tend to fail in some way after one or two years. Maybe the higher priced keyboards will last longer.

    Buying a gaming keyboard probably has advantages when playing games.
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    Default Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    Gaming keyboards are kindda pricey. 10-12x the price of my current keyboard.

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    Default Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    ^like what profJim said, USB keyboards won't work on some older boards, keep the PS/2 keyboard, it'll become handy if the USB keyboard fails.

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    Default Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    My lil' bro was nice enough to let me experiment with his brand new wireless keyboard. Although I think he just wants to show off his new keyboard (A4Tech GR-152).

    After trying the keyboard out for a few hours, here's what I think of it:
    - It felt a lot heavier than my Logitech PS/2 keyboard even if I took out the 2 AA batteries.
    - The +/- keys have scroll up and scroll down icons but oddly it doesn't work as a mousewheel. The 2 and 8 keys with arrow up and arrow down icons does.
    - The most useless shortcut key: Calculator (icon: like its namesake). How often do people use the built-in calculator anyway?
    - I felt no difference between the wireless keyboard and my PS/2 keyboard when typing and gaming*.
    - The most useful shortcut key: Search (icon: magnifying glass). It opens up new window called Search Results and I can start searching files immediately.
    - The home page shortcut key (icon: house) is a minor convenience. It calls up the home page of the default browser in a single click. Then again, I also can do that with a mouse.
    - The volume shortcut keys is also a minor convenience. I don't use them very often as I rarely change the volume when listening to MP3 songs.
    - Wireless means less cable clutters behind the rear PC. The keyboard and mouse use the same wireless USB dongle .
    - Wireless also means I don't have to detach the keyboard from the USB or PS/2 port every time I want to clean it from dusts.
    - The keys still register when I type from across the room. Impressive but I'm not sure why I would want to type at that distance when I could barely I see what I'm typing.

    Conclusion: Upgrading my old PS/2 keyboard has some perks but doesn't actually change my life. The Logitech keyboard will probably stay to serve me for another few years.

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    Cool Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    Words of wisdom:

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    Default Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    Yep ... the size of their ego and the price of their toys....
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    Default Re: Advantages of USB Keyboard over PS/2 Keyboard?

    i alwaz have backup keyboard but rem one thing that gaming keyboards are expensive.

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