I’m finicky when it comes to keyboards. I have several computer keyboards that I rotate. I rotate them based on need and preference. If I could find one keyboard to meet all of my needs, I wouldn’t have to rotate them. Unfortunately, I haven’t found that one perfect keyboard…or so I thought!. With the recent discovery of a utility software program for the Logitech MK320 keyboard, my round-robin game of keyboard switching is over! Oh, Happy Day!.
I’m about to make a short story very long. So if you came to this post to find out how I was able to make the Logitech MK320 keyboard meet all my needs, scroll down to the heading entitled “Making the Logitech MK320 Keyboard Meet All My Needs”. In the meanwhile, let the long story begin…
Computer Keyboards Everywhere
Below are the various computer keyboards in my stable and the reasons why they had to be rotated:
- Dell: It’s the keyboard that came with my Dell computer. I like it because it’s quiet. However, my touch typing seems to have a problem with the space bar so I’m constantly backspacing to insert spaces. Aside from that, it’s a good keyboard for early morning typing when the rest of the house is asleep.
- Logitech K120: I like the feel of the K120. It’s not exceptionally loud, but it is louder than the Dell. It is a full-sized keyboard with a nice light touch. The problem with this one is it’s missing crucial keys. It doesn’t have the volume control or media keys. In today’s web browsing environment, I find it absolutely necessary to have a mute button to quickly turn off the sound. Not having one button causes me to fumfer around with the mouse looking for the volume control in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. In the meanwhile, those autoplay enabled sites continue to assault my ears.
- Logitech K360: This wireless keyboard is nice because it’s slightly smaller than my other computer keyboards while still allowing for full touch-type experience. My desk is small so this one works just fine in my minimized space. It’s also small enough to tuck into my laptop bag. Why carry a keyboard with a laptop? Well, my Dell laptop’s keyboard is showing signs of being uncooperative so I need a backup keyboard. The biggest issue I have with the K360 is it’s loud. Definitely not an early morning keyboard.
- Logitech MK320 keyboard, mouse combo (Amazon affiliate link): This is a nice full-sized keyboard. Actually, a little too full-sized for my liking. It takes up quite a bit of desktop space. It has a nice typing touch and is quieter than most keyboards. What I don’t like is it lacks a Num lock and Caps lock indicators. Although this is a combo, I don’t use the mouse. I like my ancient Logitech mouse with the ridiculously huge USB dongle. It’s so old that I can’t even find the model number.
- Silicone Keyboard: This keyboard is the quietest keyboard I own. It’s also the most portable and it’s waterproof. I sometimes use it in the morning when I really want to be stealth. The problem is it doesn’t have media keys and typing on it takes a little getting used to.
- There are two other keyboards in my stable, but they’re not used with computers/laptops. There’s a Bluetooth keyboard used with the Amazon Fire Tablet (aka Kindle) and the rii i8+ mini keyboard used with the Amazon Fire TV stick. In case you’re interested, the Bluetooth tablet keyboard was part of the MoKo case I purchased for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. My Galaxy note is on its way out, but the keyboard is going strong. Too bad the case is no longer available on Amazon. The keyboard alone is worth the purchase.
BTW, I’ve solved the volume up/down/mute problem. The video below explains how to resolve the problem.
Making the Logitech MK320 Keyboard Meet All My Needs
In case you skipped my prattling above (and I don’t blame you), the problem I had with the MK320 keyboard was the lack of Cap lock and Num lock indicators. That’s especially problematic in today’s username/password web browsing. Too many attempts with the caps or num lock on/off and you run the risk of getting locked out of a site.
I typed my complaint into Dr. DuckDuckGo (switched from Dr. Google) and found a link to Logitech’s support page entitled, “MK320 KEYBOARD CAPS LOCK AND NUM LOCK INDICATORS.” I clicked the link and learned that Logitech has a software program called SetPoint that displays on-screen caps/num lock indicators. I much prefer having an indicator light on the keyboard, but onscreen works too.
I downloaded and installed SetPoint. Finally, after a little over a year of owning the computer keyboard, I now have the appropriate indicators. What the program does is it displays a ghost notification on the computer screen. The notification lasts for a few seconds, just long enough to let you know what’s going on.
With the installation of one program, I can stop rotating my keyboards. I’m ready to give the unnecessary keyboards away. I’ve tried giving them to my family, but the young folks can live without keyboards. Guess I’ll have to put them in a display case right next to my old Underwood typewriter.
This Grandma’s Observation
As I write this, I’m truly beginning to think I’ve got a keyboard addiction. I scrolled through my past Amazon orders and found that I had owned two additional keyboards. One was the Devicewear plug and go for my iPhone (which crapped out on me early). The other was the Logitech keyboard and stand combo for Android. That too crapped out on me.
Anyone know the time and location of the next Keyboard Addiction meeting?
UPDATE 1/18/20: My keyboard died.