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why do keyboards lose their letters so fast?

December 23rd, 2010 at 12:39 am

My parents had a problem getting on thier email the other day so I went over to fix their computer. I noticed their keyboard is missing a lot of the letters, they've rubbed off. I think they've only had this keyboard less than 2 years. I think my dad has something in his skin oils that's toxic. I've noticed most keyboards seem to lose their letters faster than they used to, but not that fast. I've had mine for 5 years and the N, M and E keys are starting to wear, but the rest are still great.

Anyways I suggested mom get dad a new keyboard for xmas. Unfortunately I didn't think about it till today, which doesn't leave a lot of time. We looked at Walmart during our walk and they only had one keyboard that was wired. The rest were all wireless. I think wireless is a pain in the butt. You'll be typing or mousing and all the sudden it quits working and it takes a while to remember to check the batteries. But I would have gotten a wireless if any of them had a sleep key. My parents really like that feature and use it all the time. I don't know why they are so hard to find though.

Walmart didn't have any so we went to Staples and they didn't have any either. I told her I would go in town with her that afternoon if she wanted me too and look at Best Buy or Office Max. I really didn't want to go shopping in town this close to xmas. She was going anyways. She had a few things to buy at Walmart and needed to make a list so I came home and checked Amazon.

They had a great one with larger letters for people who won't wear their glasses and wonder why they can't see Smile plus it was wired and had a sleep button. It was just under $40. They wanted $13 for next day shipping, but they had something that said Free 2 day shipping so I selected that. However when I got the invoice it changed it to 2 day shipping but still charged me $13. I sent an email and got a reply within a couple hours (from someone in India or from India living here) saying as a courtesy they would refund the shipping. So happy with that. I shipped it to mom's and really, really, really hope it gets there in time. Dad is so hard to buy for and this is something he can use.

I got another $4 footlong meatball sub at Subway for lunch and dinner, while we were at Walmart.

I finished reading the library book Nauti and Wild by Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton. Romance - ok.

5 Responses to “why do keyboards lose their letters so fast?”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    It's funny you mention, since none of our old/ancient keyboards are missing any letters. The laptop and our newer keyboard are both missing an "n." The rest of the letters are fine. Could be the way we type???

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Did you know they now make stickers for keyboard letters? They come in all types of styles. It another way to accessorize your computer I guess.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I guess they don't make 'em like they used to! My keyboard would seem to have been excavated from the third descending layer of the city of Rome, yet no characters have rubbed off. The pebbly texture is polished smooth, but all the letters are bright and solid.

  4. Homebody Says:

    Too funny! My keyboard keys always wear off, but I thought it was because I was a medical transcriptionist and typed all day! I didn't realize other people had this problem too! My daughter, who is a transcripionist always wears hers out too. It is really funny when DH tries to type something and most of the middle and lower keys are missing what they are!

  5. baselle Says:

    What an interesting observation. I've been banging out everything on my laptop keyboard (circa 2004, so probably as old as Joan's) and my keyboard letters are all brightly staring back at me. I wonder if its fingernails. I pick and bite mine, so I type on the balls of my fingers.

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