Makeshift keyboard cover Feb 16, 2019 15:05:54 GMT -7
Post by Pen on Feb 16, 2019 15:05:54 GMT -7
So, a while back, I got a new keyboard (an inexpensive Logitech one, which I quite enjoy, since it has all the standard keys, is a good standard shape, is quiet, and is enjoyable to use). Anyway, I got to thinking back to either the late 90's or early this century, and I remembered that a relative of mine had a keyboard cover (which I really didn't like, since it interfered with the typing, but it did protect the keyboard from getting dust, grime, food, and unknown sticky substances under/on the keys). I got to thinking, why not just put plastic wrap over my keyboard and tape it on?
So, I tried it, and I like it quite a lot (sure, I'd rather be typing without it, but it does protect the keyboard at a low cost). Some people think it makes the keys sticky (but I didn't notice that particularly).
• If you type a lot (like I've been doing), the plastic wrap will probably gets a hole in it eventually (mine took probably a couple weeks wherein each day I did a fair amount of heavy typing), but it's easy to replace.
• Don't tape the plastic wrap to the keyboard itself. Tape it all the way to where the other plastic wrap is (tape comes off of plastic keyboards a lot more easily than it does off of plastic wrap).
• Typing may stretch the plastic after a fair amount of use. So, if you put it on too tightly, it'll probably stretch after you type for some time (although you probably don't want to put it on *too* tightly).
• You get to see which keys you hold down the most. (The plastic wrap gets to looking pitted on those keys if you do it a lot, while the other keys look unscathed.) Mine are the left Ctrl and Alt keys, the right Ctrl key, the down arrow key, the left arrow key, and the following keys: c, v, n, m, comma, period, left shift, and enter. I'm surprised the spacebar doesn't look heavily used. And, when do I actually press the right Ctrl key? I must. Oh, yes. I do (when I hold it and press the left/right arrow keys to move back/forward a word). I do that quite a bit. The apostrophe key's plastic wrap has some wear. I use many other keys heavily, too. I'm not really sure what makes the plastic do that for some keys and not others.
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