Keyboards are the primary input device for computers today, and been one of the most overlooked when it comes to modding. There are many choices of bling for cases, mice, and even monitors, but the lowly keyboard needs love, too! Several years ago, innovative modders began using flexible EL lighting tape in their keyboard bases to add that final elite touch to their rigs, which was a laborous and messy undertaking. Now inexpensive LEDs are being used in keyboards to offer more Bling for the Buck. Logisys offers their Phone Smart LED keyboard, which they claim is one of the brightest available, and also notifies you when your cell phone rings.
The colorful Logisys logo is adhered to the top left of the keyboard. The keyboard’s base is a shiny hard black plastic with an almost laquer feel. Because of this, fingerprints show up quite readily on its surface. The main keyboard layout itself is very compact, similar to a laptop keyboard. There are several function keys that are normally placed between the letter keys and 10-key pad, but this compact layout forces them into the main area. The Pause, Scroll lock, Print Screen, and a new Wake Up button is placed above the number keys, to the right of the shortened Function keys. The Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End keys are placed to the right of the enter button. The Delete and Insert buttons are placed between the small spacebar and arrow keys.
The back of the keyboard is rather featureless. It has four shallow silicon feet to prevent slippage, and there is no adjustable slope: it is fixed at a shallow 3 or 4 degree angle. On the back is a removable door, which is large enough to accomodate one AA battery. There are no electronic components here, so this base must be used with wireless keyboards that require battery power. I suppose you could fit a battery in this cavity just so you had a space handy for your cordless mouse.
The arrow keys are shoved into the bottom right of the main keypad area. To make room for them, the right shift and space bar have been shortened significantly. The keys placed around the arrow keys normally aren’t mapped to any functions during gaming, so accidental slippage might not be as catostrophic as you might think. The left control, Windows key, and Alt keys are shortened to make room for a new “Euro” key, which has absolutely no purpose in the American market. The left Control and Alt keys are heavily used in gaming, and these small keys will almost certainly hinder online PC gaming.