Friday, 31 January 2014

Living With The Acer C720 Chromebook for A Month (Part 4)


This part also ties in with my earlier post that talks about Touch Typing on my Toshiba Satellite C660-15R so I wont go over that post and make this one a huge rambling post.

Since getting my Acer C720 Chromebook on Monday I've tried to really get into touch typing, the Chiclet Keyboard really lends itself to Touch Typing as the Keys are nicely spaced out meaning that it's hard to catch the wrong key as you type.

I'm finding that I'm getting fewer errors from catching the wrong key, but I'm getting a few from accidental finger slippage when reaching for the right key, and I'm not at the point where I feel comfortable not looking down at the Keyboard (but I expect that as I get used to Touch Typing I'll start looking at the Keyboard less.


With the Keys on the Acer C720 Keyboard as with all Chromebook Keyboards being a Chiclet Keyboard the keys aren't as squished as most Laptop Keyboards.

[caption id="attachment_1821" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Cramped Keyboard Layout of the Toshiba Satellite C660-15R Keyboard Cramped Keyboard Layout of the Toshiba Satellite C660-15R Keyboard[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1827" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Acer C720 Chiclet Keyboard Acer C720 Chiclet Keyboard[/caption]

I can't say this for the other Chromebook Keyboards as the Acer C720 is the only Chromebook that I've used, but the keys don't seem to have as much lateral movement as the Keyboard on my Toshiba Satellite C660-15R, and with the keys being set in the front of the case means that they don't feel as if they will come off the Keyboard tray.

Also due to the lack of lateral movement or being squished together the key press sound is considerably quieter than that of my Toshiba Satellite C660-15R and almost silent in comparison to a Desktop Keyboard that has an audible click clack every time you press a key.

I know that many reviewers have knocked the Acer C720 Keyboard for being noisy but I don't consider it to be noisy, as I was typing up a post for this series that will probably get posted on Monday there was only me and my little son who was asleep at the time & I'd got the TV on with the volume turned down low and the noise of me typing was hardly noticeable.

It's by no means a quiet Keyboard as It's probably going to make a physical Keyboard that's going to make 100% no noise whatsoever.


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