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Type with Ease on a USB Keyboard

Whether you are using a desktop computer or a laptop at home, a USB keyboard is essential to help you input content onto your computer. eBay has a wide range of keyboards each with their own unique features, so we have come up with a few useful tips to help you choose the right one.

Are different keyboards compatible with all languages?

Yes. As long as the operating system or software on your computer supports the particular language you want to work with, your keyboard will type it out for you. However, there are different keyboards that have different key arrangements, depending on which region you are in. For example, if you type frequently in German, it may be worthwhile to invest in a German keyboard so the keys are labelled correctly for your use. There are also some keyboards that show multiple languages like a Chinese and English keyboard for bilingual users.

Is there a difference between USB-A and USB-C keyboards?

The main difference between the two USB technologies is at the connector end to the computer. While USB-A ports are more common in legacy models, computers produced after 2016 are usually fitted with one or more USB-C ports. Although many keyboards are cross-compatible between the two port types, connecting the keyboard to a computer may require a specialised converter.

What are the different types of USB keyboards available?

Which keyboard you buy from eBay will depend on what you need to do on your computer. There are three main types of USB keyboards available for your choosing:

  • Compact keyboard: Usually thinner than 20 mm and comprising only of the main keys for word processing, these keyboards are easy to carry around, yet provide the full functionality with all the necessary keys. They also take up little space on your desk.
  • Full-size keyboard: Featuring the main alphanumeric keys, full-sized arrow keys, and numbers, full-size keyboards are designed to handle a variety of tasks, such as using spreadsheets for accounting and mathematical applications. The arrow keys also help with navigating and for gaming.
  • Feature keyboards: Typically larger than a full-size keyboard it may include function keys used for gaming, hardware, or specific software controls. These can be useful for video editing, music lovers, or hardcore gamers looking for an advantage in their work and play.
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