Question about Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000
I'm on my 4th Microsoft Ergo 4000 keyboard. All the previous 3 of them have been junked by none other than spilt water (not hot and not very cold), thanks to my 3 yr old daughter. I've tried taking the keyboard apart, blow drying and putting it back together. Doesn't seem to work. Junking seems the only option and I'm not pleased to say the least (now that they're at $70 at Best Buy)... I'm astounded that they are so succumbale to split water (leave alone other liquids)... A deliberate flaw to ensure repeat buys?
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
A colleague spilt coffee on the left side of this exact keyboard. after going from not working at all and painstakingly cleaning and drying the internals I realized that, the liquid was hot enough to burn away the circuit path for 4 keys on the flexible plastic pathway, thus rendering the keyboard a total loss. I remember being able to basically hose out my DEC keyboards and hang them out to dry overnight, but even key by key care isn't good enough... cut your losses and replace it with new... It's still in production..
Posted on Dec 03, 2008
Microsoft's keyboards are notoriously susceptible to this -- it seems like sneezing on them will damage them. I went through several of these keyboards, even attempting careful repair, before hanging it up. Not good news, I'm afraid -- I suggest Logitech products which my students can't even break.
Posted on May 28, 2008
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