Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard review

I bought this last night from Best Buy.  I judge my keyboard by the way the keys feel when I type, obviously.  I think I may be the only person on the planet earth that cares about how soft my keys on my keyboards are.  I need them to be soft, otherwise I cannot type fast.  So, I was hoping and praying that the keys on this model were going to be as soft as the Microsoft Wireless Optical Pro keyboard set which is also an ergonomic wireless keyboard.

My hopes were shattered when I opened it up and started typing on it.  The keys are slightly soft but not soft enough.  Also I think over time the keys probably get much more harder to press than they are now.  That’s just a guess — this is how it was with the older Natural ergo keyboards from Microsoft.  Out of the box, the keys are extremely soft, after a few hours of heavy typing, the keys would start to get harder and harder to press.  There we go, I had a hard time hitting the A key.  I just don’t understand why it’s so hard to have a keyboard have its keys soft ALL the time no matter how worn out it gets.  The MS keyboards use this rubber molding underneath the keys and I believe over time the rubber just gets worn out.  Like any rubber that is depressed over and over again will eventually start to lose its shape or form and eventually you’ll have a hard time pressing the keys.

The features on this keyboard is nice.  They have five keys that you can customize to your liking.  Customize meaning you can have each button open up a program of your choice via the keyboard software that comes with the keyboard.