Upgrading Keyboard and Mouse wired to wireless?
Not much to upgrade on the keyboard. You can however get a few more functions,
esthetic, and comfort from a new keyboard. To some people the old straight
keyboard is uncomfortable, you can get one of Microsoft's ergonomic keyboards,
you will have to relearn how to type on it.
Some new keyboards have extra buttons for email, web surfing, etc. These are
just short cuts to the program you push instead of clicking on the icon, a word
of caution - you have to program the factions.
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There are some new keyboards that have larger keys and then there is some that
have lighted keys. (The two I looked at that had lighted keys were wireless,
this means the batteries will not last as long as one with out lighted keys, a
couple sets of rechargeable batteries will save you some money).
Upgrades for your Mouse or pointing device
Like the keyboard a mouse upgrade is mainly functionality or ergonomic. Most mice
only come with two buttons and/or a wheel.
However gaming pointing devices have more buttons for more
functions while in a game program, some research will give you the type of
gaming mouse you might need, I read a review on a new pointing device with eight
buttons but it was for a game machine emulator (XBox) and it cost over $100, a
good joy stick would be cheaper and easier to use in my opinion...
If you want more functions on your pointing device look
into the roller ball, this is a large heavy ball about the size of pool ball or
a baseball that sets in a container. You roll the ball with your fingers to move
the pointer on the video display. These take some getting used to but once you
have mastered the technique most people say they don't like using a normal
The main upgrading keyboard and mouse
for either of these items is from wired to wireless.
Remember that wireless means you will have a radio
transmitter and receiver set, that is the mouse and keyboard transmit a signal
only to a device that is the receiver, when you type or move the pointing
This radio signal although not strong it can be
intercepted and if it can be intercepted it can be read by someone wanting to
know what you are typing, such as user ID's and passwords. Most newer wireless
sets have a feature to encrypt the signal from the devices to the receiver,
this would stop someone from "harvesting" your key strokes for use ID's and
passwords. If it comes with your new devices use it!