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Duragadget’s lower case keyboard is a fabulous accessory for children and great value for money. It is made out of durable splash proof plastic and have withstood the onslaught of a two and a half year old for a few months with no signs of wear yet.
The colourful keys is great for children as well as anyone with a visual impairment and the large keys are perfect for little fingers as well as anyone with a physical impairment that make standard size keys hard to use. Less keys on the keyboard is a disadvantage for adults who want to use it for its accessibility, but it is a great asset for children as it makes it easier to navigate.
Operating System: PC, Mac, Android
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Dimensions: 49 x 18.5 x 4.6 cm
- USB port
Large double size coloured lower case keys sit in a durable white plastic frame. Consonants, vowels, numbers and function keys are colour coded.
It is a plain keyboard with no on-board memory, no ports, no back lighting, no wrist wrest and in a children’s keyboard, that adds to its appeal. There is no complicated set-up involved and there is nothing to tamper with. Drop it, bump it, bang the keys, spill food or crumbs and chances are it will just need a wipe down.
Lower case keys
Most of the letters we read and use are lower case letters. Anyone learning to read usually first learn lower case letters. Most keyboards use uppercase, but lower case keys are much more recognizable and familiar.
The keys are colour coded. Numbers are red, vowels pink, consonants green, syntax keys orange and function keys are blue. This both helps early learners as well as anyone with a visual impairment.
It is very accessible for anyone with a visual impairment with large lettering, large keys and colour coding.
It is a no-frills keyboard with no audio, making it very accessible if you have a tinnitus or a hearing impairment.
The keys are large and easy to use. It is a standard membrane keyboard that require the usual amount of pressure to use. It is not a touch-type keyboard, the large keys make typing quickly harder, but it is a great keyboard for anyone that lacks the precision and control needed to use a standard size keyboard.
Easy to set-up and use with no software to manage. It simply plugs into a USB port and is ready to use on any compatible device.
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Included In The Box
- Keyboard with wired USB cable
Duragadget’s lowercase colour coded keyboard is one of the best buys I have ever made and at £9.99 extremely good value for money. Assistive technology often comes with a high price tag, but not in this case. It is durable, colourful and easy to use. I have plugged it into a standard desktop PC running Windows 7, an old netbook with XP, a Nexus 7 tablet and a Nexus 4 Android mobile phone. It is a simple educational aid that makes it fun to learn numbers and letters.
It is accessible and although it is marketed for children with special needs in particular, it is colourful keyboard that works great to teach children, regardless of skill or ability, essential computer skills. It could also work very well for adults with special needs, as long as they do not primarily plan to use it for extensive typing or more advanced computing. Overall, a well-made, durable useful accessory that I have enjoyed using with my toddler.
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Duragadget’s lowercase keyboard was released in August 2007 and is compatible with PC, Android and Mac.