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Where to buy computer keyboards online in New Zealand
Need a new keyboard for your computer? Here are the best places to buy one online in New Zealand.
If you are currently working from home due to coronavirus, a good quality keyboard can be a great way to improve your productivity. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your PC’s existing keyboard or you need to connect to a keyboard-free tablet, there are plenty of affordable options. Here’s where to get the best deals.
eBay has an extremely user-friendly dedicated Keyboards & Keypads portal that lets you search by brand, connectivity type or popularity with customers.
- Good option for buying in bulk
- Some sellers deliver to New Zealand
- Free international shipping on some products
6. PB Tech
Computer and IT retailer PB Tech has an extensive range of keyboards to match all budgets and needs.
- 7-day exchange policy for change of mind
- Delivery costs start at $5
- Collect from PB Tech or New Zealand Post collection point
7. Noel Leeming
Noel Leeming will match any competitor’s price if you find a computer keyboard advertised cheaper elsewhere.
- Free click and collect
- $6 delivery for small items
- Only appliance store with Fly Buys
8. The Warehouse
You’ll always find everyday low prices at the big red shed. Pick up a keyboard here for as little as $14.
- Click and collect
- Delivery $8 or under
- 60-day change of mind policy
9. JB Hi-Fi
JB Hi-Fi is a go-to store for all your electronics needs. Not only does it stock a large selection of keyboards, but it also runs weekly deals.
- Delivery cost dependent on product
- Receive your keyboard in 1-4 working days
10. Office Max
Office Max has wireless, split, illuminated, ergonomic, washable and mini keyboards, so you can find what you need here.
- Free next-day delivery on orders of $50 or more
- Price match promise
- Easy online returns for most products
Which retailers offer free delivery?
- eBay: Free international shipping on some products
- Office Max: Free on orders of $50 or more
How much do keyboards cost?
New keyboards range in price from as little as $14 to several hundred dollars. Unless you’re an avid gamer, there’s no need to spend top dollar on a computer keyboard. A good corded model for the home office shouldn’t cost you more than $50.
If you need to buy multiple computer accessories, a bundled package can be more cost effective. These typically include a mouse and an ergonomic wrist rest attachment.
Extra features and size
If you’re willing to spend a bit extra, you might want to consider extra features like spill proofing, backlit keys, dedicated media buttons and ergonomic design. Naturally, you should also decide on what size you need. If you don’t require a numerical keypad or extra hotkeys, getting a smaller keyboard will help to save space on your desk.
Corded or wireless?
A wireless keyboard will help to reduce cable clutter on your work space. They are also more versatile, allowing you to type on your lap while sitting on a couch, for example. Wireless keyboards connect to compatible devices via Bluetooth. If your PC does not have inbuilt Bluetooth, you will need a dongle/receiver to enable wireless connectivity. For larger wireless keyboards, this is usually supplied in the box.
Corded keyboards connect to your device with a physical cable, usually via USB. (Older models use PS/2 connectors but these aren’t compatible with tablets or laptops.) Entry-level corded keyboards are generally less expensive than their wireless equivalents. On the downside, they require you to give up one of your USB ports, which are usually in short supply on modern laptops. For this reason, we recommend getting a USB hub.
Membrane vs mechanical
Membrane keyboards are the most common keyboard type on the computer market – nearly all laptops and PC desktops come with them. As the name implies, they comprise of a plastic membrane attached to a single plastic keytop for typing. Membrane keyboards aren’t as accurate as mechanical keyboards and they don’t last as long, especially at the lower end of the market. On the plus side, they are lightweight, less noisy and cheaper.
Mechanical keyboards contain dedicated spring-loaded switches underneath each key. They provide a higher degree of accuracy than traditional keyboards, tend to have a longer lifespan and can be customised with new keys. However, they are considerably more expensive, with prices starting at around $100. Some versions are also quite noisy during typing.
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