Ivation Large Print Multimedia USB Backlit LED Lighted Keyboard w/Blue LEDs, retail $28.95
Manufactured by Unknown for C&A Marketing, Inc. (http://camarketing.com)
Last updated 04-09-14

LED Keyboard

Are you one of those guys who has everything? You know, the web-enabled cell phone, messaging beeper, palm pilot, blue laser pen, and a zillion other things hanging off your belt or stuffed in your pockets? Your computer case is lit up like a Christmas tree and looks like it was ripped off a Borg cube, and you spend more time fussing with your CPU cooler than you do playing with the dog. Your computer room came off the set of Star Trek DS9. You haven't seen the cat in several months and you're wondering what that funny smell is coming from the microwave oven.

If this describes you, then I have just the thing: A 104-key computer keyboard with at least 8 SMD blue LEDs shining into an acrylic backplane that illuminates every key! Forget about those electroluminescent mods that just don't work, and that burn out after a couple of thousand hours. For less than you pay for a good sheet of EL material & a driver, you can have a complete, ready-to-use keyboard that plugs right in to your computer's USB port, and that you may even end up passing on to your children when you're about to kick the bucket.

The keyboard features a bunch of blue LEDs and 3 brightness levels plus off, and you can adjust the brightness of the LEDs right from the keyboard without interfering with whatever app you have running. It would be perfectly at home on a cluttered desktop, lab bench, or even in your lap. Never again will you need to hold a flashlight in your mouth or struggle & fuss with one of those funky USB lights to play games or do serious work on your computer after dark.

Most importantly, the letters on the keytops are much larger than the letters on ordinary keyboards; this makes this keyboard much easier to use for those with impaired vision.

size comparison
My hand over the keyboard so you can kinda judge the size.

If you're using Windows XP, start by plugging the LED keyboard into any free USB port, and unplug your old keyboard if it is in a USB port. Turn your computer off first if your old keyboard is not plugged into a USB port. Then boot up as you normally do. The Windows hardware detection wizard will automatically see the new device and load the appropriate driver for it - and then you're good to go.

To adjust the brightness of the LEDs, press & release the button with the light blub direcly to its left. Press and release this button once for medium, a second time for low, and a third time for off. Yes, this keyboard starts with its LEDs on high mode.

The keys do all the things a regular keyboard is supposed to do. It includes a full set of function keys (F1 through F12), print screen, pause/break, page manipulation, and cursor manipulation keys, just like your regular keyboard.

Let me check some of the ALT-key combinations that work on a regular keyboard just for {vulgar slang term for multiple feces} and giggles...
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Yup, works fine thankyouverymuch.

The Ivation Large Print Multimedia USB Backlit LED Lighted Keyboard w/Blue LEDs is designed to be a computer peripheral, so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the Ivation Large Print Multimedia USB Backlit LED Lighted Keyboard w/Blue LEDs'- web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The keys themselves are standard sized (0.75" x 0.75"), full-travel computer keys, just like the ones you're probably typing on right now.

The keytops come off, and you can still type the character represented by that key without using a ballpoint pen or similar instrument.

I removed the (-) key on the numeric keypad to test this, and furnished you with that answer.

LED Keyboard
Keyboard shown in subdued lighting.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this keyboard.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this keyboard; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 445nm and 465nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 457.170 nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/45/ivation.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 03-30-014, and was received at 6:35pm PDT on 04-07-14.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Large letters on keytops aids the visually-impaired
Adjustable brightness LEDs
Blue LEDs make this product unique


None that I've yet to discover

    PRODUCT TYPE: Backlighted computer keyboard
    No. OF LAMPS: Unknown (at least 8)
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbuttons
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SIZE: 18" L x 6.20" W x 7/8" h
    WEIGHT: Unknown/unable to weigh
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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Ivation Large Print Multimedia USB Backlit LED Lighted Keyboard w/Blue LEDs *

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