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Compact wireless/wired (not Bluetooth) keyboard with separate numeric keypad for keyboard tray

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I have been using Logitech diNovo keyboards for years and love their form factor (separate  number pad) since I can fit both keyboard and mouse on my slide-out keyboard tray.  The only downside is Bluetooth, which is not so reliable on the Windows computers I have been using.  I am starting a new job and am looking for a compact keyboard without a numeric keypad that I can use with a keyboard tray.  Based on my experience with the Logitech keyboards, I am thinking I will avoid BT keyboards if possible and go for wireless RF keyobard instead, or if there is no alternative then a wired keybard.  I am finding surprisingly few alternatives.  I am looking for suggestions other than the Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop Keyboard for Notebooks (http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/433/134?selectedcrid=433&selectedcid=134&WT.z_sp=Product&osid=&bit=) which while it looks like it could work is expensive in spite of the fact it has been discontinued and gets mixed reviews for poor build quality and for the mouse.

I do not mind if the keyboard is supplied without a number pad since I could probably still use my Logitech Bluetooth number pad when I need to.

Suggestions welcome.
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Unforuntely, there really are very few options for the kind of device you are looking for. Bluetooth is generally concidered sufficently reliable for general use.

The kind of devices I think you will find will either be more expesive devices like the one you've alreayd found or lower cost devices that are only RF because RF is cheaper to intergrate than Bluetooth.

There was one that was on the higher end, the KSK-3200RF, but I think it too has been discontinued.

There are devices like the JK-WR0312-S1 from SIIG that may also be somthing to concider, but they are almost exactly like a laptop keyboard. The Adesso WKB-4000US is similar to the SIIG offering, but more compact.

Another option is the unbranded KBSRFTSUSB (http://www.fentek-ind.com/kbsrftsusb.htm) that may also be what you are looking for.

Good luck!

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Thanks for the solution, and for confirming that there are not many options out there for what I am looking for.
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