Monday, February 19, 2024


I wound up ordering a refurbished, genuine Microsoft Type Keyboard for my aging Surface Pro. It works like it should.

I returned the knock-off. It did many things well, but as with many knock-offs, there was an Uncanny Valley effect where it was so close to being authentic that the few differences were jarring. Needing to charge it, for one. The slightly greater effort needed to press the keys. It was slightly louder, and ever-so-slightly wider, and two functions were on different keys. 

For most things, the knock-off that's 40% cheaper is fine. For what really matters, though, knock-offs just remind you of what you don't have.

People can be like this, too, but that's another subject for another day.

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