so yea, I got this thing for 25 bucks with a broken hinge and missing K-key....otherwise, it works just fine. unless you're into appearances (which I'm not -- judging by the chocolate brown velour pants with bleach stains at the bottom that I wear FAITHFULLY every Saturday which rolls into Sunday), this was a good deal.
One day I got the urge to evict the crumbs, hair, cat fur and small village of little people (who probably survived off of the crumbs) living under the keys. after cleaning (or attempting to clean) it, I realized that you just can't snap the keys back onto a laptop the same way you do with a desktop. actually, I discovered this when I stole a K-key from an old laptop at work and tried to snap it onto my laptop...it didn't work. so I suppose I rediscovered it.
all of this to say that I can't spill my random thoughts onto the squishy nubs that used to sit beneath the keys on my laptop.