Keyboards

Star Wars virtual keyboard taps R2-Q5

Star Wars virtual keyboard taps R2-Q5

The original R2-D2 virtual keyboard is gone. It's forever on the shelves and in the display cases of collectors around the world, for the rest of time. For those of you that missed it, there's always the imperial droid R2-Q5, his black and orange-ness, as we call him around here. This fellow is being released by the same company that originally released his R2-D2 equivalent, and this version will be released on May the 4th, 2015, just in time for the most important holiday of the entire year.

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

Das Keyboard 4 Professional: the new MacBook antithesis

This week the newest in the classic "Das Keyboard" line has arrived with Mac-specific keys and aim. This model is the "most significant keyboard for Mac users" with Das Keyboard since their original Model S. This unit is just like what you see in our release back in March of last year, with all the power and reliability of the unit we reviewed this January. This newest unit works with mechanical key switches with gold contacts - just like each of the other most recent Das Keyboard units, and works with dedicated media controls with an oversized volume knob, for good measure.

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Fleksy brings search to your keyboard, courtesy of Yahoo

Fleksy brings search to your keyboard, courtesy of Yahoo

In the course of a conversation, you may stumble into a topic you’re not quite sure about. A simple question could lead to a protracted debate or discussion, with curiosity getting the better of you. Rather than flip-flop between apps, it would be a lot easier if you had some sort of in-line search feature in a conversation. Now, you do. Fleksy is announcing a deal which brings Yahoo right to your keyboard. Rather than find Siri, Google Now, or a browser, you can search from anywhere.

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Microsoft bends their OS-agnostic mobile keyboard in half: Hands-on

Microsoft bends their OS-agnostic mobile keyboard in half: Hands-on

Two mid-range Lumia smartphones from Microsoft just got an accessory. Really, everyone did. Today, Microsoft is unveiling a foldable version of their cross-platform keyboard, launched late last year. Originally, the keyboard shielded itself from outside damage with a fold-down lid that doubled as a backstop for your tablet or smartphone. The new, fold-y version of the keyboard won’t do that, but it does offer a smaller footprint for users, handy when toting around. We don’t have word on pricing or availability just yet.

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TextBlade promises desktop performance in portable keyboard

TextBlade promises desktop performance in portable keyboard

Your smartphone or tablet may be as powerful as a computer, but is the form factor as useful as one? Without a dedicated hardware keyboard, many productivity apps are left to compromise, or leave you wanting. Hacking out a longer email might even be more trouble than it’s worth, and carrying around a keyboard is not easy for most. A new device promises to make toting around a keyboard much easier, and may have you leaving your laptop at home.

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Cougar 600K mechanical keyboard targets discerning typists

Cougar 600K mechanical keyboard targets discerning typists

This past September, Cougar announced the 700K mechanical keyboard for gamers, and now to make sure everyone else (read: non-gamers) can also enjoy the device is the similar Cougar 600K. This newest model is likewise mechanical and is suitable for both gamers and non-gamers alike, opening it up to a wider market than its fierce sibling. With the 600K comes the same Cherry MX switches and familiar design, but with less features than the 700K powerhouse.

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HashKey: a USB hashtag key to expedite your tweets

HashKey: a USB hashtag key to expedite your tweets

The world is full of devices that seem less than practical for every day use, and the HashKey can probably be counted among them, as it seems like little more than a novelty. HashKey is exactly what it sounds like: a key dedicated solely to typing a hashtag without all of that multi-button combination nonsense. It's aimed at the social media lovers among us, those who can't stand straining their hands to repeatedly hit multiples keys, and for those who, perhaps, take offense to the hashtag being denied its own dedicated spot on the keyboard.

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Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a keyboard, and nobody can blame you for that. Apple’s offerings may be some of the best around, but are pricey, and lack key features. Are there keyboards that can take their place? Is anything good enough to really make you forget about all the research and development Jony Ive and company put into their home-grown devices? Maybe! We’ve found two keyboards that have the same functionality (or more), and won’t break the bank.

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Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards and Mouse Review

Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards and Mouse Review

Up until now, Corsair has been a bit of a silent attendant when it comes to gaming accessories. Now, here in 2014, there's a brand new label: Corsair Gaming - and they've got some fine competitors for the finest gaming peripherals on the market. This season they've released an RGB collection of mice and keyboards, the lot of which we're having a peek at today. Metal undercarriages, fully customizable button sets, and so many color combinations you wont know what to do with em all.

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