Keyboards

ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 brings four octaves of MIDI control

ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 brings four octaves of MIDI control

The newest edition of the ROLI Seaboard RISE MINI controller rolls with a full four octaves of sound. This version of the machine has expanded the original in a big way just four months after the original's first release. With the RISE 25, it would appear that the creator's expectations have been surpassed to such a degree that a far larger version, the RISE 49, was required. Access our original review of the smaller edition to see what this machine is all about, then expand through the future.

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SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey has announced a new update for Android, rolling out SwiftKey 6 to users. The app first went into a public beta a few weeks ago, and after some further refining it is rolling out to the general public. The new version brings with it several new features, chief among them being double-word prediction, which predicts the next pair of words you’ll say in a single instant rather than just single-word predictions.

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SwiftKey’s next Beta predicts 2 words, closer to reading you mind

SwiftKey’s next Beta predicts 2 words, closer to reading you mind

This week the Beta release of SwiftKey 6.0 includes several new features, one of which is double word prediction. This updates the current one-word prediction feature present in the stable version of SwiftKey Neural. This updated SwiftKey Beta 6.0 works with a revamped emoji panel as well - and a completely overhauled settings menu. This new version - like the old one - doesn't actually climb in to your brain to see what you're going to write - instead it learns from your typing patterns and predicts what you're about to say.

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Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

Apple opens test lab to show how products are perfected

It would appear that Apple is heading in a direction that would suggest openness - that is, according to their most recent opening of labs. Working with the folks at Backchannel, Apple has shown off a set of images and details that suggest they (still) take product testing seriously. Above-and-beyond seriously, testing not only the look and feel of the products they create, but the sound. And not just the sound for loudness - they're making certain their mouse hits the right note when it clicks one way or the other.

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

A keyboard with a set of bright, blinking green lights on it isn't generally the first thing you think of when you think top-quality hardware. With Razer and the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 edition keyboard, you get the unlikely combination of high-end pro-gamer ready hardware and bright, flashy, blinky green lights - in programmable combinations of blinks, no less. For those of you that own the 2014 edition of this keyboard and wouldn't try any other keyboard ever again - now's the time to trade up.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft's Universal Folding Keyboard has finally hit store shelves, with the platform-agnostic wireless peripheral playing nicely with phones and tablets. Shown off back in March alongside a pair of midrange Lumia phones, the keyboard hooks up over Bluetooth and has a dedicated switching button at the top which allows it to flick between two different devices. That way, so the theory goes, you could be typing on your iPad one moment, then flip to your Android smartphone the next.

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Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Those who do a lot of typing know the strain it can put on one’s wrists over time. There are ergonomic alternatives to traditional straight keyboards, and they are commonly used, but not everyone finds them attractive. Model 01 is similar, but with a sleek, sophisticated design instead — it features two angled and curved keyboard halves nestled in shaped wood. It features mechanical switches, as well, for a mixture of modern and classic for a wholly unique way to type.

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Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Logitech K400 Plus keyboard wants a spot on your sofa

Set-top boxes and smart TVs may have proliferated, but sometimes there's nothing quite like the flexibility to hooking your PC up to the big screen, and now Logitech has the keyboard to completely the pairing. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a relative of the company's original Wireless Touch Keyboard K400, pairing a touchpad with a full QWERTY layout and 33 feet of range.

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Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is a product I did not expect would be as awesome as it turned out to be. Zagg has made some awesome products in the past - they've never really let us down in the past - but they're not know for their particularly flashy or otherwise massively memorable presentations. That's not what we need here. What we need is a keyboard that works for a large smartphone - or any detached screen sort of device - that also folds down to a very small size. Zagg did it right.

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Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Sometime, words won’t do. Even an acronym like ‘LOL’ sometimes fails to convey the right message. In those times, a GIF can likely help out. To help you get the right message across, Fleksy is announcing a partnership with Riffsy to bring GIFs right to their keyboard app. Coming to iOS today (and soon for Android), Fleksy’s fast-typing keyboard app will also let you quickly access GIFs. GIFs will come pre-configured in Fleksy, and the app maker claims they’re the only ones who have GIFs, emoji, and a proper keyboard in the same app.

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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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