Keyboards

AlphaGrip bulbous UMPC concept: more buttons than sense

AlphaGrip bulbous UMPC concept: more buttons than sense

It must be galling for all the smartphone and UMPC manufacturers who have tried so desperately to slim their products down into wafer-thin tablets, when actually what's needed is a huge, ergonomically-bulging game-controller-on-steroids.  At least, that's what designer of the AlphaGrip Handheld Computer believes; their entry for the Next-Gen PC Design competition is reminiscent of an XBox 360 controller only with masses of buttons and chording keys underneath for text entry.  There's even a flip-up touchscreen display, flanked by - you guessed it - more controls.

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

What's the coolest keyboard that you've seen? I wouldn't be surprised if you said the Optimus Maximus. Honestly, that's probably the coolest one I've ever seen too. It seems that ThinkGeek is pretty impressed with it as well, so impressed, that they have decided to add it to their site for purchase.

Saitek PK17U Cyborg gaming keyboard – might come alive and blind you with its lights

Saitek PK17U Cyborg gaming keyboard – might come alive and blind you with its lights

This keyboard almost scares me a little, I mean its certainly intimidating to look at. It has too much lighting, I mean there are all the lights and such on the bezel above the keys, and then there are 3 different colors of backlights that can be adjusted in brightness or even mixed in an color combination with the other two colors and then common gaming keys have their own special lighting as well as metal key caps.

Intel’s Netbook goes bye bye – now called SmartBook

Intel’s Netbook goes bye bye – now called SmartBook

Actually Intel is referring to the whole line of these notebooks as Netbooks, so technically it’s not totally gone. But, the notebook isn’t actually being manufactured by Intel so they are letting all the manufacturers of this platform of notebooks choose their own name for theirs.

Right now there is a manufacturer in Malaysia, they are calling theirs the SmartBook. There will be two different models, both with Intel Celeron processors, a half gig of RAM, and b/g WIFI.

Spectrum ZX Laptop – blast from the past

Spectrum ZX Laptop – blast from the past

I am no computer historian but when the two computers that made up this beast are referred to as old and older, its pretty obvious this stuff is old. So some guy took a Spectrum ZX and a Toshiba Libretto 110 and smacked the two together.

Sanwa peripherals have touch pads built in

Sanwa peripherals have touch pads built in

Reminiscent of your notebook, these keyboards, presumable designed for desktop use, are wireless keyboards with touch-pads built in. I don’t know how many of you are a fan of your laptop’s touch-pad navigation methods, but I am assuming the percentage is low.

Matias Folding Keyboard – great for users on the go

Matias Folding Keyboard – great for users on the go

If you have ever used a laptop, the smaller the better for this example, then you know that the keyboards on those ever-shrinking devices just aren’t even close to the keyboard on your desktop. Well, now, you can get the convenience of mobility and compactness that your mobile computer offers up, but with a full sized keyboard.

It even has a separate num pad, I am not in accounting or anything that uses a significant amount of numbers, but my num pad on my desktop is still nearly invaluable. So if you are in a number-intensive field then using the num pad that you have to use a function key to access is probably less than ideal to say the least.

Sub-$500 Optimus Maximus keyboards coming soon

Sub-$500 Optimus Maximus keyboards coming soon

Those hoping to get their hands on the uber-expensive (and equally cool-looking) Optimus Maximus keyboard are going to be a bit disappointed. They've completely sold out of their first run. The good news is that those that already preordered will be getting their units as early as next month, and new (lower) prices are on the way.

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