Keyboards

Belkin n52te SpeedPad – For the dedicated PC gamer

Belkin n52te SpeedPad – For the dedicated PC gamer

Gamers are constantly looking for new gear that will give them an edge. While some prefer to invest their money in a better graphics card or a faster CPU, others will make sure that they have the very best keyboard and mouse on the market. If you are one of those people, maybe you should check out the n52te SpeedPad from Belkin.

Waterfield keyboard sleeve – For those that must have their keyboard at all times

Waterfield keyboard sleeve – For those that must have their keyboard at all times

I do my fair share of traveling, and due to my occupation, I do a good bit of writing while I'm on the road. Naturally, I can appreciate having a good keyboard on my laptop, however, I've never considered taking my full-size keyboard around with me. That's why I'm not finding this next product to be the most useful.

Hacoa Wooden Keyboards

Hacoa Wooden Keyboards

So they tried this once and it didn’t work, probably because it doesn’t look any higher quality than taking the tiles from a Scrabble game and gluing them to your current keyboard. Then again it could have been the $400 price tag.

Well they are giving it another go with kits this time. That’s right, you get a discount of about $110 off of that $400 price tag, but the catch is you have to put it together yourself.

New Standard Keyboards makes me want to gouge out my eyeballs

New Standard Keyboards makes me want to gouge out my eyeballs

So there is the QWERTY keyboard layout, that’s what most of you are using right now, and it works, I don’t really see too many problems with it, in fact I can’t even think of one thing I would change about it. Then there is the DVORAK design, its coming up, I have personally never seen a keyboard of this layout, but the newcomer is the New Standard Keyboards.

I don’t see how a keyboard I can’t even look at for more than a few seconds without experiencing partial blindness is supposed to help make things easier. Plus the layout is all messed up, sure its in alphabetical order, but that’s not the point of a keyboard.

Optimus Maximus keys assimilated by Microsoft

Optimus Maximus keys assimilated by Microsoft

Although I well accept that I'm only feeding the hype by posting photos, it's so nice to see an Optimus Maximus keyboard actually showing something other than dull coloured blocks on each key that I'm saying "sod it" and posting anyway. 

 

Thermaltake Soprano keyboard shiny, could match your new iMac

Thermaltake Soprano keyboard shiny, could match your new iMac

There is a model with black keys and brushed aluminum surround, so it could, kind of, match your iMac. Although the new keyboard that comes with the new iMacs could probably do a better job.

Anyways, this keyboard has a lot of ergonomic stuff in it, including curved keys so they fit to your fingers better, that’s not all that new though. It also has the scissor-foot key spring system to make it more comfortable and make the keyboard last longer.

A1Pro keyboard – Replaces number pad with touchpad and stylus

A1Pro keyboard – Replaces number pad with touchpad and stylus

If you're looking for a keyboard that has a little something extra (and you aren't fond of the number pad) then you might check out the latest offering from A1Pro that has a touchpad and stylus.

Optimus Maximus – It’s real, and in Moscow

Optimus Maximus – It’s real, and in Moscow

Man, it seems like the people over in Moscow get everything cool before the rest of the world. I admit that might be a bit of an overstatement. In fact, I can't think of anything off the top of my head that people in Moscow have gotten before it has shown up in the US. Except for the Optimus Maximus keyboard that is.

Fairlight XYNERGI – Puts the Optimus Maximus to shame

Fairlight XYNERGI – Puts the Optimus Maximus to shame

I'll admit that I'd love to have an Optimus Maximus keyboard, but that $1,500 price tag is just a little hard to swallow. Most people tend to agree that few would drop that kind of cash on something like a keyboard. That being said, here's a keyboard that's way more expensive.

The Microsoft keyboard that spies on you

The Microsoft keyboard that spies on you

Are you a spy? If you answered yes to that question, you're a terrible spy. However, if you said no, but really meant yes, you should check out this cool keyboard.

Usually when we see keylogging hardware, it's something that you have to physically plug into someone's computer that may end up standing out. This one is built right into a Microsoft keyboard. So all you have to do is purchase said keyboard, and give it to the person you want to spy on. Who would suspect that a Microsoft keyboard would be spying on you? Wait, don't answer that.

Toshiba Gaming Keyboard – Not for typing

Toshiba Gaming Keyboard – Not for typing

Vincent did his best to cover as many new gadgets while he was at IFA in Berlin, but with so many cool things there, he was bound to miss a few. One that caught my eye was this gaming keyboard from Toshiba.

Optimus actually put together their OLED keyboard

Optimus actually put together their OLED keyboard

Good grief, is this an actual, real-life, not-a-render photo of Optimus' Maximus "each key an OLED" keyboard?  Pieced together to show the difference between the tinted clear key-caps (e.g. the non-single-sized keys in this photo) and the untinted keys (all the single keys), it has the honour of being the first ever working prototype we've seen.

 

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