Logitech has been quiet for the last several months and all the sudden over the last few weeks the company has whipped out a bunch of new gear. The latest new offering from Logitech is the Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 that includes a mouse and a keyboard.
We've been covering the Optimus Popularis for what seems like forever, but there's a good reason for that. Even before it got delayed, and ultimately changed, it was a great keyboard. And now that it has been altered, slimmed down, and the keys made to work a bit more adeptly with a user's hands, we can safely say that it's going to be a great keyboard. And now that we get to see the first images of the keyboard, and not in a drawn-up fashion, we're even more excited.
We're at the tail-end of the week, and we're not going to lie: we can feel it. All the way to our bones. If you're getting paid this Friday, hopefully you've already decided on something to buy yourself -- gotta spend that earned money, right? Or, maybe you've already waited in line for the thing you wanted to get yourself? That's probably the case. But, moving away from the Apple-phone for a short time, let's take a look at The Best of R3 Media. First up, we've got a software update for the EVO 4G coming soon, an updated keyboard that we want, and some wireless syncing for BlackBerrys. And then, in the Dredge 'Net, Hulu's still being passed around, RIM does pretty well for itself, and head to a Microsoft Store to play some Kinect.
Digital keyboards seem to be the big thing now-a-days. That has a lot to do with Apple's iPhone (did you hear? Over 600,000 iPhone 4s pre-ordered!), and of course there's plenty more out there for anyone to use, and get accustomed to. But, sometimes you just need to feel those physical keys under your fingers, and we completely understand where you're coming from. Don't want a thick phone? Maybe it's time you look at a Bluetooth keyboard. Don't want a full-sized one? Here's your perfect middle-ground, then.
Art Lebedev Studios are slowly dripping out details on their second-generation keyboard, the Optimus Popularis, and they're certainly hitting the keywords we geeks love to hear. The keyboard - which will have displays for keys - will be thinner, faster and simpler for less money than its Maximus predecessor, though considering that costs around $1,600 "less" is a relative term.
Cooling fans aren't new to the PC market. For most rigs, especially the high-profile gaming units out there, they're pretty much a necessity. Long hours, and constant usage can make any system overheat if it's not checked at constant intervals. But, we'll go ahead and admit that we never expected a keyboard to get the cooling fan treatment. Well, here's one after all.
Normally when we talk about gear from Adesso, it's a keyboard aimed at the general home user or the HTPC fan looking for wireless tech. Today Adesso has announced a new gaming keyboard that sounds very nice with full mechanical keys. That will perk the interest of many gamers out there.
Cool Leaf is an input system that’s one hundred percent flat, and keyless at that. Created by Japanese company Minebea, the technology debuts as a series of input devices, ranging from a keyboard, a remote control, and a calculator.
The results for Microsoft's pressure-sensitive keyboard competition are in, and there are some interesting uses for the prototype 'board. The peripheral can track not only which keys are pressed but the force with which they're hit, and it's that which "Most Useful" first prize winner SafeLock takes advantage of; the password app not only matches up an eight-character code, but measures flight time, hold time, maximized pressure and a curve fit to measure pressure over time for each keypress.
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Logitech isn't the only company with new PC peripherals today; Microsoft have announced their new keyboard and mouse set, the Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000, which bundles a "comfort curve" keyboard and their Wireless Mouse 5000. As well as promising reduced discomfort from regular use, the set include various Windows 7 features.
Logitech have announced a new "unifying" USB receiver for use with its latest wireless keyboard and mice, which allows up to six of the company's compatible devices to be connected with the one receiver. The Logitech Unifying Receiver will land in the US and Europe in September 2009, bundled with the new Wireless Keyboard K350 and K340 models, the Marathon Mouse M705 in early 2010, and the Wireless Mouse M505 in August this year.