Gigabyte have released a range of new, not exactly attractive peripherals at CeBIT 2009 this week, including the bizarrely crystal-encrusted GM-M7800S wireless mouse seen here. Obviously the one thing better than a 1,600dpi leather-clad mouse is one studded with a few Swarovski crystals that you won't even see when using it.
Further details on ASUS' rumored luxury netbook, the Eee PC Shell, have emerged, ahead of a predicted launch at CeBIT. The netbook will be known as the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell, with the company focusing on giving it longer battery life than the S101 it replaces. Meanwhile the company is also believed to be bringing the Eee PC S121 to CeBIT, complete with 512GB SSD and 120GB HDD versions.
The Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, promising macros, switchable key backlighting and a 320 x 240 mini-display. A panel of twelve programmable macro keys - each storing three macros - runs down the left-hand side, and there's a real-time macro recording button to quickly add keypresses.
Brando have taken the tiny wraps off of their latest Bluetooth keyboard, and it's definitely been created with portability rather than usability in mind. Measuring just 140 x 70 x 12mm, the Mini Bluetooth Keyboard has a 15m range and uses the Bluetooth 2.0 standard, happily connecting to a laptop, smartphone (with the right Bluetooth profile) or even your PS3.
As concepts go, here's perhaps an obvious one: take one of the slicker keyboards around - in this case Apple's waif-like offering - add some Optimus-style OLED keys and a dock for everybody's favorite cult smartphone, and settle back to reap the praise. The work of Cosmo Scharf (I'm really hoping that's their real name), it would include induction charging for the iPhone 3G together with context-specific hot-keys.
I've used an English language keyboard for years, mainly because it's the only layout I feel comfortable with. Though it's not my preference, I've forced myself to just grit my teeth and make the best of a bad situation. I've long desired a keyboard for a language I'm more comfortable with, and finally, that prayer has been answered. I present to you - the Klingon keyboard.
Of all the new products ASUS announced at CES today, the Eee Keyboard is one of the most interesting. A full computer built into a QWERTY keyboard, as well as Ultrawideband HDMI and WiFi b/g/n, it also has a 5-inch touchscreen for shortcuts, media browsing and use as a virtual mouse. While just a prototype at the moment, ASUS were cagey about its potential for market availability; SlashGear spent some more close-up time to see exactly what that touch-display can do.
While it might not share the eye-catching splendor of the Optimus Maximus, UnitedKeys OLED Keyboard does at least avoid its full-color rival's jaw-dropping price tag. OLED-Info have been test-driving the UnitedKeys offering, and while it's still early days - the accompanying software seems to be chief culprit for poor usability here, and there's a marked absence of pre-created icons - they're still positive about it.
Check out the video demo after the cut
As anyone who has attempted to carry a keyboard - and we're talking musical, not QWERTY - any distance, you'll know it's generally not the most accommodating of shapes. Infinite Response are attempting to address that, with the VAX77 controller; 76-keys, a powder-coated magnesium casing and plenty of presets for all manner of hardware and software synths, its party trick is a hinge down the middle that lets it collapse to a far more manageable 23.3 x 14.5-inches.
I know how it is; Brando's original Super Tiny Keyboard appeals, but your job watching owls means you need something visible in low-light conditions. Thankfully Brando have heard your hooting prayers and delivered this, the Wireless Illuminated Super Tiny Keyboard, just 170 x 81 x 15mm but now with some lovely blue backlighting.