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Optimus Pultius with 15 keys

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2008

Optimus Pultius with 15 keys
The folks behind the Optimus keyboard never sleep do they? This time around it’s the Optimus Pultius with just 15 keys. It’s designed to be a peripheral that enhances your keyboard setup rather then a keyboard all by itself.

The Pultius will have tiny OLEDs on each key which will depict small logos to go with the key function and an extra usb port on back. It’s slated to be released at the end of this year or early 2009. No word on pricing yet.

Kinesis ergonomic keyboards double as bookends

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2008

Kinesis ergonomic keyboards double as bookends
Kinesis has dropped a pair of new accessories that will make their Freestyle keyboards more ergonomic. You be the judge. The Freestyle V3 accessory clips beneath the base of the keyboard and gives you three different slope settings, while the Freestyle Ascent Multi-tent will let you set each half in ten degree increments all the way up to 90 degrees. It will lock them in at the desired distance apart from one another and could probably let you use your keyboard as bookends if you wanted. The V3 costs $25 and the Ascent comes in at a whopping $200. Great way to play with your keyboard and type sideways.

Das Ultimate Keyboard has no letters

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2008

Das Ultimate Keyboard has no letters
Think you know your way around the keyboard keys blindfolded? Want to look cool to those around you? Why not type away on a keyboard that’s completely blank, with no numbers or letters. Your co-workers will marvel at your skills.

The Das Ultimate Keyboard is designed to be one of the fastest keyboards available with honest to god German-engineered gold-plated mechanical switches, but if you need to look while typing, you won’t be breaking any speed records. The Das Ultimate keyboard normally retails for $129, but if you pre-order now you can grab one for just $99.

Solar powered Buffalo wireless keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2008

Solar powered Buffalo wireless keyboard
Buffalo introduced their new BSKBW01SB solar powered wireless keyboard. It features a small and adjustable solar panel just above the number pad so you can better capture the sun’s sweet nectar. Maybe there’s only one tiny ray hitting your cubicle, if you get the right angle, you have power baby!

It also runs on batteries just in case you live in Alaska. It’s got 17 hot keys, does it’s thing in the 2.4 Ghz frequency and will give you a range of 10 meters. The keyboard will go on sale in Japan by mid July at a price of $135. You may be saving power, but not money.

Razer Aurantia gaming keyboard for China only

Posted in Keyboards,Razer by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2008

Razer Aurantia Keyboard for Chinese Gamers OnlyRazer is a name synonymous with gaming peripherals like keyboards and mice to many gamers. I have long used Razer gaming gear and work routinely on my Razer Lycosa keyboard and really like Razer mice as well like the Lachesis.

Today Razer has announced a first—a gaming keyboard that isn’t being offered to gamers in America. The Razer Aurantia is designed and sold exclusively for gamers in china. Razer described the keyboard as a portable device. It has 104 keys, can record macros and store profiles for ten games on-board.

QWERTY glass keyboard for Superman’s fortress

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2008

QWERTY glass keyboard would look good in Superman’s fortress
I’m not sure if Superman is a Mac or PC guy, but I do know that this QWERTY Glass Keyboard would look right at home in his fortress of solitude. Clark Kent on the other hand would have nothing to do with this. It’s called the No-key Keyboard by Kong Fanwen and it looks awesome.

Aside from being the flattest full-size QWERTY keyboard yet, it would be easy to keep clean. If it ever comes to market, you get the full glass surface, camera and lighting that uses motion capture technology to translate finger movements into characters on the screen. Of course, you’d want to treat it like the delicate piece of glassware it is, and be careful. And remember, it’s not a novelty plate to serve snacks on.

ReallyCool Keyboard is quiet, waterproof

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2008

ReallyCool Keyboard is quiet, waterproof
Everybody hates a loud keyboard. It annoys the person using it almost as much as it annoys those around you. The noise gets in your head and claws away at your brain. That’s why the ReallyCool Keyboard (As in, look at our name we’re really cool. Isn’t that clever? The keyboard is cool and so is the name. And it only took a minute to come up with.) is quiet.

As a bonus, it’s also waterproof, should you be inclined to go diving while tethered to your PC. It even sports backlighting, for those typing in the dark for some unknown reason. This keyboard is becoming quite popular in places where noise is a no no, so it must be easy on the ears. Be warned, quiet doesn’t equal cheap. It will cost you it’s $199, in black or cool gray.

Optimus Popularis prototype on the web

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2008

Optimus Popularis prototype on the web
The Optimus Popularis is growing up right before our eyes. Ahhh isn’t it cute? We’ve watched it go from mockup to a neat looking 3D prototype. It’s got a full-length display on the space bar and everything. I’m so proud of it.

They grow up so fast, but what can you do. Before you know it, they’re fully grown and set out with a price of their own. What do you think, will this be easier to type with? Hopefully it won’t take long to develop.

Look@Me Emoticon Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2008

Look@Me Emoticon Keyboard
The first thing you notice about this odd keyboard is that it’s awfully small. And pink too. Sort of a Pepto color really. What is this, some kind of girlly thing that types out My Little Pony fantasies and spreads digital rainbows between little girls? Well, not really. But close. This 40-key USB pad is supposed to be used to convey your emotions in emoticons.

Perfect for those emo types addicted to instant messaging. The concept makes no sense, so it likely won’t get very far. I thought that the whole point to using certain characters was to save time. Now we have an extra device for it. Oh and did I mention the color is awful? Upset stomach pink is not our favorite color.

Nishi-Ki keyboard is bright, flowery

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2008

Nishi-Ki keyboard is bright, flowery
Sometimes keyboards don’t look all that typical these days. Just looking at this bright-colored flowery thing, I’m half blind and now feel all girlly. Where are my Polly Pocket toys? hmmm. I’d say this is a good alternative for those who don’t like the Optimus keyboard from Art Lebedev, but want something outrageous still.

The Nishi-Ki keyboard will save you a bundle in the process as it retails for $153. Each and every butterfly-lovin’ key is painted in tiny flower scenes, and the whole thing measures just a foot long, so it’s not for those with large hands. It looks like a large tile game.

Optimus Popularis keyboard mock-up

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2008

Optimus Popularis keyboard mock-up
The folks at Art Lebedev are busy little elves. They are working on a new keyboard that carries the Optimus name, but this time it will be smaller as evidenced by the above pic. It’s going by the codename Popularis.

There will be no OLED keys on this one, since it will be used on an entirely different principle although they did not mention what that might be. What we do know is that there will be 11 additional keys above the F-keys, and it will cost below $1,000.

Enermax drops new keyboards in black and silver

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2008

Enermax drops new keyboards in black and silver
Keyboards are mostly made out of plastic, which means that with few exceptions, they aren’t very durable and they aren’t very pretty. Which is why this shiny keyboard caught your attention. That’s exactly what Enermax wanted to do with it’s KB006U keyboard. It’s constructed from aluminum, so you are not going to want to abuse it by slamming a hand into it after losing to your opponent in a game.

The KB006U keyboard will be available in silver and black, at least in Japan on May 18th. It also includes a few USB 2.0 ports to hook up more peripherals. No word on price yet.

SteelSeries 7G gaming keyboard may be the last gaming keyboard you ever buy

Posted in Keyboards by Shane McGlaun on May 5th, 2008

SteelSeries 7G KeyboardWhen it comes to gaming keyboards I am used to seeing fancy LCD screens and colorful backlighting and the latest from SteelSeries offers neither of those. The only thing you will probably miss during a late night gaming session is the backlighting.

The new SteelSeries 7G keyboard could well be the last keyboard you ever buy. Rather than membrane keys that wear out after only 1-5 million key strokes the 7G uses mechanical switches that promise a life span 10 times longer at 50 million keystrokes. Hopefully the printed letters and symbol on the key tops will last that long as well.

Optimus Maximus Keyboard shipping from ThinkGeek

Posted in Keyboards by Darrin Olson on April 23rd, 2008

Optimus Maximus Keyboard available on ThinkGeekNow you have no excuse, except for maybe the price, not to pick up one of those Optimus Maximus keyboards for yourself. ThinkGeek is now shipping the Art Lebedev creation for the incredible price of $1589.99.

Zip-Ang handmade gold keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2008

Zip-Ang Handmade gold keyboard
If you’ve got yourself a fancy gold computer, you probably won’t even notice the $214.21 it’ll cost you to get one of these hand made, gold covered keyboards. On the other hand, if the Midas touch isn’t exactly your thing and you’re bored with your Fort Knox theme, you can also get a handmade keyboard in a flowery pink, flowery yellow, red with bunny things on it, or even green with squiggly white lines.

The hand-made aspect looks questionable, but they are nice looking and they beat a plain old keyboard.