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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Home Mod Operation Produces Keyboard With Handy USB Ports

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:30 PM

http://mtkaalund.blogspot.com/

"But anyway I wanted a keyboard with a USB hub built in, not that it would make my life easier but because then I would have one less thing on my table."

You have to admire people who have a a good idea and just say "let's do it". Such was the case with "A Geek and his cat" who made this mod to a Logitech keyboard. It's a fun read to see how he did it. There's no reason you couldn't do it too, is there?


Thursday, July 7, 2011

RSI Help for Cheap? Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5818254/micro...r-rsi-for-cheap

"Although I don't suffer from serious RSI, I've always favored ergonomic keyboards because they offer an easy way to force myself to keep my hands in the correct posture to avoid wrist pain. The problem though, is that most ergo keyboards are chunkier and taller, which is bad for people who like laptop-like low profile keyboards. Microsoft's Comfort Curve 3000 is a meshing of the two ideas.

Looking for an ergonomic keyboard that isn't very expensive? The Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 looks like a good option - though only if you like wired keyboards. I don't, so this is off my shopping list solely for that reason. This is tangential, but it amazes me that people still buy wired keyboards...a modern wireless keyboard will run for 4-6 months on a single set of batteries (maybe longer), and who likes having cords anyway?


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Is This The Best Home Theater PC Keyboard?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/03/1...-htpc-keyboard/

"Little-known keyboard maker Koribo has put out a unit called the Leira that looks like a couch potato's dream. Indentations on the underside that fit onto your legs? Really, Koribo. How deliciously decadent."

Devin Coldewey over at CrunchGear had a chance to check out this HTPC keyboard and came away impressed. While he didn't seem to think much of its looks, he was impressed with its bevy of features: multi-touch trackpad on the right side, a cluster of play control buttons on the left, channel up/down controls, Windows key, and much more. If you are into home theater you know just how handy a keyboard like this can be. It is from Koribo, and seems to me to well worth investigating.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: The Smartfish Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM

I posted about Smartfish a few weeks ago because I liked the concept of their keyboards and mice. As someone who spends far too many hours typing on a keyboard, any potential technology that can save some wear and tear on my arms/hands/shoulders has my attention. I got a brief demo of the product at CES, but since I'm not down with the whole "wired keyboard" thing, I might be checking out their Apple-store-only, Bluetooth-based model when the time comes.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Which Shift Key Do You Primarily Use?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 12:00 PM

After reading Chris' post about what makes a perfect keyboard, it got me thinking about Shift keys. In Canada, many laptop brands ship their laptops with a French/English keyboard, and when they do, the left shift key is cut in half to make room for an extra French-language key. The net result is that any touch typist trying to use that keyboard, if they're not accustomed to it, will constantly be missing the left shift key. I'm one of those people, and I flat-out refuse to purchase any laptop that doesn't have a full-sized shift key. That means no HP laptops for me - every single one of their consumer laptops sold in Canada have the shrunken left keyboard; it's one of the main reasons I tend to go for Dell laptops. I'm pleased that Apple allows you to choose what kind of keyboard you want on your laptop and wished more companies offered users that choice. If I primarily used the right shift key, however, I wouldn't have my choices curtailed.

What about you? Which shift key do you primarily use? I use the left shift key 100% of the time - never even touching the right-hand shift key.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Logitech K750 has Seen the Light

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM

http://hothardware.com/News/Logitec...-Keyboard-K750/

"The Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the company's first keyboard designed to be powered entirely by ambient light. That means that you can just use ambient, extra light in your office to power it; you don't need to be under direct sunlight. This is definitely a major step forward for keyboards, and it will be difficult to see too many companies ignoring this going forward."

Okay, I am going to say it. Why did I not think of this? It seems obvious now, especially when I think of all the calculators that are solar powered. I could argue that maybe I thought that keyboards required more power than what solar cells could provide, but then again, we have keyboards that can last months, if not years on a single set of batteries. I do not know if a solar powered mouse would work, since those can be covered up by the hand, but it is an intruiging possibility. One thing of note though; the keyboard uses Logitech's new Unifying Receiver. This is great as it saves USB ports, but if someone does go the all Logitech route, are they going to have several spare receivers just kicking around?


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Verbatim Speaker Keyboard: Really? Someone Would Buy This?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:45 PM

http://www.verbatim.com/products/de...F47E3484B346DB6

"Whether you use your computer to watch videos on YouTubeTM or listen to your favorite tunes, the Verbatim Speaker Keyboard for Windows is a great choice. With integrated dual speakers, this keyboard gives you stereo-quality sound at your fingertips - without cluttering up your space with speakers and cords. It also has easy keys to control volume and boost bass and a media console designed to help you manage your music. For an extra cool experience, this keyboard offers backlight illumination you can turn on or off - depending on your surroundings or your mood. With integrated speakers and backlighting, this Verbatim keyboard lets you turn down the lights, turn up the volume and enjoy the ultimate music experience."

A lot of different technologies pass by my Inbox, and I try to keep an open mind about them - because, after all, what might seem useless to me might be exactly what someone else is looking for. This keyboard from Verbatim might be a rare exception to that rule - speakers? On a keyboard? The price of $69 softens my opinion somewhat - at least Verbatim isn't trying to charge $199 for this product - but I again have to wonder in what scenarios someone would need speakers in their keyboard. The sound quality is described as "tin-like" in an Amazon.com buyer review, so it's not like Verbatim has done some psychoacoustic magic to make them sound better than their small size would indicate. Does this product interest any of you?


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Eee Keyboard in the Flesh

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/03/...s-eee-keyboard/

"The 5-inch, 800 x 480 touchpad was looking mighty fine, and the Atom N270 within seemed plenty powerful. It's a touch hard to believe that ASUS was able to shove a 16GB SSD, 1GB of RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth modules, VGA / HDMI ouputs and a few USB 2.0 ports within a slim, elegant keyboard, but somehow or another it did."

Pretty cool. Reminisent of really old school computers, like the Commodore 64. Of course they didn't sport a built in touch screen!


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Logitech's diNovo Media Center Keyboard

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archive...ini-review.html

"In the end, our experience with the diNovo Mini has been excellent. It is everything that we wanted in a Media Center controller and it is the perfect blend between a remote, a keyboard and mouse, in a beautiful package that looks good on the coffee table. Of course, it has a few shortcomings, but there is nothing else like it on the market today."



A bit expensive in my opinion, but it does look to be an elegant solution for a wireless keyboard for the living room media center PC. Ubergizmo seemed quite happy with the performance of this keyboard, so if you think you might be interested, be sure to check out their full review.


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