In Search of the Perfect Keyboard..


The release of Apple's new razor-thin keyboard earlier this week re-awakened my search for the perfect keyboard. As it's Friday and my brain is already in weekend mode, I've drawn up a list of some of the more interesting keyboards I've tried or wanted to try. I would welcome your suggestions too!


 


Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000


This is the current keyboard that I use in the office, and I think it's great. It's very thin, with laptop style keys arranged in a nice curve. It has a mouse built-in and plenty of other buttons too, which to be honest I don't use very much. It uses Bluetooth to connect to the PC, which means one less cable for me to worry about. Of course, you'll assume that I'm biased because it's from Microsoft, but I still think you should try it. Be warned: it's on the expensive side though. There is a 8000 model due next month or so, which is even cooler - it lights up, for heaven's sake!


Details: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=081


Matius Tactile Pro


I heard nice things about this keyboard, but I've not had the chance to try it yet. It looks like a standard keyboard, but has expensive switches which a log of people like, and a form of dedicated key-macros. It also has built-in USB ports which is useful.


Details: http://matias.ca/tactilepro2/ 


Das Keyboard


Ok, this one is just insane. I love it! It's completely blank. No need to worry about letters wearing off, or moving the keys around if you are a Dvorak user. If you can touch type, this will completely freak-out your office buddies.


Details: http://www.daskeyboard.com/


Logitech diNovo Edge


Another super-slim keyboard, with a look of Bang and Olufson about it. Comes with a funky stand, and a neat scroll wheel. If you want to pretend you are living in the future, this is probably the keyboard to use. Logitech also make a keyboard called the Wave, which puts the keys at different heights, which sounds like it might be interesting.


Details: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/US/EN,CRID=2166,CONTENTID=10717 


Details: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/wave/?view=wave_home&cl=us,en 


Happy Hacking Lite2


If you have small hands, this is apparently a great choice. I've linked to the manufacter's website, but if you MSN Search it, you'll probably find some local stockists.


Details: http://www.pfu.fujitsu.com/hhkeyboard/


Optimus OLED


What if every key on your keyboard had a tiny little screen that could be changed with software? Um.. I'm not sure exactly, but it might look like this one...


Details: http://www.artlebedev.ru/everything/optimus/ 


 


 


 

Comments (3)

  1. Timo says:

    Well, I like my Logitech G11 (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/285&cl=us,en) simply because of its 18 programmable keys, where "programmable" doesn’t mean "assign a single application", but real keyboard macros can be created as well, just by hitting the Record key, pressing the desired keys and saving the sequence to one of the "G" keys. Even better, the keyboard driver automatically recognizes which application is running and switches between different settings for the "G" keys automatically, so for Visual Studio I have a different set of macros than for Total Commander or Delphi. I know this can all be accomplished using something as AutoIt or AutoHotkey as well, but not with such ease and on the fly, and not without using some Alt or Ctrl combinations.

    The G11 is optionally illuminated as well, though I usually don’t work in the dark and my nightly ego shooter gaming sessions are over since a couple of years now 🙂

  2. MSDN Archive says:

    Thanks Timo, seems nice – although maybe a little busy and chunky for me..

  3. MSDN Archive says:

    Oh, and because the Wireless 7000 keyboard doesn’t work on my computer at home (for a reason I don’t want to get into 🙂 ), I use the Comfort Curve 2000 which is not on the expensive side at all, but is nice and comfy to type on.

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=040

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