Our editors have compiled a list of five keyboards that you can definitely live without — unless you’re a geek, like we are. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. “Continue reading” for the entire list.
Honorable Mention – Elecom’s Gear-Driven Keyboard
Elecom Japan announces a new kind of gear-driven keyboard, which supposedly prevents typos by “detecting and activating the keys on the corners.”
Elecom’s TK-U09FG keyboards have gears mounted under each key, depressing evenly even if just hit on a corner. Apparently, the cause of typos is hitting a key on a corner and having the keystroke not register
5. Maltron Keyboard
Created by Lilian Malt and Stephen Hobday, the Maltron is an ergonomic keyboard designed “to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome”. Unfortunately, comfort doesn’t come cheap, the Maltron costs a whopping $490.
Cherry MX key switches activate HALF WAY thru the key stroke. This means that the user does not have to pound the keys into the base of the keyboard. This significantly reduced the stress to the human body
4. $1200 Keyboard
Yes, this rather plain looking keyboard costs a whopping $1,200. Why? It features a stainless steel design and removable trackball. Aside from that, you’re better off just buying a new computer or 30-inch LCD. Order here.
Well, let’s see… the trackball is removable for easy cleaning. That’s gotta be worth something, right? And did I mention it’s stainless steel? That’s really all I can see as for features. It’s nice looking, I guess. Go ahead moneybags, you know you want it
3. The Combimouse
The Combimouse combines the functionality of a QWERTY keyboard and a full-fledged optical mouse into one device. Basically, when users touch a “Contact Switch” found in the right unit, it switches to mouse mode — I, O, J, K, L are used as mouse buttons. It’s powered by four AA batteries (two for each side) and features USB connectivity. [Source]
2. Triggerfinger Keyboard Controller
Triggerfinger “replicates the complete QWERTY keyboard by generating alpha-numeric text input and trackball/mouse controls using a combination of multi-directional keys such as those found on game controllers.” Download the demo here.
1. French Maid Keyboard
At $140, this strange “French Maid Keyboard” by Angel Kitty is actually a costume with a keyboard attached. No word yet on availability.
It’s a little maid’s costume with an 85-key USB keyboard top, and it’s made to order in sizes that will accommodate even the most voluminously endowed office mate