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  1. 1. 29/11/2011 07:50 Top Important and Coolest Feature Rich Keyboards Top Important and Coolest Feature Rich off checking out one with real ergonomic features. Keyboards While this can take on various forms — some key- boards split the keys, some have curves, and some CloudTags: Feature , Keyboard , Acer batteries for are even motorized – you should always anticipate as07b31 , Quality Acer aspire 5520 batteries , Cheap a learning curve. Acer aspire 6935g batteries Expect that typing will feel strange, even uncomfor- Thinking about buying a keyboard? Pay attention table, at first while your hands adjust and relearn to these three important features before you settle how to move across the keyboard. But your wrists on a device. and hands will thank you in the end as true ergo- nomic keyboards are able to reduce the amount of 1. Ergonomics stress placed on our hands while we type. Other ergonomic features found in keyboards can include wrist rests and the ability to raise or lower the de- vice. 2. Wired or Wireless As with mice, this feature is a personal preference and each type has its own pros and cons. Wired keyboards limit your distance range, but you’ll never search for batteries. Wireless keyboards enable you type while lounging on the couch — something you may be interested in — and you’ll never get tangled in that pesky cord. Most keyboards use either USB or Bluetooth tech- nology for wireless connectivity. If you’re going the Bluetooth route, be sure that your computer has built-in Bluetooth technology. If it doesn’t, you will need to pick up a Bluetooth receiver and pair the device. Logitech has a solar-powered keyboard on the mar- ket, although you can expect to pay an up-front pre- mium for this type of technology. You will, however, This is a big one. If you’re going to spend hours recoup the cost by not needing topurchase batteries upon hours typing on this keyboard, you’re best ever again. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 1
  2. 2. 29/11/2011 07:50 Top Important and Coolest Feature Rich Keyboards 3. Hot Keys and Media Keys 1. Optimus Maximus Unless you’re purchasing a travel keyboard, most keyboards come with a variety of hot and media keys. Media keys, which include such tasks as vo- lume and video control, are invaluable for people who will use their keyboard in the living room to control their (duh) media system. Hot keys allows you to complete certain tasks by Features: To describe all the features in one small pressing a combination of buttons, and many key- article would not give this keyboard justice. boards replace these combinations with one-touch buttons. If you’re a desk jockey, these hot keys can We have wrote a few pieces of news on the Optimus save you oodles of time. Maximus keyboard before and how it’s the mother of all keyboards, but it now looks like that title is Top 10 Coolest Feature Rich Keyboards being challenged by the Optimus Tactus. The Tactus is a giant touch sensor display tablet keyboard that Most keyboards I have had in recent years have does so much more than the Maximus. been bland and boring, they served there purpose well, but the time has come for something exciting 2. Tipro Custom Assembled Keyboards and original. Keyboard makers have been doing some brilliant work in recent years, not only are they feature pac- ked, they also look cool (as we demand). I do like what Logitech is doing (its in my price range as well), even Microsoft are doing some cool things, but the Optimus Maximus is by far and away the best, the coolest and has the most features. Unfor- “The Tipro “Free” Keyboard Series is a fully customi- tunately, it is the most expensive. sable keyboard solution that can be easily tailored to All of these keyboards are available to buy, except provide the best solution for your particular needs”. number 10, which is still a concept (wait until you see it though). Features: Highly flexible design layout (modular This list is not THE top 10, bur merely MY top10. If design), Rugged plastic housing, Custom key caps anyone knows of any keyboards they would like to available, Optional pointing, reading and control share, just leave a comment with a link. modules, User definable input data control, Superior mechanical long travel keyswitches, metal carrying plate and secure cabling, Highly reliable, Assembled by UMD and 12 Months Return to Base Warranty. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 2
  3. 3. 29/11/2011 07:50 Top Important and Coolest Feature Rich Keyboards 3. Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard easy to quickly adjust the computer’s volume; Re- chargeable: No need to replace batteries. Simply place the keyboard in the charging base – a two- hour charge yields up to two months of battery life. 5. Luxeed LED Keyboard Features: High-visibility GamePanel™ LCD: Displays game stats and other important system information; Illuminated characters: Choose from three levels of brightness. Locate keys easily in both bright and low- light conditions; Six programmable G-keys:Perform Features: Each key can be lit from any of 512 diffe- single keystrokes or complex macros with six fully rent colours, Whatever color scheme you feel like, programmable G-keys. Create macros on the fly, you can programme it to your needs. Nice pastel without having to pause the action. colors to help you relax, sober colors when you are working. It looks fantastic. 4. Logitech diNovo Edge 6. Combimouse Keyboard Features: TouchDisc™ navigation: Move a finger Features: This is both a combination of a keyboard up and down or across the disc to move the cur- and a mouse. You probably thought this would/could sor. Move a finger in a circular motion around the ever be done. If you visit and perimeter of the TouchDisc to scroll horizontally watch the video presentation, it will give you more and vertically through documents; Premium typing of an incline to how it works. I love this idea, and experience: Logitech’s PerfectStroke™ key system would really love to try this. makes each keystroke fluid and natural; Media controls: A touch-sensitive volume slider makes it Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 3
  4. 4. 29/11/2011 07:50 Top Important and Coolest Feature Rich Keyboards 7. Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 9. Flexible Illuminated Full Sized Keyboard Features: I know this is from Microsoft, but this keyboard is pretty cool. Its rechargeable, it has a backlit keyboard, 2.4 GHz Bluetooth® Technology, wireless up to 30 feet, battery status sndicator and 4 USB Ports. 8. Amex Digital Touch-Screen Wireless Keyboard Features: I know that these types of keyboards are not very popular, but just take a look at it, and the price is only $27 (honestly). It is a flexible illumina- ted full sized keyboard, it is also very durable and silent. This has to be worth the price. 10. Optimus Tactus Keyboard Features: Its wireless (boring), Media Center Button (boring), it has media controls (hasn’t got me excited yet) and its Touch Screen (bloody marvellous, just look how cool it is!). Features: This is just a concept from the makers of the Optimus Maximus, if this is going to be released it will shoot straight into everyones number 1, it just looks amazing as are its features. It does not have Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 4
  5. 5. 29/11/2011 07:50 Top Important and Coolest Feature Rich Keyboards traditional keys (it is touch screen), each key can be customised, not just by color, icon, or letter but by size as well! Video can be played on it, and images can be viewed directly on it as well. I am drooling at the thought of this. See Also: Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 5