Gigabyte is gearing up to release its first real gaming keyboard, which will join a long line of multimedia keyboards already under the company's belt. Unlike those other planks, however, Gigabyte's new Alvia K8100 is built for fragging and to look good while doing it.
Media boxes are great, but we still haven't found one that offers all the flexibility of a dedicated home theater PC (HTPC). One of the tradeoffs with HTPCs is that you'll need to rock a wireless mouse and keyboard to take full advantage of what it has to offer. Or do you?
Most of Windows 7’s accessibility options are, at best, of dubious usefulness to the average PC user. And that’s fine, as they’re generally designed for people with special needs, and can be easily deactivated. There’s one accessibility option, however, that can be a big help to anyone: Mouse Keys.
One advantage to the Android platform is that you're not locked into a single device. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't license out its iOS platform to other mobile phone makers, so it's the iPhone or bust. But what if you want a slideout keyboard instead of just a virtual one? In that case, you're simply out of luck, but maybe not for long.
Razer, long known for its high-end gaming mice, has had sort of a slow start when it comes to gaming keyboards. Its offerings haven’t been bad, but the company hasn’t had a must-have product yet. The BlackWidow is Razer’s first.
Read on for the full review of Razer's first mechanical gaming keyboard!
We've been thinking a lot about keyboards around here lately (SPOILER ALERT: We're working on a keyboard roundup for the April issue of Maximum PC) and one board that just keeps coming up is the SteelSeries 7G--not because it's a great keyboard (although it is) but because it would make a great weapon. Or a building foundation. Or siding for a humvee.
The thing is sturdy, we're trying to say.
But just how sturdy is a question of some inter-office debate. So, to settle things once and for all, we decided to see just what it would take to break a 7G. We started out with your basic punch/kick/stomp test.
But it didn't work. We're nothing if not incredibly impatient, so we decided to crank things right to 11 and initiate the truck test. What's the truck test, you ask? We'll give you a hint--it's exactly what it sounds like. Hit the jump for the full, plastic-crunching video and a gallery of the action.
Another "Best of Innovations Honoree" at this year's CES convention, Smartfish claims its new Engage keyboard is the first-ever automated plank designed to provide the ultimate comfort typing experience.
Other keyboard makers might balk at that claim, but unlike other planks, even ergonomically designed ones, the Engage sports a patented motion system that "studies your typing frequency and makes subtle, comfortable adjustments" to prevent your hands and wrists from getting stuck in a fixed position.
The idea is to get your hands moving ever-so-slightly, which Smartfish says is "crucial for increasing flexibility, circulation, and alleviating stress and pain." Is it a gimmick? According to Smartfish, the Engage was developed in collaboration with The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and a portion of their proceeds get donated to the Special Surgery Rehabilitation Education Fund.
Google yesterday lifted the curtain from its CR-48 Chrome OS netbook (if you want to get your mitts on one, you'll have to apply for the Pilot Program and make a compelling argument of why you're a solid candidate), and may have killed the Caps Lock key in the process.
To the shock and horror of overactive forum posters and hyper Facebook users everywhere, Google got the bright idea to replace the Caps Lock key with a search key, and you know what? WE'RE PLEASED AS PUNCH THEY DID!
While said in jest, the employee's comments ring true, and we wouldn't be heartbroken if all notebook vendors followed suit. If they did, IT WOULD TAKE A TON MORE WORK TO TYPE LIKE THIS, ensuring that if someone feels the need to shout, it will be worth shouting about.
That's not to say there aren't some legitimate uses for the Caps Lock key, and if you're one of the few who rely on it, don't fret. Google says you can easily convert the search key back to a Caps Lock key in the settings menu (Wrench > Settings > System).
French website Blogeee.net says Samsung is working on a 10-inch tablet to be named Gloria, which will differ from the Galaxy Tab in more ways than one.
In addition to sporting a larger screen size, Gloria will also come with a slide-out keyboard like the ones found on some smartphones, only bigger. Depending on how it's implemented, this could turn out to be a boon to tablet holdouts who fear they can't be as productive on a virtual plank.
Gloria will also differ from the Galaxy Tab in that she'll be bringing Windows 7 to the dance instead of everyone's favorite green robot, Android. Assuming no one's blowing smoke up Blogeee.net's backend, you can expect Gloria to make an appearance around March or April of next year.
Considering we do most of our typing indoors, a solar-powered keyboard sounds about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. Logitech assures us, however, that its new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 powers itself whenever and wherever there's light, inside our out.
"The keyboard is still the best input device for typing emails and IMs, updating your Facebook page or posting responses to your favorite blogs — and the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the next big innovation in keyboard technology," said Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. "The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard is powered by light but can work in total darkness for up to three months. Plus, with its PVC-free construction and fully recyclable packaging, it’s designed to minimize its footprint."
The plank comes with an integrated solar panel, which means no fuzting around with a power brick, charging cables, or swapping batteries. And to help keep track of things, the included solar power app (available November 15, 2010) features a lux meter so you'll know if there's enough light or not.
Logitech will begin selling the new keyboard later this month for $80.