Items tagged with Keyboard

Verbatim is sick and tired of you being sick and tired when it comes to inputting text on your tablet or smartphone. To fix that, the company's introducing a new Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard, which will now be available in white and works with iPhone, iPad and Android tablets with Bluetooth connectivity and HID keyboard support. Like the original model, the new keyboard also features an ultra-compact design that folds for maximum portability. It also comes with a high-quality carrying case for convenient storage in your briefcase or purse. Plus, enhanced Bluetooth capability allows you to pair the wireless keyboard with up to six devices at one time. The Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard... Read more...
Looks like Lenovo's toying with new ways to get you typing. The company has just introduced the new N5902. That's not telling you much, but the photo below just might. It's a unique, portable keyboard, but it's actually much more than just that. It's a "multimedia remote," complete with L/R click buttons, a keyboard and even a trackball mouse cursor pad so you can actually move a cursor on-screen if you're connected to an HTPC. This is actually an update to an earlier model, but the matte finish on this one is way more understated that the unit it replaces. There's even backlit keys now, which makes loads of sense for those who want to use this as a HTPC remote with the lights down low. For movies,... Read more...
According to a report from Uncrunched.com, Nuance is planning to acquire Swype. The terms of the deal are still vague, but the report cites a source familiar with the deal as claiming the price tag could be $100 million or more. If you've used one of today's popular Android smartphones, you're probably familiar with Swype. This popular alternative keyboard lets people enter text much more quickly than they can when using a traditional soft keyboard. Swype expects its keyboard to be preloaded on more than 100 million devices worldwide by the end of this year. Nuance has its own predictive text application known as T9 which competes with Skype. Perhaps better known for its PC-based voice recognition... Read more...
Silent keyboards go "click click click," regular keyboards go "Click Click Click," and mechanical keyboards go "HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT ME, I'M A MECHANICAL KEYBOARD!" Some of us here at HotHardware really like the obnoxious clicks that a mechanical keyboard produces, and with Rosewill announcing four mechanical models of its own, perhaps the competition will drive pricing down. Rosewill, which is Newegg's house brand, actually produced a mechanical plank once before. It appears the RK-9000 model is making a comeback decked out with blue switches, along with three other models, including one with Cherry MX Brown switches (RK-9000BR), Cherry MX Black switches (RK-9000BL), and Cherry MX... Read more...
Green's the going thing these days, and if you aren't joining in on the revolution, you're sitting it out by default. Logitech's K750 solar keyboard made an eco-friendly splash when it hit last year for Windows users, but now Mac addicts will be able to enjoy the same board, albeit with Mac-specific key layouts and four exclusive colors. This one's designed to be plug-and-play with OS X, operating on a 2.4GHz wireless frequency (Unifying Receiver, not Bluetooth) and capable of running for three months on a full charge. There are solar cells along the top that recharge the board via direct or ambient light, and there's a Logitech-only concave key-cap design to look forward to as well. The Logitech... Read more...
We have just returned from an event in New York City at which Samsung showed off a major software update, that’s coming to the popular Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The update incorporates a new, fully customizable TouchWiz UX interface, with some new features like LivePanel and Mini Apps. The update also incorporates a new Samsung Media Hub user interface and Amazon Music Cloud Player, Kindle, and Words with Friends applications. A handful of enterprise-targeted features like VPN support, Wi-Fi printing, and others are also slated to arrive with the update, which will be delivered OTA shortly. Instead of blabbering on about what we saw, we thought it would be better to just show you what went... Read more...
Using a third-party Android keyboard is pretty common these days. Whether you chose SWYPE, SwiftKey, or another keyboard, most users will agree that these third-party keyboards have much more to offer than the stock Android keyboard. Recently, Touch Type introduced two new keyboards that are sure to catch the attention of some Android users. The first is SwiftKey X. According to the company, this keyboard is " the most advanced product we’ve engineered to date, and it’s packed full of new features." The second new keyboard is designed specifically for tablets and is appropriately called SwiftKey Tablet X. SwiftKey Tablet X offers many of the same features as SwiftKey X but with the... Read more...
It's ergonomic...without being split. Some folks swear by the split keyboards, and some cannot stand to be away from a keyboard that's totally connected. Maybe, just maybe, the compromise has arrived. Microsoft Hardware just released the Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000, a new keyboard design that maintains the connected nature of a standard keyboard, while adding a wave shape that helps from an ergonomics perspective. Media keys also allow users easy access to music, videos and more with just a touch of a key, and unlike most ergo keyboards, this one is actually super affordable. It'll ship this month for just $19.9 from Amazon, Office Depot, and the Microsoft Store.... Read more...
Keyboards. Can't live with 'em, and can't live without 'em. We all yearn for an easier way to input commands, but even after all of these years, a QWERTY keyboard still trumps most everything else in terms of speed and accuracy. Until we all get brain interfaces built into our skulls, the keyboard is apt to remain a major part of our lives, and Microsoft is apt to be a major provider for quite some while. The company's latest is the Wireless Desktop 2000, which incorporates Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit technology to help secure your personal and business information by encrypting what you type. It's not often you find this in a keyboard, but sure enough, it's here. The keyboard... Read more...
Keyboards have been around a long, long time. And come to think of it, so have Bluetooth keyboards and flexible keyboards. But that said, we haven't seen a good option combining both of those in quite some time, and that's where Scosche comes in. The accessory maker has just revealed their new freeKEY, a flexible / wireless keyboard that's designed specifically to travel well and use with the iPad 2 or any other BT-enabled tablet. It's a flexible membrane of a keyboard, complete with a waterproof exterior and support for Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. There's an expected range of 30 feet, and once paired with a device the freeKEY will automatically re-pair with that device the next time... Read more...
Logitech has a long history of pumping out peripherals on their own, but for whatever reason they've decided to team up with yet another accessory maker for their newest device. The Logitech Keyboard Case is actually designed in cooperation with ZAGG, yet another peripheral maker, and it's actually one of the more unique options. It's an iPad 2 case, but it has a built-in keyboard. A couple of those have surfaced, but none of them have really managed to grab the public with stellar build quality and functionality. This particular case is made of precision-cut aircraft-grade aluminum and features military-grade, high-density padding. It's always hard going right up against Apple themselves, but... Read more...
Smartfish is definitely an interesting name for a company, but there's no question that the design of their newest keyboard is indeed "smart." The company has a thing for producing ergonomic devices, and the new Engage keyboard is definitely one that's friendly for the wrists. It's priced at $150, and has just recently started to ship in America. It relies on the company's ErgoMotion technology to provide less strain on your wrists and more comfort while typing during long sessions. The curved design is similar to that seen on select Logitech and Microsoft keyboards, but there's a new level of intelligence here that isn't found elsewhere. It's considered an "intelligent" keyboard, which tracks... Read more...
Verbatim announced the company's latest computer accessories in the form of the Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse, the Wireless Optical Touch Mouse, and the Wireless Mini Travel Mouse. All three of these new accessories feature 2.4GHz performance as well as a leave-in USB Nano receiver. The new Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse set comes with a laptop-style keyboard that has an ultra-slim and compact design. The Wireless Optical Touch Mouse lets you navigate the mouse pointer with the swipe of a finger. This ergonomically designed mouse features a piano black finish. Verbatim’s Wireless Mini Travel Mouse touts a small and stylish package that's both colorful and ultra-portable.... Read more...
For Android, third-party keyboards are all the rage. Unlike a stock iPhone, you can actually change up the keyboard within Android, and two companies in particular have really gained traction lately. Swype is one, with its very unusual sliding / typing method, and TouchType is the other. The company's SwiftKey keyboard uses predictive technology to guess what word you're likely going to type next, and then provide you with three main options atop the keyboard to select. In practice, it works quite well, but it never really seemed tailored for use on larger tablet screens. Now, it's clear that the company was waiting for something new from Google before revealing their solution to that problem.... Read more...
A keyboard is a keyboard, right? Not at all. We tend to favor mechanical keyboards for gaming, backlit keyboards on our notebooks, and keyboards with integrated trackpads for use with our HTPC setups. IOGEAR has a long history of providing keyboards for that last application, and they're keeping the trend alive in the new year. The company has just launched a new keyboard, the Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) for wireless management of up to six Bluetooth enabled devices. Yep, a Bluetooth keyboard, optimized for HTPC use. The idea here is that the keyboard can connect to up to six devices, so you could control your HTPC at one moment, then take it into the den and control... Read more...
Swype comes pre-installed on a number of devices, but there are many that were in existence before that started, and ... it doesn't come installed on the stock Android Nexus S (although Pulse and NoLock do, surprisingly). However, it appears the beta is open again. Grab it while you can. Swype allows you to "swipe your finger" from key to key and draw a word. If it can't determine what the word is it will give you a list of words to pick from. Unfortunately, if you try typing with it and assume it is correct, you may end up what some call "Swype-isms" ... mistakes because it predicted the wrong word. Here's what Swype says on their beta page: Swype is pleased to offer an (updated) Android Beta!... Read more...
Entering a word or phrase using a 9- or 12-key keypad on your phone can be cumbersome, which is why so many people like predictive text input options such as Nuance's XT9. Now, you can get the same benefits of XT9 that you enjoy on your phone in your living room. Nuance is bringing its XT9 predictive touch input to your living room by means of TVBLOB’s BLOBbox. BLOBbox is connected TV software that blends traditional TV with the Internet. XT9 will make it easier and faster for BLOBbox users to search for and access content using a traditional remote control. With the integration of XT9, BLOBbox users will also be able to enter keywords quickly, search an Electronic Program Guide and on-demand... Read more...
It's something that we take for granted, but without it, there's no computing to speak of. It's the grand ole keyboard, and if you need a new one, IOGEAR has two new ones to choose from. The company has introduced today two new 2.4GHz wireless keyboards, complete with an optical trackball, scroll wheel and convenient hotkeys. The first is the GKM571R palm-sized keyboard with a LED backlight, while the GKM581R is the larger of the two, and it's designed for on-lap usage, possible at a couch with your HTPC. Both of 'em work from up to 33 feet away, and the company's marketing these towards media PC users or those who have PCs in unusual situations away from the desk. The optical trackball that's... Read more...
We are back again for the latest episode of the weekly HotHardware Video Podcast. In this week’s episode Dave, Iyaz and Marco give you all a sneak peek of OCZ Technology's upcoming RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, and they talk about choosing the best mid-range graphics card, Logitech's solar-powered wireless keyboard, and the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360. We also chat about HotHardare's new voting feature and our ongoing contest in which someone can win a killer new gaming, just for helping us name the podcast! Show Notes: 00:13 - OCZ RevoDrive X2 Sneak Peek 03:18 - Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 05:38 - Logitech Debuts $79.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 08:50 - Microsoft:... Read more...
It had to happen sooner or later, and it's happening today: a solar powered keyboard is now reaching commercial status. Logitech has been known for their innovations in the peripheral market, with the nearly microscopic Unifying USB receiver being the latest. But the company's newest keyboard is likely to be the one that people remember most from 2010. 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... Read more...
Just the word "StarCraft" probably brings lots of memories to gamers of old. And now, gamers of the new. StarCraft II has taken the gaming community by storm this year, but what good is a great new title without great new accessories? You could argue that either way, but Razer has three new peripherals that are StarCraft through and through. There's an entire suite of peripherals designed specifically for the acclaimed real-time strategy game, and all three are up for pre-sale now. The entire line includes the Razer Spectre StarCraft II Gaming Mouse, the Razer Marauder StarCraft II Gaming Keyboard and the Razer Banshee StarCraft II Gaming Headset, all of the Razer StarCraft II gaming peripherals... Read more...
Recently, a Solid Line iPad case added a physical keyboard to Apple's hot-selling tablet. But it only functions with one particular tablet, so if you aren't an iPad owner, you can't really take advantage. Now, there's a more universal alternative. Cervantes Mobile, which is responsible for quite a few other peripherals in the mobile realm, has just released the Jorno Keyboard, which is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard that can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, UMPC, MID or tablet. It collapses up neatly for travel, and then unfolds to display a full QWERTY keyboard that is said to convert your iPhone, iPad or Android device into a "fully functioning laptop." That may be somewhat of a stretch,... Read more...
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