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After winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film "Jojo Rabbit," Taika Waititi threw some comedic shade at Apple's laptop keyboards, saying "they are impossible to write on" and makes him want to go back to using PCs. Incidentally, the film director, writer, and actor was not referring to the troubled history of Apple's keyboards. "Apple needs to fix those keyboards, "They are impossible to write on—they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better. Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous," Waititi... Read more...
Logitech today announced a new, ergonomically designed keyboard called the Ergo K860. As seen in the image above, it sports a split design to facilitate a more natural typing experience by angling the left and right main typing sections . The idea behind these types of designs is that users do not have to twist their wrists, as is required when typing on a traditional keyboard. "We know that most people spend between a quarter and a third of their lives at work, so it is important they stay comfortable while they’re at it. We created a science-driven ergonomic keyboard to help office workers improve their posture, increase comfort and lower muscle strain," said Lars Holm Lauridsen, senior... Read more...
Corsair's line-ups of K70 and Strafe mechanical gaming keyboards have been on the market now for quite some time. The Strafe is a more streamlined speedster for performance freaks and the K70 a more full-featured deck with ultra-premium build quality. We recently looked at Corsair's K70 Lux RGB in a 5-way round-up and the board walked away with our Editor's Choice award. Today, fresh off its Computex 2018 unveil, Corsair returns to our lab with buffed-up and decked-out versions of the K70 and Strafe, both sporting some disco RGB goodness, but now in their MK.2 (pronounced Mark 2) incarnations, with new features, the same killer build quality, and a bit more bling. Corsair set the bar with the... Read more...
Many PC users are quite particular about their keyboards. It's how we communicate with the world and get things done, and a crappy keyboard can be a deal-breaker for many people. Apple has often been considered to produce some of the best keyboards in the business, but that changed with the arrival of the 2015 MacBook with its butterfly key mechanism. People quickly complained about the shallow key travel which made it feel like they were typing on a barely-moving rigid surface. To make matters worse, the short key travel meant that tiny specs of dust or crumbs were enough to make keys stop functioning completely. Apple upset an even larger portion of its customer base when it brought that butterfly... Read more...
EVGA is best known for its graphics cards, and for good reason. EVGA is the number one NVIDIA authorized board partner in the U.S. and they have been for a long time. Like many brands in the PC enthusiast space, however, EVGA has started to branch out beyond just graphics cards and today they have a wide range of items in their product stack, ranging from motherboards and notebooks to peripherals and power supplies. Despite being in the peripherals game for a relatively short while, however, EVGA already has five gaming mice in the market, and it just introduced its first mechanical keyboard, the Z10. Like most products released by EVGA, the Z10 is designed with enthusiasts in mind. To accommodate... Read more...
Participants of the Xbox Insider program were recently treated to a Minecraft beta that added mouse and keyboard support to the mix. If you have been wondering when Microsoft will roll out official support for keyboards and mice to the Xbox One community at large, Microsoft still does not have a specific date to share, though Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra did promise that it is coming soon. "Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say 'you can't do this because of fairness,' and we understand that. We run two platforms; the Xbox platform, and the Windows platform," Ybarra... Read more...
Companies can be a little overzealous when it comes to serving up ads. Even so, HTC appeared to hit a new low when its TouchPal keyboard that comes pre-installed on some Android devices started pushing out ads to users. This did not sit well with affected users, many of which took to posting their grievance on Reddit. Doing so attracted a lot of negative attention. It also resulted in an apology from HTC, which chalked the ads up to some kind of "error.""Due to an error, some HTC customers have reported seeing ads on their phone's keyboard. This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and we're working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible," HTC said in... Read more...
Now that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is in full swing, you can expect a bevy of product announcements, everything from new desktops and crazy expensive laptops on down to routers and gaming peripherals. As it pertains to the latter, Patriot used the convention as a launchpad for several new gear, including a pair of mice, the Patriot Viper V570 RGB and V530 LED. The one with the higher model number is also the fancier of the too with an Avago 9800 laser sensor capable of up to 12,000 DPI. It has a unique auto-speed feature (available through the accompanying software) that can automatically modify the DPI in a range set by the user. The sensor then adjusts to the preset DPI... Read more...
Roccat added yet another gaming keyboard to its fleshed out lineup, the Isku+ Force FX, which is a membrane plank that eschews mechanical key switches for a less expensive price tag. In place of mechanical key switches, the Force FX in the model name refers to pressure sensitive technology that Roccat infused the all-important WASD keys with, along with the Q and E keys that are commonly used by PC gamers. "With our patented Force FX technology, we re-imagined keyboard input to provide a whole new level of control. By employing a special chemical layer which modifies electrical conductivity beneath the QWEASD keyzone, our engineers have found a way to allow pressure-sensitive input on a rubber-dome... Read more...
Last week we offered you all our picks for mobile tech goodies for good girls and boys this holiday season. Nothing says I love you and care, now get into this selfie with me, like a new smartphone, tablet or notebook -- even if that loved one is, well, you.  You're on the nice list after all, so it's all good. But what if you're the kind that likes to build it yourself, make your own, dial-in a dynamite desktop with only the choicest of components? Well then, our components gift guide should help to get you into that holiday spirit better than spiked egg nog -- and it's healthier for you too. Journey-on gift guide gear heads.  We've got some of the good stuff for you too.These... Read more...
Rosewill is showing off a number of new products at CES this year including cases, keyboards, portable power banks, headphones, and kitchen appliances. In all, Rosewill is showing off over 50 new products during CES 2014. The new LEGACY Case Series was among the new products we saw. This new line of cases is built with aluminum alloy and steel interiors. Rosewill also showed us their follow-up to their best-selling BLACKHAWK mid-tower case, the BLACKHAWK II ($99.99, targeted for Q2). Other additions to the lineup include the RISE ($119.99, targeted for Q2) and STEALTH ($69.99, targeted for Q2) cases.   Rosewill's latest cases (left), Blackhawk II (right)   Stealth (left), Rise (right)... Read more...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slapped Logitech with a fine worth more than a quarter of a million dollars for claims the peripheral maker made about its cordless desktop MX3200 laser mouse and keyboard combo. Those peripherals are now defunct, but when they were being sold, Logitech touted their ability to protect users from nasty bacteria and microbes. That would have been fine and dandy, had Logitech tested its claims and then registered with the EPA. "Unverified public health claims can lead people to believe they are protected from disease-causing organisms when, in fact, they are not," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "The EPA... Read more...
ENERMAX is proud to announce the launch of its latest keyboard “ACRYLUX” City of Industry, CA – December 14, 2009 - Slimness is the eternal demand on any peripheral for most users. ENERMAX industrial engineers have achieved a new level of slimness – Unlike other slim keyboards that only achieve their slimness by sacrificing the wrist rest and thus typing comfort, ACRYLUX features a full wrist rest with a profile of only 9.2 mm. Like the AURORA aluminum keyboard family, ACRYLUX incorporates all state of features such as the patented scissors key switch technology and zero degree angle of the key caps. Product is made of hardened Acryl with a hardness of up to 7H, making it extremely scratch-resistant.... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces Availability of the Affordable Sabre Gaming Keyboard with Smart OLED Technology San Jose, Calif.—June 22, 2009—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the highly-anticipated Sabre OLED multimedia keyboard for advanced gaming and customization complete with intelligent management software. The Sabre’s unique combination of user-friendly functions, durability, and personalization features is the answer for serious gamers and professionals seeking improved productivity and competitiveness. “The OCZ Sabre Keyboard offers the best of both worlds when it comes to OLED technology... Read more...
Arguably, the best made keyboards available today have mechanical key switches. They are known as mechanical key switch keyboards. What makes them so desirable is that mechanical keyboards tend to be constructed of higher quality materials, they last longer, are more reliable, and most importantly, once properly acclimated to one, a mechanical key switch keyboard will make you a better typist. The vast majority of keyboards included with white box systems or sold at office supply stores are rubber dome or membrane keyboards. They are inexpensive, mass produced, relatively low quality devices that are inconsistent and degrade the user experience.The differences between the various mechanical switch... Read more...
Tradition says that there are two primary kinds of typists: touch-typists who are familiar enough with a keyboard's layout to type without having to look at the keyboard while they type, and hunt-and-peck typists who must visually locate each key they want to hit. The vast majority of English-language keyboard users--be them touch-typists or hunt-and-peckers--type on keyboards that use the QWERTY layout. While this layout might have performed a specific function back in 1874 when it was originally patented, there is no real technical reason why this particular layout has endured, other than tradition. Now a pair of Philadelphia women is looking to offer a more-logically laid-out keyboard for... Read more...
RAZER™FUSES FORM AND FUNCTION WITHRAZER LYCOSA MIRROR SPECIAL EDITION™ AND RAZER ARCTOSA™  The Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition is a high-gloss mirror finish gaming keyboard while the Razer Arctosa is a stylish stealth black on black gaming keyboard Carlsbad, Calif. – October 07, 2008 – Razer™, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming peripherals, is proud to announce the launch of the Razer Lycosa Mirror Special Edition and the Razer Arctosa, inspired by fusing both form and function into an ultra-sleek gaming keyboard. Both gaming keyboards retain the stylistic appeal and main features of the Razer Lycosa, with subtle differences to appeal... Read more...
OCZ Technology Introduces Elixir Keyboards under the new Alchemy line of Gaming ProductsSunnyvale, Calif.—July 10, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the expansion of its gaming peripherals under a new “Alchemy” line, with the introduction of the Elixir keyboard series for highly advanced functionality in game-play. Featuring a wealth of user-friendly features combined with an ergonomic and sturdy design, the Elixir keyboard will deliver a unique combination of performance and vale to gamers as they blaze through the latest PC titles. “The new Alchemy line from OCZ is designed to offer... Read more...
Analysts at Gartner have estimated that there are already one billion computers in use worldwide right now. That's a big number, but it's the estimated rate of growth in PC ownership that jumps off the page in their report -- 12 percent a year. That means by 2014, they estimate two billion people worldwide will be able to leave bizarre comments on YouTube videos or press the autosum button on a spreadsheet. “Whereas mature markets accounted for just under-60 percent of the first billion installed PCs, we expect emerging markets to account for approximately 70 percent of the next billion installed PCs,” says Gartner research vice president Luis Anavitarte. The firm cites the explosive expansion... Read more...
Silicon Valley wants you. They'll pay you big bucks, and you'll occupy a central position in the world of the data center. But you'll have next to nothing to do with software. Server farms that serve the Internet are not just digital problems. Their immense size, energy use, and complexity make them mechanical engineering problems above all else. Want a good job in the high-tech world? Get a mechanical engineering education. “The data center energy problem is growing fast, and it has an economic importance that far outweighs the electricity use,” said Jonathan G. Koomey, a consulting professor of environmental engineering at Stanford. “So that explains why these data center people, who haven’t... Read more...
New peripherals bring stylish and affordable options for the digital lifestyle. REDMOND, Wash. - March 11, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. brings the beauty of Windows Aero from the PC to the devices that surround it with its latest keyboard and mouse desktop set, the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000, designed to complement the Windows Vista operating system with its striking design. The new desktop set includes an ultrathin Comfort Curve keyboard and rechargeable mouse, delivering ultimate performance and comfort. The keyboard features a Windows Aero-inspired translucent design, floating Hot Keys and instant access to Windows Flip 3D, making this desktop a perfect companion for today’s Windows Vista-based... Read more...
We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an answer: A spill-proof keyboard for your laptop.“Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.”Intel's new approach involves... Read more...
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