Now that I've been using the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for over a week, my search for the ultimate keyboard might be finally over. It might be one of the strangest looking keyboards Microsoft has ever put out.
The Sculpt combines the curved ergonomic structure the company has been making for almost 20 years with a raised wrist area and a completely empty middle. Couple that with something Microsoft has barely done with their keyboards—laptop-style, easy-to-press scissor key set that's way less stressful on the fingers than anything previous--and you've got a keyboard that's vying for the title of "best keyboard they've ever made."
BenQ has just released their Joybook Lite U102. With a polished obsidian finish and weighing less than 1kg, the ultra-portable netbook has an Intel Atom processor, a 10.1-inch UltraVivid 16:9 WSVGA LED-backlit screen and a 250GB HDD. Included is a 90% sized QWERTY keyboard and an expanded touchpad to make the unit more ergonomic. The Joybook Lite made its debut in Taiwan, China and Thailand in June.
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The Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 is, like both generations before it, designed to keep you wrist more naturally in a “handshake” position. With 5 programmable buttons and scroll wheel, the optical tracking can be adjusted from 800 to 2600dpi. There is a Break Reminder to let you know you have been on your PC too long. Choose between the left or right-handed wired version for $80.00 or the right-handed wireless for $120.00.
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Those on the move will appreciate Goldtouch’s Go! Travel Keyboard. Weighing only about a pound, its 13.25 x 6 x 1-inch size is about the same as on 14-inch notebooks. Ergonomically correct, it has a soft key touch, low activation force and full key travel distance. The keyboard adjusts up to 30 degrees, conveniently folds up when not in use and is compatible with 2000/XP/Vista and Mac. Connectible by USB or USB with PS2 adapter, contact Goldtouch for pricing.
Elecom’s Micro Grast laser mouse was designed by Tony Stark, the man that also created Iron Man. Plug into your USB port and the M-PG2DL has a micro receiver, compact size and buttons for forward and backwards. Ergonomically correct for better control, it has 60 hrs. of usage per charge, a frequency of 2.4GHz and communicates via a DS-SS system. Choose one of eight colors at a price of $89.95.
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Verbatim has gone colorful with its new Nano Wireless Mouse. The tiny receiver can be plugged in to your USB plug and left in a laptop or netbook or slid onto the bottom of the mouse so you don’t lose it. The 2.4 GHz ergonomic mouse works for both left and right-handers and has a programmable roller button. Compatible with Windows and Mac, it comes in 6 different colors and has a price of ~$25.00, depending on where you shop.
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For those who like to surf the Internet in bed or a reclining chair, Filco has unveiled their a 2-in-1 mouse. The BTLS90 is a 800 dpi mouse with a gyro sensor that will work on your desk, lap or nothing, similar to a Wiimote. Its 550mAh internal battery can be recharged via USB port. Of course it has Bluetooth accessibility and is ergonomically correct. No price or date out has been released.
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This ergonomic Multi-media device can be used as a wireless presenter, mouse with trackball or laser pointer. Plug into your USB port and choose between two modes. It can page up or down, zoom, and supports Windows 98/Me/2000/XP. Specialty buttons connect to My Favorites or My Computer. At a size of 128 x 52 x 45mm, it comes with both receiver and 2 AAA batteries at a price of $37.00.
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Elecom Japan has come up with what they feel is a mouse that is as close to providing “pen and Paper” precision as one can get. The 3-button Scope Node M-SN1UL is certainly high end with a 1600dpi laser sensor that is off-center to simulate where a pen point would be located in your hand. The USB mouse is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Available in black, mat silver or glossy silver, expect a price of ¥6,000 (~$61.00.)
We have seen ergonomic keyboards before, but this one really makes us wonder. Smartfish’s Pro-Motion Keyboard supposedly adapts and adjusts to your “personal typing style.” This is done with Dynamic Positioning Control that studies your typing then adjusts the height, angle and radial position. It also features and auto-prompt exercise program, integrated wrist rest, and is compatible with Windows or Mac. Smartfish has collaborated with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to design the full-size keyboard. We are just not sure that we are ready to have our peripherals occasionally moving beneath our fingers.
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