The Touch Cover is a futuristic multitouch keyboard accessory for the Microsoft Surface tablet that brings a thin profile and a measure of protection, but for those of you who'd prefer a tried and true tactile keyboard with real trackpad buttons, you'll wanna get a look at the Type Cover. Since the Touch Cover is a capacitive touch keyboard without any moving keys, it's the slimmer of the two, measuring in at 3mm thin compared to the Type Cover's 5mm thickness.
The first accessory announced for the new Microsoft Surface tablet today is the Touch Cover. A seemingly brilliant take on the tablet cover accessory, the Touch Cover serves as both a protective cover for Surface, as well as a full multitouch keyboard. You just open up the Surface kickstand, and the Touch Cover lays flat (3mm thin) and even registers typing faster than any other keyboard currently on the market, according to Microsoft. You get a full keyboard and touchpad. If that isn't your jam, you can opt for the Surface Type Cover instead.
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.
Ari Zagnoev’s Combimouse is a keyboard and mouse arranged in an odd sort of way. The right unit is the right side of a QWERTY board that can be moved around for comfort and operates in keyboard mode unless it is switched. The company calls the switch “effortless and intuitive.” We call it one more thing to fall off the desk, although they say it was tested by college students who found it convenient. By the way, they are also looking for investors if you think they have a hit on their hands.
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The Hunt-and-Peck Keyboard is designed for kids and those adults who never learned to type. In addition to a regular QWERTY keyboard, you get an ABCDEF one as well. It will toggle from standard keys to common IM abbreviations. Plug into your USB port on your PC or Mac and one finger type away with no software needed. The keyboard also has “www” keys and a price of $21.00 at Amazon, about the same price as a learn to type audio tape.
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So you have an extra USB port and are working in the wee small hours but don’t want to disturb the rest of the household. Mr. Brightside plugs in and illuminates your keyboard with an LED light. The handy lamp curves for easy adjustment. A great idea for work or travel, the light comes in a same-color 3-pack for brown-nosers at a 25% discount. Get Mr. Brightside in black, cherry, lime or blueberry for $8.99 each or $20.22 for the 3-pack.
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While we have seen waterproof and germ resistant keyboards, this is the first one that you can actually stick in your dishwasher and works when wet. The Silver Seal has Silver Ion Nanotechnology built-in to keep evil germs out. The company says it is user friendly and works and feels like any other keyboard (except when soggy.) Already in use in healthcare settings, the Silver Seal is available for £29.00 (~$43.00.)
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If you are thinking smaller netbook, maybe it’s time to think smaller peripherals. The Mini Bluetooth Keyboard is a diminutive 140 x 70 x 13mm with a weight of 65g. The device has 83 keys, a maximum reach of 15m, and gets its power from 2AA batteries (not included.) It has a button in the back for easy on/off selection. A possible gift for travelers and those who cannot stay home, the mini-keyboard is available for $39.00.
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Email addicts might want to look into Peek, a simple device that makes it easy to check messages on the fly. Available in 3 colors, it features a full keyboard, scroll navigation, and is lightweight with a 2.5-inch color display. The Peek is compatible with most providers in the U.S. and holds up to 8MB memory. You get unlimited access and text messages for a flat monthly rate of $19.95. Right now they are running a special of $20.00 off the $99.95 price until December. Their new software, including shortcuts, will be loaded in the devices, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery, case and AC charger are included.
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Mac users, now there is a Logitech diNovo keyboard for you. The cordless peripheral features 2.4 GHz wireless technology, a full size layout, 19 shortcut keys and the company’s PerfectStroke key system and TouchDisc touch-sensitive volume control. With a semi-translucent plexiglass frame, an integrated number pad, and built-in brushed aluminum palm wrest, Logitech promises about a 3 year battery life. The diNovo will be out this month in the U.S. and Europe at a price of $99.99.
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