If you’re like me and have grand plans of typing up whatever comes to mind on your iPhone, but those giant fingers make it really awkward, you’re thrilled with the idea of a Bluetooth keyboard that allows you to strike real keys. The BTKeyMini is now available on pre-order from AValive for $92. The device has a cover that doubles as a holder for your iPhone and operates on its own battery; it’s designed to be folded up and carried in your bag – you know, the duffel you keep all of your iPhone gear in…
Thanko has previously released a keyboard to keep our arms and hands cool while typing. They now have a new keyboard which can warm our extremities via USB. The new keyboard is prepared for warm and cool weather in that it incorporates three fans which can cool, but also can provide some toasty heat as well. The keyboard is currently in Japan and if you need to have this keyboard for yourself, you’ll need to find a decent importer as there is no mention of it going on sale in the U.S. any time soon.
There is now a Super Tiny Keyboard for travelers or those with super tiny fingers. The low keycap notebook device has 56 keys, number lock function, silent switch and USB port accessibility. At a size of 170 x 73 x 15mm and a weight of 116 g, it comes with a retractable cable and carries a MSRP of $25.00. Looking at it close up, we like the smallness, but it would take some getting used to if you now have a humongous keyboard (or super big fingers.)
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Logitech has a brand new peripheral that lights up your late evenings in the cubicle. The Illuminated Keyboard uses microlens reflectors, multilayer painting and laser etching for an advanced backlighting design. At a mere .37-inches thickness, included is their PerfectStroke key system, a full-size key layout, a soft-touch palm rest, and media and volume control keys. Expect the keyboard to make a U.S. and European debut in October with a MSRP of $79.99.
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For those of us who are southpaws, Microsoft is releasing the SideWinder X6 Keyboard with a first, a switchable key pad. Unveiled at the recent Games Convention in Leipzig, you can use it as a regular pad for computing or as a programmable macro pad and store up to 90 macros per game. It also has two-color back lighting for nighttime players and Cruise Control on up to 4 keys at a time. The X6 is compatible with XP/Vista and will be out next month with a MSRP of $79.95.
Lusting after an Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard? Don’t have the $1600 to drop on such a luxurious - albeit “OMGcooooool” - peripheral, especially when you already have a keyboard that (I’m assuming) works? We just might have found you a happy medium. The Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LCD keyboard retails for a comparatively bargain price of $199.99 (tack on an extra $35 if you need a keypad, though that won’t light up). You won’t get the awesome program-specific key layouts like the Optimus features, but you will get the pretty colors and soft lighting, all of which are programmable with the included software. ThinkGeek is currently the only place in the States that the Luxeed is available, so get those credit cards ready!
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For those who want more color in their lives, Luxeed’s Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard should do the trick. With 430 LEDs, each key can light up when you press it or you can get a wide variety of lighting settings that can be saved on four preset buttons. The keyboard comes in black or white at a size of 15 x 7.5 x 1-inch and has a standard USB connection. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Mac or Linux users can get the keyboard but will have no effects. The Luxeed peripheral will set you back $199.99 and if you want a matching keypad that doesn’t light up, it is an additional $34.99. Frankly, they make us a bit dizzy.
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Logitech has unveiled their Cordless Keyboard for Wii. Licensed by Nintendo, it is designed for chatty games and the Wii Internet Channel. At a size of 11.85 x 6.57 x 0.87 inches, the keyboard has special keys such as Zoom In/Out, Forward/Back, and Quit. Plug in the mini-receiver and let the games begin and, when you are done, the receiver snaps into the back of the keyboard. Look for an August debut with a price of $49.99.
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OCZ Technology has released their Elixir Keyboard for advanced gaming. The peripheral has a pop-up menu, 10 blue Macro keys, 7 Internet hot keys, 8 media keys, and both standard PC and customized mode. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, OCZ claims that the Elixir has a lifespan of 5 million cycles. The best feature is the low $29.99 price that will save you some bucks so you can buy another overpriced game.
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This flexible SB Internet Phone Keyboard has a multi-functional voice communication keyboard, supports Skype, has a built-in mic, speaker, and 2 USB ports. At a size of 340 x 136 x 8mm and a weight of 242g, the peripheral has an ergonomic flat design with concave keycaps, a waterproof silicone surface, and can type silently. Supporting Windows XP/Vista, the keyboard is both storable and portable, and comes with an included cable at a price of $40.00.
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