Microsoft is jumping on that whole thin-is-in bandwagon with the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000. As the name implies, this is a Bluetooth-only device, powered by AAA batteries. The keyboard slopes downward, making the front event thinner. There’s also a curved keyboard layout, which Microsoft refers to as Comfort Curve. The keyboard is $89.95, and the numeric keypad is an extra $44.95. You’ll see these on store shelves in October.
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I know that some of you out there like wireless keyboards, so you might appreciate the Shintaro Wireless Media Center Keyboard. The main feature here is a built-in 400dpi trackpad, as well as integrated Media Center hotkeys, volume buttons, plus a USB receiver dongle. The keyboard is powered by 2 AA batteries, and can be purchased for $57.
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“Datamancer” does keyboards in a very unique way. This is his latest commissioned design with hand-beveled keys that really were Scrabble tiles. Made for a Mac, it has a brushed aluminum casing, LED lit number, caps, and scroll lock and fits into a USB port. Take a look at some of Datamancer’s other creations that include steampunk keyboards made of antique typewriters and an HP ZT1000 laptop that looks like a music box.
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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.
Bendiboards are heavy duty, waterproof keyboards. Available in White or Black Space Invaders or the Union Jack, they are lightweight, ultra slim, and can be rolled up to take traveling. The keyboard material makes for silent typing as well as making it more ergonomic than your average plastic. Connectible by PS2 or USB port, the company will place your logo on the retroboards for a minimum order amount. Bendiboards carry a MSRP of £19.99 (~$40.00.)
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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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Cube farm dwellers, say goodbye to stiff fingers. Uncontrollable climate control systems can often leave us with numb digits, something that all of the “Cozy Legs” heaters, blankets and trips to the coffee machine in the world can’t fix. Finally, someone has tried.
Whether you file this internally as just another USB accessory or a legitimate peripheral, Warmkeyboard has the potential to be useful in more than just the “inputting characters” way that your run-of-the-mill keyboard is. Like your run-of-the-mill keyboard, it’s a standard 104-key plug and play keyboard with media hotkeys. However, unlike your standard issue keyboard it has heating elements underneath the keys that keep your fingers nice and toasty while you work.
We show off the Ergodex DX1 Input System in this episode of Unboxing Live. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an insanely cool keyboard that allows you to move it’s individual keys all over it’s smooth surface, creating your own customized keyboard.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!