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All posts tagged "Keyboard"

  • 5-TILES keyboard review: the Qwerty pretender

    Call me a Neanderthal, but I miss typing on a phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard. Nothing quite beats the tangible feedback a springing key with defined edges provides. BlackBerry’s now largely extinct Bold range had the best example but now, although touchscreen smartphones are more powerful than we could ever have anticipated then, typing anything of length on one is an unwanted chore. Enter the third party keyboard app that hopes to kill Qwerty for good — ETAOI Systems’s 5-TILES keyboard, available for Android and likely iOS too in the coming months. Novel and attractive design The self-proclaimed “keyboard designed for...

  • Logitech wireless All-In-One keyboard review: type and touch

    Logitech’s wireless all-in-one (AIO) tk820 keyboard is a nifty Windows 8 device that squashes a spacious touchpad onto the right-hand side of a rather heavy keyboard. It’s a little pricey at just over US$100 but in my opinion, Logitech proves that a costly keyboard is leagues ahead of a bargain basement one found on Gumtree. Great to type with Logitech’s keyboard is a best of both worlds, a neat keyboard that clicks and clacks, and a Windows 8 touchpad that’s smooth as silk. Having a combined keyboard and touchpad is what laptops are all about, so it makes sense to bring...

  • The 3 best keyboards for hardcore PC gamers

    Building a gaming PC is an art. It’s a fine balance between power, cost and aesthetics, and if done correctly, it’s more rewarding than any console on the market. Certain online directories give builders the tools to design, customise and order any gaming rig imaginable, and countless blogs give counsel on the hottest hardware and best deals around. From CPUs to GPUs, no detail is too small when assembling a thousand-dollar or more machine. And then there’s the accessories: mice, keyboards and speakers. They’re an afterthought. And it’s a shame, because when it comes to gaming, hardware as seemingly simple...

  • Razer BlackWidow gaming keyboard review: power play

    A quick note before we get started: This review is concerned solely with the Tournament Edition, the entry-level offering in the Black Widow range. It retails at US$80. There’s a fond memory I have of an old IBM keyboard with white and grey keys. It sported a stodgy design, but as you struck each key the keyboard produced a beautifully emotive sound. Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, clickety-clack. It’s a noise rooted in all things retro and it’s the exact sound produced by the keys of the Razer Black Widow. Aesthetically the Black Widow’s jet black exterior is modern. But start playing around...

  • Razer TRON Keyboard and Mouse review: typing 2.0

    In the world of PC peripherals, Razer products are just a little different. Razer embraces the idea that practicality and eccentricity can work in harmony. A mouse shouldn’t simply move a cursor across a screen. A keyboard isn’t merely a tool for writing word documents. When Razer has its way, these peripherals become a bombastic extension of your very persona, with a design that overshadows the PC that powers them. Compared to the dime-a-dozen peripherals adorning desks the world over, Razer products sparkle. Furthermore, they’re gadgets catered specifically to the hardcore PC gamer, granting Razer God-like status in these...

  • Logitech Washable Keyboard review: squeaky clean

    Plug and Play has a new word added to it: washable. The Logitech k310 Washable Keyboard (WK) delivers the promise of a clean and washable waterproof keyboard that will keep OCD users safe from dust and dead bugs. Because for those of you who don’t know, the humble keyboard can actually be a festering sump of nasty germs, and has even been rated as dirtier than a toilet seat. Anyone who knows me will know that, even though I can be the most disorganised gadget freak on earth, I am quite anal about a few things. A clean PC and...

  • Meet Luna — light at your fingertips

    Ever walked into a bar and lamented the fact that you couldn’t go to the nearest girl and say, ‘hey baby, wanna come back to my place and check out my backlit keyboard?’ Well now you can — with the Luna from Moshi (SPOILER ALERT: don’t use your keyboard as a pickup line, even if you do own the Luna from Moshi). Specialising in high-end Apple accessories, Moshi’s range focuses on style — it’s not just a gadget, it’s a lifestyle. Fortunately this electronic accessory just so happens to function pretty darn well too.  Word processing, designing, gaming, number crunching —...

  • Magic cube virtual keyboard: The future ain’t here [Review]

    Everyone wants a virtual keyboard and anyone who says otherwise is lying. Seriously, what could be cooler? When I got handed the virtual keyboard to review I squealed a little. My Matrixesque dreams were finally coming true. Since I was eight-years-old I have been waiting for hovercrafts and in-brain wireless technology. I feel technology is taking its sweet time to catch up with my ambitions. The virtual keyboard isn’t the revolutionary tech I yearned for but it’s a start. So here goes my ride with Magic Cube from Celluon. The tech that enables these kind of laser-based keyboards has actually...

  • Logitech Tablet Keyboard [Review]

    Was typing ever an issue on the iPad? For some, yeah it’s a pain in the ass. The lack of tactile feedback leads to spelling errors, frustrations and eye rollings as you scream at the gods saying, “Why Apple, why?”. So let’s say that you fall into one of these camps. In this instance you need the Logitech Tablet Keyboard, an incredibly fancy piece of tech which connects via Bluetooth to an iPad, or an iPhone if you’re mad enough. The US$70 keyboard makes typing much easier. It feels quite strange to not have a mouse alongside...

  • Swiftkey 3 beta: Where we’re going, we don’t need space bars

    If you love SwiftKey, the award winning Android virtual keyboard, you’ll love the changes that the new version 3 beta brings. SwiftKey VIP members get free access — right now — to new features such as Smart Space, which detects “miss-typed or omitted spaces across whole phrases of poorly typed text in real-time” — new members are welcome to join for a limited time only. If you’re skeptical about Smart Space, you’ll be happy to learn that the space bar has been enlarged thanks to a new UI. The smart punctuation key also helps improve accuracy and makes it...

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