updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue April 8, 2008
Kensington Ci70 with USB
Kensington has provided a spin on the routine for keyboards today by launching its Ci70 Keyboard with USB Ports. In a still-rare break from most keyboard designs, the updated Ci70 adds two full USB ports for peripherals but places them at the top of the keyboard rather than at the back or sides, making it easier to load in a flash drive or some portable media players. A third mini USB port with cable also lets users with digital cameras quickly hook up to the computer without finding the appropriate cable or leaving clutter on the desk.
Like earlier versions, this newest Ci70 is claimed to be genuinely small with a third less footprint than most keyboards and notebook-like keys that provide quicker typing than full-height desktop models. Media keys at the top and side supply both shortcuts to commonly used apps as well as navigation for music and videos.
Kensington has no listed launch date but says that the Mac- and Windows-compatible keyboard sells for $50.