Tag - Keyboards
Usually a sentence with the word "compromise" in it is bound to end badly, but in this case, not so much. The Logitech K400r keyboard has the features of a keyboard you're meant to travel with, and one that is best suited to staying on your desk. Whether you like it depends on how you feel about clacky keyboards instead of flat, low-slung chiclet ones, but it is a 79-key one that has the convenience of a travelling keyboard.
Keyboard maker Brydge has debuted its latest keyboard, this time aimed at the latest iPad mini, at CES. While there was a version of the BrydgeMini made for the first three iterations of the iPad mini, the new version is said to be designed specifically for the iPad mini 4, which debuted in October. Like the previous model, the BrydgeMini II is a front-only case that features backlit keys, and a unique hinge design for 180-degree viewing. The company also shared details on its forthcoming BrydgePro keyboard for the iPad Pro, announced last month.
We have a possibly unhealthy obsession with keyboards, but no plans to do anything about it -- we're not going to swap to pens and pencils, for instance. Plus, our addiction means we automatically know the two things that make a great keyboard -- or we thought we did, until we used the Logitech Keys-to-Go keyboard for iPad.
The results are in. After thirty years of Apple keyboards, we now definitively know exactly when you have to replace them with new ones -- when Apple updates the design. It's only since the latest Magic Keyboard was released –– and since we tried one in an Apple Store –– that our old keyboards have begun to show problems.
Apple is looking into ways to use Force Touch to create new types of keyboard, according to a newly-granted patent. Published on Tuesday, patent number 9,178,509 for the "Ultra low travel keyboard" effectively replaces the mechanical switches used in traditional keyboards for what could be best described as a static key, one that can in theory take up less physical space and potentially lead to Apple using thinner keyboards in its MacBook range.
We call him the Black Rider, though he isn't actually riding anything. Nonetheless, he is the Stranger of Reason, he is the Masked Man of Information and he's come along for this week's installment of the MacNN One More Thing podcast just as Malcolm Owen and William Gallagher are getting far too deep into the topic of keyboards.
We like having a Bluetooth keyboard on hand, particularly when traveling or just around the house for when disaster strikes. Unfortunately, we've yet to find one we absolutely love to pieces. Generally, they're made smaller than laptop keyboards, but not quite small enough to make them perfect for lugging around comfortably. Enter the E6700 keyboard from Rapoo, which looks very cool -- but has a rather awkward design choice. Check out our full review for more info.
It is true that it's harder to type on the glass of an iPhone or iPad than it is to use a real keyboard with full-size keys that depress under your fingers. You could argue how much harder, as we do get by every day without carting large keyboards around with our iPhones, but it is harder -- and there's one more thing. We don't cart our iPhones around as much as we think: we are often right there with them at our Macs. Our Macs which have keyboards. Now Typeeto 1.0 lets you use that Mac keyboard with your iPhone.
A certain subset of our friends are currently obsessed with custom-making their own mechanical computer keyboards. Without going too much into how keyboards work, proponents of mechanical keyboards for computers argue that the tactile feedback, and the fact that each key is on its own individual lever, reduces the potential for incorrect keystrokes. I don't hold to that; I'm pretty sure it's the sound of a mechanical keyboard that really makes people enjoy it. Regardless of how a physical (or virtual) keyboard works, the sound of fingertips hitting keys is the sound of work getting done. Few things sound as industrious as the clatter of a mechanical keyboard or, better yet, the shotgun-like "chack chack" of a typewriter.
The market for keyboard accessories for tablets like the iPad is extensive, whether Apple likes it or not. That Apple hasn't released an equivalent accessory to speaks volumes about the typical ergonomics of these kinds of accessories. The best option that we have found to date is to marry an iPad with the Incase Origami and one of Apple's wireless keyboards, although it is not the most integrated solution. Does the BrydgeAir Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad Air offer a better, more integrated solution?