The keyboard is one of two primary inputs allowing you control over your computer; certain programmers might say it’s the only one necessary. Here are eight keyboards that could serve as soul mates to the hands of hackers, typists or gamers:
Is that a game, or are you really piloting a drone?
Imagining yourself as a top combat operative might be a little easier with these keyboards complimenting your battle station:
Because money is no issue when you’ve got the world’s most powerful government sending you in to the war zone to risk your life. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 features an LCD screen, backlit keys, a modular layout and customizable macros. What it doesn’t offer is a skull-face balaclava or extra magazines.
The Razer Deathstalker Ultimate also has a badass name and a touch-screen interface that comes loaded with several apps, which can show buttons to record macros or a mobile version of Youtube giving you the walkthrough as you play. So yes, this keyboard will hold your hand through Dark Souls, you coward.
I need a keyboard with no jingle-jangles, I just need it to type
People sling ‘purist’ around as if it was an insult, but damn it keyboards were made for typing.
So I know all the traditionalists are prepared for another ovation of IBM’s Model M, but seriously, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s better. The CODE keyboard very subtly expands on the function that typists seek out: it’s still a mechanical keyboard, but it also includes backlit and programmable keys and with a detachable mini-USB cable it’s also more portable. Plus the Cherry MX Clears still give that great tactile feel without showing off to others that you’re a snobby typist.
I remember in the 90s when everybody went out to get those crazy ergonomic keyboards with the radical layouts which, like the T-1000 in Terminator 2, could contort themselves into all sorts of shapes. The Kinesis, I think, is a more reasonable approach. Your fingers are pressing on keys that sit below your palm, which is the way it’s supposed to be, while not having to hunt around for characters in odd spots.
For Matrix operators
Humble indeed. This keyboard doesn’t look very flashy, but has been designed with all the little details in mind. It’s compact, yet still offers a generous 12.5cm of hand separation, while the non-staggered layout draws influence from TypeMatrix and the Kinesis Contoured keyboard. Perfect for hackathons.
Also for the linguists out there. You can program every key on this board to display characters from any language – finally, that degree in Ancient Greek is now applicable! Also available: HTML codes, math functions and other special symbols.
This is a good couch-side keyboard for your home theatre PC setup…i.e. the captain’s chair in your mancave. Snarf down those cheezies with one hand, and cue up the next episode of Dr. Who with the other – perfect.
Any other keyboard naturally hosts a full ecosystem of crumbs and dust bunnies, but not this one. You shouldn’t run it through the dishwasher, but you can run it under the sink anyways.
For the fanboys
Though if you were a true Jedi you’d just use the force to do all your typing.