Typing Videos

On youtube, I found there are a few typing videos that demonstrate the use of some esoteric keyboards. Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro 2 Another Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro 2 Kinesis Contoured Keyboard Touchstream Additionally, here’s one that demonstrates the “chatter” problem on a Majestouch keyboard (chatter is where the signal transition between a pressed and […]


I gave in. There’s no point obsessing about this forever. This evening after work, I drove down to the “User’s Side San Jose branch”:http://www.users-side.com and put in an order for the black “Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2”:http://www.pfu.fujitsu.com/hhkeyboard/hhkbpro2/. It was a bit more expensive: about $290 after tax, (that’s compared to about $220 or so at […]

The reality of keyboard ergonomics

A recent realization has got me wondering about ergonomics of keyboards. When I moved offices at work, my new office had a slightly higher desk, and no keyboard tray. Now, with such a desk, I sat at a lower height compared to that of the keyboard, and when I extended my hands to my keyboard, […]

A few keyboard tidbits

I just purchased the “Belking PS/2 Ergoboard”:http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=98781 from Newegg. This is the keyboard that my co-worker Phil has been using for a while now, and it might be the best non-Microsoft ergo keyboard out there (that’s under $50). I’m pretty it will be to my liking (since I’ve already tested it out), but I’ll reserve […]

Linear switches in Deck Keyboards

I’ve mentioned “Deck keyboards”:http://www.deckkeyboards.com before. They use Cherry switches and have backlit designs which seem pretty high quality. Unfortunately, according to this “post on their forums”:http://www.deckkeyboards.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=238, they use the ‘linear’ style Cherry switches, which I find the most annoying.

Elecom's Gear Drive keyboard

Lots of places have linked it already, but here’s “Elecom’s product page”:http://www2.elecom.co.jp/peripheral/full-keyboard/tk-u09fg/index.asp Sounds interesting, but I won’t be trying it until they release a US-layout version. Also, what happens when something gets stuck in the gear? And what kind of resistance curve do these things give you? The claim is that you can hit any […]

New Microsoft Keyboard

The “Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop”:http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=080. Here’s “CNet”:http://news.com.com/Microsoft+unveils+Vista-friendly+peripherals/2100-1042_3-6115484.html. Looks like a comfort curve + scissor switch design, with a fancy mouse/keyboard recharger. Interesting that they’ve done away with the number pad. Hopefully they’ll have this thing out at frys or something so I can go feel it. Also with a proximity censor and ambient light sensor […]

A couple new keyboards

It appears that Kinesis’ “Evolution” model has been “discontinued”:http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/evolution.htm. Apparently they’re working on a new one that’s going to be released by the end of the year. And then there’s the “abKey”:http://abkey.biz/. No, it’s not some new ab exercise machine, but Ms. Singapore vouches for it nonetheless. It has a totally different alphabetical layout. I’ll […]

Mac Keyboard Junkies

I realized today, perhaps just a tad too late, that being a keyboard enthusiast and being a mac user doesn’t really go together too well. At least 90% of the worlds keyboards are built for the PC. That means they’re PS/2, or they don’t have windows keys, or they have windows keys but don’t have […]

Ghetto fabulous negative tilt keyboard

Currently I’m using the Belking Ergo Board Pro USB edition as my primary work keyboard. Mainly because it is one of the only USB ergonomic keyboards. I tried the MS Natural 4000, but it sucks goat, so I had to get this one. It’s pretty good, except it doesn’t have the negavtive tilt like the […]