hacks
You Don’t Even Have to Look at the Screen to Use This One-Handed Phone Keyboard

As smartphone screens have grown, using their on-screen keyboards with one hand has become problematic for anyone without lanky digits. Dougie Mann’s TypeCase might be the solution. It’s a smartphone case packed with electronics and five buttons meant to make single-handed typing doable again. You don’t even need to look at the screen to do so – once you get the hang of it. Read More >>

logitech
IFA 2019: This New Logitech Mouse Has a Magnetic Wheel That Feels Like Magic

Thanks to PC gaming, fancy mice with high with DPI sensors and tactile mechanical keyboards have become a lot more popular. Yet when it comes to productivity, Logitech’s MX-series mice are pretty much unmatched, and with the new MX Master 3, Logitech has propelled its flagship mouse into a class of its own. Read More >>

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Typing on the iPhone Sounds Amazing With the Original Mac Keyboard Attached

One of the new features that will arrive with iOS 13 next month is support for a mouse. It should help push the iPad closer to being a true laptop replacement for many users, but YouTuber Napabar found an even better use for the feature: upgrading his iPhone X with both an original Macintosh computer and mouse. Read More >>

gadgets
Engineers Will Love this Dead Calculator Hacked Into a Wireless Keyboard

On the surface, hacking a broken calculator to serve as a Bluetooth ‘keyboard’ for a calculator app on a smartphone seems like hacking for hacking’s sake. But we all know how frustrating a touchscreen keyboard can be for anything but short messages, so for engineers or mathematicians crunching numbers all day, this hack might actually be genius? Read More >>

keyboards
Has the Code Been Cracked on Key Switches?

I don’t know if there is a single holy grail for keyboard nerds. Every nerd is different. But some switches, like the IBM Beam Spring, are so beloved that even the most curmudgeonly keyboard fan thinks of them wistfully. “It’s the ultimate clicky switch as far as I’m concerned,” one member of the keyboard enthusiast forum Deskthority claimed in a post about them. Now Input Club, a company of opensource keyboard enthusiasts based out of the US state of California, thinks it’s cracked the code and figured out a way not just to bring the Beam Spring into the modern keyboard era, but also to create a keyboard so customisation that the input the keyboard reports changes depending on how hard you press the key. Read More >>

apple
Apple Might Start Ditching Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Laptop Keyboards Later This Year

There hasn’t been an Apple product as universally maligned and hated as the company’s low profile butterfly keyboards since the Newton PDA. Introduced in 2015 to help MacBooks achieve thinner designs, even Gizmodo staffers have had keys on their laptops that broke, or inexplicably just stopped working. As a result, the company expanded its Keyboard Service Program to fix any problems, and even upgraded the keyboard’s materials; but 2019 could actually see Apple finally switch to a better scissor switch design. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft is Considering a Dedicated Office Key for Keyboards – Here’s What It Should Do

Microsoft introduced the Windows key on the Microsoft Natural Keyboard back in 1994, and while sometimes it can be a bit annoying (like when you accidentally hit it while playing games), the Windows key has proven itself useful enough to find its way onto a huge number of third-party keyboards. Read More >>

apple
Here’s a First Look at the New MacBook Pro Keyboard

Apple is on the verge of perfecting the low profile keyboard, and so far, it’s only taken them three tries and an endless repair programme to get here. The fourth attempt can be seen in the latest version of the MacBook Pro, which our friends at iFixit recently tore down. The key design in this generation of very expensive laptops is new. Does it work? Don’t know yet. Read More >>

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Go Get Your New MacBook Keyboard Fixed Right Now

The never-ending saga surrounding Apple’s newer MacBook keyboards just saw a slightly refreshing update. In a leaked internal memo, the company says that all keyboard repairs must now be done in store with a one-day turnaround. So if you’ve been putting off getting your sticky or unresponsive keys fixed, now’s the time to make a Genius Bar appointment. Read More >>

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CES 2019: You Can Ask Alexa to Change Sounds on Roland’s New Keyboard While Your Hands Keep Playing

Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa have been baked into a lot of questionable gadgets that don’t really need to be controlled through voice commands. But one device where hands-free operation makes a bit more sense is a digital piano where a user’s hands are preoccupied making music, so Roland’s adding Alexa to its new Go:Piano, letting performers change sounds and settings by just asking the virtual assistant to. Read More >>

keyboards
Adding a ThinkPad Nubbin to a Mechanical Keyboard Is an Incredibly Nerdy Hack

Keyboards, for reasons I’m still unsure of, seem to inspire a lot of nerdery. People will spend hundreds of pounds to tweak and customise their keyboards until they’re perfect. Or they’ll bust out some old keyboard parts and a knitting needle to add a ThinkPad-style trackpoint to an old mechanical keyboard. Read More >>

computing
You Don’t Have to Spend Hundreds to Get a Really Good Keyboard

If you’re not on a laptop or a phone look down at your keyboard. It’s probably the one that came with your PC. Maybe IT handed it over as they explained the no porn policy at the big company you work for. However you acquired it (and you almost certainly didn’t pay for it), there’s a very good chance it’s a hot piece of garbage. That isn’t your fault! The keyboards that ship with most towers and all-in-ones these days are not great. The same goes for the cheap £10 specials you pick up on Amazon. You need something better. You need a good keyboard. Read More >>

reviews
The Secret to Razer’s Sick New Mechanical Keyboard Is Freaking Lasers

The office may hate me, but Razer’s new Huntsman Elite keyboard feels so good to type on I’m willing to suffer the glares for all the noise I’m making. It feels a little silly saying that what with me having expensive keyboard collecting habit. But Razer keyboards never actually wind up in the collection. For me Razer is too mainstream and has often seemed to sacrifice quality and typing experience for gamer aesthetic and flashing lights. The former is still very much apparent in the $200 Hunstman Elite, but its now been paired with some of my favourite keyboard switches I’ve typed on. These switches are so good I can overlook a lot. Read More >>

science
AI and Carbon Nanotubes Are Now Being Used to Improve the World’s… Keyboards?

When it comes to groundbreaking research, there are two fields that seem to occupy the newscycle: carbon nanotubes and artificial intelligence. The potential combination of those two fields of study seems like it could radically change the word as we know it, or, as South Korean scientists have discovered, at least change how we type. Read More >>

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Roccat’s New ‘Membranical’ Keyboard Tries to Be Everything to Everyone

The humble keyboard has risen in popularity in recent years; the seemingly infinite variety of models has turned the input accessory into something like watches for people with Newegg accounts. With companies trying to cater to every preference and price point, maybe it was inevitable that we’d end up with something like Roccat’s new Horde AIMO. It’s a £90 keyboard with an assortment of multimedia features and an uncommon “membranical” design that attempts to answer a series of seemingly contradictory questions. Is it possible to make a quiet typing experience without sacrificing the feel of obnoxious clackity-noise-making keyboards? Can we incorporate some much-needed features into a relatively inexpensive package? Can we make it look like it doesn’t belong in a college dorm and give it RGB backlighting? Maybe! Read More >>