Posts Tagged 'keyboard'

Gadgets: Asus EeeKeyboard

What’s that you’re typing on? A regular plain old keyboard? Look, it doesn’t even have a touchpad! Lame. Time to upgrade that dusty piece of garbage with an Asus EeeKeyboard. So what does $599 get you?

Atom N270
1GB ram
Windows XP
5″ touchpad (800×480 resolution)

Oh and did I mention it’s wireless? Go ahead and buy it. Be the envy of your douchebag friends.

Netbook expectations

Making decision to buy an netbook usually takes less time than buying one. Portable, cheap, SSD hard drive, what’s not to like? Well you should consider a few things. Manage your expectations before you run out and buy one.

Netbook does not equal laptop. One of the most common mistakes people make is that they are getting a complete laptop in a tiny package. Wrong. Netbooks have limitations. For one the processor is slower than what you would get in a regular 15″/17″ laptop. Some applications are just not going to run smoothly on that 1.6Ghz Atom processor.

Storage capacity. 8GB/16GB/32GB SSD is not a whole lot of room to keep all of your stuff. Music, photos, programs, all taking up precious space on that tiny drive. You should only install the essential programs. Keeping a selection of music and photos on a USB/SD card. Yes, a selection, that does not mean your entire library. That is what your iPod is for.

Keyboard. It’s a tiny computer, and hence the keyboard may not be to your liking. It really does take some getting used to. If you plan on typing for 4 hours straight, then maybe you should consider the 10″ netbook or even a 12″ laptop. Big hands and this typing surface do not go together.

Touchpad. It is equally as tiny and takes getting used to. If you primarily navigate using the mouse you are not going to like the amount of concentration required to move the little pointer thingy. You gotta learn keyboard shortcuts, ALT, TAB, FN, Windows key are mashed quite often.

The screen. Again some people are not going to like the tiny screen. Some people might find it hard on the eyes. It’s definitely not designed to be stared at for hours on end.

Far too many people get buyers remorse soon after picking up a netbook. By the same token these the are same buyers who don’t research what they are buying. You just aren’t going to get a fully functional laptop at a $300 price point. Obviously there are going to be some compromises. Just make sure you can live with them.

Apple fixes frozen keyboard bug on Leopard

Yay! Apple fanboys (and girls) celebrate! The latest updates fixes the problem.

“This update addresses a responsiveness issue on MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers. Some MacBook and MacBook Pro systems may occasionally experience a temporary suspension of keyboard input which can last a minute or longer. The Mac OS X 10.5.1 update is required before installing the MacBook, MacBook Pro Software Update 1.1. ”

Apple Support

Washable keyboard/mouse for germaphobes

Seal Shield Corporation announced today the SILVER SEAL(TM) family of antibacterial products for infection control. Notably, Seal Shield introduced the SILVER SEAL(TM) Antibacterial, Washable Keyboard and Mouse. According to the company, the SILVER SEAL(TM) Keyboard and Mouse are the first ever antibacterial keyboard and mouse to be fully submersible and dishwasher safe. It has been reported by Dr. William A. Rutala, University of North Carolina that washable keyboards and mice may help reduce the risk of cross contamination infections, including the “superbug,” MRSA. This year over 2 million patients will contract an infection while seeking treatment in a US hospital. Of those, close to 100,000 people will die, making hospital acquired infections a Top 10 killer of Americans. Complicating this epidemic, a strain of antibiotic resistant staph infections, MRSA, has emerged in hospitals, schools and other communal environments worldwide. Seal Shield’s products have been developed in response to the demand from healthcare and education organizations for infection control solutions to combat the spread of MRSA and other cross contamination infections.


Touchless keyboard for the handicapped

Life sucks and sucks badly, but when you are physically impaired, any little thing like typing on a keyboard can become extremely difficult. And this is where the Japanese company Actbrise comes to our rescue with their new touchless keyboard.
To make it simple, the person who needs to use this keyboard needs to install a sensor on his/her head (or body), plug the touch less keyboard to their computer, and hang it over their PC screen. Once in position, each movement of your head will be transmitted to the keyboard and you will be able to start typing your text, or use your head as a mouse in order to navigate between windows or documents…
I must say that I am quite impressed by the simplicity of the system, but extremely sad to say, that the system will cost almost 1800€ !


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