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Blank Keyboard

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the then-switch-to-dvorak dept.

Input Devices 994

Raynach writes "A friend of mine recently sent me a link for Das Keyboard, the keyboard for UberGeeks. This keyboard is unique in that it has no inscriptions on the keys, which the maker touts will make you type 100% faster in a few weeks since it will keep you from looking at the keyboard. This keyboard also features individually weighted keyswitches, "The keys are divided into groups and their feedback springs are weighted differently; from 35 grams to 80 grams, which correspond to the strength of the finger that touches the keys." But is this "UberGeek" keyboard really worth the high price tag?"

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994 comments

a tip (4, Funny)

professorhojo (686761) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634046)

here's a tip that can save you around 80 bucks:

BUY PRIMER -- take off cap -- spray.

Re:a tip (5, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634074)

Great! Now all my keys are sticky and have fingerprints on them and my fingers are covered with gunk...Got any other bright ideas, professor?

Re:a tip (5, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634121)

Great! Now all my keys are sticky and have fingerprints on them and my fingers are covered with gunk
... and how is this different from any true geek's keyboard?

Re:a tip (2, Informative)

Second_Infinity (810308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634092)

Good idea... but primer wears off quite easily if a final coat of paint isn't applied.

Maybe a high-gloss paint would suffice.

I agree, it's a bit much.

Re:a tip (5, Funny)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634110)

...you might want to point the can at your keyboard. alternatively, you could huff it, which might make it impossible to see what's on the keys as well (or anything else for that matter, but hey- think of what you'll save on monitors!)

Re:a tip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634161)

here's a tip that can save you around 80 bucks:
BUY PRIMER -- take off cap -- spray.


With the handbasket in George's hand, it wouldn't surprise me if you'd need to show your identification to buy spray paint. After all, you just might sniff the paint fumes or vandalize some property.

Re:a tip (1)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634199)

you do, if you go to wal-mart. same goes for model glue and testor's enamel paints, for some reason.

Re:a tip (2, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634203)

Luckily, all my keys have grime on them so I don't look at it to begin with.

Obligatory (5, Funny)

mukund (163654) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634052)

Does it have the `any' key?

Re:Obligatory (2, Funny)

RaisinBread (315323) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634131)

It *is* the any key.

Re:Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

LegendOfLink (574790) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634135)

Dammit, you stole my gratuitously blatant and overly redundant comment! Hence, I shall rename it, the "NE" key!

Ha ha ha, victory is mine!

Re:Obligatory (5, Insightful)

Zwets (645911) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634186)

Or, more importantly, how do you find out where they've decided to put the backslash this time?

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

XiQ (776289) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634231)

Press the black one.

Victum of Marketing (1)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634057)

$79 for an IBM keyboard that has been painted black (I know there is more to it than that, but that is essentially what you get). Now can someone tell me what solvent I can use to rub off the characters on my $30 white ergonomic keyboard?

Re:Victum of Marketing (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634187)

you're right.

when I clicked the link I was shocked (shocked I say!) by how ugly it was.

Re:Victum of Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634201)

Acetone will probably work.

Calculator key? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Conrad (600139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634059)

Nowadays keyboards come with an extra row of buttons along the top: email, internet, volume and so forth. The mute key is pretty useful but the real piece of genius is the calculator key.

I don't care how funky your keyboard is: if you don't have a calculator key I'm not buying it. I'm used to it and I've come to expect it. Five years ago, sure, but get with the program. I'm not willing to remap and lose a regular key.

Re:Calculator key? (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634138)

special keys are so last year. get a real OS with a Dashboard so you can have a key for a calculator or anything else.

Re:Calculator key? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Conrad (600139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634200)

special keys are so last year. get a real OS with a Dashboard so you can have a key for a calculator or anything else.

Uh, even Windows can map keys. Like I said, I *don't want* to lose another key by mapping it to calculator.

Re:Calculator key? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634153)

Wow, some people really like those keys? I thought it was just a stupid junk feature manufacturers added to attract new users who arent sure what they want in a keyboard.

Personally, I would never buy a keyboard that has an "email key", that's what keybindings are for. I would question the build and design quality of a keyboard that relies on extra keys to get me to hand over the cash.

Re:Calculator key? (1)

ldspartan (14035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634166)

who needs Print Screen? Scroll lock? Lose one of those, and save yourself from buying ugly crappy kayboards. Need to control the volumen? Get a Griffin Powermate!

--
lds

Re:Calculator key? (5, Interesting)

BungoMan85 (681447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634229)

Couldn't agree more. I got the MS wireless desktop elite keyboard and mouse ($99.99 at Fry's). It is by far the best keyboard I've ever used. What makes it so is mostly the extra buttons up top. I use the calculator one at least 10 times a day. And the volume control/play control/mute button for WMP (I use it, shut up, it works for me) up top is probably going to wear out soon I use it so much. Not to mention the customizable quicklaunch buttons. I got mine set to open the command prompt, Ultra Edit, the registry editor, notepad, and MSVC++. And it has buttons to open a slew of other things too. And lest we forget the browser forward/backward buttons with a scroll wheel beneath them? And that's just the keyboard, the mouse is even cooler.

No ergonomic option? (1)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634064)


I'm really suprised there isn't an ergonomic version available. A recommendation of the split keyboard from a friend (hi Nugget) saved me from wrist surgery ~6.5 years ago. I swear by them now.

reason for, reason not for (5, Interesting)

yagu (721525) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634069)

I like the looks of this keyboard. But, for those looking and drawing any conclusions (I've been burned by this before), read the specs! The web site clearly represents pictorially the keyboard as wireless (I consider this deceptive -- even the "click to zoom" pictures fail to show a cable!). It is not wireless! This may not concern some, but for my uses these days I consider only wireless keyboards... not a commentary on what technology and keyboards should be, just my personal preference.

So, look before you buy.

On a related note, if you're looking for an excuse to improve your typing speed this keyboard may give you that (albeit a bit pricey). I finally was shamed into learning touch-typing when a frustrated on-looker (a friend) wrested my keyboard from my hands to finish typing something he was dictating. That incident prompted me to spend the next week refusing to look at the keyboard to type instead learning the keys by touch. Everyone around me went crazy for a week since my immediate result was essentially less than 10 words/minute with about zero percent accuracy. Within only one week I was typing 30 words/minute with about 80 percent accuracy. Today I easily go 60 wpm... that one incident/response dramatically changed my life professionally and personally.

benefits from learning the keyboard:

  • dramatic increase in productivity
  • better relationships (really!)... ever get snippy with someone because they couldn't "get it out" of their fingers while trying to type? (no jokes please).
  • expansion of your task universe... you'll take on things you'd never have considered before. I once converted a paper "tutorial" system for my company to an on-line ISPF set of tutorial. The main task included writing lots of code -- that was easy and I quickly dispatched that..., but had I not been able to touch type I wouldn't have been able to consider the task, there were ten's of pages to type, I wouldn't have tried to do it in my "pre-touch" days. (BTW, I got a nice company bonus for that little effort (did it on my own time)).
  • better communications... you'll be able to sit down and spin off almost at the speed of stream of consciousness letters, memos, "what if's", etc.
  • better karma... it's just much more satisfying and less stressful in general to create without having to establish a relationship with the keyboard.

Keytronic Ergoforce (4, Informative)

Zarhan (415465) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634070)

I thought that the differing force between various keys has been standard in all keyboards for a very long time. Keytronic has called it Ergoforce [pcworld.com] .

Blank Keyboard (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634071)

What is more interesting is a rearranged keyboard. It is also free - just pop up the letters and rearrange them in some random order. I prefer alphabetical order myself. This screws up hunt-and-peck typists and doesn't look wrong at first.

Only 80g? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634072)

The keys are divided into groups and their feedback springs are weighted differently; from 35 grams to 80 grams, which correspond to the strength of the finger that touches the keys.

Why not 500 grams? Sure, it'd hurt for a few weeks but then the jocks'd have to welcome their new muscle-nerd overlords! Muahahaha!

Two words: (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634076)

keyboard really worth the high price tag?

Hell yes. 80 bones for a good keyboard? I could care less about the whole blank thing, but the 5 different levels of force? I'm all over that ( like Paris on a cheeseburger ).

Now if it comes apart and I can clean it in the dishwasher...mmmm.

Re:Two words: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634198)

They already have a keyboard that's pressure sensitive, and a lot less costly ($30):

http://www.robopimp.com/keytronic-keyboard-3600.ph p [robopimp.com]

i have such a keyboard (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634079)

it worjs perfevtky wekk anf i'n revommenfing it to everuone#

Re:i have such a keyboard (0, Redundant)

c0ldfusi0n (736058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634126)

you owe me a new pair of pants

eureka! (1)

jchawk (127686) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634080)

They finally found a use for those dell keyboards that come with every order!

Wow... (0)

nathan s (719490) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634081)

So it's:

1. sand the letters off my $20 keyboard
2. put a few extra drops of glue on the random key
3. sell it for $80!
4. That's like...at least 400% profit!!!!

Re:Wow... (1)

sp3tt (856121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634176)

300% profit.
80-20=60.
60/20=3
3*100=300

Math skillz = that keyboard (1)

nathan s (719490) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634205)

Yeah, my math is about as good as that keyboard;-) I think I was thinking $15 keyboard when I did the calculations. Duh.:-)

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634215)

I want a "random" key on my keyboard! It'll make replying to email and /. posts so much easier!

ust be good (1)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634084)

Hey, if Philippe H., Tom T., and Jean V. think it is good, and that you should buy two while you're at it, then it must be great!

Wow (1)

KingVance (815011) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634085)

Theyre saving money by not paying for paint AND ripping your ass on a standard keyboard. Profit margin on this thing must be huge. Of course, they come up with this idea from an AOL chatter who has worn the paint off of his/her keyboard. Does AOL get royalties?

great product! (1, Funny)

baldmaggots (539673) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634086)

iarealdy got one of the and itsx awsome, i cani tye much faste rnow

my keyboard.... (0)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634089)

The letters on half the keys is worn off...the printing on the rest is unreadable due to dirt and grime....not much incentive for me to upgrade.

There's no reason to change your kb (0)

mph_az (880372) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634090)

Your keyboard is the most fundamental part of your computer. It should be basic, it should be consistent, it should not change.

Anything else you can upgrade and improve; but with the exception of wireless keyboards, every 'improvement' on the basic keyboard over the last 15 years has made it worse.

--
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please type the text shown in this image: xqcirgp

Business skill at work (5, Insightful)

moz25 (262020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634093)

Now that is what differentiates the true entrepreneur from the ordinary folk: market the feature on which you're actually saving money and sell the item for 3-4 times comparable items.

Next step (5, Funny)

3 am Eternal (754358) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634096)

Blank monitor screens to stop us constantly checking our work. Then we'll be flying.

Re:Next step (1)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634177)

Hey. It works in movies!

I frt omw (-1, Redundant)

Walrus99 (543380) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634097)

I frt omw of thpswr kevboqrds. Thwy atw freat@. O dob[t wee zny priblem wotg rhem.

So What? (5, Funny)

TuataraShoes (600303) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634099)

I've been using a mouse like that for years.

Already invented... (3, Funny)

Teechur007 (305420) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634100)

If you are a TRUE uber-geek, your keyboard will already be missing most of the markings from using it so much...and the ultimate uber-geek will usually be missing the markings from only one side... ;)

No. (1)

slavemowgli (585321) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634101)

In a word: no, it's not worth the price. If looking at the keyboard is what keeps you from being able to type faster than you currently do, then you can achieve the same effect by just (for example) putting stickers on your current keyboard; but most likely, it isn't, anyway, at least not if you really are an übergeek. Switch to a Dvorak layout if you really want to be able to type faster. :)

(Incidentally, that might be the one thing that this kind of keyboard is good for: you can easily switch between different keyboard layouts without anyone (you or other users) getting confused by the fact that the keys don't match the keycaps anymore. But again, there's no reason to pay 80 bucks for that.)

Re:No. (1)

jumpingfred (244629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634191)

You do know that that whole Dvorak keyboard being faster thing is bunk don't you?

Happy hackin' (1)

pacroon (846604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634105)

I don't know if it would increase the typing speed or decrease the motivation - at least it has blank arrow keys.. I think the HappyHacker keyboard made a blank version some time ago though.

Ideal Keyboard (1)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634109)

I want a keyboard with "delete" on all the keys.

conflicted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634111)

The last hardware article told me:

Unfortunately mice are one of the most overlooked computer peripherals, while in reality should be one of the first places where your hard earned cash should be invested in.

Now I don't know where to put my money!

100% Increase! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634113)

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ksod!!!

One Word Answer (2, Informative)

ultimabaka (864222) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634115)

No.

More detailed explanation:
(a) I can type at 85 wpm, and sometimes I still forget where a key is sometimes. Even if you know where all the keys are, sometimes you may brush the keyboard to one side, and lose orientation, thus needing you to look down at the keyboard anyway to get it back. Not seeing keys makes it harder to regain that orientation.
(b) Differentially weighted keys is a minimal improvement at best. Regular keyboards with regularly weighted keys have never bothered me, and unless these keys make me feel physical pleasure of some form when I hit them, it ain't worth spending extra money on.
(c) It's not even wireless. No bells, no whistles, nothing. Pass on it.

Re:One Word Answer (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634220)

Even if you know where all the keys are, sometimes you may brush the keyboard to one side, and lose orientation, thus needing you to look down at the keyboard anyway to get it back.

Bah. You should be able to do that by touch. That's why they've put little studs on the f and the j keys - to give you a tactile point of reference.

ala Star Trek? (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634117)

Buttons and keys on Star Trek (original series) were never labeled - looks like we have finally achived the same! Personally I never look at the keys as it is now when I type, unless I need some obscure shift character or a function key, so I don't think it would be too difficult to get used to that keyboard. Then again, the question "why" is still begged.

question (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634122)

If they didn't bother to label any of the keys, why did they label the LEDs?

already starting to look like that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634127)

The keys I use frequently are already looking like that, the ones I don't still look new. My Happy Hacker keyboard is holding up pretty well, but the keys are faded, not blank.. a bit of 200grit sandpaper would get-er-done.

Cost (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634130)

As the article about mice earlier stated, these are the peripherals that you interact with the most. You want the best.

I paid over $250 for my keyboard/mouse combo, and feel it was worth every penny. ( Logitech diNovo bluetooth/ultrathin )

We all use our systems everyday, and if we don't use the best interfaces, then problems will develop. People are willing to spend hundreds on flat panel displays for their computer, and you use kb/mouse just as much.

Course, I use CRT's exclusivly, both price and quality cannot be beat(21" Trinitron + 2 X 17").

Anyway, that's just my opinion, but I think it's valid in this forum...

JC

Virtually Indestructable Keyboard (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634132)

As far as typing without looking at the keys, I've had my Virtually Indestructable Keyboard [grandtec.com] for going on 4 years now. I've never had any issues with it, and as a side effect of the letters being painted on the rubber coating, over time all my letter keys have been worn blank. The F1-12 keys, and various other seldom used keys are fine, but all the letters, most puncuation, and most of my numpad is blank. All for only 40$ when I bought it (they're cheaper now) and I never have to worry about damaging it with food/drink near the computer.

All in all, I'd say this keyboard is an expensive toy for people to make themselves feel better, than an actual useful tool.

ok... (1)

espergreen (849246) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634133)

Wow! A broken keyboard! I am sure this will sell like hotcakes.

awesome -- possible alternative (1)

SamSeaborn (724276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634137)

I think this is an awesome idea, and I'd like to try one.

I wonder if I can accomplish the same effect by blocking my view of the keyboard; some kind of cardboard shelf suspended between my monitor and keyboard so I can't see the keys. Hmm ... I *will* try this.

Sam

Cafepress keyboards? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634139)

Have a logo or other scene spray-painted onto the keyboard before shipped? Nice!

Too many keyboard layouts (4, Insightful)

sphealey (2855) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634140)

> which the maker touts will make you type 100%
> faster in a few weeks since it will keep you from
> looking at the keyboard.

10-15 years ago I might have agreed with this, but today there are so many keyboard layouts that it is impossible not to look. The ~ and | symbols are in a different place on every one of the 10 keyboards I use daily, for example.

sPh

Buisness Plan (1)

Vampyre_Dark (630787) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634141)

1. Forget to acquire paint for the lettering.
2. Market to the right crowd.
3. Profit!

I habe got one od thesr ketboards (0, Redundant)

hplasm (576983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634142)

alresy and it id realky easy yo use..

blank screen (1)

blue_adept (40915) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634145)

They should sell it with a blank monitor. If you can't double check to see whether you've made any mistakes, it will force you to be accurate the first time.

Same keyboard but with text (1)

HaydnH (877214) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634147)

So they're effectively trying to market a product which is cheaper to make (i.e: they don't have to print the text) but charge more for it?? Good Plan!

Anybody want a Ferrari without an engine? It's a lighter car so the power to weight ratio rocks! Only £25,000 more than a standard Ferarri!

Model M (2, Interesting)

screwballicus (313964) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634148)

Or if you use a Model M or Model M clone, just pop off your key caps and type on the underlying bases, for a unique typing experience.

But really, you might as well just arrange your keys in whatever configuration you like, if you've got a Model M.

hreay! (1)

noodler (724788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634149)

I jist bpught one anf it is GREAY!
i cam typr 100% fastet!

Thid is realu rebolutiomary! ...

It's not ergo ... (1)

Infernal Device (865066) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634151)

it's crap.

A good ergonomic keyboard serves the same purpose as the Das Keyboard or Dvorak layout - no one will touch your computer because it scares the hell out of them.

I do this anyway... (1)

The Munger (695154) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634152)

It annoys my girlfriend. We live in Japan and bought a Japanese keyboard. I'm so used to touch-typing that it doesn't bother me all that often. She, on the other hand, has to press all the buttons in the vague area with the shift key off and on. Lot's of fun to watch. Not even the 'shifted' number keys work as expected. The open and close brackets are on 8 and 9 respectively.

One of us has to suffer. I'd rather her than me :-)

Ubergeek? (1)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634156)

Übergeek my foot. Check the picture [daskeyboard.com] - it has a Windows key. No geek worth his salt wold use that.
I'm still happy with my old metal IBM keyboard that goes CLICK CLICK CLICK when I type

Pressure Sensitive Keys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634157)

They already make keyboards with pressure sensitive keys:

http://www.robopimp.com/keytronic-keyboard-3600.ph p [robopimp.com]

And they don't cost near as much. They greatly improved my typing speed.

Unique? (1)

setien (559766) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634159)

Blank keys is hardly a unique feature. Take a look at Happy Hacking Pro [fujitsu.com] .

Buckling spring keyboard (1)

dereklam (621517) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634160)

This keyboard uses buckling springs [wikipedia.org] for its key switches, which are revered by engineers. Typing on buckling spring keyboards has a much higher quality feel than the plastic keyboards which are sold today. The keyboards are also quite loud, which makes them not as useful for cubicle work.

Priceless... (1, Funny)

sintacks (886546) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634164)

Money spent to replace malfunctioning keyboard: $10 Money spent on cover so soda doesn't affect it: $5 Taking a step back in keyboard production and watching them charge more: $80 more than priceless.

Way back when I was your age... (1)

HomerJayS (721692) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634165)

We were forced to sit in front of mechanical keyboards with printers attached to them. Our task masters placed rubber caps on the keys so that we could not see the markings.

The then made us type over and over again the following phrase.

"the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog."

Today this would likely be labelled as child abuse.

Not a gamers keyboard. (1)

IPFreely (47576) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634167)

If the keys are weighted differently based on the standard typing position of the fingers, then they would be weighted wrong for gamers position of the fingers.

That's nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634170)

I find that I read books 200% faster if there are no words in them.

What would be really handy... (5, Funny)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634171)

I don't usually look at the keyboard, except for some keys I don't use very often. It would be cool to get a Braile keyboard without the keys printed on it, so I could subconsciously learn Braile while I'm typing. You never know when or if you're going to go blind.

Touch typing requires a sense of touch, for those (1)

sir lox elroy (735636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634173)

of us without one in one (My right hand due to an injury) or both I recomend a standard keyboard. :-)

Sucks.. (1)

Daxster (854610) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634175)

This keyboard's weighted patterns don't fit for dvorak-style. It's stupid to have a QWERTY keyboard that's supposed to be ergonomic, as qwerty (I love typing that on a qwerty keyboard) was originally designed to slow typists hands to stop jamming mechanical typewriters.

A better idea: (1)

millennial (830897) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634178)

Keyboard + paint thinner = textless keyboard. Get one of the old beige IBM keyboards; the ones that click audibly when you press a key. Now that is an übergeek keyboard.

Real geeks have clicky keys.

I can already think of some misuses of this... imagine if someone set it in Dvorak. That would confuse the hell out of most people.

Similar to Samsung's new LCD monitor... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634179)

...featuring 100% dead pixels. The monitor is unique as each pixel is black, which the maker touts will make you see and game 1000% faster as you don't have to wait for all those pixels to refresh.

I wonder... (1)

BigBadBus (653823) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634189)

...if the "Uber" means "over", as in "Deutschland Uber Alles". Most people these days thinks it means "ultra". FFS!

No (1)

maotx (765127) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634193)

But is this "UberGeek" keyboard really worth the high price tag?"

No. I achieved the same principle way back in highschool by just simply spray painting my keyboard black. While yes, my typing speed did increase a little and my computer illiterate friends could no longer use my keyboard, I would never spend $79.95USD on a keyboard that I can easily duplicate at home for $10. Who knows, maybe the "Individually Weighted Keyswitches" really make up for the cost. That just doesn't really appeal to me. I could, however, see this sell if the keys were individually backlit with optional dimming.

Let mw be tge firdt to sau... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634195)

...thst I hsve one og these kryboatds, and mu typong spwwd has dranativally incteasrd!

Wow, that's fast! (1)

hotspur_fan (210395) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634202)

100% faster? Let's see, if I type 60 words per minute now, this keyboard will have me typing 0 words per minute. That's incredible.

Do you need a keyboard to make you "uber"? (0, Troll)

east coast (590680) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634206)

If so you're a schmuck!

Maybe you'll think differently of me for my keyboard, but you'll still respect me for my skillz. I can see this keyboard as a teaching device to more efficent keyboarding but over all the entire "style in computing" thing went out with me after the Commodore 1541 II drive.

real ubergeek keyboards (1)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634208)

shouldn't have three Windows application keys, is all i'm saying ...

Leaked information (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634213)

Once again, word of Apple's latest innovation has leaked out before it got to market. With both the single button mouse and blank keyboard, they will truly revolutionize computing.

It won't work for everyone. (1)

the_xaqster (877576) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634214)

In my first IT job, I had the job of cleaning keyboards (yuk!). After dissasembling a keyboard that used foil on the back of the keys to short a pair of contacts, I found that you could type using just the circuit board. So being really 'L33T I used just the board for about 2 months. Then I went back to a regular keyboard, as it did not improve my typing speed at all.

informative bitchb1tch (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634219)

found out about 7he Develo4ers and arms and dick and easy - only

So let me get this straight... (1)

InVinoVeritas (781151) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634221)

I want to learn to type faster, because looking at the keys slows me down. So I buy a $80 keyboard that not only makes me looks down at the keys, but makes me google an f'in keyboard map every stinking time I need to find the "!,@,#,$,%,^,&,*,(,)" keys too. Yeah, thanks for the big time saver.

Better ones are out there (3, Interesting)

turbofisk (602472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634224)

I'm never going back to an old-style keyboard... Using Logitechs Ultraflat keyboard... I type faster, with less strain, and am more comfortable while doing it. Did I mention it costs 30 bucks and is the same type of keyboard you find on laptops?

A couple of months back... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12634227)

... I got really bored at work. I modified my IBM Model M keyboard from a QWERTY into a [er*ct keyboard. There's not a key left that's on it's rightful position

My Problem (1)

3770 (560838) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634228)

My problem is that I use an American keyboard, but I switch between the US and Swedish keyboard setup.

I need the Swedish setup to access the å, ä and ö keys.

The problem is that it also switches some other keys around such as (, ), +, = and others. I use these keys, but not often enough to automatically switch in my brain where they are. So I keep screwing up when I try to type those keys. Both when I use the U.S and the Swedish setup.

If it wasn't for that I would be a much better typist. But I'm afraid that I'll never master that.

Type faster, uhhh, fast (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634230)

...the maker touts will make you type 100% faster in a few weeks...

According to this site [typingtest.com] I type about 72 words per minute. I can't wait to get one of these and start typing 144 wpm! I am kind of worried about blisters on my fingers; I wonder if they include a free box of bandaids with these keyboards?

But Seriously Folks (1)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 9 years ago | (#12634233)

Can this be real folks? How do you factory test something to withstand 20 million keystrokes? At 4 keystrokes per key per second, it would still take a half a day to achieve 20 million keystrokes distributed over the entire keyboard. And how can springs have a "force" of 35-80 grams? Force is measured in newtons, or pounds, not grams, which is a measure of mass. Also, a much more useful characterization of a springs "springiness" is the so called spring constant, as the force generated depends on the amount of compression or extension of the spring. And what exactly is "premium keyswitch technology"? Finally, how is a keyboard without ID really going to make a touch typist faster? They don't look at the keyboard to begin with! Sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me.
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