If you’re looking for a smaller-than-usual keyboard for a server installation or an otherwise tight workspace, you may be interested in a new offering from PFU America: The “Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2,” is a new 65-key keyboard designed to work with USB-compatible computers, including Macs. The new offering is only a fraction of the size of conventional keyboard, but offers similar functionality, according to its manufacturer.
PFU describes the new keyboard’s dimensions as about half a letter-sized piece of paper. The keyboard itself uses the Sun Type 5 UNIX keyboard layout — which provides 65 keys but with support multiple modifiers — is as functional as a standard 101-key keyboard. Several of the regular letter keys double as function keys, when a modifier key is pressed.
The keyboard’s key improvements over its predecessor is the inclusion of USB — previous keyboards were designed for PS/2 only — including an extra built-in port, making it possible to stick a peripheral like a mouse off the keyboard, rather than having to use a port on the Mac. The new keyboard also sports true arrow keys, which were requested by users of the original Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite.
PFU America says that the keyboard will be available directly through them via the company’s Web site, and also through PFU’s authorized resellers. The suggested retail price for the new keyboard is US$69.