Keyboards are for more than just typing these days. A few
to show off keyboards that, in addition to taking all the typing your fingers can muster, will also connect your
with your Mac.
booth (#2629 for those of you roaming the Expo floor) features a prototype of the company’s Protouch keyboard. Besides the usual assortment of programmable hot keys (10 of ’em, all lighted), media center keys for controlling music playback and the like (also lit), and keys for zooming and putting your computer to sleep, this USB keyboard also sports a universal iPod dock up above the function keys. Razer’s vice president of marketing Mien Tan tells me that the dock will have adapters for fitting everything from an
up to a
video-capable iPod. Look for it to ship sometime this spring priced at $100.
USB 2.0 Keyboard isn’t new—the company
unveiled it at last fall’s Apple Expo
in Paris. But Expo is the first opportunity Matias has had to show off the keyboard stateside (which it’s doing in booth #2049). In addition to the $40 keyboard’s two-port USB 2.0 hub on its back, there’s also a single USB 2.0 dock port on the top—ideal for plugging in an iPod shuffle.
The HalfKeyboard x2 will ship in the next three months for $50—half the price of the $100 HalfKeyboard, which is half its size. Wrap your brain around that.