This unique MIDI keyboard uses a matrix of 280 velocity-sensitive hexagonal keys to provide musicians with an impressive amount of control over sounds. Each button is programmable, both in terms of the sound and expressions it controls, as well as its color. It also has 10 buttons for quickly switching between presets.
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ROCCAT’s award-winning Vulcan Pro gaming keyboard gets a tenkeyless (88-key) version, cutting down on its footprint, while still retaining its great design and responsive opto-mechanical keys. Its Titan switches are extremely long-lasting and feature slick floating keycaps along with programmable RGB backlighting.
Hop on the ultra-compact bandwagon with this minimal mechanical keyboard. The kit comes with an anodized aluminum case, brushed stainless steel top plate, a programmable PCB that fits Cherry MX or Matias/ALPS switches, and looks fantastic with the optional Acute keycap set ($30). Note: switches and keycaps not included.
A jumbo-sized version of Elgato’s sweet programmable key controller. Packing 32 keys, each one can be customized with an icon and function of your choice with an easy-to-use software that runs on Windows 10+ or MacOS X 10.13 or later. It can be laid flat like a keyboard, or angled using the included magnetic stand.
When you want a drum track for your music, you usually get yourself a real drummer or create rhythms with a digital sequencer. But musician Yohan Kim shows that you can be a really good drummer without ever picking up a drumstick, and instead using a keyboard as your instrument of choice.
While there are lots of keyboards out there with LED backlighting, this is the first we’ve seen that puts the light show outside of the keys. Featuring an aluminum alloy case inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck, this unique 75% mechanical keyboard has 200 programmable RGB LEDs on its back edge, along with hot-swappable keys.
An ultra-compact 60% keyboard that features top-end features without breaking the bank. It features 63 anti-ghosting mechanical keys with RGB backlighting, and works with either a wired USB or wireless Bluetooth connection. Available in four different key firmnesses.
Love to play arcade games on your PC, but don’t have room on your desk for a big controller? Thnikk’s Fightboard is a compact keyboard designed just for gaming. It features low-profile Kailh Choc switches, with eight remappable keys and RGB LED lighting. It can also be used with some consoles using adapters.
Razer takes its popular Huntsman gaming keyboard, and shrinks it down to a compact 60% form factor. It has super-fast optical switches in either clicky or sound-dampened versions, programmable RGB backlighting, side-printed secondary functions, and an aluminum case in either black or white.
Macally’s slimline aluminum keyboard looks great with modern Mac computers, blending in a retro typewriter vibe with its circular and oval keys. It’s optimized for use with MacOS, and includes numerous Mac-specific shortcut keys. Plus, it’s a bargain compared to the price of Apple’s venerable wired keyboard.
Give your Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 a clean new look with Purpose Made Products’ desktop docks. It provides a smooth and integrated look to Apple’s input devices, and adds a resting place for your wrists while typing. Available in white or black to match your keyboard and trackpad. Made from durable PVC foam.
X-Bows’ low-profile mechanical keyboard has a curved mid-section that places wrists in the optimal position, and its detachable numpad can be placed on either its left or right side. It can be equipped with Gateron switches in a variety of feedback levels, and has full RGB backlighting. Deal available for a limited time from Drop.
Erik Jensen creates art using a non-traditional medium. Instead of paints, pencils, or ink, he creates original works and replicas of famous paintings using computer keys. He dyes the the keys with various colors then painstakingly arranges them into pixel grids. Erik sells originals and prints on his website.
3dDecors‘ compact USB keyboard adds a series of dedicated buttons and controls for working with Photoshop. While it’s not nearly as slick as the Loupedeck Creative Tool, it costs substantially less, offers quick access to frequently used tools, and has two control knobs which can be used to adjust slider values.
This ultracompact mechanical keyboard offers comfortable typing when deskspace is tight. It measures just 9.6″ x 3.9″ x 1.1″ and has an ergonomic split-keyboard design. Numbers and special chars are accessible via the “Fun” key. There’s an optional wooden palmrest, but it does sort of defeat its space-saving properties.
Croation keyboard outfit Crolander makes these round-edged, engraved keycaps from real oak, walnut, or cherry wood. They’re compatible with Cherry MX switches, and can be purchased either standalone, or attached to one of their beautiful handmade wooden keyboards.
The Apex Pro is designed to offer the fastest response time (0.7ms) and longest life (100 million presses) of any mechanical keyboard you can buy. It also lets you customize the actuation distance of each key individually, has customizable RGB backlighting, and a programmable OLED display and command wheel.
Virtually every word written on this website is composed on a clicky mechanical keyboard. If you love the sound of clicky keys too, then take a listen to Mechanical Keyboard Sounds: Recordings of Bespoke and Customized Mechanical Keyboards, an album by Taeha Types and Trunk Records, demonstrated here by LGR Blerbs.
This slimline keyboard and docking station is the perfect accessory for laptop owners. It connects to your USB-C port, not only giving you a full-size keyboard, but HDMI, USB-A, USB-C ports, as well as TF and full-size SD card readers. It features a 100% aluminum chassis, high-quality scissor switch keys, and white backlighting.
Transform your computer keyboard into a work of art with these colorful keycap sets. Available in rainbow, sunset blue, or sky blue designs, they form a smooth gradient once installed. Each of the 108 keys is made from colored plastic (not painted), and has laser-etched key legends on its side. Compatible with Cherry MX keyboards.
This portable Bluetooth gadget folds down small enough to toss in your backpack or other small bag, yet offers a full-function QWERTY keyboard when opened up. It also works in USB mode, and has a built-in touchpad, though that’s only compatible with Windows and Android devices. Measures 5.98″w x 3.82″d x 0.71″h folded.
It might take touch typists a little while to get used to the tweaked key positions, but computer accessory maker Logitech says the curved and split key design of its Ergo K860 wireless keyboard can help reduce muscle strain on your wrists and forearms. It also has scooped keys, and a palm rest with an adjustable angle from 0 to -7º.
Azio’s wireless mechanical keyboard takes inspiration from vintage camera design. Its case is made using aluminum and leather, and it features a multi-function control knob that both spins and works like a joystick. It has 81 Gateron switches, and customizable RGB backlighting. A 21-key numeric keypad is also available.
Expressive E’s keyboard gives musicians an incredible amount of expressiveness, with each key capturing subtle movements that influence pitch, loudness, and many other attributes. It works in concert with a robust sound engine by Haken Audio to produce amazingly warm and enveloping sounds. It also works as a MIDI controller.
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