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The Challenges of new Keyboards

[ad#ad_content]I must have been temporally mind absent when I strolled through Akihabara some days ago and went into a Computer Shop to buy this cute little – but ridiculously overpriced – Happy Hacking Keyboard!

Not only doesn’t it have Letters, it also has no cursor keys and no function keys! Well ok mine is dark gray and has black letters on it that can only be seen with enough light in the back. It”s a 66 keys Keyboard and all special keys can be accessed with the Fn key. It means you have to press two keys to use Cursor keys or Function Keys and if you want to press Shift+F1 you have to hold three keys at once. Quite a finger acrobatic trainer isn’t it? Not to mention that I also have to get used to the American layout.

I somehow feel back at the C64 where double and triple layered keys were the daily thing. This little black devil meanwhile went into my shelf to be replaced with my ten year old trusty Cherry Keyboard … three times by now! Finally I accepted to give it a longer try! Sure, Its masochism but the quality and feeling of the keys is so irresistible! Plus I got a lot more space free on my desk suddenly (you should know … space is the most expensive thing around here!)

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  1. August 18th, 2006 at 01:52 | #1

    Can you post a followup review once you’ve been using it for a while?

    I’ve often thought of getting one of these, but what happens when you are forced to another machine without it?

    You’ll probably end up banging non-existant key combos right?

  2. August 18th, 2006 at 02:19 | #2

    Scott … probably, if you used this keyboard for a loong time. Otherwise I wouldn”t mind that too much, I”m still fighting getting used to the reduced key layout! ;)

    One minus thing … one can set the left Win/Apple key to be a second Fn key which is good but one cannot change the behavior of the right Win/Apple key and I never ever use the Win Key to display the startmenu (something that I never used or needed) and this key is pretty much wasted because it cant be changed. It would have been useful if it could be changed to a second Control key!

  3. August 18th, 2006 at 02:23 | #3

    On a similar note, I just read that there is a movement to get rid of the CAPS LOCK key alltogether from traditional keyboard layouts … not sure how I feel about that. I doubt it’ll ever happen.

  4. August 18th, 2006 at 10:48 | #4

    it would at least decrease those AOL UPPERCASE kids! or maybe they should remove the SHIFT keys for them too … you never know! ;)

  5. August 23rd, 2006 at 12:14 | #5

    The HHK just went back again into my shelf finally! it is just a pure pain in the butt to not have dedicated cursor keys as a coder! There’s another HHK version with small cursor keys at the bottom right, but I think it is an older version and it’s key press quality is far from this one’s. Either way maybe I’m just not l33t enough but this keyboard is now an expensive shelf decoration for me!

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