The current rage among touch-typing geeks: Keyboards without writing on the
A few weeks ago, Das Keyboard came out with its $80
Not to be out-geeked, PFU is offering the
Hacking Keyboard (HHK) Professional with
keys. As usual, the HHK comes with a minimum of keys -- just 60.
These provide out-of-the-box what you used to be able to achieve only with
The benefits of this keyboard could be:
1. Boosting of touch typing, as you're forced to rely on muscle memory
rather than peeking at the keys.
2. Improved appearance of keyboards. The printed lettering on keyboards of
heavy users tends to wear down unevenly.
3. Better security. Non-touch typists trying to log onto your system will be
slowed down by the lack of key letters.
Despite these admittedly questionable benefits, both keyboards are marketed
as a way to communicate to others that you are an uber-geek -- not someone to be
trifled with. The Das Keyboard, according to the company's Web site, "says who
you are." The HHK Web site says using their blank keyboard "will amaze your
peers - adding to your already formidable reputation!"
To borrow a phrase from my friends in New York: C'mon, gimme a break! Real geeks tend to be unconcerned about status or image and
buy keyboards for performance and "feel." And the wanna-be geeks won't be able
to use these blank keyboards. I don't think this will catch on.