As technology continues to advance, more and more keyboards are developed. While most are QWERTY style, good old plastic keyboards, they are aimed at specific users with specific needs or wants.
The Logitech G15, feature keys specifically designed with gamers in mind. They include programmable keys, backlighting, LCD panels, and volume and media control buttons, so gamers have all the control they need right on their keyboards. Ideazon offers some very impressive looking gamer keyboards here.
Internet keyboards were designed with Internet use in mind. However, most standard keyboards have incorporated Internet keyboard ideas as standard now. Internet keyboards have programmable hotkeys, homepage and email keys, and keys for your favorites menu. Each differs in its options. This Microsoft Internet Keyboard is a good example, but is no longer available from Microsoft.
Multi-media keyboards can be standard, ergonomic, wireless or wired. They may be aimed at gamers, audiophiles, or the average user. You can pay anywhere from $30 to $200 or more for a multi-media keyboard. All of them include keys targeted at media control, like volume keys, play and pause keys, and mute keys. A basic multi-media keyboard, like the Digital Media Keyboard 3000 has keys for commonly used commands. The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 offers a lot more features aimed specifically at multi-media control.
The Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 from Microsoft is actually a combination of types of keyboards. It’s rechargeable, backlit, and media-focused. It also has Bluetooth, a navigation pad, and its curved like their ergonomic natural line. Many backlit keyboards are aimed at gamers, but they could prove helpful for anyone. Saitek creates backlit keyboards aimed at any user including the Eclipse II. The Deck82 and Deck Legend keyboards are backlit, but with a normal, no-frills design.
Membrane keyboards are composed of a single membrane and usually do not have separate keys, just sensors beneath the letters. They’re great for homes with small children and are used often in hospital settings because they can be washed off. They’re made with materials that are resistant to many chemicals, water, oil and other substances that can ruin the average keyboard. The Intrinsic 109 is one example, but membrane keyboards do have a little variety between them.
This type of keyboard is projected onto any surface. There are no keys, just light. Some virtual keyboards are available for your desktop, but manufacturers are currently focused on the smartphone and PDA market. They expect to make quite an impact in the near future too. This Virtual Laser Keyboard by i.Tech is quite impressive.