15 Super Cool Keyboards You Have Never Seen


Keyboards are an essential part of our computers. We use computer keyboards mostly to type but in recent times we have seen a lot of diversification in the use and design of keyboards. They are no longer used to type only text anymore, but to do a lot more tasks. Playing Games, Controlling Media Players and launching applications are just some of them.

To meet these user requirements, keyboards are no longer confined to having only alphabetical keys and numbers. They now come with Media Controlling Keys, Special Keys for Playing games, Shortcut Keys to launch applications and some have even taken a step ahead and come with touch screen instead of the traditional buttons.

We don’t usually get to see these types of keyboards in homes and offices. Let us take a look at some of these unusual but cool Computer Keyboards that make the use of Keyboards easier and much more sophisticated.

1.Optimus Maximus

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Optimus Maximus is a fully customizable keyboard that lets you choose the sequence of the characters on the keyboard. Each key of the Optimus Maximus is a stand-alone display that shows the function currently assigned to it.

You can make use of any language like Cyrillic languages, Ancient Greek, Arabic etc. Apart from that you can use any other character sets:  notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions etc. The possibilities are infinity.

You can also assign shortcuts of websites you different keys and add an image to easily find the shortcut later. The Optimus Maximus Keyboard has a total of 113 Screens each with a resolution of 48 x 48 Pixels.

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2. Logitech diNovo Edge

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The Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard is one of the most stylish Keyboards you will find in the market. The diNovo Edge has been Laser cut from a single, semi-translucent piece of black Plexiglas and set into a brushed-aluminum frame.

The TouchDis navigation makes it possible to move the cursor by Moving a finger up and down or across the disc.  A touch-sensitive volume slider will enable you to quickly adjust the computer’s volume. For the fluid and natural Keystrokes,

The PerfectStroke™ key system has been used. No matter how fast and hard you type, it will  neither make any sound nor will it hurt your fingers. The Logitech diNovo is rechargeable and a two-hour charge yields up to two months of battery life.

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3. Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard

Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming
The Logitech G19 Keyboard is the most sophusticated gaming keyboard. The Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard is powered by Two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports which makes Transfer of data to and from peripherals faster. The Multi-Key input make it possible to use up to five keys at once to perform multiple complex actions while gaming.

The G19 Keyboard has Tilt-able, 320 x 240px, color GamePanel LCD which shows “unprecedented levels of information—both in- and out-of-game—including game stats, system information, VOIP communication data, video playback, image slideshows, and many other items”.

User-selectable back-lit characters make it possible to easily locate keys while playing in dark and Personalize the keyboard to better fit with the rest of your computer and gaming equipment.
Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard

4. Tipro Custom Assembled Keyboard

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Tipro Custom keyboard is a highly flexible and fully customizable keyboard with a Rugged plastic housing. The keyboard has User definable input data control which makes it a best solution for a user’s particular needs. The Tipro has Optional pointing, reading and control modules.

Superior mechanical long travel key switches and metal carrying plate and secure cabling make it rugged and highly reliable. The Tipro Custom Keyboard is Assembled by Unique Micro Designs and comes with a 12 Months Return to Base Warranty.

5. Optimus Tactus

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Optimus Tactus does not have any physical keys. Lack of any physical keys means that there are no restrictions on their shape and size of the keys. You can keep a single key on the keyboard or Display all of them on the Touch screen.

The keys can be set in any language. It is just a big Touch Screen Display which can be programmed to display any key or image. It can be programmed to display videos too. There are no limits to what you can do with the Optimus Maximus Keyboard. It is a concept for now but we are sure we will get to see this keyboard in markets soon.

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6. Luxeed LED Keyboard

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Luxeed Computer keyboard incorporates the LEDs in its construction making it one of the most colorful Keyboards around. When it is not connected to the computer, it may look like just a regular keyboard but when you connect it to the Computer, it displays colorful lights making it a unique Keyboard.

Luxeed LED Keyboard contains a total of 430 LEDs and each can be assigned different color by its user.

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It has a detachable Numeric Pad to save up on space when you don’t need the Num-Pad.

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7. Handwriting Recognition Keyboard

Handwriting Recognition Cool Keyboard

This full-size USB keyboard with handwriting recognition has a Fashionable super thin design. The keyboard has a very sensitive handwriting recognition system and is very useful for digitizing your handwriting. The writing pad of this A1Pro keyboard doubles as a mouse.

8. Amex Digital Touch-Screen Wireless Keyboard

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Claiming to be the world’s most advanced Touch Sense Windows Vista keyboard, Amex Digital Touch screen Keyboard is an ideal partner for any high-end computer.

The ultra-slim AMEX Touch Screen keyboard delivers the ultimate feel and response. 2.4G RF wireless technology lets you go wire free and use the Wireless Keyboard within a range of 30 feet. It has got a One touch access to Windows Media Center and Multimedia Keys for easy Media Navigation.

9. Wolf King Warrior XXtreme

Wolf King Warrior XXTREME

Wolf King Warrior XXtreme USB Gaming Keyboard is a very unique keyboard. It has an innovative design and amazing functionality. It has a lighted keypad option which enables you to game even in dark.

The Warrior XXtreme enables the user to type with just one hand and the new audio controls and “K Lock” feature allow for constant communication. All the important control keys for FPS and RPG Games are accessible with minimal changing of hand position. The XXtreme Gaming keyboard has got flexible 3-layer silicon membrane for extremely quiet use.

10. orbiTouch Keyless Ergonomic Keyboard

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orbiTouch is a key-less ergonomic keyboard solution that removes the barrier posed by the traditional keyboard/mouse combination. The orbitouch creates a keystroke when you slide the two domes into one of their eight respective positions.

A user types the different characters by sliding the domes to create letters and numbers. The orbiTouch Key-less Keyboard has an integrated mouse. orbiTouch Keyless ergonomic Keyboard comes with a typing tutor program and on-screen help so that you may get used to the new typing process. (Product Page)

11. Virtual Laser Keyboard

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The Virtual Laser Keyboard (VKB) is a revolutionary accessory for all the portable gadgets like Blackberry, Smartphone, PDA, Mac & Tablet PC but can be connected to a computer too using a USB dongle.

The Virtual Keyboard comes with an elegant leather jacket and you can take it with you in your pocket. It is of the size of a Zipo lighter and operates in total darkness. It uses a laser beam to generate a full-size perfectly operating laser keyboard.

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12. The Ergo Keyboard from Nicolas Tavlas

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The Ergo Keyboard from Nicolas Tavlas is a user-friendly Computer keyboard built keeping Ergonomics in mind. While typing, the user’s hand is kept in the most neutral position possible while maintaining a familiar layout, and the keys are inclined sideways by 25 degrees, reducing the twisting of the wrist but maintaining the letters legibly.

As we keep the right hand moving between the mouse and keyboard and the left hand sits idle most of the time, so several frequently used keys have been moved to the left of the Ergo keyboard.

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13. Ergonomic Steampunk Keyboard

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This Ergonomic Steampunk Keyboard is actually a very rare IBM Model M-15 split ergonomic keyboard transformed into this Steampunk design by datamancer. It also has a built-in “button less” touchpad mouse in the center. The typing plane is tipped forward rather than back and looks odd at first but makes for a perfect typing position.

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Also check my other post about cool computer keyboard for geeks on Walyou. If you know of any other cool keyboards, do let us know in the comments section below.

56 Comments

  1. LaptopsIndia

    March 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I would love to buy the Optimus Tactus Keyboard on my gadget collection. While the the Oprimus Maximus keyboard costs about USD1600/-, we can expect this keyboard will cost more than that. I have to reconsider my love for buying that keyboard.

  2. Rahul Jadhav

    March 23, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    These are some awesome keyboards. Thanks for sharing

  3. StoneCS

    March 25, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Wow! Those are some cool keyboards. I knew what #1 would be. Are there people who actually use those. For that much money I’d probably put that bad boy in a display case.

    The one I’m using right now should have got an honorable mention. It’s a FATAL1TY by Creative. A gaming keyboard for low light use, with translucent, backlit, low-profile keys. I love the short stroke keys, it’s so much easier to type on than a standard keyboard.

    B)>

  4. online support

    April 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Mechanically it seems superior and the added attraction is that one can use five keys to perform multiple complex functions

  5. evofish

    April 4, 2009 at 7:53 am

    мм. забавно ..

  6. Dax

    May 3, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Just want to fix the mistake on the Logitech G19 section.

    The Multi-Key input make it possible to use up to five keys at once to perform multiple complex actions while using Emacs.

  7. sloan

    May 3, 2009 at 12:12 am

    you missed the merc stealth illuminated keyboard. on the left it has a gamer pad, see pic.

    use it and you’ll love it. recognizes multiple key presses, programmable keys, illuminated, audio controls, 2 usb and headphone/microphone jacks. i went from the g15 to this and have zero regrets

  8. Himanshu

    May 3, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Optimus Tactus is the most sexiest, Wow , i haven't imagine the keyboards like these , fantastic list.

  9. Gregg

    May 3, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I’ve owned both iterations of the Logitech G15, and I do believe I suffered from a geekgasm from seeing pics of the G19. Thank you for showing me these products, now I know what to put on my birthday wishlist!

  10. cruisin1953

    May 3, 2009 at 3:36 am

    I learned on a manual typewriter. 86 wpm. There is something about a manual, And the clackity clack clack.

  11. Chip

    May 3, 2009 at 3:39 am

    You missed the best keyboard $28k can buy – the XYNERGI. It kicks nine kinds of crap out of the Optimus Maximus, and you can actually buy one right now (for the cost of a very nice compact sedan). http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/12/fairlights-28-

  12. JOhn Davis

    May 3, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Wow, that is truly mamzing! Good stuff dude!

    RT
    http://www.anonymity.ru.tc

  13. JHook

    May 3, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I see you can even shortcut your pron file on the maximus, as displayed next to the clock button in the second image of the maximus keyboard.

  14. Dean

    May 3, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Das Keyboard!!!!!!!!

  15. Andy

    May 3, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Some great ones. Missing datahand. I have each half of datahand it attached to arms of lazyboy and it is great. They've run into manufacturing issues and are now hard to find, unfortunately.

  16. Marvin

    May 3, 2009 at 8:11 am

    The Steampunk Keyboard is really cool, if it types so great I dont know :-)

  17. TheDarkArts

    May 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

    ASUSTek Computer will begin Selling an EEE Keyboard PC. It is a Computer that is about as powerful as a regular Netbook inside a keyboard. You can use the keyboard with its secondary touchscreen or connect it to a monitor wirelessly or not using its HDMI port or VGA port.

  18. WHAMMO!

    May 3, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I was disappointed there were no MSRPs.

  19. forex advisors

    May 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Please do it right now. I love it to read something about this theme.

  20. Chanel

    May 3, 2009 at 11:34 am

    So i love the Steampress! UUUUUUHHHHHHMAZING! I love how tATu are in the Optimus Tactus

  21. SadistiX

    May 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Drooling on my ugly keyboard…

  22. Cheap

    May 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    The Laser Keyboard has my vote out of those

  23. lol

    May 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Should have spell checked the article, dude.

  24. Tobbi

    May 3, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    The Ergo Keyboard looks interesting, but it might be a little bit hard to type :)

  25. Obaid

    May 4, 2009 at 11:30 am

    wow what a cool keyboards. i really love to buy these keyboards.

  26. J.naveen

    May 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    awesome, very nice key boards especially optimus tactus,at the same time rest of them also very nice.

  27. SAITOKTHX

    May 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    my brother has the logitech G19 gaming keyboard
    but i want the Optimus maximus

    lol those other ones are wack yah?

  28. Famf

    May 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

    A keyboard without physical keys are stupid to me.

    That Ergo Keyboard looks interesting.

  29. joeblow

    May 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Number 12 is a CG prototype. If reality is not a factor then I'm sure this list would be much longer with entries from movies and theoretical interfaces.

  30. morozco420

    May 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Yup, missing Das Keyboard…

  31. MrMensa

    May 24, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Has anyone tried switching over to the Dvorak keyboard configuration from the standard qwerty?

    The qwerty keyboard was configured to keep the keys which were levers with letters attached that banged onto ink,–anyway,, but for efficient typing,–like if someone was out to set a world record speed typing–the most efficient keyboard is the Dvorak. [212 wpm]

    Dvorak studied letter frequencies and the physiology of people's hands and created a layout with many advantages.

    There are online typing lessons http://gigliwood.com/abcd/lessons/

    and advice on changing your keyboard layout
    http://www.fentek-ind.com/dvorak.htm?gclid=COfP0c

  32. Phaoloo

    July 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    They are so awesome! But it seems none of them are designed for gamers.

  33. accessko

    July 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Wow These are some awesome keyboards. Is the Optimus Tactus not just a concept?

  34. Alen

    July 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Very nice collection. I like #7.

  35. Anthony

    July 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I have the original G15, and I didn't realize that there was a G19. I just may have to pick it up at some point, although the price tag is a bit steep. Oh well. :D

  36. Dave

    August 8, 2009 at 8:35 am

    “Optimus Tactus”, a.k.a. a tablet PC. Wake up, sheeple. Not all flashy technology is new, useful, or even properly marketed. It’s not a keyboard. It’s a touch-screen computer. If it were a touch-screen keyboard, it wouldn’t be doing all the other fancy stuff computers do.

  37. Uzair

    August 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    @Dave Maybe that’s why the company promotes them as Keyboards. Not everything that does work same as computer can be called a computer.

  38. Jack

    August 28, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I found that these cooling keyboards are very expensive.

  39. James

    October 1, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    You should learn how to spell properly.

  40. TechnoGuide

    December 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    These keyboards are awesome! Especially the Optimus Maximus and the Logitech thingy! I wish to have one of those.

  41. nitesh

    January 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Great tutorial.Thanks for putting this together and spending your time on helping others.

  42. karteek dintakurthi

    April 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    WOW !!!!!

  43. Brandon Pavlov

    July 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    i really hate those virtual ones… its impossible to type without looking at the keyboard

  44. Jon H.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:32 am

    How is Das Keyboard not on this list!?!?!
    http://www.daskeyboard.com/model-s-ultimate/

  45. Thiago

    December 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

    The Steampunk one is a really awesome and beautiful keyboard.

  46. Shoka

    September 18, 2011 at 2:04 am

    …They converted an IBM Model M-15 into that?

    Don’t get me wrong I love steampunk but jesus. The M15 can fetch over a grand on ebay it’s that rare, and someone decided to waste one by converting it into that, losing all the adjustability and – it looks like – a lot of the typing comfort. The whole point (and appeal) of the M15 is that you can adjust it to any angle you want, separate it, do what you like. What he did here he might as well have done with one of the Microsoft split keyboards that are everywhere.

  47. sahana

    October 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

    wow really it’s cool……….. i love this keyboard Logitech diNovo Edge…….

  48. foo

    April 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    boobs. i mean keyboard #10.

  49. vaibhav

    June 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    optimus keboard is best of all

  50. Nick Tester

    August 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I think I saw the Ergonomic Steampunk Keyboard on, “Warehouse 13″.
    :P.

  51. Lalit Chopra

    October 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

    DINOVO EDGE =Its simple and good looking

  52. Adarsh Nalamalapu

    November 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    How much does the Optimus Tactus cost?

    If anybody wants something like the Optimus Tactus but cheaper you can go for the Razer Deathstalker Ultimate. The Deathstalker Ultimate’s only difference is that only the numberpad is the LCD panel the rest are physical buttons.

    • Raden

      December 31, 2013 at 8:32 am

      So it’s like a tactus, except for all the physical buttons that make it nothing like a Tactus. Duh.

  53. Rev. Patrick E. Millet

    May 9, 2013 at 12:44 am

    How do you order the Warehouse 13 keyboard?

    • Uzair

      May 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Easiest way is to google Warehoue 13 Keyboard and you’ll find your options. Thanks.

  54. sam baird

    March 28, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I am trying to identify a keyboard fromthe early 90′s. It was a pair of boxes into which fingers wer inserted and wiggled appropritly. They were cubes with holes like a bowling ball except there were four or five hles in eachbox.

    Please helpidentify this for me.

    Respectfully,

    Sam

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