Why you'll love it: If you know someone who’s having trouble seeing the letters on a keyboard, the AbleNet Keys U See Large Print USB Wired Keyboard uses bright yellow keys with large black labels, and the contrast makes them easier to see.
Admittedly, the look of the AbleNet Keys U See Large Print USB Wired Keyboard won’t appeal to everyone. After a full day of typing, the safety yellow key color may be seared onto your retinas when you attempt to go to sleep.But if you need a keyboard to help visually impaired people clearly identify the correct keys, the large print black characters on the bright yellow keys make the AbleNet keyboard an excellent option, according to the Nerd Techy review.In its review, Social Media 4 Beginners says the Keys U See keyboard is great for people with visual impairment or low vision, but the manufacturer didn’t forget about giving the keyboard great tactile feedback, too.Additionally, the dedicated specialty keys found with the AbleNet Keys U See keyboard are great. The dedicated keys provide one-touch email or Internet access, as well as volume control keys.Don't just take it from the experts, though. One Amazon reviewer who has macular degeneration says this keyboard’s large print and highly contrasted key colors of yellow and black are great features for accurate typing.
A few Amazon buyers were disappointed with the longevity of the keyboard, including the wearing down of the black printing on the keys and complete keyboard failures.Pros: Highly contrasted key colors of bright yellow and black makes key labels easy to see, good tactile feedback from the keys, contains multiple specialty keys, reasonable price pointWhy you'll love it: If you love the idea of resurrecting vintage products, the Qwerkywriter Typewriter Wireless Mechanical Keyboard will make you feel like you’re working on a typewriter, but you’ll have the benefits of working on a computer.
It seems like vintage style products that spark nostalgia are all the rage these days. People are shooting photos with instant print Polaroid-style cameras again, and they’re playing music on record players while drinking vintage brands of beer.Perhaps this return to nostalgic products has you thinking about using typewriters again. Then you remember that you made so many typing errors, you had to buy White Out by the gallon. The computer backspace key is so much easier to use.
However, if you would like to give off the impression that you’re the kind of person who is just hip and quirky enough to type on a typewriter, the Qwerkywriter Typewriter Wireless Mechanical Keyboard does the trick.This keyboard works with computers, tablets, and smartphones by making a Bluetooth connection. But it looks like very much like a vintage typewriter, complete with round clicky keys, a return bar, and a black metal design. This combination of usefulness with a retro look makes the Qwerkywriter Typewriter Keyboard an excellent choice, according to one Amazon buyer.However, one Amazon reviewer says the Bluetooth connection from the keyboard is inconsistent, leading to problems with performance. It's also very expensive, so you're paying more for looks than anything else. Still, it works well, according to the experts and our guides editor Malarie Gokey, who tested a Qwerkywriter when the keyboard first came out.The 9to5Mac review says the Qwerkywriter keyboard is fun to use, but its keys must be remapped to allow it to work with Apple products.
Even though it has an industrial look, the PCMag review says this keyboard is comfortable to use for a full day of typing.Pros: Beautiful vintage and retro design that looks a lot like a typewriter, metal construction, a fun keyboard to use, comfortable enough to use for a full day of typing, great tactile feedbackWhy you'll love it: Even though it carries a higher than average cost, the waterproof Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 will pay for itself if you’re someone who constantly spills things on your keyboard.
If you’ve ever fried a keyboard by dumping water on it, you probably wished that someone would make a waterproof keyboard (after you’ve finished stringing together a whole new set of swear words, of course). Logitech has created the solution with its Washable Keyboard K310.The Logitech K310 is easy to clean if you spill anything on it. In fact, Expert Reviews purposefully spilled all kinds of food and drink on the K310, but was able to completely clean it afterward.This durable keyboard will stand up to multiple cleanings without seeing any wear on the surface of the keys, thanks to the laser-etched labels, according to Ben’s Bargains.The PCMag review says the K310 keyboard does a great job of resisting dust, while also offering quiet operation. However, the lack of audible keystrokes occurs in part because the tactile feedback of the keys is mushy, according to an Amazon reviewer.
One Amazon buyer says the Logitech K310 keyboard is expensive, but it’s comfortable to use for long periods of time, making it a good choice … even if you never spill anything on it.Pros: Keyboard’s design protects it from all kinds of spills, labels on keys are laser-etched for a high durability level, comfortable to use for long periods of time, can run it under a faucet stream of waterWhy you'll love it: Having the ability to slip a foldable keyboard like the iClever Portable Folding Keyboard into your pocket or purse makes typing on your phone or tablet easier.
Even mobile keyboards can be a little large to carry sometimes, especially if you don’t carry a briefcase. So that’s why a foldable keyboard may be the better choice for you, and the iClever Portable Folding Keyboard is the best one you can get.This tri-fold keyboard will fit in a purse or large pocket for transport. It runs over a Bluetooth connection or a wired USB connection. The iClever Folding Keyboard is available in two versions, one with a three-color backlight and one with no backlight.
Mobile Tech Talk likes how the iClever keyboard folds down to a size of 6.5 by 4.7 by 0.6 inches, which is similar to a large smartphone.Another great function of the iClever keyboard is its ability to connect with up to three devices at one time, according to The Gadgeteer.In its review, PC World says the folding keyboard pairs easily with Android and Apple mobile devices as well as Apple or Windows computers. It works especially well with mobile devices because it’s easy to carry alongside the mobile device and makes it easier to type on the device.One Amazon buyer says the iClever portable keyboard has better tactile feedback than expected. However, a few Amazon reviewers were disappointed with the longevity of this keyboard.
Pros: Foldable keyboard is easy to carry anywhere, works with all kinds of smartphones and tablets, backlight version is available, pairs with your devices quickly, can connect to three devices simultaneouslyLAS VEGAS — CES was full of wild stuff. Drones that automatically follow you around. Self-driving cars. A TV as thin as a credit card.But while most of the show is about looking forward to what's next in tech, I had a lot of trouble staying in the present. I'm in the market for a new laptop, and I was hoping the biggest showcase of gadgets in the world would give me some good guidance.As a Mac user since 2004, I had high hopes last fall for Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro. I still think it's probably the best laptop around, but not without some serious caveats, most notably its battery life issues. After giving it some more thought, I decided that was a dealbreaker and my search continued.I'd still like to avoid making the jump to Windows or one of Google's Chromebooks, but the rest of the MacBook lineup is horribly flawed. The MacBook Air is great, but it still has that old, low-resolution screen and the same basic design from over six years ago. Ouch.
Then there's the newer, super-thin MacBook. While I'm in love with the design and ultra-portability, it's slightly underpowered for my needs, and I'm not confident it'll last me more than a couple of years before I need to upgrade again.After a disastrous run with Windows 8, Microsoft has redeemed itself with Windows 10, which finally feels like a mature operating system and an enticing alternative for Mac lovers like me. Over the last year, laptops running Windows 10 feel a step ahead of what we're seeing in the MacBooks. Touchscreens. Thoughtful, opinionated designs. And plenty of power under the hood. But even the newest Windows 10 laptops don't cut it for me. Dell introduced a new version of its XPS 13 laptop with a touchscreen that folds over into a tablet mode, but like the MacBook, it doesn't have enough power for me. I'm intrigued by HP's Spectre laptops, but the design doesn't exactly blow me away. Same with the latest stuff from Lenovo. I've also been testing Microsoft's latest Surface Book, which seems like the best of the bunch to me, except I'm not wild about the detachable screen.
Plus there are still a few quirks with Windows 10 that bother me, like the lack of touch-friendly tablet apps.They're great for doing just about everything you want to do on a computer, but still have some limitations when it comes to running traditional apps. Samsung had the biggest Chromebook announcement of CES, releasing two touchscreen models that can run Android apps.But Chromebooks and ChromeOS, Google's operating system for these laptops, are in a weird transition period right now. Google is gearing up to radically change ChromeOS and merge it with Android into one super operating system for laptops, codenamed "Andromeda." As enticing as some Chromebooks may be, I think it's worth waiting to see what Google announces this fall before investing in a Chromebook.
Buying a laptop used to be relatively easy. As a Mac loyalist, I'd just get the best MacBook and be good to go for several years. But that won't work today. There are too many compromises with every model in the MacBook lineup, and I can't buy any of them with confidence.Making the leap to a new platform like Windows or ChromeOS comes with its own problems. ChromeOS is still half-baked and it'll be several months before we see Google's grand vision for it. And while some Windows 10 laptops are intriguing, there's no perfect laptop, and it's going to be awhile before we get some more options.I'm not what I'd call a light packer. The contents of my work bag could rival Mary Poppins'. In addition to the basics — phone, wallet, and keys — it houses everything from whatever book I'm currently reading, to makeup, to extra pairs of socks.
London-based Knomo recently sent me one of its best-selling leather totes, the Maddox, to try, and it has made me a lot more organized.Founded in 2004 by Howard Harrison, Benoit Ruscoe, and Alistair Hops, Knomo bags are made with nomadic professionals — those who work remotely or freelance — in mind.Each bag has tons of pockets to fit your wallet, tablet, laptop, and much more. Some even have dedicated spaces for eternal batteries, which you can also purchase through Knomo.Knomo's Maddox leather tote has quickly become my go-to work bag. It can fit my gym clothes and sneakers or a 15-inch laptop inside and still have space for all my other essentials. With several different-sized compartments, everything has its place — even my apartment keys. And if privacy is of the utmost importance to you, there's even a RFID-blocking pocket inside.My favorite feature is the bag's discreet external pocket. Not only does the pocket's magnetic closure keep my phone safe, it also makes it easy to access if I need to send a quick email or text when I'm on the go.