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Keyview Smartype Keyboard

Posted on August 31, 2012
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For those who usually use a computer for typing, it is a skill that is usually developed with frequent use. But for most people, touch typing may still be a skill that they only can dream of having. Most would still be typing away with their eyes always glues to the keyboard than to the computer screen, which can slow down one’s typing speed. For those who are the non-touch typing group, using this new Keyview Smartype Keyboard may help provide some improvements in typing speed.

The Keyview Smartype Keyboard is a QWERTY keyboard designed for computers and comes with its own small display. This particular display, which is set on top of the slightly raised keyboard design, aims to mirror what is being typed into the computer display. This prevents typists from having to move their eyes back and forth from the keyboard and the computer screen. This may help improve one’s typing speed and accuracy in the process, not to mention no longer having to deal with a sore or strained neck and eyes as well. The Keyview Smartype Keyboard is currently available for pre-order at the Keyview site although its price as well as availability hasn’t yet been formally announced.

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I just bought it a week ago through an advance call, on the first day of issue, the first buyer in the shop - a local Office Depot, and had used it right away. I use it professionally. A few remarks, quite important: - It's a mini-keyboard, which can be very important, because it keeps the hands centered around the instrument (due to the absence of the NumLock part; the Num keys are enabled by an Fn key + the relevant ones - not the numbers, but the Pg Up, etc. - with their function added to regular keys on the keyboard and featured in blue), and not with the (right) hand stretched toward the mouse far to the right of the typing surrounding, causing the arm to hurt at the shoulder and down to the elbow. - The display has a very strong brightness which had compelled me to cover it with a sheet of semi-transparent thin cover cut from a plain plastic bag. Having contacted the producer regarding the issue, I was advised that they are about to issue an update to correct the problem, apparently known to them, because they replied almost immediately. - The keys are very resistant to the typing 'blows'. You need a hammer to yield the character, though, strangely, even a weak touch can do it too, sort of a contradiction, but there it is. You have to make sure that you hit it in the right angle and strength, if you get what I mean. - Last but not least, you, or I, have to get used to look at the keyboard display, and not as usual at the computer screen, in order to make use of The feature of this thingy, but by the by it comes along and you can get the advantage of it, if you disregard the other problematic issues mentioned above. All in all, I would recommend it, even for the current high price: 400 NIS (~$100), compared to a mere 150 (~$40) or so (in Israel) for another, 'regular', mini-keyboard which I have. As you can see, I love the mini-boards because of the problem they solve, which I mentioned.
D on September 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm
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