Mice / Keyboards
TechnologyTell Review: TekGear Twiddler 3 keyboard
So I just dusted off my desktop PC the other day, because cleaning. Yup, it’s seen that much disuse, especially since I no longer have the time like I used to in my hardcore gaming days. But even if I did have the time, I’m not sure that I would go back. Mobile devices are just so much more.. freeing.
To some people, a keyboard is just a keyboard. But they may be the same type who can pick any random mechanical pencil off of retail peg-hooks and feel completely satisfied. I don’t know how to do that, since even mechanical pencils are tools in my eyes. And any tools I use – knives for the kitchen, trimmers for the backyard, or keyboards for writing/gaming – are carefully chosen for the long-term.
Last year, I had the opportunity to test out and review the Penclic B2 Bluetooth Mouse. It’s a fantastic mouse with a very innovative design, meant to provide greater comfort and reduction in strain. Despite the areas which it excels, the Penclic B2 is not without drawbacks. Namely, the use of the buttons and scroll wheel tends to be quite awkward.
It’s the dawn of a new era for the stock Android-running Nexus gadget line, as Google intends to target the mainstream, upper-tier tech market with the family’s fresh 6 and 9-inch members. The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet are slightly tougher sells than their predecessors, costing $650 and $400 respectively.
No matter how good the voice recognition or swipe-to-type software, nothing really beats a standard keyboard for writing notes or laying out ideas. There’s something about letting fingers hover, waiting to attack the keys with purpose, like a trapdoor spider snatching up unsuspecting prey. What? That’s not how the rest of you type? Give it a shot – it’s fun.
When it comes to me being mobile and productive, less is more. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone (phablet) is my device of choice, compared to a desktop or laptop. I can have more power and information at my fingertips, all in the space that fills a pocket. I do as much as I can from the comfort of my hammock, impossible for a PC and awkward with a laptop.
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest hardware to upgrade to, Logitech recently unveiled the world’s fastest gaming mouse.
How about a wireless mouse that also is a wireless scanner? An intriguing idea, and one now seeking crowdfunding.
No matter how great your voice-recognition or finger-swiping app is for text input, it doesn’t quite match the feel and appeal of a keyboard. Words and corrections fly faster with fingers than any other way. And how can you not love the gentle flurry of clicks as you tweet or update a Facebook status?
When it comes to enjoying content on a laptop versus that of a flat-panel TV, the choice is pretty clear; bigger is better. That’s why HDMI connectivity, gaming consoles, and Roku sets are so popular, since we can stream content to the large screen. The only real struggle comes down to being able to control and search content.
Slowly and surely I’ve been finding more reasons to not watch cable programming. Price, of course, is the primary factor, but now that I’ve been spending more time looking, I can find content I want online.