There’s another smartphone boasting a physical keyboard

F(x)tec has announced a rather unique smartphone that combines a slider form-factor, a physical keyboard, and a choice of operating systems a rare combination for 2020. 

The F(x)tec Pro1-X is an angled slider smartphone equipped with a 5.99-inch AMOLED monitor featuring a 2160×1080 resolution as well as a five-row 66-key landscape QWERTY keyboard. 

The handset is powered by a relatively outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip that is accompanied by 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X memory as well as 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage that can be expanded using a microSD card.

The rise of Google Android-based handsets in candy bar form-factors to a large degree halted development of competing form-factors, such as sliders and clamshells, as well as smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards.

Unique

The F(x)tec Pro1-X is certainly not your typical Android smartphone, as it  offers the choice of LineageOS or Ubuntu Touch operating systems out of

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Future MacBook Pro could use deformable touchscreen keyboard instead of mechanical keys

A future MacBook Pro may do away with mechanical keyboard mechanisms entirely to eliminate issues with debris, by using a force-sensitive surface on a flexible area of the MacBook’s casing to mimic the pressing of keys.

Over the years, Apple has received complaints about its MacBook Pro keyboards, especially for the butterfly mechanism, with key death being an issue among users. The ability for the mechanism to be jammed up with debris led to Apple introducing a membrane in 2018, but even that inclusion wasn’t enough for it to rethink its key mechanism usage.

The main issue is that it is practically impossible for Apple to create a keyboard that can be protected from the elements using conventional keyboard design techniques. Even if Apple internalizes most of the mechanism, there still has to be a protrusion to allow the externally-facing key to actuate, with the required holes being

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HyperX Alloy Origins gaming keyboard gets clicky Blue switches: Hands-on

HyperX added a satisfying click to its Alloy Origin gaming keyboard with its own HyperX Blue switches. The $110 full-size gaming keyboard (£110, AU$153 converted) was previously available with the company’s tactile Aqua switches and linear Red switches. The combination of the Alloy Origin with HyperX’s Blue mechanical switches gives you a slim, sturdy gaming keyboard with a classic clicky typing experience and a bit more speed over the competition. 



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Compared to the Cherry MX Blue switch, the HyperX Blue has a slightly shorter 1.8mm actuation point and 3.8mm total travel distance to the MX Blue’s 2.2mm actuation point and 4mm total travel distance. It’s also a lighter switch with a 50-gram operating force to the Cherry’s 60 grams. 

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While I can’t say I noticed a difference in travel between the two, the switch does feel lighter and has a

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HyperX Adds Blue Mechanical Switches to Alloy Origins Gaming Keyboard Lineup

New Durable Mechanical Keyboard Offers Reliable HyperX Blue Switches and Minimalistic Design for Gaming Setups and Home Offices

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is shipping the new HyperX Alloy Origins™ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard featuring HyperX Blue mechanical switches. Built for performance and longevity, HyperX Blue mechanical switches offer a shorter actuation point and 80 million click rating to meet gaming and work from home needs. The full-sized HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard features a minimalistic, compact design with RGB backlit keys to enhance home offices and PC gaming setups. HyperX blue switches are favored by gamers that like clicky key sounds and operating action.

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The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard is the first full-sized gaming keyboard built with HyperX

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Someone Got Skyrim Running On A Tiny Keyboard Screen

Even if The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn’t the most ported game in history, it certainly feels like it. While not an official port, Redditor Mr_Murdoc managed to get Skyrim running on a tiny OLED display fitted to a keyboard, showing how the game’s opening scene looks at a minuscule resolution.

The keyboard is a SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL, and while it doesn’t have the hardware to run the game itself, it does have a tiny screen that can work as a monitor. The display is usually used to show keyboard functions, though it can also be used to play videos or gifs. Mr_Murdoc explained that the game as shown in the video is actually playable, however, and involved using a program that would mirror the game as it ran on their main monitor.

The graphics look pretty similar to Skyrim on a pregnancy test, though that version was just

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Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – GMMK Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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While many of our readers may be unaware that PC users have a whole culture who delve much deeper into mechanical keyboard than one would even think possible. There is a whole other part of the mechanical keyboard market, where you can buy curly cables, PCBs, switches, keycaps, and all other components down to the very last detail. We have also seen, over the years, a small handful of manufacturers who have gone to retail with keyboards which could have the switches changed, but up until now, the basic rule was that only one specific switch manufacturer could be used!

If you are going to name a company the Glorious Pc Gaming Race, you have already raised the bar without even a single product on paper; users will expect the best of the best from a company ballsy enough to make

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Corsair’s new K100 gaming keyboard has a fantastic, multi-purpose dial

Corsair’s new $229.99 K100 is currently the company’s most expensive mechanical gaming keyboard. What lends to the high cost, in part, is the handy iCue control dial at its top left, which is so fun to use.



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You might not notice the dial at first, as this keyboard’s highly customizable 44 zones of RGB LEDs are dazzling to look at, with new vents on both sides that give the light even more places to spill out onto your desk compared to its seeming predecessor, the K95 Platinum RGB. Corsair has you totally covered if you want to annoy your housemates to have a bright, bold keyboard.

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But it’s the dial that most intrigues me, providing a ton of control over the keyboard itself as well as your PC.

The iCue dial makes this a versatile keyboard

During my time testing the K100, the dial offered up

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Mechanical Keyboard Market 2020: Business Trends, COVID – 19 Outbreak, Emerging Technologies, Growth Opportunities and Regional Forecast to 2025

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Sep 29, 2020 (TS Newswire via Comtex) —
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The report offers an exhaustive analysis of the market trends, opportunities, growth areas and industry drivers which would help the stakeholders to devise and align their market strategies according to the current and future market dynamics.

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Review: The Keychron K2v2 is a good upgrade to an already near-perfect keyboard

The Keychron K2 version 2 is the same mechanical keyboard you love with some new upgrades, including better connectivity and ergonomics.

Design

If you’ve used a Keychron keyboard before the K2 version 2 will be instantly familiar. The new model didn’t change the key layout or overall typing experience, but what was altered is welcome to the already well-rounded keyboard.

The original Keychron K2 had a flat base with two feet that could be opened to increase the height and angle of the keyboard slightly. The second version took this design and made it more configurable.

The Keychron K2 version 2 has an angle in the base, which makes the keyboard sit at an angle to the user naturally. The feet on the bottom have two different angles that can be set to give the user much more choice while working.

When the larger feet are in use,

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