List of Programable Keypads

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page lists the best programble keypads.

Genovation Controlpad CP24 Keypad - Wired

Genovation Controlpad CP24 Keypad
Genovation Controlpad CP24 Keypad - Wired (CP24-USBHID) amazon

24 programable Cherry MX black mechanical keys.

Comes with easy-to-use software for Microsoft Windows to let you set shortcut keys. The shortcuts are stored in the device's memory. Then, you can plug the keypad in any computer or Operating System, and your shortcuts will work.

X-keys USB Stick, 16 programmable keys

X-Key programmable key stick
Fentek's X-keys Programable Key Stick. It adds 16 programable keys. amazon

XK-24 USB Programmable Keypad

XK-24 USB programmable keypad 71426
〈XK-24 USB programmable keypad〉 amazon

Why You Need So Many Keys?

Here's a sample setup to increase your productivity.

  1. 4 buttons for {copy, paste, undo, redo}.
  2. 2 buttons for prev/next tab. {【Ctrl+Tab ↹】, 【Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Tab ↹】}
  3. 1 button for closing tab (【Ctrl+w】).
  4. 2 buttons to switch prev/next window.
  5. 1 button to close window. (【Alt+F4】)
  6. 4 buttons to switch to 4 your most frequently used apps. ➢ for example: browser, terminal, emacs, desktop.
  7. 1 button to switch windows of the current app.

You can also set up keys for Photoshop shortcuts, or other applications.

60 keys X-Key

X-keys 60 key keypad
“X-keys USB Programmable Keyboard” amazon

This one is for, if you want to be the master of the universe. and there are people like that. See: Keyboard Master: One Thousand Function Keys.

Gaming Keypads

Here's some other options. I think these are actually better, because gaming is a much bigger industry, so the products are more competitive, and you can buy them anywhere.

logitech g13 gameboard 2
Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard Review amazon

Though, due to the shape, it is not suitable for normal computer operation. Because, it is designed to be operated when your left hand is resting on it. Unless you are playing games, you can't have your left hand rest on this at all times. To press the key without your hand on it, the device surface is slanted in a way hard to see or use. It's also bulky.

Using Numeric Keypad as Function Keys

Your keyboard's numerical keypad is actually your best friend. See: How to Program Numberic Keypad as Function Keys

17 Buttons Mouse

Logitech G600 mouse 2
Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse Review

Shop at Xah Keyboard Store