Programable Keypads: Add Extra Function Keys to Your Keyboard

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This page lists some keyboard accessories you can buy that adds extra function keys.

X-keys USB Stick, 16 programmable keys

The company fentek-ind.com sells many USB keypads that adds programable keys. One of their most popular is a X-keys strip, that is a row of 16 keys.

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

XK-24 USB Programmable Keypad

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〈XK-24 USB programmable keypad〉 amazon

Fentek 24 Key Programmable Keypad

Fentek 24-key keypad mx black
〈Fentek 24 Key Programmable Keypad〉 amazon

Like gaming keyboards, you can program keys on this, then plug into any computer.

Why You Need So Many Keys?

Here's a sample setup to increase your productivity.

Programmable Keypad + Jog & Shuttle Wheel

shuttle pro 2 controller 2014
Contour Design's Shuttle Pro 2. amazon

15 buttons: 9 buttons on top has clear cap that can have custom key labels. 2 on sides, 4 on bottom.

shuttleXpress jog wheel 2014
“Contour Shuttle Xpress” amazon

hates pressing buttons for sound level control? Get this.

for video review, see: Why You Need a Jog-Wheel?.

Fentek 20 Key Programmable Keypad

Fentek X-Key kp20 keypad
amazon

One nice thing about this one is that it's got Cherry MX Brown mechanical switch. 〔➤ Key Switch Mechanisms Guide

58 keys X-Key

Fentek 58-X-keys pro
Fentek 58-X-keys pro. amazon (photo by Adam Ahmed © CC BY 2.0 )

here's a 60 keys model. amazon

Gaming Keypads

Here's some other options. I think these are actually better, because gaming is a much bigger industry, so the products are cheaper, 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: Computer Keyboard: Using Numeric Keypad as Function Keys

17 Buttons Mouse

Logitech G600 mouse 2
“Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse” amazon

See: Best Mouse for Programers: 17 Buttons.

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