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 Microsoft Windows software to set the keys in memory.

Then, you can use it for PhotoShop, 3D modeling software, emacs, etc.

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

Programable keypads are much better than number pads, because, they come with easy-to-use software to let you set shortcut keys. The shortcuts are stored in the device's memory. Then, you can plug in the keypad in any computer or Operating System, and your shortcuts will work.

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.

Fentek 20 Key Programmable Keypad

Fentek X-Key kp20 keypad

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

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 set Number Keypad as Function Keys {Windows, Linux, Mac}

17 Buttons Mouse

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

See: Best Mouse for Programers.

Programmable Keypad + Jog & Shuttle Wheel

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

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 ShuttleXpress” ShuttleXpress

hates pressing buttons for sound level control? Get this.

for video review, see: What's Jog-Wheel? What's Shuttle-Wheel?.

MIDI Controllers

Akai MPD226 multi effects processor
Akai Professional MPD226 Multi Effects Processor amazon

I'm not sure these can be setup or modified so that they actually send keys. If so, they beat the all the rest.

if you know, please leave a comment.

this software “bome software”, seems to convert midi to key-strokes.

Akai MPK Mini MKII joystick drum pad keyboard
Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick amazon
Akai LPD8 pad controller
Akai Professional LPD8 Ultra-Portable USB Pad Controller for Laptops amazon