Xah Keyboard Blog 2019-02

Lisp Machine Keyboards

much update, thanks to 2019-02-28 email from Lars Brinkhoff. http://lars.nocrew.org/

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Moonrim Keyboard
Dactyl keyboard top view 52983-s327x191

repost. minor update.

2019-02-26 work in progress Best Headset, Microphone

xah thanks 2019-02-25 y69cf
xah thanks 2019-02-25 y69cf
Kensington TurboBall trackball wd8j5-s250x250
Kensington TurboBall, 2000

Xah Live Stream on Efficiency and Keyboard

Most efficient way workflow, best keyboard, and how to avoid Repetitive Strain Injury

Most efficient system for operating a computer, linux, Mac, or Windows, emacs, vim. Best keyboard, and how to avoid Repetitive Strain Injury.


todo review Using a Second Keyboard as Programable Keypad

Kensington Turbo Ring trackball mouse-s266x235
Kensington TurboRing, year?
point perfect trackball 41545-s233x268
Point Perfect Trackball
addison technology professional trackball 33255-s217x289
Addison Tech Pro Trackball
xah thanks 2019-02-22 mkpcj
xah thanks 2019-02-22 mkpcj
corner key 34qwn-s333x188
corner key
battlestation matrix hwf9p-s289x217
Nerd Battlestations
royal bar-lock typewriter no4 78843-s217x289

new index.

updated or on page of its own or reviewed.

international keyboard layouts, are basically like qwerty, sucks donkey ass. in many cases worse than qwerty for english with respect to ergonomics or efficiency of input. Including, Chinese Input Methods and Japanese Input Method

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Contour Roller Mouse
Nintendo Switch onscreen keyboard bh6q4-s316x198
Nintendo Switch Keyboard
xah talk show. speech recognition dictation on the Mac.

thank you HK

xah thanks 2019-02-08 9b9s9
xah thanks 2019-02-08

this one is among the popular ones in my reviews. Lots people got it.

x bows keyboard top 26650

But the keyboard firmware has changed since i got it. So, i can't program the keys, therefore no more upcoming review about it. Nor can i use it with extensive customization for emacs. I need firmware programability, because, ① am using Dvorak, ② there are many duplicated keys on this keyboard, and programing keys via OS keyboard tools can't distinguish duplicate keys.

possibly, i'll have a video review in a week. but i need to get a video cam first.

send me some good if you like to see it. amazon egift card to xah@xahlee.org , $20 is nice.

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Elecom DEFT Pro

This trackball, has the most smooth ball of all trackballs under $150. Added a video.

xah thanks colt kirk 2019-02-06 vdsg4
xah thanks colt kirk 2019-02-06 vdsg4


X-Bows Keyboard Review

L-Trac Trackball

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Microsoft Surface Pro Review

added lots photos. The integrated touch screen + pen, is truly critical. Beats Apple's. With iPad + iOS, you can't do serious coding on it, and everything you do is sent to FBI, and nothing you could control, even if you are a tech head. But MacBook + macOS doesn't support pen computing, even if you use a drawing tablet. Apple wants you to buy its Magic Trackpad or iPad.


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Microsoft Surface Book

on its own page. And note the keyboard innovation.

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Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
Bowling Ball TrackBall Flight Simulator


lots update.

Trackballs That Can Spin

Trackball History

Kensington Orbit Trackball z2tsv-s237x264
Kensington Orbit Trackball, 1995?
Kensington Orbit trackball 6wnfg-s277x226
Kensington Orbit Trackball
Kensington Expert Mouse classic 70228-s289x217
History of Kensington Expert Mouse, ~1992
Kensington Expert Mouse trackball wireless 53042-s262x239
Kensington Expert

Mont Blanc pen

you spent thousand on keyboards. Now you need to get a luxury fountain pen hobby. you buy!

Mont Blanc pen hqng3
Mont Blanc pen
semiergo keyboard layout 2017-41845-s275x227
Standard Ergonomic Layout for Laptop
kinesis laptop x848z-s333x188
Kinesis Laptop
Esrille keyboard 1d102-s289x217
Esrille New Keyboard Review

added a video demo.

more on

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Microsoft Surface Pro

bought a drawing tablet. See update at

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Drawing Tablet

possibly a video review soon.

Adesso Trackball iMouse T40 qkr8g-s267x234
Adesso Trackball iMouse T40

discovered new trackball.

Adesso trackball T50 g54h7-s262x239
Adesso Trackball T50

buy Kinesis Advantage2

Kinesis Advantage2 Keyboard Review

yeah, get it. my complaint is that, watch out if your hand is not big. and, be careful how you use the thumb keys. try move whole hand instead of twitching thumbs. and, i wish it had full sized function keys.

the empty area in middle, put in a programable keypad.

see Programable Keypads

If you have a question, put $5 at patreon and message me.