TAPPING THE KEYS

Bob uses what is called a mechanical keyboard. That is, there is an actual switch under each key. Press the key and you close a circuit that sends a digital code to the computer, perhaps a letter or a punctuation mark.

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SOLAR KEYBOARD

Happiness is a new keyboard that lets your fingers fly. Joy is a speed typist and has complained endlessly about her Hewlett Packard keyboard. Bob is a slow typist, but complains endlessly about his keyboard anyway.

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TURNING YOUR IPAD INTO A LAPTOP

The first time Joy took an iPad on a trip, she was floored by how much she missed a regular keyboard. But most iPad keyboards are bulky: You might as well bring a laptop. An alternative is the new folding keyboard from Logitech.

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SNAPKEYS

A company called Snapkeys has come up with a very innovative idea for replacing the tiny keyboards on smartphones and other handheld devices.

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TAP THOSE HAPPY TOES

True story: A lady we know couldn’t figure out why her computer wouldn’t react the way she wanted it to and said: “I keep stepping on the pedal and nothing happens.” She thought her mouse was like the pedal on a sewing machine.

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MAP YOUR OWN KEYBOARD

Use KeyExtender to create shortcuts and alleviate hassles. You may want to assign a key to automatically insert your email address, or assign a shortcut to the computer’s volume control.

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FORGET YOUR PASSWORD -JUST TYPE

Your typing style, when you hit just eight keys, can serve as your password.

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WASHABLE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE

Joy took one look at all the crud that had accumulated in her current Hewlett Packard keyboard and decided she wanted a washable one.

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A KEYBOARD ON THE GO

It turns out that the reason you make more mistakes typing on a laptop keyboard than on a desktop is not just because the laptop keyboard feels cramped.

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WHEN KEYBOARD MET SCANNER

If you don’t have much room on your desk, you might like the Keyscan KS810 keyboard, which includes a built-in scanner.

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