Our current wireless coding keyboard products are available in two layouts, Optimized and QWERTY and are for use with desktop PCs running Windows operating systems: 7, 8.0/8.1 and 10.0. While our products are not specifically designed to be used solely for coding, we have found that many programmers are actually buying them primarily for this purpose, a role for which we believe they are more than well suited.
Eduardo from Brazil (Fin-tech programmer) purchased an Optimized keyboard from us and here’s what he had to say about it:
As a software developer, the symbol keys are very well distributed and easy to access. Things can be typed a lot faster than a regular keyboard. When I’m not coding, I type in Brazilian Portuguese, and the accentuation keys are very well distributed, making the typing very fluent, even in non-English languages. I’m using the keyboard at work and a friend of mine has already ordered a combo set to use here as well. Some other friends are planning to do so.
Of course by now you are no doubt wondering what our Optimized keyboard looks like compared to our QWERTY keyboard. The following two images show the differences.
Optimized Wireless Keyboard
QWERTY Wireless Keyboard
With our Optimized programmer keyboard we’ve actually totally redesigned the concept of what a keyboard in the 21st Century should be. We were essentially looking for a design that would lead to increased user work productivity. The Optimized keyboard has been designed with its alpha-character layout arranged so that the most frequently occurring characters in the English language fall readily to activation by the most agile fingers of the hand(s). The resulting alpha-character layout can also be easily memorized in about 10-20 minutes. All this means less finger-travel-time leading to increased typing-speed/productivity.
Our keyboards are sold as part of a combo-set that comes with a wireless mouse and nano-receiver. They also feature hot-key and multimedia operation and provide five programmable keys that can be program-assigned to launch macros and a whole range of Windows operating system and Windows applications related software operations.
Of course you can also use these keys to launch your most frequently used application command sequences. Just use the macro-record feature to record the command-key-sequences and then name-save the macro(s) for future loading with whatever applications you intend to use them with. Because you have 5 programmable keys, you can assign a different (application specific) macro to each of these 5 keys for use with any given application.
Consider also the fact that you now won’t have to ever hold the Shift-key again while simultaneously pressing a combination character, this is because we’ve introduced the concept of sticky-keys to our keyboard hardware ( all keys on our keyboards marked with a dot are sticky). However we’ve also retained the standard Shift-key for those who prefer to still use it.
Let’s now look more closely at the many benefits of our keyboards.
Both our Optimized and QWERTY keyboards are programmable. You can automate the execution of a sequence of frequently used commands in any application. So for example, you could do this in your spreadsheet application by using the macro-record program that comes with our keyboards. This is a great way to take the tedium out of oft repeated tasks when using an application. Just use the macro-record feature to record the command-key-sequences and then name-save the macro(s) for future loading with whatever applications you intend to use them with. Because you have 5 programmable keys on your keyboard, you can (at any given time) assign a different (application specific) macro to each of these 5 keys for use with your current application.
- The main-key-cluster has a much smaller footprint compared to that of a standard QWERTY programmer keyboard. The following graphic shows the comparative difference, which amounts to a footprint space saving of approximately 33%. This space saving reduction is achieved without sacrificing key-cap-size, in fact many of the key-caps are much larger while the smallest key-caps are equivalent in size to those found on the standard QWERTY keyboard.
- Because of its compactness, there’s a big reduction in finger-travel-time leading to increased data-entry typing speed. The Optimized keyboard, owing to its logical design, offers even further savings in finger-travel-time
- Keys are offset and are bigger for the hand or hand’s weaker fingers and so encourages their use
- The operator can naturally position their hand or hands over the keyboard with ease and the inclusion of sticky-key operation means that you don’t need to hold down the shift-key when typing other combination characters. There are three sticky keys and they are each identified by a dot These are coloured green, blue and white and are location-indicated on the image of the blank silicone keyboard overlay shown above
- All of the above help to reduce operator discomfort and fatigue
- The Optimized programmer keyboard has been expressly designed to be logical and efficient in use, facilitating increased user productivity, it has been specifically designed to minimize finger-travel-time. The layout of the alphabet characters are positioned in accordance with their frequency of occurrence in the English language, so that they fall more readily for use by the more agile index and middle fingers. This greatly reduces the amount of finger-travel-time thereby increasing your speed of data-entry
- The location of the alphabet keys on each keyboard is relatively easy to memorize but more so with the Optimized keyboard, whose alphabet keys layout can be memorized using our training material in only 10-20 minutes
- When using the Optimized keyboard and while following BeeRaider’s recommended learning approach, a user’s finger-muscle-memory kicks in after only a few days of continuous typing. With the alphabet key locations memorized and finger-muscle-memory now in place, a user’s typing speed and productivity quickly increases
- If you stop to think about it, almost everyone who uses a standard QWERTY keyboard would not be able to tell you where all the alphabet keys are located on it. Even people who have been using it for many years are unable to do so. The reality is, it’s not a very logically designed keyboard and as a result it isn’t very efficient
We have concentrated here mainly on our Optimized programmer keyboard but some of you may prefer our QWERTY programmer keyboard, which is more standard looking and from the feedback that we have been getting, it would appear that many fancy its layout as a good gaming keyboard.
Our keyboard design is known as the Radial Keyboard Design. It has been designed as a 21st century computer keyboard with none of the shortcomings of the QWERTY standard keyboard. BeeRaider’s Radial Keyboard design is about simplifying the future of data-entry!
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