Our current wireless programmer 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. The keyboards are sold as part of a combo-set that comes with 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. While our products are not specifically designed to be used solely for programming/coding, we have found that many users 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. We chose to develop a radical new ergonomic design because we felt that the time was right to challenge the dominance of the QWERTY keyboard standard, which previously originated as a late 19th century design for mechanical typewriters.
You are still no doubt wondering what our Optimized programmer keyboard layout is all about and why we feel you might want to consider it over our QWERTY keyboard. You can quickly see for yourself what the differences between these two keyboard layouts are by clicking on the next image to read all about them in our color brochure, which you can also print and download. You can also learn much more later from our Design page.
We are also considering supplying a blank silicone overlay to cover the main-key-cluster of our keyboards – see next image below. This would be accompanied by a software utility that would allow for the programming of each key-cap to function in whatever way the user decides to program it. With all keys programmed, it could then be saved as a named keyboard driver character set. The key-caps of the blank silicone overlay could be readily assigned with easily applied character-stickers that would cater for the various character sets created. The intention would be to make the utility software and the blank silicone overlay available at an affordable rate so that the overlays can be bought in multiples and set-up with different character sets so as to be used with different applications such as Photoshop, games etcetera. This however will all depend on actual demand.
Blank Silicone Keyboard Overlay
Let’s now look more closely at the many benefits of our keyboards.
- 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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