'Ultimate Hacking Keyboard' Will Click With Power Users

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By Devin Coldewey

Some people don't care much about their keyboard as long as all the letters are in the right place. Others, like coders and other power users, need their keyboards to be as powerful and functional as possible — and the "Ultimate Hacking Keyboard" hopes to meet that need. If it meets its crowdfunding target, that is.

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It might not look like much on the outside, but there's a lot under the hood. Mechanical key switches give a tactile feel to presses. It's "tenkeyless" and "fkeyless," meaning it doesn't have the number pad or F-keys, making it more compact. It has a special custom layout that lets you control your media and your mouse without leaving the home row. Gamers and coders can set up macros and application-specific key mappings. And, of course, the whole thing splits in half for better ergonomics.

You can pre-order a "UHK," as its creators call it, for $200 if you order now, but like all crowdfunding projects you'll be taking a bit of a risk in buying into something that hasn't been publicly reviewed. The product is slated to ship next summer.