Published on December 27th,2010 at 2:11 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

LED-lit Keyboards Light Up the Dark Corners of Your Computer Room

LED-lit Keyboards Light Up the Dark Corners of Your Computer Room

Although this colorful peripheral is termed a “programmable keyboard”, it doesn’t have key-binding or industrial shortcut key features; rather, the programmable function is the color LED backlights in the keys:

  • any of seven colors (red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, magenta, white)
  • rainbow effect, a gradually-changing gradation
  • sparkle effect, where only pressed buttons light up
  • slideshow effect, which automatically switches between four pre-programmed color schemes
  • adjust brightness

without the use of any control software.

A control program (“sold separately, not by the manufacturers, downloadable from an overseas website after a credit card payment”) allows minute adjustment of the colors in 512 different hues, saving of more than four color schemes, and an additional random lighting effect along with the ones listed above. 19mm-pitch and 2.5mm-stroke membrane keys, 380 mm x 180 mm x 24 mm (15 in x 7 in x 0.95 in)and 793 g (28 oz). USB 1.1 and 2.0. The Luxeed U7 has a Japanese layout; if you want a regular English keyboard, look at the Luxeed U5.

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Comments
 

  • B

    Kinda cool, but then it lost me with the control program. The keyboard would be more appealing if the control program was open source.

    • T.Kimura

      To tell you the truth, that turned me off too – which I’m sure you could hear from my writing voice. However, the US keyboard product page makes no mention of the program, which makes me think it’s a new development that happened after the original keyboard went on sale – which also means this keyboard can also be enjoyed with just the onboard settings features that don’t require a separate program – ie, only four colors instead of 512 hues, and no random lighting effects. Being able to set up the colors without any sort of program is, in fact, very interesting, because it probably means I could use this on my Linux machine too.

  • CyborgSix

    Indeed, very cool. However, the lowest price I could find for the U5 in the States was about $130 USD (I imagine the U7 is priced similarly). Granted, that was just a quick search. Still, I think it’s a bit pricey despite its cool factor.

 

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