05. 06. 2009
Luxeed U5 LED Keyboard: Light Up Your Type
Tired of typing on that same old drab keyboard day in and day out? Put a splash of color into your routine with the ultra-cool, ultra-colorful Luxeed U5 LED Keyboard. The 2009 edition of the keyboard has some noted improvements including a reduction in ghosting, more responsive keys and a firmware updater utility. Best of all, it's now available for Mac and Linux, so everyone can have fun with this programmable peripheral.
The keyboards are already easy on the eyes with one in white and silver and the other in black and silver, but their true beauty shows when the lights go out. Each Luxeed keyboard has 430 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which are totally customizable via the included software. Just select a color and select the key to assign a color. You can change the color to correspond with the seasons or even your mood, sort of like a techie mood ring. When you're done creating your keyboard's color format or skin, you can save it for later use. Saved skins can been mapped to the P1-P4 keys for one-button color scheme change.
For the music lovers in the crowd, the keyboard can also be used as an EQ to conduct your own rockin' light show. But the Luxeed isn't all fun and games. You can use the LED's to create shortcuts for programs or games. Just create a skin that only illuminates the necessary keys and you're ready to start questing with the best of them. Typing lessons could also be made a light easier if beginning typists could just follow the glowing keyboard.
Currently the 2009 edition of the Luxeed is only available in Korea with no word of a U.S. release date, but you can pre-order it for approximately $77 if you don't mind the keys having English and Korean symbols.