New keyboard is silent, hooks into two different PCs


Silent Keyboard

Do you ever get tired of hearing the sound of yourself typing? Honestly, it’s never really bothered me, but I’m sure that if you work near other people, they might get annoyed with it after some time. Next time you go shopping for a new keyboard, you might look for one that’s a bit quieter than the rest. Take this one from Thanko which is not only silent, but works on two PCs.

While it’s pretty obvious what it means for a keyboard to be silent, I don’t often hear of one that boasts the ability to work on two computers at the same time. I guess that it’s really not the same time, but a flip of a switch just above your arrow keys will allow you to operate on a second computer.

While this does seem like a fairly useful product, even at $51, I can’t help but wonder what you’ll do about a second mouse. I figure if you’re going to have a multiple computer setup there are really two ways to go about it. Either use a KVM switch, or a software solution like Synergy.

Source: Crave

21 reviews or comments

Picasso Says: February 21, 2008 at 8:16 am

Just silly… Never ever in my entire life have I ever heard anyone complain about someone typing, tat means their actually working and a good thing if you wish to impress your boss. So other question, if you buy it for yourself at home, who you have to annoy except yourself? I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, advertisers LOVEEEEE creating fear in people to create a demand for products they don’t need in the first place and or just senseless features. I for one, love the sound of others typing, it’s therapeutic. I’ve worked for ad agencies and know how dishonest they truly are in twisting the truth when putting new products to sell- I’ll pass on this. I’ll stay with my LOUD keyboard LOL! As if people have super hearing that keystrokes become so annoyingly loud it’s unbearable, you’d think somebody would’ve complained by now rather than wait three decades after the internet has taken off and every home has a computer and not one peep of a person has ever said, “I hate my keyboard, it’s so dam loud!”

Picasso Says: February 21, 2008 at 8:22 am

Saying keyboards are loud is like stating your walking is too annoying. See how absurd this “silent” keyboard is? I’m sure it’s nice and all, but nobody is going to buy it for their work place, that’s the company’s job to provide for their employees and UNLESS lots of them start complaining about feeling annoyed by their coworker’s “LOUD” keyboard, the company won’t get them. I swear I should become the official Coolest Gadget’s Critique here since I leave comments just about everyday because lots of the new line of products they show to try and sell people are senseless.

Nick Says: February 21, 2008 at 10:28 am

Ive got the keyboard pictured above. Its a good keyboard/USB hub apart from the fact that the ‘@ button only works once in a blue moon, which is really annoying.

Colleen Says: March 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I came across this post be I actually need a silent keyboard. It’s clearly something of a niche product, but I’m a reporter and my sources are often unnerved (and less forthcoming) during phone interviews when they can here me clacking away.

I want one.

max Says: May 16, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Silent keyboards can be useful depending on the situation. Let’s say you’re typing something at night and you don’t want other members of the family to know, or come and say hi to you knowing you are there. You know, like ninja-typing, don’t hear me, don’t see me, leave me the fuck alone and get off my back? Err i wish I had one.

Bea Says: June 26, 2008 at 9:02 am

To say no one needs one is absurd. I work on the phone, like the reporter said above… no one wants to hear you typing while you’re talking to them. Even if your attention isn’t split, it’s a distraction for the other end of your conversation to hear. This is a solution, just what I was looking for. Just because “you” can’t use it doesn’t mean it’s silly or unusable. While you find it “therapeutic” to listen to key taps, trust me… my callers won’t.

John Says: June 30, 2008 at 5:31 am

While I agree, the need for these may be limited….there is in fact a need. I work for the Federal Courts, and it is in fact disruptive to hear the court room deputies (not the court reporters), typing away while court is in session.

Personally I like the keyboards that make noise, helps me with typos. If I meant to type a letter, and I didn’t hear the associated key ‘click’, I know I screwed up.

cookie Says: July 2, 2008 at 4:27 am

I do medical transcription and there are times when the dictation is “whispered” or there is already so much background noise, I don’t need anymore let alone noise from the keyboard! So maybe those you think this is stupid should re-evaluate and just comment it isn’t for them, but it may be good for others.

Annoyed with loud typers Says: August 5, 2008 at 9:25 am

There are many people out there with poor typing skills, i.e. clearly hitting the keys with more effort that is required. It is called unnecessary noise. In the workplace when you are sitting in cube without any privacy or walls to contain your noise you are definately going to be bothering someone!!! These keyboards are an awesome idea. Thank you

Angela Says: September 16, 2008 at 7:15 am

I definitely need this keyboard as a coworker has complained numerous times about the loudness of my typing. I have tried two silent keyboards so far – the first one was useless as it cut down on my productivity (I write reports all day long) because getting a key to register required too much force and so it cut down on my typing speed considerably. Next one worked fine at first, but I’ve had it for a year now and it’s starting to exhibit the same problems as the first keyboard, so now productivity is down considerably. I went back to using the keyboard right on the laptop to try and get some work done and promptly got yelled at again for typing too loud.

Jordi Says: October 13, 2008 at 12:23 am

Someone knows where to buy this keyboard? Thanks.

MT Says: October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Maybe more silent keyboards are better, as evidenced by this article:

MT Says: October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Okay, so maybe sound wasn’t the point. Anyone know of a keyboard that doesn’t give off electromagnetic waves?

pieholeninjas Says: November 9, 2008 at 9:48 am

I SO need one of these!! We do a live internet radio show in conjunction with our video chat room. I type a lot in the room during the show and my microphone pics up everything…especially the clicking of my keyboard!

Fallon Says: December 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Actually, I type on a very very noisy keyboard, that clicks and sticks cause of it’s age. And I type very very fast and all you can hear is tap tap tap tap. Personally, it does not bother me. But I have family members who hate the noise so much that they ban me from the computer, even if I try to type as gently and slow as possible. Yeah, messed up. I know. It offends me that the “noise” is so bothersome, but appearantly it is to other people. I’m trying to save up for a laptop, but I guess to hold me over, I need one of these.

RandomGuy Says: July 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

Just for the record…my co-worker recently told me my typing was too loud, and it was starting to bother her. She said she was having trouble concentrating. I wish I could tell her what I really wanted…but I couldn’t…and that’s why I’m here.

Darrell Says: July 30, 2009 at 11:38 am

If anyone says keyboards can’t be loud. You should try sleeping at 5am with your girlfriend who is a Medical Transcriptionist typing away at her computer. It’s damn loud.

JB Says: April 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I have never left a post before, but laughed myself into writing this one. Reference not needing a quiet keyboard, are you kidding.
I am in medical school at 47 yo and the whole reason we cant use keyboards in class is due to the noise. In study groups the noisier keyboards are very annoying, my external keyboard for my laptop clanks away and is complained about so much that I am searching for a quiet one. I have desired a silent key stroke for a long time, due to speaking on the phone and not wanting the other party able to hear me type.
I would say ultra quiet keyboards are more than a niche and will grow in popularity and preference as manufacturers raise the bar. Thus how I found this website, because I was searching for a 2nd keyboard that is ULTRA QUIET! So those who wrote the long agonizing rants, who are obviously full of themselves and limited in their vision for consumer consumption preferences, (say that 10 times) find your honey-do list and do something productive and meaningful. Thats all…

jessica Says: May 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

To those saying this is a ridiculous product – there is a pretty unknown hearing affliction out there called hyperacusis –

Essentially, normal sounds that you probably wouldn’t notice resonate extremely loud in their ears, causing a very painful reaction. Hyperacusis can be very crippling – there are many venues I can’t go because of the loudness of certain noises (library, restaurants, etc). My work performance is stunted because I can’t bear the sound of typing, causing lack of focus, etc.

Anyway, enough of that – not looking to whine, just a bit of understanding when it comes to the merit of such a product.

For me personally I can’t wait to try this product at the office.

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