United Keys OLED Keyboard

united_keys_oled_keyboard_02

United Key’s OLED keyboard has nine OLED keys to the left of the normal QWERTY keys. The small OLED displays seem to be about 1.6″ diagonally with each sporting a 64 x 64 pixel format. The QWERTY keys are as good as any normal keyboard goes (I am currently using Apple’s aluminum keyboard, which I prefer). As you can see from the picture the OLED keys can be easily seen during the day and night. Now only if the other keys lit up as well. The mid-section on top of the arrow keys is a bit unusual in that it has just two columns instead of three.

united_keys_oled_keyboard_01

United Keys has developed its OLED keyboard for the primary goal of improving productivity. The OLED keys are customizable to do a number of things and the icons are themselves customizable. United Keys used OLED technology because of power consumption: the keyboard is powered by just a USB connection and does not require additional power.

united_keys_oled_keyboard_03

My main system runs Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. After getting help from United Keys and Foxconn (partner that provides manufacturing and distribution expertise) I was not able to install the software that allows you to customize the OLED keys. I did manage to install it on one of my notebooks running Windows XP Pro SP3. However the software was a bit difficult to use and I didn’t get very far customizing it. I’m not a software programming wizard by any stretch of the imagination but I’m not a newbie either. You’ll need to be patient with the software and take some time learning it before you’ll start to experience productivity gains.

Ron over at OLED-Info made a short video review of the OLED keyboard:

The OLED keyboard is going for a MSRP of US$259.99.

Source: United Keys, OLED-Info, Crunch Gear

Leave a Reply