You know that thing that you type on every single day. The keyboard for your computer? Yea, that. Well, did you know that there have been some created that cost close to $5,000? Crazy, right? How much would you pay for a cool keyboard? Let us take a look at some of the most expensive keyboards ever made – some are quite cool!
HP Japan’s Happy Hacking Professional Keyboard – $4,240
This keyboard costs a pretty little penny…well, actually 424,000 pennies – $4,240! In Japanese, that is 525,000 yen. That’s just simply illogical. I couldn’t imagine paying that much for a keyboard even if it is made to order. They are coated with the Japanese lacquer known as Urushi. Every keyboard that is made gets over 10 coatings then receives a single layer of gold dust sprinkled on the top. The thing about this one is that you HAVE to be an expert typist because there are no symbols printed on the keys of the keyboard.
Stealth Computer’s 2000-ID-DT, 2000-IS-PM – $2,200
Taking your keyboard with you when you will be in hazardous areas? If so, this keyboard is perfect for you as it was specifically designed for hazardous areas. This computer keyboard made by Stealth Computer comes in stainless steel that is non-corrosive and can stand temperatures between below 40F up to 194F. Truly a remarkable keyboard for its price, although it is still out of my price range as well as many others, at $2,200. (You can find cheaper ones but that isn’t the point of this article.)
Fingerworks’ TouchStream LP – $1500
Although Fingerworks no longer produces the TouchStream LP keyboard, it was originally sold for about $340 but now that Fingerworks is no longer the producer of this neat keyboard and you are unable to find them brand new anywhere, you can still search for used one on eBay and other similar sites. However, bear in mind that you’ll be paying a hefty price for a used keyboard – somewhere in the ballpark of about $1,500. One of the best things about this keyboard is that it not only looks cool but also it can easily be folded up and traveled with; therefore, it’s great for the business traveler.
Maltron’s Executive Keyboard – $875
Maltron is a leading producer in keyboards that are said to reduce stress on all of your typing body components such as the wrists, fingers, as well as arms. This particular one is a newer model that Maltron has come out with. The body is made of Stainless Steel and Perspex while the key tops are made out of Polycarbonate. This is the 2D model that comes in at about 550 pounds…checkout the 3D below.
Maltron’s Dual Handed Ergonomic 3D – $690
By the same company as the one above, this Maltron keyboard is in 3D rather than 2D. This keyboard can come in several different layouts: QWERTY, Dvorak, or Maltron. You can also find different versions available such as US and UK English, Swedish, German, French, and Norwegian/Norsk. The 3D version is made so that you are relieving stress on your fingers and wrists when typing by having the keys in a position on the keyboard that goes with your finger’s natural movements. The keyboard is supposedly able to keep your wrists straighter and your hands more relaxed. If you want to add a trackball to this 3D ergonomic keyboard by Maltron, you are looking at an extra 60 pounds on top of the 375 pounds that you will spend on the keyboard alone.
Datahand’s Professional II – $675
How cool would it be to have a keyboard that had been specifically designed to fit your hand size and shape? Thinking it’s impossible? Well, think again. Datahand has created a keyboard that is adjustable and have actually been created in order to increase accuracy as well as speed in typing. It definitely looks funky but it is still considered a computer keyboard. What’s more is that this keyboard is able to reduce the distance between keys by up to 88% than flat keyboards and allows your hands to stay in place with no movement required. For a price tag of $675.00, this thing better be as good as it sounds.