Microsoft’s cleverly integrated a fingerprint reader into its latest keyboard accessory, but removed some important aspects of what makes their line of keyboards easy to use. It’s great for quick logins, and definitely looks cool, but typing on it might not be the most comfortable experience.
Made for one click logins
The new $129 Modern Keyboard features a smartly disguised fingerprint sensor to the right of the right-hand Alt key. Its fingerprint sensor is compatible with Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric login feature that lets you get in your Windows device with your face or fingerprint (you need Windows Hello-compatible hardware, though). As soon as you register your fingerprints, you can log in using Windows Hello Fingerprint Authentication without using your password, saving some time and sparing you problems associated with the occasional memory lapse.
It also works with Windows Hello-supported apps, so you can approve app purchases with a single key press. With both wired and Bluetooth connectivity,…
If you’re like me, you can’t stand having to switch keyboard modes just to hit an exclamation mark or comma in the middle of a body of text. The thing is, this is Gboard’s default setting. Fortunately, there’s a really simple way to fix it.
You’ll need to jump into Gboard’s settings menu—there are a couple of ways to do this.
Open the keyboard in a text field, then long-press the button to the right of the symbols key and slide over to the gear icon….
You know the PC gaming-peripheral market is booming when everyone is making a mechanical keyboard and a mouse with a bunch of extra features.
Like Razer, Kingston, and others, Creative Labs wants to capture the attention (and the cash) of people who play a lot of games on PC. To do that, the company already has a handful of excellent speaker systems and external USB sound cards, but now it also has a keyboard-and-mouse set to go along with its other products. The Vanguard K08 keyboard ($140) and Siege M04 mouse ($70) are available now, and they provide a satisfying, reliable experience that looks especially pretty when you pair them with Sound BlasterX audio equipment running the company’s RGB LED lighting system.
What you’ll like
High-quality look and feel
The Vanguard and Siege have a striking appearance. I think Sound BlasterX’s lighting is starting to win me over compared to the other LED RGB options on the market, and a big part of that is the consistency between the products. Setting up the lighting to work in unison between the keyboard, mouse, and speakers (like the 2.1 Kratos system) creates a cohesive visual package that I find highly appealing.
But it’s not just the lighting that makes this set so attractive. The Vanguard keyboard has a nice matte-black finish on a solid piece of rubbery plastic for the plate beneath the keys. The keycaps themselves use a shinier material that more closely matches the Siege mouse’s arching palm rest. On the edges of that device, you’ll again find a matte material — only this time it’s a fully rubber material that leads me into the ease of use.
The textured grips surprised me, as they’re quite useful. The Siege has a more traditional mouse design than some of the more ergonomic models on the market,…
Windows 10’s handwriting keyboard allows you to enter text into any application with a pen or other stylus. It even works on old desktop applications.
This feature is separate from the Windows Ink Workspace, which directs you to applications with special support for pen input. The handwriting keyboard allows you to use a stylus in any application.
Finding the Handwriting Keyboard
This feature is built into Windows 10’s touch keyboard. To open it, tap the touch keyboard icon next to the clock on your taskbar.
If you don’t see the keyboard icon on your taskbar, right-click or long-press on your taskbar and enable the “Show touch keyboard button” option in the context menu.
Tap the keyboard button at the bottom right corner of the touch keyboard.
Tap the handwriting keyboard icon, which looks like a pen over an empty panel.
The handwriting input keyboard appears. By default, it spans the entire width of your display. To shrink it, tap the “Undock” button to the left of the “x” on the top right corner of the panel.
Touch the title bar of the panel with your stylus or finger to drag it around your screen and position it wherever you want it.
Once you switch to the handwriting input panel, it will automatically appear whenever you tap or click the keyboard icon on your taskbar. You’ll need to tap the keyboard button at the bottom of the touch input keyboard to select the default touch keyboard if you want to use it.
Writing With the Handwriting Keyboard
You can input text in any application with a text input field. For example, we’ll be using Notepad…