The X-Bows Keyboard started from the Kickstarter a few years ago. It has an unusual keyboard pattern, and it claimed to balance performance and comfort. That is a very attractive slogan. So, I bought one to test it out for USD$125 (Non-LED backlight version).
I took about two weeks shipped from China to Australia. Firstly, I have to admire their customer support very promptly. They answered my question unless than 24 hours. Secondly, their built quality is excellent; the keyboard feels solid. Thirdly, the pattern of the keyboard is quite unusual. It took me three days to adapt. After I get used to the pattern, the typing is fast, very similar to the standard keyboard. Moreover, it is quite ergonomic; it is a natural hand position.
Besides, the wrist rest is very high quality. I cannot find anyone as comfort as like this one
However, there are some downsides. Firstly, you have to very careful to update the firmware. First times, I did that. I "killed" my keyboard. Please do not worry, after I contacted their support team, and they gave me a software to reflash the ROM. Then it works again. Another downside is the keyword switch is Gateron, not cherry MX. I found the typing experience is a bit less comfortable than cherry.
In general, I love this keyboard.
Finally, Raspberry Pi 4 is released. It got 3x higher performance 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, and you can choose 1Gb, 2GB and 4GB. That is very useful if you are doing machine learning. Moreover, it supports:
- Full-throughput Gigabit Ethernet
-Dual-band 802.11ac wireless networking and Bluetooth 5.0
-Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports
- Dual monitor support, at resolutions up to 4K
- VideoCore VI graphics
- 4Kp60 hardware decode of HEVC video
That is more powerful computer. I think even you can use it to replace your home desktop. For basic model (1gb RAM) $59.95 and the top model (4GB) $94.95.
But the down side, it sounds more power is required. The input power is 5V 3A USB-C. Moreover, that is much more expensive.
I watched some important parts of WWDC 2019. The long waited New Mac Pro is finally released. It will 28 Cores Xeon, 1.5TB RAM, dual graphic cards. That sounds a beast to do the video rendering. That sounds cool. I wish to say "I want it", but that will be available on Fall 2019 + starting price is USD$6K! That is not a affordable price tag for me!
IKEA is the name of furniture store, my blog is about IT. Mentioning their product in my blog, it does not make very sense. Actually, IKEA sells some IT gadgets and they are with good value too. Recently, I bought a USB Type-C cable for AUD$7.99. In other places, I think I need to spend at least 10 dollars. Moreover, It has a durable textile surface, it looks nice and that is more durable! I highly recommended this product, super value for money
Last year, I visited Hong Kong. One of Souvenirs I bought for myself is 1st Player Keyboard Rose Fire Keyboard. This is my first real mechanical keyboard and I just paid HKD$398. That is very very value for money. I used that for almost a year. I loved it. The built quality is not bad. It sounds firms. Moreover, it has "Cherry MX"(I am not sure that is an authentic cherry switch or other brands ) blue switch. That is very good for typing. I love it! Although it only has a single color black lighting, I am not a gamer, that is not a deal for you. It has a few model of flashing black-lighting, that is already quite fun for me. I love this keyboard and that is very very value for money.