By Andrew Liszewski
Ars Technica has just posted a review of the AlphaGrip AG-5 keyboard and mouse alternative. It uses a trackball to take care of cursor movement (and scrolling) and a myriad of strategically placed keys and rocker buttons for the alphabet and function keys. While it looks complicated to learn the manufacturer claims with only a month of practice users can achieve a respectable typing speed of 30-60 words per minute.
Overall the Ars Technica reviewer liked the AlphaGrip, giving it a 7 out of 10. (Mostly because there was no other device to compare it to.) Learning the unique keyboard layout didn’t degrade their standard Qwerty typing skills, which can sometimes happen when learning Dvorak. The biggest advantage of course to its handheld design is that it allows the user to comfortably recline while still using all the functions of their PC.
At $99 the AlphaGrip AG-5 is competitively priced against most higher-end keyboards and is currently available directly from AlphaGrip Inc.