Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sony offers PS3 with a keyboard ... a trackpoint

Sony just announced a Bluetooth keyboard for the PlayStation 3 and - unique product - it includes a pointing device. And Sony, instead of proposing a trackpad like in his old keyboards, joined a more rare: a trackpoint. The device used in the IBM (now Lenovo) for years is quite rare now, but it has a (big) advantage: it is compact.

For those who do not know what a trackpoint, it is a kind of miniature joystick incorporated into the middle of the keyboard and sensitive to pressure and tilt. The trackpoint generally requires little training to be controlled, unlike a trackpad that is more intuitive, but it is generally more intuitive and effective once mastered.

For the rest, the keyboard is fairly standard: compact, it is Bluetooth (such as joysticks) and integrates the most common keys. He gives up as many wireless keyboards, numeric keypad and integrity - in addition to the trackpoint - a button "PS" to turn on and off the console. The CECH-ZKB1JP feeds on two AA batteries and will be priced at 5000 yen (about 42 €).

Note that as the PlayStation works with a standard interface for keyboards and mice, Bluetooth HID, this keyboard should be compatible with computers and smartphones.

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