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March 22, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Keyboard box

KeyboardMichael Lee writes:

The ultimate input device? How did they come up with that?

It's a standard boring keyboard!


Until they create some sort of brain scan that allows me to think myself into the computer, the keyboard is, indeed, the ultimate input device. You can do everything on it! I love my keyboard (which I actually stole from Mike Lee)

Posted by: Kowgod at March 22, 2006 12:17 AM

Not broken and very very true. What input device has changed the way we work, shop and play? The keyboard.

Posted by: Mike Robin at March 22, 2006 01:04 AM

My girlfriend has a different opinion on what MY ultimate input device is.(shameful dirty joke)

but seriously I would say semi-broken because it is useless "chatter" for just a keyboard.

Posted by: Timm at March 22, 2006 01:55 AM

true. Although "Ultimate Input Device" may seem a bit over-the-top, the keyboard is, by-far, the best input device we got. Its the only input device a computer is near-impossible to work without (of course its harder without a mouse, but everything except image editing can be done without one). Not broken, just exaggerated.

Posted by: Julo at March 22, 2006 01:59 AM

"Ultimate Input Device"? That's nothing.

I give you:

Mr Almighty Clips II!

(Yes, I assure you, that is what it's called on the box. Version I wasn't Almighty enough, apparently.)

I actually bought one of these. It is a very good thing for holding other things - meant to be for painting model parts, but usable for soldering and such as well. I don't know about "Almighty", though.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter at March 22, 2006 02:24 AM


even if a keyboard IS the ultimate input device that doesn't make it terribly sensible to have it written in eye-catching text across a totally standard prouct

i mean they're not fooling anyone right, it's just a run-of-the-mill generic keyboard

it's not like they market generic cars with ULTIMATE COMBUSTION-POWERED TRANSPORTATION

i mean why would you even market keyboards in general, as ultimate input devices, and not your specific keyboard? kinda stupid

not like they have any competition anyway

Posted by: Zoot Suitor at March 22, 2006 05:19 AM

Depends what you're going to do with it. I mean, for gaming, I actually prefer using it in conjunction with the mouse. I can't imagine it being your ultimate input device for graphic editing, either...

Posted by: Alden Bates at March 22, 2006 06:22 AM

It's the ultimate input device for the most ultimate extreme keyboarding experience! Yessssssssssssssss! Lame...

Posted by: Ron Mexico at March 22, 2006 07:58 AM

While we're on the subject, Das Keyboard should get a mention.

Posted by: julian at March 22, 2006 08:25 AM

wow the Das Keyboard includes three Windows application keys... I guess you find out where and what they do by trial and error?

Posted by: falcon at March 22, 2006 09:47 AM

I have no quibble with the notion that the keyboard is the best (available) input device. But "ultimate" doesn't mean "best" -- it means "last". And there's no doubt that the keyboard will not be the "last" input device.

Even funnier, when you know what "ultimate" really means, is to hear someone use "penultimate" as if it meant "better than ultimate". It actually means "second to last".

If you ever come in fourth place in a competition, it sounds much better to say you finished in the anteprepenultimate position.

Posted by: E.T. at March 22, 2006 11:08 AM

E.T. has got it.

(Keyboard rolls off assembly line)

The Ultimate Input Device!

(Keyboard rolls off assembly line)

No, THIS is The Ultimate Input Device!

(Keyboard rolls off assembly line)

No, THIS is The Ultimate Input Device!


Posted by: Pat at March 22, 2006 11:40 AM

so which one do you use more, the keyborad or the mouse

Posted by: Ben at March 22, 2006 12:53 PM

I agree that ultimate means "last." Therefore, I think keyboards are the penultimate input device, and mice are the ultimate because they came along later. If another popular input device comes along, then keyboards and mice will have to move down one slot.

Oh wait, other popular input devices HAVE come along after the mouse: Digital cameras, web cams, cell phone keypads, flash card readers, scanners, etc.

Posted by: Another Bob at March 22, 2006 03:18 PM

Reminds me of the camera with the lens made out of the ultimate space age material. It was plastic rather than glass.

Posted by: Dennis at March 22, 2006 03:30 PM

I bet is calling it an iPod killer as we speak.

Posted by: Capt. Wafer at March 22, 2006 06:46 PM

It would be at least impressive if it were a dvorak keyboard.

Posted by: LagunaLoire-Leonhart at March 22, 2006 08:35 PM

It would be at least impressive if it were a dvorak keyboard.

Posted by: LagunaLoire-Leonhart at March 22, 2006 08:35 PM

I guess Dvorak keyboards let you type twice as fast as qwerty keyboards.

Posted by: E.T. at March 22, 2006 11:35 PM

after using qwerty keyboards for so long I would think it would take too much of a learning curve to use a Dvorak Keyboard..

Posted by: infinity306 at March 23, 2006 12:35 AM

It is definitely one of many ultimate input devices.

Posted by: Improfane at March 23, 2006 01:58 AM

Ultimate can refer to the last in a series, but doesn't necessarily imply a chronological series. It also refers to the greatest possible size or significance, the maximum, the utmost, or the extreme. Therefore "The Ultimate Input Device" might refer to the biggest, the best, the one with the most significance, etc.

"This is the ultimate comment on the subject of keyboards" might be an incorrect statement, but it wouldn't be because someone posted after me.

So ultimate really does mean last -- just last on any list counted down from least to most.

Posted by: GMoney at March 23, 2006 12:35 PM

The Keyboard

It's the ULTIMATE input device!

Everything else is child's play.

Mice are for sissies.

Microphones are for whimps.

Tablets are cheap.

See, they could've gone farther.

Posted by: James at March 25, 2006 12:22 AM

I actually do use dvorak.

Posted by: LagunaLoire-Leonhart at March 25, 2006 01:03 AM

Even if keyboards in general are the best so far, the one mentioned is a STANDARD keyboard. No volume keys, no internet key, no help button, or all the other things that go on those fancy keyboards like this:

And to all the people saying "not broken!" it's not nessesarily broken, but it's a JUST FOR FUN

Posted by: im_an_alien at March 25, 2006 10:52 AM

Of corse! It is encased in clear plastic. Perfect for fending off the college student's beer.

Wonder what that warning lable says just above the up arrow? Keyboard may appear more ultimate than it actually is.

Posted by: Kris at March 30, 2006 07:55 PM

Make fun all you want, but don't you wish it was you who came up with the advertising slogan used and are now sitting on a pile of money earned for coming up with it and royalties paid for its use on the product box?

Posted by: Tom at March 31, 2006 06:30 AM

most likely the person who came up with that slogan is an underpaid advertising slave like myself, and as such is not sitting on a pile of money but behind a computer.

Posted by: w at April 3, 2006 06:42 PM

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