QGeeM Hubboard – £ 54.90 from Amazon
(about $ 70)
This nifty device from QGeeM traverses a laptop docking station with a keyboard. The design is certainly innovative, but it’s a serious shame that it doesn’t have a PC built in.
Vendors have long toyed with the idea of integrating keyboards into desktop PCs – after all, this is how the first mainstream computers were introduced to budding hobbyists as early as the 1970s.
Fast forward to today and a Chinese company with an unorthodox name (QGeeM) released a keyboard with many ports, but unfortunately without a computer – and that’s a massive disappointment.
The hubboard, as it’s called, pushes 11 ports into a tiny keyboard; You get everything you need and more. There’s an old VGA port, three USB ports, two USB Type-C ports (one powered), a Gigabit Ethernet port, a microSD card slot, an SD card slot, an audio port, and an HDMI Port that can be output at 4K.
There are a number of obvious problems with the device, however. There is no numeric keypad (let alone a touchpad). While it’s great for composing a quick email, you’ll be craving an input peripheral in no time.
For some reason, QGeeM also opted for a very cramped chassis with hardly any space between the keys, and the function and cursor keys are also squashed.
We would have liked a built-in computer (Android or Windows) that would have made this kit even more useful. When you add a battery, look at a headless laptop.
For those who want to see what a Windows-based keyboard PC could look like, here one from 2008, one from 2016 (which is also rubberized), another from the same year and last but not least, Asus’ exquisite Eee PC keyboard from 2010.
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