Positive, why not. Stack Overflow has teamed up with tech retailer Drop to launch this cute little keyboard known as The Key. It’s programmed to do precisely two issues: copy and paste.

The product began as an April Fools’ Day joke earlier this yr — Stack Overflow customers have been proven alerts claiming that they’d a restricted variety of copy / pastes and that they might solely carry that cap by buying The Key. Customers, as Stack Overflow’s blog post notes, have been dissatisfied to seek out out that The Key was not an actual factor they might purchase.

So, you should purchase it now. It’s up for preorder on Drop’s web site for $29. Per the corporate, the following batch is delivery on December thirteenth.

The Key laid horizontally on a white surface, connected to a black cord.

What extra may you want?
Picture: Drop

As you may see, now we have three buttons right here. Now we have C, and now we have V. I’m undecided what the third button is meant to do. That’s tremendous, in fact, as a result of the three keys are literally programmable — you may map them to do no matter job you need.

So there are some respectable pragmatic use circumstances. Initially, if you happen to make the third key a delete key, you may pressure each author to edit their items with this machine, and our articles will in all probability find yourself much more concise and higher for it. Extra realistically, you may think about mapping the keys to lift and decrease brightness, for instance (a setting that’s a ache to regulate on some computer systems), or to finish a Zoom name.

Plus, think about how cool you’d look utilizing this in on a airplane or one thing. Can you actually put a value on a gadget-savvy aesthetic?

The Key’s three keys lined up on a white surface.

That’s Stack Overflow’s emblem on the left.
Picture: Drop

Now, macropads like this aren’t really a brand new idea (although three is a considerably small variety of keys). You may get them throughout Etsy — there’s one which’s actually simply an Escape key.

However along with its distinctive preprogramming, this one does seem significantly well-made. It’s outfitted with Kailh Field Black Switches, which Drop claims will ship “an ultra-smooth linear feel.” The case is CNC-machined aluminum with customized XDA profile keycaps. I’m additionally seeing a USB-C connector on the again of the factor, and there are ft on the underside to maintain it from slipping.

The Key laid horizontally on a white surface next to a black cord.

The twine is greater than the keyboard, however typically that occurs.
Picture: Drop

Oh, and you may as well really feel considerably good about your self whereas shopping for it. Stack Overflow is donating all of its proceeds to digitalundivided, and Drop is donating 5 % of its portion.

So, what are you ready for? Copy and paste away, my pals.


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