Many laptops simply do not have the space to allocate to a normal numeric keypad – something many of us are used to using on external keyboards or home computers. This simple-but-brilliant solution by Adesso combines keypad functionality to accommodate a traveler who does not wish to bring an entire extra keyboard.
Housed within clear plastic casing, the keypad not only ads a functional dimension to an ordinary mouse – it also makes use of the underlying keys as an aesthetic expression of the multiple functions of this portable gadget. For those of us who like to crunch numbers on the go this is an essential mouse to pack along. One does have to wonder, though, whether it would be annoying to use.
More from B&H Photo, where you can buy it:
“The Adesso AKP-170 is a unique device that combines an optical mouse with a full numeric keypad. Ideal for laptop users who don’t have a numeric keypad on their computer, the AKP-170 provides a simple plug-and-play solution that keeps clutter to a minimum.”
“The mouse has a 1000dpi optical sensor for smooth, precise tracking. It can be used by left or right-handed users, and features a scroll wheel for easily browsing websites and documents. To access the keypad, simply flip open the transparent plastic cover, and use it as you would any other keypad.”
“Founded in 1994, Adesso has become a design manufacturer of computer peripherals and mobile accessories, including webcams, keyboards, mice, trackballs, touchpads, headsets, graphic tablets, document scanners, barcode scanners, receipt printers, cash drawer, hubs, docking station, wireless charger, and TAA compliant products. Beside looking towards tomorrow’s pioneering designs and technology to ensure to be a leading provider, we also serve the needs of each customer. Customer service is the most important aspect of our business, and we want to be there when you need us.”