This Keyboard's Numpad Doubles as a Gesture-Friendly Touchpad

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If you want to take advantage of all the handy gesture shortcuts in Windows 8, but would rather skip the tablet or touchscreen display, Elecom's got a new space-saving keyboard that's right up your alley. It's a full-sized wireless keyboard complete with a dedicated number pad that does double-duty as a gesture-compatible touchpad.

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When it drops in December for around $105, the Elecom TK-FDP055BK will also be able to used like a laptop's trackpad for controlling the cursor and performing more common gestures like scrolling. But at the push of a button it will revert back to functioning like a typical number pad. Accountant-types who work with numbers all day might not appreciate the lack of physical keys, but the average PC user should find the added functionality more useful, particularly if they've already updated to the latest version of Windows.

Illustration for article titled This Keyboards Numpad Doubles as a Gesture-Friendly Touchpad
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[Elecom via Akihabara News]

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For those heavy data entry folks putting in loads of numbers, a non-tactile num pad doesn't have much appeal. But for the rest of the world, a dedicated num pad equals a waste of space 99% of the time. This is a a brilliant solution to the keyboard/trackpad space concerns of most users. Well done!