Computer Input Devices

Explore the interactivity between keyboards and mice and your machine. Learn about the different types of keyboards and mice, what QWERTY means.

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As casual computer users shift to touchscreens, wear patterns on computer keyboards have evolved, affecting suppliers of replacement letters.

By Patrick J. Kiger

It's been called a $28,000 keyboard, but actually the Xynergi keyboard is part of a desktop media production center package. Can it revolutionize the media editing industry?

By Jonathan Strickland

With the rise of the optical mouse, it appears that the venerable wheeled mouse is in danger of extinction. What makes an optical mouse better, and how does it work?


With all the extras and options that are available for new computer keyboards, it's hard to believe that their design originated with mechanical typewriters. Now just look at all they can do!

By Jeff Tyson, Tracy V. Wilson & Chris Pollette

The QWERTY keyboard dates all the way back to the first typewriters. Why are the keys arranged this way, rather than alphabetically?

By Chris Pollette

The mouse might just be the computer user's best friend. Every day of your computing life, you reach out for your mouse whenever you want to move your cursor or activate something. Learn how this human-machine interface translates your movements into

By Marshall Brain & Carmen Carmack