If there is one subset of PC hobbyists that can simultaneously become a rabbit hole and an obsession, it's those who are enamored with mechanical keyboards.
These fans create custom keyboards, cobbled together from bespoke keycaps and individually suited switches in order to make their perfect input device. It is a fun hobby and can be an expensive one. For those looking to level up, Scharon Harding at Ars Technica has the story of an awesome keyboard in Elvish, the fictional language from Lord of the Rings.
The Drop + The Lord of the Rings Dwarvish and Elvish Keyboards ($169) are the first to gain official Lord of the Rings licensing, Drop said in its announcement. The keyboards build on Drop's November release of The Lord of the Rings keycap sets, also written in Elvish and Dwarvish, and follow Drop's Lord of the Rings artisan keycaps made from resin.
Drop's new prebuilt keyboards target people who want a keyboard J.R.R. Tolkien would be proud of but don't necessarily want to go on a Tolkien-style epic journey to build their own.
Drop's Elvish keyboard has legends written in actual translations of the Tolkien-created languages of Sindarin Elvish and, for the modifier keys, Tengwar, the form of Elvish found in that oh-so-special ring.Ars Technica
For anyone who is more than a casual fan of Tolkien, these are really cool and given how much people type without looking at the keys, I'd think it wouldn't be a stretch to use this on a daily basis. My only quibble is no number pad is built into any of these setups. I know many modern keyboards have eliminated that section, but when a keyboard costs only a few dollars more than Apple's already-overpriced units, Drop really should offer whatever options you want.
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