This keyboard for creatives has built-in SD & microSD card slots, HDMI and a USB hub

Feb 24, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This keyboard for creatives has built-in SD & microSD card slots, HDMI and a USB hub

Feb 24, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1162709196/kolude-keyhub-all-in-one-keyboard

Computer keyboards are all fairly standard these days, with very few exceptions. You’ve got the standard, normal, boring keyboards for PCs and Macs, then you’ve got the hot looking gaming keyboards with their backlit Cherry MX keys and 3 million macro buttons, and then there are the speciality keyboards, like Blackmagic’s editing keyboard for DaVinci Resolve.

But what if there were one designed specifically for creatives? While the Kolude KD-K1 (currently on Kickstarter) does offer benefits for gamers and regular office workers, it’s a decent looking bit of kit for creatives, too, thanks to SD and microSD card slots, HDMI output and a built-in USB hub.

It’s currently funding through Kickstarter with early bird prices starting at $109 with shipping expected in June. Unlike most keyboards, there’s no wire coming out of it, just an array of ports and sockets on the back. One of the USB sockets gets wired into your computer, which enables the keyboard and all of the other devices.

Those ports include an HDMI 2.0 socket capable of 4K 30Hz video for expanding or mirroring your computer’s desktop, three USB 3.0 and a single USB 2.0 socket, a USB C host/data transfer socket, and a USB C Power Delivery (PD) socket that supports up to 100W. It’s compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux but also with Android and some iPad Pros.

Overall, it looks pretty handy for creatives, whether it stays on the desktop or you take it with you on the go. The only thing that looks like a bit of a downside is that the microSD and SD card slots appear to only be UHS-I. It doesn’t say on the campaign, but there’s no mention of UHS-II anywhere, which usually means they’re UHS-I. So, if you’re working with UHS-II cards, you’ll still need a separate, faster reader.

If you want to get one of your own, you can head on over to Kickstarter and back it now starting at $109. It’s well over its goal and currently has 10 days left. Personally, though, I think I’ll wait until they’ve shipped them out to backers and there are some real-world unbiased reviews out there.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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17 responses to “This keyboard for creatives has built-in SD & microSD card slots, HDMI and a USB hub”

  1. Steven Naranjo Avatar
    Steven Naranjo

    Can some one explain why you would need an hdmi in a keyboard?

    1. Howardo Mansfieldio Avatar
      Howardo Mansfieldio

      Steven Naranjo so you don’t have to reach round the back of the monitor to plug your camera in.

      It’s basically a keyboard with a built in interface/hub.

    2. Steven Naranjo Avatar
      Steven Naranjo

      Howardo Mansfieldio

  2. Carter Tune Avatar
    Carter Tune

    Another boring keyboard? Try the Hacker keyboard, none of the keys are labeled.

  3. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    Looks like a classic designer keyboard, form over function. Round keys are terrible

    1. Kryn Sporry Avatar
      Kryn Sporry

      typewriters used round keys for ages…

  4. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Where is my SITH KEYBOARD I need something FASTER and MORE POWERFUL !

  5. Photoman Ayu Avatar
    Photoman Ayu

    Rubbish keyboard, no one in the video knows how to type. I don’t trust it if the developer can’t get people to act like they can type properly in their promo video.

  6. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    I love the invention of the woord “creative” in product advertisement.
    “Professional” means: “yeah it’s expensive, but who cares, because it’s still a tax write-off”
    “Creative” translates to roughly: “yeah, It’s expensive, but imagine how many IG posts you can you make with this”

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Not everybody who is creative is a professional :)

      1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
        Gvido Mūrnieks

        Basically noone who calls themselves “creative” is a “professional”.
        Just like calling someone a “startup” means not earning any money, but when you start earning money the woord “entrepeneur” is used.
        Basically, when I hear words “creative”, or “startup” I hear “I am unemployed and still living on my parent’s budget”.
        :D

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          A lot of creatives have zero desire to turn it into a business or become a “professional”, and many startup make millions of dollars per year. So… yeah.

          1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
            Gvido Mūrnieks

            Many? Sure! Like, more than 10 in the whole world. Wow – That’s a lot!
            #notall
            ?
            So… yeah: Google some stats about faliuare rate of startups and how many of them make “millions of dolars”. I am sure that “creatives” who don’t wat to become “professional”(and don’t just say it because they can’t) looks pretty the same…

            …fuk. what am I arguing about?

  7. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    So how many hdmi outputs does it have?

  8. Michael Sawyer Avatar
    Michael Sawyer

    Or just put it back in the 2000+ computer just bought

  9. Michael Beckerman Avatar
    Michael Beckerman

    I can tell by looking at those keys that it would be absolutely terrible to actually type on. Why go to all that trouble to cram all those features into a keyboard and then overlook the primary function of the device: typing.

  10. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    Aside from what others have said, the memory slots are in the back? That doesn’t sound really convenient. As someone alluded to , I’d rather just have a comfortable keyboard and a hub.