Aside from the genovation/x-keys specialist keyboards, I am looking for a qwerty keyboard that I can program to shortcuts for software like Photoshop, Sound Forge, Vegas etc.

I'd need the keyboard

  • to be back lit
  • to have key caps that can be taken off the board (I'd like to sand off the face and apply a transparent print to it)
  • to have software that comes with it (don't have time to use ahk and all that)
  • [edit] be used as a second keyboard without it interfering with my laptop keyboard

Would like it (not necessary)

  • to be Compact (my laptop is 480mm wide) - something about the same width would be perfect
  • silent keys
  • carry case

I know of the Razer deathstalker, but it doesn't seem I can remove the caps.

[edit] My budget is upto £100.

  • Would you be open to simpler "key automation"/shortcut software?
    – 0-60FPS
    Dec 28, 2016 at 22:04
  • What's your budget?
    – 0-60FPS
    Dec 28, 2016 at 22:08
  • key automation"/shortcut software, is ok as long as it requires no coding and long winded set up. HID macros, lua macros ahk is all out of the question.
    – Aasim Azam
    Dec 28, 2016 at 22:15

2 Answers 2


The Logitech G910 Orion Spark seems to fit your criteria. I am not a fan of the switches, but you might like them considering you want silent keys.

On Newegg, it is about £10 more than your budget.

It is definitely backlit, has removable keys, and has software to customize the lighting.

There are 9 programmable keys, which can be used for basically anything.


Perhaps it is not what you really wants, but the palette gear solution looks very good in terms of customability and compatibility with Adobe products.

With such a device you can:

  • Keep your keyboard / mouse for the normal use
  • have sliders, potentiometers or buttons in the order you want
  • configure each controls to your needs and per software

I did not try it myself but a French magazine tried and they had a good feedback about it (and this is my feeling as well).

  • this looks great, but unfortunately its very pricey and there wouldn't be enough buttons.
    – Aasim Azam
    Dec 29, 2016 at 0:34
  • Yes this is as well the reason I did not try it. Additionally it is not very portable (compared to another keyboard) if you need to use it while traveling
    – рüффп
    Dec 29, 2016 at 0:37
  • Note however you can add as much controls as you want, but the budget will just get bigger and bigger.
    – рüффп
    Dec 29, 2016 at 0:38

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