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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 '16 at 22:04
  • What's your budget? – 0-60FPS Dec 28 '16 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 '16 at 22:15
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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.

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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).

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  • this looks great, but unfortunately its very pricey and there wouldn't be enough buttons. – Aasim Azam Dec 29 '16 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 '16 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 '16 at 0:38

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