An upcoming mini keyboard was teased for the first time, and to say it looks a bit quirky would be an understatement. The Shrimp, as the keyboard is called, is a small device made for gaming on the go.
Equipped with just the necessary buttons, this keyboard won’t help you type an email or chat with your colleagues, but it could be an interesting alternative to using a full-size keyboard on a gaming laptop.
we have seen many mini keyboards for gaming over the years, like the Corsair K7 Pro, but this isn’t it. The Shrimp gaming keyboard is a tiny device with only a handful of keys, making it completely useless for anything other than gaming. At the same time, it still maintains a proper keyboard layout.
Unlike some mini gaming keyboards, the Shrimp uses a full third of a full-size keyboard, covering the keys needed for movement and some key bindings more commonly used in gaming. There is one difference from standard keyboards, though, and it’s at the top: the numbers and function keys are combined into a single row.
At first glance, the keyboard looks a bit fun, but the colorful layouts tilt that impression in the direction of “cute” rather than “ridiculous.” It looks like Nordic Game Supply (NGS) will be releasing the device in various colors and art schemes, ranging from a semi-traditional, mostly black design to a mix of pinks and oranges. The keyboard also comes with a textured magnetic pad.
The Shrimp comes with Gateron G Pro switches and a total of 25 classic Cherry keys. The lettering on the keys is large and comes with a range of RGB lighting options. NGS also added some sound dampening tricks to the device, and the keys will supposedly be easy to map. According to the press release, first shared by TechPowerUpno additional software will be required to map the keys to match your needs.
At the top of the keyboard, you’ll find two knobs, presumably used as media controls. The keyboard can be connected via USB-C and is said to be compatible with desktop PCs, gaming laptops, and PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles. Unfortunately, the company has yet to reveal the availability and price of the new product.
For most gamers, the use case for this keyboard will be quite limited. If you are already at home and playing games, you can also choose one of the best gaming keyboards that also allows you to do something else from time to time. However, if you tend to play on the go, shrimp could come in handy. It will fit in a backpack and still should be more comfortable to play than a regular laptop keyboard.