- Brand Name: Belkin
- Model Number: F8E838
- Item Package Quantity: 1
Belkin 2.4 MultiMedia Keyboard w/IR
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Not sure why Amazon doesn't allow me to change the numbers of stars on the review. Well, I need to, because I am kind of disappointed after using this for a few months. The keys on the keyboard have become kind of stiff. Two keys (8 and o) work only if I am lucky. At some point, they completely stopped working. I submitted an RMA request to Belkin (yes, they have an online form for that), but they haven't responded after a month. Anyway, the keys started working sporadically afterwards, and I don't use it much, so I didn't bother to follow up with Belkin on the RMA. But, I am not sure if this is a product that I want to recommend to anyone.
** Original Review **
Installation was easy and straight forward. In the picture, the right portion (the numeric pad) is part of the base that is connected to a USB port. The left portion (the alphabets part of the keyboard) rests on the base for charging and can be removed for wireless operation.
The wireless keyboard works on RF which means it doesn't have to be in a line of sight with the PC. It works very well upto 30ft. The universal remote (of course) uses IR. I haven't really tested this part.
The mouse is on the top end of the keyboard with the track ball on the right and the click and scroll buttons on the left. It makes it very convenient to hold and operate. The track ball needs a little getting used to.
Overall a good buy for a PC connected to the home theater.
Forget about the A/V stuff, the codes were last published mid-2005 and customer support told me they don't have any newer codes than that. There are no codes that work with any of my components - I can't even control the power on/off on any of them. It would have been wonderful to replace the 5 remotes we have with this keyboard, instead of essentially adding yet another one.
The mouse is a bit funky - it only travels in eight directions (up, down, left, right, and at 45 degree angles). It is not easy to be precise with it, but the control panel for it makes it easy to fine-tune the speed etc, and the scroll wheel works well. I would vastly prefer a single touchpad as on a laptop, but the two-handed mouse and click works ok.
It doesn't always sit well in the charger and sometimes requires fiddling to get it to charge, but so far the battery etc seems to be working great (after a month or so of daily use).
I'm surprised there are so few choices in wireless keyboards with integrated mice - I can only guess there are more to come on the market as people use them in their living rooms as we do. I'm also surprised that this one works as well as it does.
The most annoying problem is that occasionally keys get dropped. I can type fine for a whole day, and then there will be a minute or so where keys are simply ignored. You can hit them ten times and only one gets through.
It's a pity, because this is the only wireless keyboard that I could find without hex keypad, which I need for space reasons.
Btw, this review is for the MediaPilot product that works over RF. Amazon lists two very similar Belkin keyboard that both look like mine.
Additionally, the keyboard is very awkward to hold when it's not docked. It feels like ergonomic/comfort tradeoffs were made to make it dockable. Since the whole point is to use it wirelessly the dock seems unnecessary -- I'd much rather have a good wireless keyboard that doesn't dock than an uncomfortable one that has a docking mode I never use. It feels like the product didn't get the user testing it really needs, especially around the pointing device integration (button placement, mouse sensitivity).
While I really like the idea of a rechargeable, RF keyboard, I'll be switching back to my older, IR based SK-7551.
It's not perfect. The mouse is slow and imprecise and it requires a two-handed operation. It might have been better with an integrated trackball or a touchpad, but it does work and it's sufficient for most "living room" PC tasks. What we use it for is primarily web-surfing/internet lookups, e-mail, and videos/multimedia. Since it is in the living room and uses the TV screen (we have a 50' Sony LCD projection HDTV), we can run it at 1280x1024 and still see it from the couch (about 10-15 feet away).
I've tried using it for the universal remote features and it doesn't really do that well. We have DirecTV and I really haven't found any universal remotes that do DirecTV well. (And I haven't spend the $70+ on the Harmony remote, so I don't know about that one.) So the IR blaster feature on our well-used keyboard really doesn't get used much.
The keyboard is RF so it works great in the many non-line of sight situations I have in my living room with the wife, a baby, and a 10-year old. [Get out of the way, kid!]
I really enjoy being able to sit out in the living room with the family while my wife reads and the kids play and then point out some cool website or video from the internet that they can see then go back to whatever they're doing.
We do not use it for games. I don't think the keyboard would really be good for games, but we just don't do computer games much. (That's what the XBOX and Wii are for!)
The 'o' key is very flaky. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It sounds like a common problem with this keyboard.Read more ›
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This thing is wonderful. Have 2 in use. It uses 2.4Gig RF wireless that works to 30 feet and doesn't disrupt G WiFi. Don't use the IR section but I tested and it works great too. Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by Russell F. Streeper
Some of the keys get stuck before pressing down. The mouse is so very slow. I can't believe the MSRP. I paid $40 and that was still way more than what this thing's worth. Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by Cody Maddox
I have about 30, from my couch to my HTPC and keyboard works fine. Universal remote functions were set very easy.Published on March 25, 2008 by R. Chase
What a serious let down! This product only lasted me one month before the keys were sticking and the typing had a horrible delay due to the poor IR connection. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by Christopher Crabbe
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I love this thing, but over time, the keys get stiffer and stiffer. I started using two fingers occasionally to press the keys. Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by Spencer A. Pratt