- Brand Name: Iogear
- Model Number: GKM581R
- Keyboard Description: QWERTY
- Color: Black
- Hardware Platform: PC
IOGEAR 2.4 GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel GKM581R (Black)
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- Ergonomic Wireless 2.4GHz Keyboard with Built-in Optical Trackball, Left/Right Buttons and Scroll Wheel Features
- 2.4GHz Technology Offers Greater Wireless Range Up to 33 Feet Away from Your Computer/Home Theater PC
- Built-in Left and Right Mouse Buttons with Built-in Scroll Wheel
- Built-in Optical Trackball with 1000DPI
- Perfect Solution for Digital Living Rooms or PC to TV
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Unfortunately, IOGear has not improved the trackball design from previous models, which others have complained about in Amazon reviews. Out of the box, it felt gritty and rough. This has smoothed out somewhat over time, but is still far from perfect. It also wobbles in its socket, which makes for a wholly unsatisfying experience and reduces accuracy. I use a Logitech Marble Mouse with my office computer, which is so smooth and accurate that it makes the IOGear trackball seem like an afterthought. If only IOGear would improve this one critical part, the keyboard would be the perfect addition to our home entertainment system.Read more ›
I've been using this lapboard/keyboard for my HTPC and have been very happy with the performance and features.
It hasn't had any connection issues, all keys work as expected, battery life has been great so far, the additional function keys are used often, the track-ball and mouse buttons really do work well in place of a mouse.
I've tried a few other products like wireless keyboard and mouse sets and mini keyboards and this IO Gear lapboard has by far been the best experience yet.
I particularly like the mouse functions including the scroll wheel which actually even has a button function built into it... and the feel of this keyboard in your hands is fantastic.
I'm glad someone has put all the right pieces into a keyboard designed for the emerging home-theater PC market.
One thing to watch for is if the keyboard starts to triple click on all mouse selections it is due to the rapid-fire mode being selected.
In my opinion this is a great product by IO Gear!
Too bad because ergonomically this thing is perfect. They should have spent another 10 bucks on a better trackball as I would have gladly paid it.
This will go back for a refund and I'll continue my search for the perfect keyboard.
UPDATE 12/07/2011: IOGEAR contacted me and I RMA'd the unit. Their instructions required that I ship UPS or FedEx and use *2 inches* of foam on each side of the original box of the unit. Odd since the unit was shipped to me loose in a box with no foam. I spent $14 on shipping - *my expense*. They have now returned to me a refurbished unit to replace the new one I had originally purchased. And guess what, the replacement unit doesn't work! I have tried it with 3 computers and on each one it works for the first 3 seconds and then quits (even with brand new batteries, etc I tried everything). At least the first unit I had worked most of the time at a distance of 3 feet from the receiver. This one wont even do that. So, I asked for a simple refund and am being refused. Just in case anyone may be tempted to think I may not know what I am doing: I own a different model IOGEAR board that I use at home without issue (GKM561R). It works fine on the computers that I am trying to use this one on. They want a 3rd chance to try to send a unit that works. I am 2 months into this fiasco and I have no choice so I am going to send this one back - again. At least this time they agreed to pay shipping. Well, you have been warned. It really is a shame because this product feels really nice in the hand and on the lap.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do not buy. Like others have stated, it works fine for about 2 days and then is a paper weight. track ball will still work, but keyboard will not work. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Haverkamp
Works just fine...seems more like a toy than something you can actually use at work. Keys are just different enough that it was too hard to really get accustomed to so I only used... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JoBuck
I have a number of these in my house, anywhere there is a computer HDMI’d to a flat screen across the room. I have tried different ones for this application. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Danny Hill
I've had this for over a year and its worked fine but now I cannot remove the function button setting limited the keyboard use to just a trackball.Published 16 months ago by Rob Castillo
It does the job... it does lose the connection easily so if you want to by a wireless keyboard, go for the other IOGEAR version... its way better and less bulkyPublished 22 months ago by Felipe Amigo
Ergonomically this keyboard is perfect for an HTPC setup. It's supposed to have a 30 ft range but if I'm any further than 15 ft it stops responding until I walk closer.Published 23 months ago by Robert Taylor