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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Iogear
  • Model: GKM581R
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.4 x 8.6 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004DJB6HK
  • Item model number: GKM581R
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 23, 2010

Product Description

IOGear's innovative new 2.4GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel gives you the comfort and freedom of 33 feet wireless connectivity between you and your PS3 or other game console, home theater PC/computer and HDTV. The ergonomic design is contoured on the back of the keyboard enhancing the user experience by comfortably resting on your lap, making the way you wirelessly interact with your content easier, efficient, and practical for continuous usage. It's the ideal solution for continuous usage by optimizing comfort and convenience with its specially designed contoured fitting. The On-Lap Keyboard also has a very well thought out placement of an additional left click button on same side as the trackball for convenient, practical and precise singlehanded navigation. No driver needed, just plug in the included USB RF Receiver and you're ready to go.

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Customer Reviews

UPDATE 12/07/2011: IOGEAR contacted me and I RMA'd the unit.
David Richards
My brother bought me this keyboard which stopped working completely after a few months.
Carrissima
You'd spend more time going back to fix missed key presses then composing your email.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tolopko on January 14, 2011
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Bought this for my home theater PC, running Linux. The size, weight, keyboard layout, typing feel, and battery life are all great. It's well balanced in the hands, and I can easily type one-handed while standing up, say, for entering a username and password while browsing the web. The wireless sensitivity appears to work as advertised, having used it at distances well over 20' from my computer. There is a "left" mouse button on the front right of the keyboard, so you can use just your right hand for pointing and clicking, unless you need to use the "right" mouse button. Then you have to use your left hand to operate the mouse buttons on the left side of the keyboard. These left-side mouse buttons take a little getting used to, since my brain is wired to operate mouse buttons with only my right hand. But after a day or two of use these left-side buttons feel naturally placed. I've also come to rely heavily on the the scroll wheel on the front left of the keyboard. The Home/End/PgUp/PgDown keys are conveniently positioned in the right-most column of keys right next to the trackball, making for easy page navigation during web browsing, PDF reading, etc.

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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Kinyon on December 30, 2010
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I received the keyboard earlier than expected after I put in my Pre-Order purchase... was great to get early.

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!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Husband on February 20, 2011
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This would be a really sweet keyboard if only the trackball worked all the time. It's very rough, hard to accurately place the cursor and works only about 75% of the time before it freezes. Also on my unit the 'T' key was very soft. It worked but you had to look to make sure.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Richards on October 22, 2011
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ORIGINAL REVIEW: I have used this keyboard for 2 days now. It has a very nice form factor. Too bad it's useless. I can only operate the keyboard at a max distance of about 3 feet from the receiver. Beyond that it is so inconsistent as to be useless. I have tried new batteries to replace the rechargeable ones it came with. That didn't help. I bought it for the TV room. But I can't use it from the couch because the distance is too far (about 6 feet). For the cost, this is totally unacceptable.

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.
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