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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2008
Had this combo now for 3 months. Battery life is good (2-3 weeks on rechargables) mouse wheel will flash red when I need to recharge. Keyboard is flat, light weight and has quiet keys. Volume, mute buttons are handy, space bar pauses starts video. I use Ctrl +,- and 0 to increase,decrease,normalize screen size alot. My complaint about this board is the occasional pointer stutter that happens. Occasional being the key word here. This happens with full batts, line of sight with receiver and at around 10 feet. Tolerable as it doesn't happen all the time. Keyboard has only lagged behind my typing once. No complaint there. This has made couch surfing on my 32" panel a lot of fun and wouldn't be without it now. Have given up my laptop armrest surfing for this. Would recommend this (already have) to a friend. Great value.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2009
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I purchased the IOGear GKM551R for use with a media center PC I built myself. I research products to death before I buy anything, especially electronics. There aren't a lot of choices for mid-range wireless keyboard/laser mouse combos that have the appearance (looking at them online) of good quality, decent specifications, and a fairly reputable manufacturer for a reasonable price. I picked the IOGear based on the mostly positive reviews, the specs, and the technical info and access to support/documentation provided on the manufacturer's web site. I passed on products by several better known manufacturers of wireless keyboard/mouse combos such as Microsoft and Logitech. Comparatively, their products are pricey and have a lot of keyboard extras that I don't need or want. I like my keyboards to be just keyboards--not multimedia control centers with a lot of gaudy buttons, dials, strange ergonomic shapes, etc. The IOGear keyboard and mouse seem to be well manufactured and durable. The appearance is sleek. The mouse is a bit on the light side, but with the batteries installed it's not annoyingly light, and it's a laser mouse which is a huge plus at this price range. When I first connected the keyboard and mouse for about a week it acted kind of erratic with losing connectivity and the mouse being unresponsive or intermittent. However, this was while I was setting the system up and installing software, and I had the keyboard/mouse right in front of the computer case where the USB receiver was plugged in. Since I've moved the PC into an entertainment center and the keyboard/mouse are now on the coffee table about 5' away, it has been working flawlessly. This makes me wonder if the wireless receiver was having issues because it was actually *too* close to the keyboard/mouse when I was first using it. The mouse has an on/off switch on it which is good for preserving battery life. The keyboard can be turned on/off using a key combo of *FN*-*ON/OFF*. I don't care for this because since it's a key combo, the only indicator that the keyboard is actually turning on or off is the caps light flashes once. I don't understand why they didn't just put an actual on/off switch on the keyboard like they did with the mouse. I've been using the IOGear primarily for gaming and Web browsing, and so far I'm very satisfied with it, particularly considering the price compared with the other product options out there.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2008
This keyboard and mouse seems to work pretty well. The range is pretty good, and I have my computer enclosed in an entertainment center with no window. The 2.4ghz signal is robust, although occasionally it will miss a keystroke on the keyboard, and the mouse will take a couple seconds to wake up. The only complaint I can see coming up is a short battery life in the keyboard. It's killed one set of batteries after only 2.5 weeks, but it's hard to say if that was the batteries, or the keyboard. All in all, the keys feel good to the touch, the keyboard and mouse are well made, and the mouse is responsive and comfortable. Hard to beat for $45. Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2010
This combo replaces IOGear's GKM541RA and is a major downgrade in several ways. The original used rechargeable batteries and came with a charging stand, this one has a tiny USB transmitter stick. The ergonomics are weird on this one, it might look cool but it feels weird compared to any other "normal" mouse that I've used. It's a tool, it should work and feel normal. The keyboard is now made like a laptop keyboard, they're tiny plastic scissor hinges under the keys which tend to break more, and if you break them they're broken permanently. The previous model (GKM541RA) had removable keys the could be easily pulled out and cleaned. IOGear should be ashamed of themselves. I'm on Amazon right now searching for the old version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2009
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I just got this about 2 weeks ago and it is great so far. Set up was very fast and easy. The keyboard is light and the mouse is standard size but works great. The mouse even works on the carpet and sofa cusion, but obviously works best on a flat surface, so i use a hard cover book while sitting on the couch. I've tested it at about 30ft from the TV and it still works fine, i had one jump of the mouse across the screen. I've got it hooked up to my HP desktop computer, which in turn is hooked up to my 46" Samsung LCD TV. I would recommend this to people looking for a long range wireless keyboard to do some sofa web surfing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2009
Sept. 2012 Update:
I'm still using the mouse! It continues to work great.
I spilled water in the keyboard which caused some keys to stop working. I disassembled it to find that corrosion had caused an open circuit in a trace on the contact membrane. I cleaned the membrane and applied copper tape across the gap in the trace. Success! The keyboard continues to work fine but I replaced it with a wired keyboard for security reasons.

Jan. 2010 UPDATE:
The mouse scroll wheel broke after about a year of normal use. The thin plastic scroll wheel axle broke. Fortunately, I was able to drill out the broken axle and insert a homemade one. I would now give it four stars instead of five.

I like this keyboard's relatively small footprint and thinness, and the fact that it is rectangular and not round and bulbous like so many others. And the mouse works great. So far, the combo works fine at 15 feet with the signal passing through a couch and would probably work fine from even farther away. So far, the batteries have lasted over three months and are still going strong. Also, the pencil holder tray is useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2009
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I've had this unit for about a month now, and I use it 4 - 5 times a week. It's wonderful. I'd tried another brand of wireless keyboard, but it only had a range of a couple of feet. This unit has a real long range. I only needed about 7 feet, but it's good for way beyond that. The keyboard is very sturdy. I've not experienced any problems typing. The mouse works fine on just about any surface I've tried it on (couch, TV tray, book cover, magazine, ...). I had no problem setting it up. Just followed the instructions and everything worked without a hitch. I'm very impressed with this wireless keyboard and mouse. I'd recommend it to anyone that needs more range than slew of other wireless keyboards out there will give you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2009
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Works at 25 feet with no connectivity loss, and the battery auto shuts off so no battery loss.. great buy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2009
Keyboard is compact, solid, and very reliable. Pressing keys gives a good feeling and allows for really fast typing.

Mouse on the other hand is so and so. Buttons rather unreliable, often forces to re-click cause the first click gets ignored. I actually have 2 of these, first mouse was much better. Second I'm rather disappointed with.

All in all, a great keyboard paired with a mouse that doesn't cut it and sort of ruins this combo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2009
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It works well but don't lose the IR Receiver! I did and contacted Iogear for a replacement. Guess what? They don't sell them! They said take it back to where you bought it. W T F ? That ain't gonna work. So, I'm up the creek unless I find the IR Receiver!
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