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2.8 out of 5 stars
Adesso SlimTouch Pro USB Keyboard with Touchpad (AKB-420UB)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2009
This keyboard has a lot of potential, but it has a fatal flaw. It would work just fine for a while, then it would go into a mode somewhere between caps-lock and normal, where the wrong keystroke is sent to the computer. Toggling back and forth between caps-lock and the regular setting would not get the keyboard out of this state and the only solution I found was to reboot the computer. My guess is this has to do with a bad software driver, but I was using the most up-to-date driver downloaded from Adesso's website. After trying to use the keyboard for about a week, I finally unplugged it and went back to my old keyboard.

The keystokes feel pretty good. I was disappointed with the buttons below the touchpad that act as left or right mouse buttons because they make a very loud click and require too much pressure.

If the flaw the prevents the keyboard from functioning correctly were corrected, then I could increase my rating from 1 star to 4 stars, but in its current state, the keyboard is unusable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2011
I purchase this keyboard for my Parents new desktop, Acer AZ5761-UR20P 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop Computer (Silver), that comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Key Features: Right Side Touchpad and Corded USB

I need a corded keyboard so my parents don't have to deal with battery changes and low battery issues inevitable with wireless keyboard/mouse combos. In addition I needed a keyboard with Touchpad because they find the touchpad in their laptop easier to use than a mouse.
This keyboard has the touchpad in the right hand side, which is perfect for the desktop use. Having the touchpad in the right side avoids issues of unintended cursor movement when typing, an issue that you get in the laptops because of the touchpad position.
This is a full size keyboard that looks and feels great for the touch typist. In addition it has a number of additional smart keys and usb ports that make it even a better proposition.

Have been using it for the past two weeks while teaching them how to use the new desktop and could not be happier

Before getting this one I got the Smart Touch Mini USB TouchPad Keyboard but the mini is 60% size keyboard that makes it unusable for a desktop application, I have found that keyboard smaller than 80% full size are just not usable for touch typing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
I needed a keyboard to use with a laptop that I use on a table top frequently - but I prefer to type below the desk level thus the need for a keyboard with a built in mouse/touchpad. The major issues I had were the number keys are offset about 1/4" to the right making this extremely uncomfortable for a touch typist. I don't understand why they did this as the keyboard is full size. The second issue that I could not live with is the inability to turn off the tapping feature of the touchpad. I read on Adesso's site that there was a driver that could be downloaded for a touchpad/keyboard (not sure if it was for this Adesso keyboard), but that you'd have to uninstall your laptops touchpad - this was out of the question for me as I use the laptop also as a laptop when not on the desk. The keyboard itself seems well built, but the above two issues made in completely awful for me.
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on June 24, 2009
I have mixed feelings about the Adesso AKB-420UB keyboard, with glidepoint touchpad. I bought it to try to get some relief from the pain and weakness that's developed in my right hand, from years of using a mouse for 10 hours each day. Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to be as effective at that as I had hoped.

The problems with this keyboard,as I see them:
1) The backspace key is not on the edge of the keyboard. It's sandwiched between the PLUS/EQUAL key and the HOME key. That makes it harder to hit. If I miss it, and hit the home key, the cursor is suddenly far away from where I was typing.

2) Placement of the DELETE key is next to the LEFT ARROW key, instead of near the backspace key. The DELETE key ought to be where the HOME key is.

3) Disabling the TAP TO CLICK function of the glidepoint pad also disables the TAP AND DRAG function. Tap-to-click always causes me trouble, especially on super sensitive touchpads like this one, so I have to disable it. I could live with the loss of tap-and-drag except for the next point.

4) There is no option to map the LEFT and RIGHT touchpad button funtions to the special keys on the left hand side of the keyboard. This is the biggest problem for me. Holding down the RIGHT touchpad button with my thumb, while moving my fingers across the touchpad, requires the manual dexterity of a stage magician. Even if I could do it, the required contortion of my hand is almost as bad as continuing to use a mouse.

It seems ridiculous, to me, that Adesso didn't provide the option of moving the touchpad button functions to the user's choice of the special keys on the left side of the keyboard.

5) The key feeling is not great, but I can live with it.
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on April 5, 2012
Keyboard and touch pad work fine. Easy to fix keys if they are pulled out by a kid.
One annoyance, if you are at the log in screen the keyboards number lock seem to be the default and you have to press the number lock key before you enter a user password. The number lock turns half of your letter keys into a ten keypad. I wrote customer service twice asking if there was away to turn off this default. Both times I was issues a customer service ticket number and both times my number just disappeared and I got no response. It tells me this problem is common and there is no solution. It also tells me that this company has poor customer service. There is no reason for poor customer service except poor company management. I generally stay away from companies that show no respect for their customers.
Product work except for the annoyance. Customer service it appears to be lacking and you are on your own.
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on January 31, 2010
This keyboard has a bunch of great features, and I was really pleased to find out that they all seem to work with Ubuntu (Linux). I am able to adjust/mute the volume right from this keyboard! The touchpad also worked without any problems. The special control buttons on the left side of the keyboard (e.g., home, search, etc.) seem to work as well.

I've purchased many items from Tiger Direct in the past, and as usual, they get five stars in my book.

The one problem I have with this keyboard is that the numeric row (above qwerty...) is shifted about 1/4 inch to the right compared to a standard keyboard. As a touch typist, I find this small shift a big problem. As long as I stick with letters, everything is fine, but the moment I need to type a number, I feel like I'm back in high school learning to type all over again.
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on September 28, 2009
The incorporated touchpad is great and works fine, unfortunately I bought this cuz i needed a keyboard. my dell laptop has a hard time recognizing the keyboard. In the beginning it was 50 percent of the time, now my dell wants nothing to do with the keyboard. Also, keys are clunky and feel slow. Next time I'll bite the bullet on a more expensive standard layout brand name keyboard.
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on May 30, 2013
I needed a wired keyboard I would use to configure the occasional machine. Adding a mouse was problematic since it was either too many wires or too short cables or wireless USB with dongles that break. This gave me a keyboard and trackball and a single cable. For my needs it has worked very well.
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