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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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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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. That said, I enjoy using the keyboard, and have come to live with the trackball. I still think it's a better setup than balancing a separate keyboard and pointer device when sitting on a couch.
The keyboard comes with rechargeable AA batteries and USB cable for recharging, which is a nice touch.
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. I can tell that if it actually functioned, I would love it. The only problem is, its totally dysfunctional. Well, I will update this again when I get #3.
FINAL UPDATE: I received unit #3. I believe it arrived the first week of January. It works fine. Had this been unit #1, I would have given it a 4/5. Why 4? Because sometimes it loses connection to the receiver and I have to angle it up off my lap for it to work. That problem is a minor annoyance but may affect those who intend to use it as a lap keyboard with a home entertainment center. For me it is a minor issue. I am quite pleased with this unit. I am not pleased with the way IOGEAR handled this problem for me though. It is an expensive keyboard and should come with decent customer service. I should not have had to pay to ship it back to them and they should have been eager to correct the problem. I would have been tempted to adjust up my rating a star or two if they would have shown a reasonable level of concern for a customers inconvenience, especially after sending me 2 defective keyboards over a 3 month period. Anyway, that is that.
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!