- Brand Name: Iogear
- Model Number: GKM561R
- Connectivity Technology: usb
- Keyboard Description: QWERTY
- Color: Black
IOGEAR Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel, 2.4GHz Wireless GKM561R (Black)
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- Ultra-slim ergonomic wireless 24Ghz keyboard with built in laser trackball, left / right buttons and scroll wheel features
- 24Ghz technology offers greater range up to 33 feet away from your computer, Built-in laser trackball with 400, 800, and 1200 dpi selections
- Built-in left and right mouse buttons with built-in scroll wheel, 19 hotkeys for multimedia functions
- Slip Resistant design on both sides with rubber grip, 78 channels for Keyboard with unique ID to avoid interference (automatically switches)
- The perfect solution for Digital Living Rooms, ON/OFF switch for battery saving
- Ultra-slim ergonomic wireless 2.4Ghz keyboard with built in laser trackball, left / right buttons and scroll wheel features.
- 2.4Ghz technology offers greater range up to 33 feet away from your computer, Built-in laser trackball with 400, 800, and 1200 dpi selections. IOGEAR Customer care no 866-946-4327 (In USA), Outside the US 949-453-8782
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From the Manufacturer
IOGEAR Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel, 2.4GHz Wireless GKM561R (Black)
Enjoy the freedom of wireless connectivity with IOGEAR's slim and ergonomic wireless 2.4 GHz keyboard with built-in laser trackball. The 2.4 GHz wireless keyboard and laser trackball combo allows you to work up to 33 feet away from your computer. It's the ideal solution for the living room home entertainment and computer enthusiast; also a perfect solution for meeting room presentation needs.
No driver needed, just plug in the included USB RF Receiver and you are ready to go.
- HTPC (Home Theater PC's) setups
- MCE (WindowsMediaCenter) applications
- Latest game consoles such as, PS3 and XBOX
The 2.4 GHz technology is able to perform frequency hopping to avoid interference with WiFi, Bluetooth, and other devices.A definite must have for anyone looking to compliment their PC to TV solution.
- Ultra-slim ergonomic wireless 2.4GHz keyboard with built in laser trackball,left / right buttons and scroll wheelfeatures.
- 2.4Ghz technology offers greater range up to 33 feet away from your computer
- Built-in laser trackball with 400, 800, and 1200 dpi selections
- Built-in left and right mouse buttons with built-in scroll wheel
- 19 hotkeys for multimedia functions
- Slip Resistant design on both sides with rubber grip
- 78 channels for Keyboard with unique ID to avoid interference (automatically switches)
- ON/OFF switch for battery saving
- The perfectsolution for Digital Living RoomsorPC to TV
Computer / Device*= 1 USB port
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista (32-bit / 64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32-bit / 64-bit)
- Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later***
*Device must support USB HID keyboard device and USB HID-compliant mouse in order to have the keyboard and mouse functionality respectively.
**Media Center hotkeys are only supported with the operating systems that have Microsoft Windows Media Center.
*** Some Mac special keys may not work
What's in the Box:
2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard, USB RF Receiver, Cleaning Cloth, 2 x AA Battery, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card
IOGEAR headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, offers innovative Consumer Electronics and IT solutions that enable convergence through connectivity in the home, at the office and on the go. Founded in 1999, the company provides a broad range of products that help integrate technologies in everyday life, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste.
The company is environmentally-conscious and emphasizes conserving natural resources to employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives. In addition, IOGEAR has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant one tree for every product purchased on its Web site or by members of its GREEN initiative partner program.
IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Top Customer Reviews
I've been eying the dinovo mini for a while now, but could never get myself to spill a 3-digit figure for a k/b. But all the other HTPC keyboards had mixed reviews, so I had resigned myself to waiting till the dinovo got old and cheap. That's till I spotted the iogear last week. Pretty decent reviews on Newegg and Amazon, good looking design, encouraging feedback on the range and a trackball and scroll wheel to boot. I was sold.
I've been totally enjoying this keyboard the last one week. Excellent range, great size, the trackball works great, and the scroll wheel is a blessing. This is almost exactly what I was looking for, and at a great price-point. Well, definitely more expensive than I would spend on a typical wireless keyboard, but given the selection of alternatives out there, this is probably the best feature-price ratio for a htpc keyboard one can get. Both XP pro and home had no issues recognizing it without needing anything to be installed.
If I were to change some things on this keyboard, they would be:
1. Make it a little lighter; it currently weighs around 2 pounds or so. My full-size wireless keyboard is nearly twice its size but feels way lighter.
2. The track ball has some play to it, i.e.Read more ›
Overall the IOGear is better and much cheaper - in terms of both price and construction - but it's by no means perfect. The trackball material is horrible, and it sometimes doesn't register quick movement. Once you slow down to a speed it likes, it gets the job done. The keyboard is fairly good, but has some odd button placements that take a bit of getting used to.
I'd recommend this for an HTPC that will get occasional use as a PC. I would not recommend it if you'll be using the keyboard for extended periods of time, however.
I have used this for 1 year, and it has worked very well. I leave it switched in the ON position all the time, does not eat through batteries, I change them every 3-4 months.
Only issue is this: from time to time the eye of the trackball gets obscured by junk and needs to be cleaned off to work properly. Take all the screws out from the bottom, remove the glue on rubber bumpers on the side and lift the to keyboard cover to get the trackball free. Rubbing alcohol and Qtips will clean the eye, then place back together.
The trackball had become so un-useable back in 2014 that I have since replaced it with this touchpad Logitech keyboard: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Keyboard-Multi-Touch-Touchpad/dp/B005DKZTMG
This newer touchpad keyboard (Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400) has function far superior to the trackball keyboard, I would recommend the K400.
Setup was a snap--plugged in the RF receiver and the keyboard worked right away with no other steps required.
I like the compactness of this device--it has full sized keys without the number pad on the right side. The on/off switch helps with battery life.
My HTPC is in the basement and the TV is on the 1st floor so the RF signal has to go through a wood floor and no problems to date. I am inside the 30' radius that's recommended.
I'm subtracting 0.5 stars for the trackball. It works good enough but feels cheap.
I use this only a few times a week to look for TV on the internet and it's great for that. For full-time use I'd probably look for a keyboard with a higher quality trackball.
I'm completely satisfied with this device but only because it gets limited usage. Can't beat the performance for the price paid.
The keyboard still works great and I've only changed the batteries once. However, the track ball began to fail. You could turn the ball and nothing would happen. I would shake it but that stopped working as well. I could turn the keyboard upside down and let the track ball hang I can get more action out of it, needless to say it was not very convenient. I think if IOGear had spent another 50 cents for a better track ball design this keyboard would still rate 5 stars.
Then I began to search for other keyboards but decided to try one more thing. I removed all of the screws from the bottom (3 are covered by soft foot pads). I then could see that the track ball socket was covered in matted dust. There is an optical sensor as well that was dirty. I removed the matted dust and blew out some more with compressed air.
Now the track ball is working again! I am docking one star due to the fact that IOGear should design this in a way that would make it simpler to clean the track ball out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It misses key strikes. It's track ball is not only insensitive (not like, emotionally) but also often needs to have the keyboard actually shaken to have it to work. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Allen E. Dewitt
I have used the previous version of this keyboard for about 5 years and it works great. I decided to cut the cord and so I setup a second media PC in the family room. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian
I love this keyboard, I bought it to use with Kodi and it works flawlessly, it goes into sleep mode to save batteries when not being used. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rdfedele
NOTE: as I Type this i will not be using caps unless grammatically correct to do so. OTHERwise any use of the caps key is being done by the keyboard by itself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Fleming
We ditched cable and use our computer to stream Netflix and Amazon. The keyboard is perfect for us to use while sitting on the couch "talking" to the tv/computer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katrina
I purchased this over two years ago (Feb 2014) and had to go back and write a review on it because it is still going strong and I absolutely LOVE this keyboard. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Mack