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This is the One!
on October 7, 2011
GET THE RIGHT MODEL
This is an updated model of the KP-810-10, it's the KP-810-10A. The OLD 810-10 has a cut off corner on the right side for EZ visual distinction; make sure you get the 810-10A. "A" with no cut off corner. There are a lot of middle men sellers for this unit giving it differing names that omit the model number making it easy to buy the wrong one, if you are still looking around.
** UPDATE 5-5-2012 UPDATE **
iPazzPort has been coming out with "upgrades" to this model on a regular basis. I have spoken to the guy at unisen-usa. the USA distributor for iPazzPort. He indicated that the manufacture "iPazzPort" is currently, continually, perfecting their models. iPazzPort has already released two newer models than this (priced higher) with the most valuable added features being an IR learning remote function, air mouse ability & a back side Media Center circular clustered button layout. The KP-810-18V allows you to clone & replace almost any other remote you have with it. It also has a speaker & microphone wireless connection to your PC so you can plug the remote into a headset or headphones; making voice control possible to boot!
WIRELESS DISTANCE REPORT - SELLER PERFORMANCE
I read a number of reviews where the units were not performing well as far as wireless distance and pairing problems. Mine goes 28 feet (I measured it) line of site & 10-15 feet through walls. I have not had to pair it at all; it just worked out of the box. (envelope in this case). Pre-Order, I e-mailed the manufacture about the distance problems; they indicated that older models do have a distance problem by replying, "new revisions don't have any problems with distance". (indicating the older revisions did & do). This seller has the new revisions in stock; at least that is what I got. The standard free shipping (USPS) took 5 days and arrived in a envelope with no paperwork. Documentation is included in the re-closing plastic, peg hanger' clear display packaging.
PERFORMANCE - USAGE
The iPassPort KP-810-10A works as advertised for me, but keep in mind IT IS VERY SMALL & LIGHT! 2.25 x 6 and a 1/4 inch thick. It is made to be used holding it in your hands and typing with your thumbs, or one handed finger typing. The touch pad is small but works great, it's 1.25" square. You may have to fine tune your preferences in the MS Win Control Panel - Mouse setup for your double tap and precision settings.
The buttons-keys are beveled up in the center making it easy to feel each one and confirm pressing them as they quietly click. The back-light works very well, but a little uneven light wise. My cat loves the red laser pointer & my fish are terrorized by it. It is a little awkward to use at first but would work in a demo.
5-5-2012 PERFORMANCE UPDATE - 7 MONTHS OF USAGE LATER!
I have noticed I can no longer rely on the radio signal being sent when I press a key getting to the receiver. If I type a sentence I always have to go back and correct it. This problem seems to be getting worse. I guess its the ware of usage on the keys that is doing it.
I have had the unit for about 2 weeks now. I had to recharge it once (after the original charge when I received it). It lasted a week with pretty heavy usage. It recharged fast, 2- 3 hours (I was not watching it when the light came on indicating it was fully charged). The unit does not seem to use much power if left on while not in use. According to what I read, it does not shut itself off after a time out period, but it does not seem to make much difference.
I dissembled the unit by removing the 6 screws on the back. The 4 Volt battery is about 1.25 x 1 x .2 very small and not replaceable. There is 1 main PCB with the laser and transmitter-receiver as tiny separate components. There is no visible antenna but that does not seem to degrade it's performance. The keys don't fall out and are built into the face. It looks well made.
It works as advertised and I no longer have a full size keyboard clogging up my remote control table. No distance problem for me at all. I have no regrets.
Perhaps even more attractive, the manufacture has been constantly in R&D on this product line; perfecting it and making future upgrades not only possible, but affordable. Even their high end units are under $50 USA
1. There is no SHIFT-DEL key for permanent delete. You have to send everything to the trash can first. (press FN-DEL<- to delete a file)
2. Dragging objects is awkward. It would help if they had a left click mouse button you could use with your left hand; as your right is busy dragging the object on the touch pad and it's hard to get your finger underneath it; I use my thumb.
3. After 7 months of usage; I'm finding I have to correct what I've typed more often than when bran new. The signal sent with each keystroke is not as reliable as it once was.