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Very Powerful Device with a few easily overcome obstacles
on September 7, 2012
Ok, so let's get one thing out of the way right now..for the price, you really will be hard-pressed to find the same amount of technology in such a small form-factor!
The next closest option at this size is using your smartphone, which perhaps many of you may not know offers several apps in either iOS or Android that will allow it to work with your PC/Mac-YMMV
So back to the KP-810-18V from iPazzPort! (note I will use the word 'remote' to refer to it throughout):
It really has several amazing features that places it well above the current crop of mini-wireless keyboards:
1) UPDATE AS OF 9/9/2012: Confirmed to work plug & play with PS3- Brilliant performance of touchpad & keyboard-see details at end of review!
2) Stereo sound via 2.5mm headset as well as mono sound through built in speaker
3) Microphone input via direct built in mic of remote or via 2.5mm headset with mic attachment
4) Backlit keyboard for use in the dark
5) Pretty comprehensive iR controller: Allows memory of several options for two iR controlled devices and runs without the main power on
6) Plenty of convenient and powerful options built in the remote to utilize an easy browsing experience like:
a) 4 way navigational mouse key
b) Dedicated left & right mouse keys
c) Multi-gesture touchpad (two finger tap is middle mouse button and scrolling gesture is built in as well)
d) A rocker switch on the side that is really great for use on long web pages/docs for fast vertical scrolling
e) Several dedicated application control buttons (see next point).
7) Dedicated Function Fn key + F1-F7 keys:
Fn+F1 on/off backlight for keyboard
Fn+F2: volume down
Fn+F3: Volume up
Fn+F4: Volume mute
An important note right here to add for other users right here regarding the F2-F4 volume functions. I was stuck on trying to figure out why these functions won't work for the PC when I had the remote in my hand until I realized that F2-F4 functions are tied to the sound drivers of the remote itself and do not control any general application sounds.
Of course, you can use the touchpad for that easily enough but I finally realized the easiest way to get volume control for PC apps is through keyboard shortcuts, hello!
So just to list the alternatives for Windows Media Player, you can press the F8 key directly on the remote to lower volume, pressing F9 directly increases volume and finally, pressing F7 mutes Windows Media Player sound.
So that is an easy enough work around and I realize most people would use other media players too so for that I recommend using Google as VLC and many other media players also come with keyboard combos you can utilize.
Continuing with the Function dedicated keys, the following work thankfully directly with most media players (tested on WM player & VLC):
Fn+F5 - Previous track
Fn+F6 - Play/Pause track
Fn+F7 - Advance track
8) Removable & easily available Lithium battery used in Nokia phones BL-4C
Additional notes from usage that I feel are important to know is that while in the photo shown here and the remote you get will show a chamber within the removable battery space where you can place a USB dongle, the USB dongle that actually comes with the device WILL NOT FIT in there.
I found out after contacting the manufacturer that they needed to increase the size to a full size USB dongle to better relay higher bandwidth for streaming audio functions and that seems to make sense. The dongle is more or less a full flash drive length but thankfully is very slim. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I'd do if I lost mine so I would recommend you be careful with that as without the USB dongle all you have is a fancy looking iR remote.
Also, one of the other issues users may run into is the fact that the touchpad is so small you will end up wanting to change the mouse speed settings but as Windows 7 doesn't offer profiles, what to do?
Thankfully,there are plenty of optional software controllers that can modify your various mice settings to stick with a particular device and this is useful so you have different speeds of mouse movement etc with a full mouse and different settings with the tiny touchpad on the wireless remote.
Here I can recommend Mouse Speed Switcher which is nagware but works really well and I am planning on buying it after the trial period as it's only $15 or so. I first tried "Automatic Mouse Switcher" as it was freeware but it didn't work at all so I can recommend the former as I am using it happily now. It is really simple after set up you can simply click on the taskbar icon to switch up to 5 different profiles so the mouse you are using works accordingly. It actually provides an auto detect option too but I haven't found that to be reliable so I simply click mouse 1 for my Logitech MX revolution and 2 for my iPazzport remote.
You can also download other great controller freeware programs like Scrybe (user-assigned multi-touch gestures) and X-mouse button control which is a very strong and versatile program that allows your mouse buttons to control just about anything on the computer and is functional through various means besides mouse buttons (mouse cursor location, window location, application specific etc). Unfortunately it offers no profile settings so for me speeds of mouse being the main issue, I am happy using Mouse Speed Switcher for now and will see whether I want to buy after my 30 day trial or not.
Another important note about the supplied headset & headphone port on the remote:
Sadly the headset port is sadly 2.5mm which was dropped as a standard quite a while ago in favor of the common 3.5mm so I wish the manufacturers could have considered this. Perhaps they are trying to saving space but anyway I am now trying to find a good 2.5mm male to 3.5 female adapter that allows for stereo left & right audio channels & mic input so if anyone knows of a good adapter please leave it in the comments.
Decent 2.5mm handsfree headsets can be had for cheap so I may just get a dedicated headset for it but would prefer to use my quality Sennheiser headset (3.5mm) with the remote.
As far as the supplied headset goes, you will get stereo sound out of it but I haven't found the mic to work at all.
Also, it is just plain cheap as they come and you really cannot expect it to give good quality or last very long.
Upon first use of the supplied headset, you may feel the pin is not going in all the way as it meets with strong resistance 2/3 of the way in. You have to firmly push it in otherwise you will not be able to utilize stereo sound. It does insert fully into the port though.
Finally, I would like to comment on the sellers I bought this remote from "TOMTOP Group Limited," who were amazing with their customer support and very patient the first few days of ownership with all my questions about the remote. They tried to find out as much as possible for me and were always able to reply within an hour and at most half a day. They offer a 1 yr warranty for this remote so it is definitely worth buying and is incredibly useful for its size.
I highly recommend trying it out!
UPDATE: 09/09/2012 : PS3 Compatibility Confirmed!!
I am happy to say that I plugged in the wireless keyboard USB dongle into my PS3 original (fat style) this weekend to test out the compatibility and the touchpad and keyboard work brilliantly.
What was really awesome was being able to use gestures for every move you need to make on PS3 menus. I really didn't try for gaming as that is of course best left to original PS3 controller but was really impressed and prefer this remote over Sony PS3 controller for Menu navigation, photo/movie viewing etc. The gestures work really well on this tiny touchpad and are super smooth to use during movies, typing in search windows & with the way the Sony PS3 menu structure is set up.
Of course I did try audio knowing it wouldn't work as the audio is linked to audio drivers so I can confirm you cannot use audio features on the PS3 with this remote but the keyboard & touchpad work brilliantly and are PLUG & PLAY straight up!
Also, I ordered some 2.5mm converter adapters this weekend via Amazon and one 2.5mm headset and will post my updated review to indicate what might be a good option for those of you also wanting to use a quality headset with the remote.
UPDATE (3/2013) ON USING HEADPHONES OTHER THAN THE ONES SUPPLIED:
After repeated purchases of many different adapters all of high quality and double/triple ringed for stereo sound as well as microphone, I found to my dismay that not a single one worked in stereo sound for the remote.
While I was doing this, I made some really serious attempts to get in touch with iPazzPort regional US offices with no reply but fortunately was helped very thoroughly by the good people at the MAIN HQ of iPazzPort production facilities in China.
They kindly explained to me that there was no audio adapter they knew of and unfortunately this remote is pretty much relegated to the cheap-O headphones it comes with due to the very unique port and headphone jack they have custom designed in order to save space.
I did mention to them how incredibly dated and basically stupid the idea was to use 2.5mm as even without their own issues of a longer jack etc, the 2.5mm standard seem to vary considerably.
I explained that the 3.5mm standard now used everywhere is much more standardized to work with everything and they did say they will definitely consider this for a future production of similar style remotes on iPazzPort line.
So if you are looking for the audio function of this remote via headphones for Skype chatting or quietly watching movies in bed etc please remember you are going to be limited the supplied cheap-O headphones (think 25c bubblegum toy worthy) BUT I can confirm a proper left & right channel on them.
!Also!, keep in mind if you lose the headphones or DONGLE, you are basically SOL and would need to contact the company for spares, if they even have any.
Barring that issue, the audio does stream to the remote speaker just fine and the remote itself also has a mic so you can use it almost like a telephone if you wanted.
Still a great remote overall for PC use and HIGHLY recommended!