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AZiO Wireless RF Multimedia Keyboard with Trackpad


The AZiO Wireless RF Multimedia Keyboard with Trackpad (KBP336RP) ($69.99 list) is perfect for limited to quick and dirty couch-surfing on your home theater PC. For anything but that, you can do better with another keyboard.

The KBP336RP’s frame measures in at 15.8 by 7.5 by 1 inches (HWD) and weighs about 1.7 pounds. The chassis is covered in glossy black plastic attracted its fair share of fingerprints and smudges. Hoping to combat that issue, AZiO put in a sleek aluminum palm rest to help keep the smudges to a minimum. The palm rest is brushed to look like black stained wood—a nice touch to an otherwise dull design.

On top of the keyboard sit seven media buttons that can refresh a page, bring up a search on your computer, go back and forward in your browser, call up your e-mail, go to your designated homepage, and finally mute your sound. These quick keys are certainly useful for anyone looking to use this with their home theater PC setup. But I question why there aren’t any designated volume buttons. In comparison, the Logitech MK700 keyboard came with a play/pause, forward and back media buttons, and the designated audio adjustment buttons. Rather than have these designated buttons, these playback and audio controls are represented in the function keys.

Off to the right side of the keyboard is the multitouch trackpad, which felt smooth and was easy to navigate with. The mouse buttons were a little more resistant than I would have liked, but using the one touch press method on the trackpad is an easy remedy to mute the issue.

The keyboard is in the traditional style, and the keys have a cheap, matte plastic look and feel to them. The overall layout of the keyboard also confuses me: The Enter key is oversized, the forward slash key has been moved to the right side of the Up Arrow key. Also, the right Shift key is half the size of a normal Shift key and sits next to the Up Arrow key—needless to say there were many times my pinky overextended itself and hit the Up Arrow key instead. Overall, the whole layout looks like a poorly thought-out design.

The AZiO Wireless RF Multimedia Keyboard with Trackpad uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection via USB dongle. The keyboard can stay connected up to 100 feet, so home theater enthusiasts or even business presenters won’t have to worry about losing a connection. Unfortunately, the AZiO keyboard lacks any place to store the USB dongle, which is usually a standard feature among keyboards in this class.

For what AZiO is asking for its Wireless RF Multimedia Keyboard with Trackpad, you can find better keyboards with more features. If you’re looking for a keyboard set that can give you comfort, a solid mousing experience, and an extensive feature set, look no further than the Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 ($89.99 direct, 4.5 stars).

  • ProsDesignated browser quick keys. Low battery indicator. Up to 100 feet of 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. Comes with built-in multitouch trackpad.
  • ConsUndersized Shift key. Unattractive design. Resistant mouse buttons. Glossy, black plastic attracts smudges. No storage place for USB dongle.
  • Bottom LineIf you’re looking for a quick and easy keyboard solution for your home theater PC, then the AZiO Wireless RF Multimedia Keyboard with Trackpad will suit your needs.
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