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IOGEAR Mini Wireless Multimedia Keyboard Review

The IOGEAR Mini Wireless Multimedia Keyboard, is a wireless keyboard designed with Home Theatre PC’s in mind.  In other words, it is meant to be used in an extremely chaotic (for PC peripheral) environment and do so while being as unobtrusive as possible; while still packing in as many features as possible.  This certainly is a tall order, but the Multimedia Mini Keyboard, with its ultra small sized coupled with a protective flip lid, built in backlight keys, a scroll wheel, trackball and 2.4Ghz wireless abilities may just be able to pull it off!  Read on to find out in my full review.

IOGEAR Mini Wireless Multimedia Keyboard Layout & Design

With its diminutive size and boxy shape the IOGEAR Mini Wireless Multimedia Keyboard really can be mistaken for a paper back novel.  The upside to this is it will easily blend into darn near anyone’s living room.  The down side to having dimensions of only 6.25″ x 4″ x 1″, is that there is not a lot of room to fit everything a HTPC user really needs.  This is not to say that IOGEAR failed, but in order to get both a keyboard – with 17 multimedia hotkeys – and a trackball with scroll wheel, well they had to make the keys awfully darn small.
Luckily, while the keys are down right tiny they are actually spaced far enough apart you will rarely hit the wrong one.  I certainly would not want to type up a long remote, let alone a novel using the IOGEAR Mini Wireless Multimedia Keyboard, but then again it was never meant to be used as such!  For its main job of being good enough to do searches for on IMDB, enter & execute commands and the like this device does do a very reasonable job at it.  The keys themselves feel much a like a laptop’s keyboard, so while they are fairly tactile and responsive, you will not mistake it for a mechanical switch based keyboard either.

Pros
  • Rubber grip makes for a secure feel
  • Small but not too small
  • Smart “mouse” left/right button placement
  • 3 DIP settings for trackball, all accessible from the keyboard itself
  • Backlit keys
  • Opening/Closing the lid turn it “on” or “off”
  • Seamless integration with MS Media Center
  • Hot Keys for almost all HTPC tasks
  • Good 3 year warranty
  • Built in holder for the wireless receiver
  • No software required
Cons
  • No brightness setting for backlighting, only auto on & off
  • No sleep/hibernate/off button
  • Trackball is a bit small
  • Layout of keys while very good will take a bit of getting used
  • Scroll wheel is less than optimally positioned
  • Small keys
  • Price

 

Read the full review at everythingusb.com.

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