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IOGear Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll

IOGear Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll

Price: $42.99

 

IOGear GKM561R 2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel you can 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. Great for HTPC (Home Theater PC’s) setups or MCE (Windows Media Center) applications. The ultra-slim, and low profile keyboard lets you type with style and comfort from any angle in the room. In addition to its creative design it has built-in left and right mouse buttons with a scroll wheel and uses the latest laser trackball technology. This enables you to control the mouse cursor speed from 400 dpi, 800 dpi or at a lightning speed of 1200 dpi. An inclusive, ergonomic, smooth and superb wireless solution for your home electronics lifestyle. The 2.4 GHz technology is WiFi and Bluetooth friendly and is able to perform frequency hopping to avoid interference with other devices. Media Center hot keys only support Windows XP MCE and Vista Premium editions. Devices must have HID Support (USB Keyboard / Mouse Support) in order to obtain keyboard functionality.

IOGear Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel, 2.4GHz Wireless GKM561R (Black)

 

Features

  • 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
  • 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

User Reviews

When it works, it works well, but… I’ll be using the track-ball, and the cursor suddenly stops moving, or I’ll type and not all the characters are displayed. Usually I’ll get up and move around, and it will work, but soon it does so again. I’ve tried to find a position or place where it works reliably, but there is not a “sweet-spot” in the room where it will work well, and it’s extremely frustrating. There is a reset button on the board, but not on the receiver, so you can’t change channels. If not for this problem, it’d be a great board- but that’s too big an ‘if’. — I’m going to try bluetooth

Living in a 600 square foot condo with a significant other and two cats means that there is little room to spare. And indeed, even leaving a laptop on our small kitchen table was too intrusive. So we set out to consolidate our computing with our television viewing, and this little gem of a keyboard made it possible. Now our laptop is stashed away in a cabinet, and all our computing is done from the couch with this keyboard and our LCD TV

Pros:

* Worked out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04. I literally plugged the USB dongle in, turned the laptop on, and it was working within 1 second. There was no need to install drivers or configure anything.
* The keyboard’s compatibility with Ubuntu includes all of the hotkeys. Again, without configuring anything, the play/stop/forward buttons control Rhythmbox perfectly; the volume buttons control the system volume; the home button launched my Firefox homepage.
* Range: I sit about 10 feet from the TV, and communication between the two devices is flawless.
* Ergonomics/form factor: the keyboard is compact, but still feels comfortable when typing. It’s very lightweight, and I keep it on my lap while typing.
* The side of the keyboard has a 3/4 to 1 inch tapered bezel that lets your rest your hands while using the trackball and mouse buttons without accidentally hitting the keyboard keys. Using the mouse keys on the left side of the keyboard while using the trackball on the right side feels surprisingly natural.

Cons:

* This is probably a criticism of combination keyboard/mice in general, but the layout of the keyboard makes surfing with one hand very difficult. So much for breakfast and Youtube!
* The trackball itself is taking some getting used to, and I’m not nearly as good with it as I am a regular mouse. But I attribute this to my lack of overall experience with trackballs.

Overall, I’m tickled with how well this particular keyboard works with my specific set up and needs. Admittedly, I am a bit more forgiving then some, given that a regular mouse/keyboard combination would not have worked for us, as well as the fact that it works with Ubuntu (this won’t matter to most). So if your set up is similar to mine, I think you’ll be quite please. — Perfect for Ubuntu-Powered Media Center

I bought this for my windows 7 media center PC and this thing works as advertised. It’s small but not so small that it’s hard to type. The tracking ball works very good. The only down side is the range isn’t that great. I attached the dongle with a USB extension and propped it up behind my tv. That solved the problem for me. — Does what I wanted

I bought this to be my main input device for my HTPC. It has a very sleek look to it which is an important factor to me. Running this with Windows 7 64 bit and it recognized without having to install any software. While the overall build quality is solid, the trackball and mouse buttons feel more plasticy than they should, like those will be the first thing to go bad on this keyboard. The keys are similar to laptop keys and low profile. I haven’t really tested the range but it works great at 10 feet for me.

I disagree with one reviewer that said you can’t pick this up with one hand. I have no problem grabbing it off the coffee table with my free hand.

Overall, great product and recommended — If you have a HTPC, this is a good choice

This all-in-one wireless keyboard has very good range. We use it for our home theater PC. The only issue is the trackball is flimsy and not very accurate. It does the job though but can be irritating at times. Another thing you have to get used to is having the mouse buttons on the left side. All in all, a nice keyboard with built in mouse (trackball) support. — very good range but trackball is flimsy and not very accurate

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