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  • Handy

    posted by H3g3m0n on 09/15/2011
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    No batteries since it's usb rechargeable.
    Media keys.
    It's also a usb rechargeable Laser pointer.
    D-Pad style arrow keys.
    2 sets of mice keys, one on the left and one near the trackball.

    Cons:

    Track ball isn't great.
    No function keys above F8.
    No insert key.

    OtherThoughts:

    This doesn't use Bluethooth. That makes it better for PC's since you don't need to pair it up and it will work at the BIOS like a normal keyboard but it won't work on mobile phones, tablets, etc...
    Security might also be a concern as with any wireless devices, I have no idea if it's encrypted although I'm guessing it's not. Just don't enter sensitive information like password or creditcard numbers over it.

    Bottomline:

    This is a fairly nice and handy keyboard.
    It has media keys so it can work as a kind of music remote (although you need to use the fn key so it's not as nice as a dedicated media remote).
    The trackball is a bit of a letdown. It's just a stainless steel ball-bearing and feels hard under the thumb, when you release it the cursor will often move a little making precision pointing difficult as you have to click while keeping a thumb on the bearing. One of the ones with a trackpad might be a better choice.

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