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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 5
Good quality bluetooth keyboard – 81-Key Slim Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard - Black Reviews

posted by hakimio on 11/03/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

Pros:
+ Solid overall build quality.
+ High quality, sturdy keys.
+ Good battery life. I turn it off when I remember to and so far I didn't have to recharge it once (I have it for around a month now).
+ Lightweight and thin. It's lightweight enough to be carried around a lot and because it's so thin you can rest your palms on the table comfortably while typing.
+ Small gaps between keys make touch typing easier.
+ No numpad. That's a *good* thing, because not having numeric pad means that the main typing area can be centered and you don't have to reach out far for your mouse.
+ Tiny rubber legs prevent it from slipping.
+ The size of the keys is not reduced. Unlike in some netbooks and some other portable keyboards the size of the keys is not reduced.
+ Optimal price. Good balance between price and build quality.
Cons:
- Screen brightness (FN+F1/F2) and "blue globe" (FN+SPACE) keys can't be enabled (firmware fault).
- Media and volume keys work in windows XP and ubuntu (though FN+F1-F6 and FN+SPACE don't), but not in windows 7. However, I have created an application for windows which enables all the keys which can be enabled and adds some additional configuration capabilities. It can be found here -> http://code.google.com/p/uccs/ .
- Power switch is really tiny, looks cheap and feels like it could be broken easily.
- Included manuals are only for Win 2k/XP, Symbian, iphone and ipad.
- The only included drivers are for Symbian OS, but that's not an issue because it works well in ubuntu and the application mentioned above can be used in windows.
- Blue led light blinks when the keyboard is interacting with computer, which some might find annoying and it's the only indication that keyboard is turned on.
- USB charging cable is pretty short and while the keyboard itself is black the cable is white.
Other:
I am software developer and I spend a lot of time typing text. I was looking for a keyboard without numeric pad because it is preventing from centering the main typing area and because of the numpad you have to reach out quite far for the mouse. Before I found out about this keyboard I was choosing between one really cheap keyboard (because of dealextreme policy I can't write the exact manufacturer's name, but I can say that the name of the manufacturer includes number 4), keyboard by OS developer (OS has largest market share) and a keyboard by another manufacturer which logo consists of a fruit. The first one had a terrible build quality and the last two were a way too pricey. Considering those options this keyboard looks like an optimal choice.
Bottomline:
Even this keyboard has some minor issues (some of which can be solved - see the link included in the cons section), it is a really good deal for the price.

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