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108 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews of GEAR HEAD KB1700U. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and usability. The durability and price are also mentioned favorably.

size, price, durability, usability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the GEAR HEAD KB1700U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of GEAR HEAD KB1700U from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Keyboards on Opinions about the design and price are overall positive. The reliability and durability also get good comments, but many are critical about the usability.

size, durability, reliability, price, design


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Gear Head USB Mini Windows Keyboard, Black 89-Keys (KB1700U)

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: N/A (

Freezes - Must be hard reset often.


All keys still work after 2.5 years of use ; Haven't found a modern BIOS that couldn't recognize it

Function key where left ctrl should be

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: Brad (



This is an ideal product for a small machine or one not in use constantly. I stand it up and stash it behind the monitor of my server screen when I do not need any inputs to avoid having any exploitable remote access to it.

This is a fantastic keyboard for the price and I have found the following quite useful for any limited space scenario. Keys that are not frequented for me including number pad and the function keys are shrunk to make space for the useful ones. This...

I use key shortcuts regularly and some of the shortcut keys have interesting locations. This would not be a problem for your average person and It only took me a couple weeks to get used to it. The cord may be a downside if you move around too much as...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: dan the tech man (



would be nice if the function and control keys were swapped but will get used to it. not sure why there two back slash keys, ones to the left of the space bar, its a blank key in the pic, would be nice if the space bar was a bit longer there.

its very small, it's 11 and 1/4 wide, 5 3/8 deep. looks and feels well built, metal bottom, keys have a good action. i would be and will be fine using this all the time

the first one i got, the one i'm using now neither of the shift keys work, waiting on a replacement, which was no hassle

Nov, 2014

Consumer review by: Praxis (

Could easily be better


It set me looking for another cheap mini keyboard.

Small, cheap,not hideous to look at

There is a useless FN key where the left Control key should be and no right Control key. Since the Linux kernel wouldn't even recognize this odd key so I could re-map it as a left control key I had to pry it out to keep my muscle memory from betraying...

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: Shell (

Key labels wear off


can't real the key labels after about a month of use. Manufacturer says normal wear and tear, not covered under warranty.

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Judy (

Good auxilliary laptop keyboard for the money.


I added this keyboard to my laptop when my factory keyboard started malfunctioning, and it works just fine - at a fraction of the cost of a new factory part purchase. It's a little smaller than the old one, but it has the same number of keys. They made...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: NOTECHKNOWHOW (

you get what you pay for?


My H.P. laptop came up with ''ghost keys'' (a well-documented problem in this model) that developed after it was out of warranty. To keep going until I could buy a new laptop I decided to buy an external keyboard. The store didn't have the keyboard I...

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

What's not to like?


using it as an input device on my Sony Media Streamer and works perfect and looks good in a confined area. Would never use it as a mainstream keyboard due to mini constraints so cant figure out what all the bi***in's about.

Compact, stylish, good key feel


Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

great for media box


Perfect next to my streaming media box.

I get the same letter as the key I press

Doesnt do windows

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Xera1t (

Not surprising...


Size was the appeal. Cost was a benefit

But it is Junk. Came with strange issues. Shift keys works abnormally, like on some keys but not others depending on the shift keys. Shift + any of the numbers didn't work. the Fn key kinda never turned off after a while so I would type normal and have...

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications


Calculator Functionality: No
Chip Card Reader: No
Flexible Keyboard: No
Integrated Cursor Control: No
Magnetic Card Reader: No
Remote Control: No
Separate Mouse Included: No
USB Hub: No
Voice Control: No

General Features

Platform:PC / Mac
Supported Console:Not Applicable
Type of Connection:Cable