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2.4 GHz Multimedia Keyboard

alaTest has collected and analyzed 533 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the build quality and design are generally positive. The size and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the 2.4 GHz Multimedia Keyboard is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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nMedia MCESKB 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Trackball Keyboard

 

nMedia System has delivered big with the MCESKB second generation wireless keyboard. By using the 2.4GHz Radio Frequency (RF) wireless signal, mobility of the new HTPC keyboard is much improved over the previous version. Do not ignore the importance of...

High-quality construction can withstand damage ; USB Interface offers great compatibility ; Batteries are included ; Attractive design ; Available in 17 languages/layouts ; Comfortable lightweight material ; Exceptional RF range

Left/Right mouse button placement ; Not spill proof

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IOGear Long Range 2.4 GHz

 

With a wireless range of 33 feet, this wireless keyboard and mouse set is easy to use with your desktop computer or from the comfort of your couch. Whichever way you use it, the IOGear Long Range 2.4 GHz does the job. We only wish we could have seen...

You can alter the weight of the mouse by using either one or two AA batteries

The keyboard doesn't come with programmable function keys

We love the energy-conscious design of IOGear's Long Range 2.4 GHz keyboard and mouse, though it lacks some important features.

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Good when it works

 

I got this keyboard for my home-theater PC where it replaced a wireless keyboard with a separate wireless mouse. One thing I really like about this one was the trackball was integrated and placed in a good spot so you can move the mouse with your...

Full-size keyboard (doesn't feel cramped) ; Dedicated multimedia keys (important for my HTPC use) ; Built-in trackball ; Relatively small ; Works with PC and PS3

Trackball feels cheap ; Sometimes poor reception depending on positioning ; It will be my 3rd one in 7 months ; The low-battery led is useless (never lights up until the batteries are exhausted)

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Good when it works

 

I got this keyboard for my home-theater PC where it replaced a wireless keyboard with a separate wireless mouse. One thing I really like about this one was the trackball was integrated and placed in a good spot so you can move the mouse with your...

Full-size keyboard (doesn't feel cramped) ; Dedicated multimedia keys (important for my HTPC use) ; Built-in trackball ; Relatively small ; Works with PC and PS3

Trackball feels cheap ; Sometimes poor reception depending on positioning ; It will be my 3rd one in 7 months ; The low-battery led is useless (never lights up until the batteries are exhausted)

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Good Media Board

 

Overall good keyboard for HTTP controling all media functions including mouse pointer (with trackball)

Just the right size for portability and large hands

Trackball is awkward to use

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Works But Range Is Poor

 

I did get better results by switching the dongle to a different USB port on the TV. Not sure why that would make a difference but it did. Perhaps there is some interference.

Great keyboard and trackball for navigating a smart TV screen...absolutely the best I could find for a good interface. When it works, it works well. A keyboard with a smart TV is a must have in my opinion

Range is WAY too short. Sitting only 10 feet away, I had lots of trouble with connection. Changing TV USB ports with the dongle helped. Still misses a beat every now and then. My smart TV is an LG and I connect it to my main computer wirelessly for...

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stopped working

 

worked great for 2 months

worked great then 75% of the keys stopped working

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Its great for Media Center

 

I was concerned about the size, craftsmanship, and especially issues other folks stated with line of sight. All that is non-sense! If the power switch was in a better location I would demand a 6 star rating!

This is a great keyboard for a media center PC! I also ordered a much smaller game pad ish controller but love this much more hands down. Works well with XBMC! Battery life is great, ZERO range issues and I am talking 35 feet away with a couch in front...

the power switch (which you use to conserve battery) is on the bottom and odd to use, which we do after each use. I wished it was on the top edge

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Decent keyboard with a few minor issues

 

I would definitely recommend this keyboard just for the fact that it's lasted longer than any of the other HTPC keyboards I've used. It would be nice if the above problems were dealt with though. I wasn't particularly crazy about the looks of it...

Keyboard connects well and functions adequately. Have tried a few other similar products and they usually break pretty quick. I've had two of these keyboards for a couple years and they still function well. I use mine from the couch about 8-9 feet away...

As others have mentioned there are a few things that could be improved in order to get a 5 star rating. First, the trackball sometimes seems like there's a big piece of sand in it and it feels like the ball is rolling over it. I'm very clean so this...

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Alright for what it is

 

This may be the first product off Newegg I ever return for good.

Smallish keyboard, but heavy and sturdy feeling in the hands

The trackball is the weakest part of this device ; It's gritty feeling and imprecise. The cursor will jump at the slightest movement, making selection of small radio buttons and text nearly impossible at any DPI setting. I've unsuccessfully attempted...

Product Specifications

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.

Configuration

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

General Features

Platform:PC / Mac
Supported Console:Not Applicable
Type:Keyboard
Type of Connection:Radio Transfer
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