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IOGEAR GKM581R

IOGEAR GKM581R
alaScore 81

96 reviews

Jul, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size. The usability also gets good opinions, whereas many are critical about the design and value for money.

build quality, usability, size

value for money, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the IOGEAR GKM581R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for IOGEAR GKM581R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of IOGEAR GKM581R from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.com.

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52% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: IOGEAR 2.4 GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel GKM581R (Black)

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I've had no issues with this board

 

My keyboard gets heavy use and I've been VERY happy with mine. I have dropped it a couple of times (fell on wood floor or rug) and handled it. All the cats repeatedly walk across it, the dog has drooled on it, one cat loves to sit on it (because it's...

Frankly, I love it and have had it for several years now. I use mine constantly in my den with the PC - it IS the only way I watch movies/TV/Netflix, etc. and I use it to listen to music in the same room, so it gets very heavy use. In general I like...

I have had a few issues with recharging (acted like it wasn't recharging, but it did. A few other times it wanted to be recharged days after I had just charged it) however, it worked a decent amount of time on regular batteries and after getting new...

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it's decent when it works

 

I really like the feel of the keyboard, the scroll wheel and trackball is great and the battery indicator is useful

The trackball requires cleaning every once in while if too much oil builds up and the keyboard stops recognizing it. Sometimes the keyboard will be unresponsive and the only way to fix it is to take the batteries for 5 minutes or so ; My scroll wheel...

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Disappointing

 

Love using the keyboard to watch TV, but it really disappointed me with the durability.

Great idea, especially for people wanting to "cut the cord" and go all online for television viewing. When it works, it is fantastic and I love it! Keyboard, mouse, scroll wheel, all are great for surfing Hulu and Netflix. Installs easily, very responsive

The first keyboard we got had no battery terminals. We returned it immediately, got a new one and were happy for 7 months. Then things started going down hill. A key fell off. No biggie, but the mount was broken. Okay, Iogear was going to replace it....

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Broke for no reason, within a month

 

Easy Set-up, great idea

Stopped working within a few weeks, just refused to connect to the computer for no reason at all ; Won't be buying an iogear keyboard ever again, neither will my company, as I'm responsible for all IT purchases

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Great, after RMA

 

Great product! I'm using this with my laptop so I can stream instead of having cable. It's very easy to use, charge, install, and fits great on your lap. Searching Hulu and Netflix is easy with the full keyboard, which was what I wanted

The first keyboard we received was missing a metal plate in the battery compartment, which meant that it could not be used unless plugged in! RMA process was easy, but meant we spent another $13 in shipping before getting our keyboard

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Bit of a Disappointment

 

looks good, feels pretty good in hands

Key was off when I opened it. They aren't the most durable looking keys I have seen... getting a replacement (process to take 2-3 weeks) and I hope it is better. I guess I should have listened to the other reviews about the keys

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MMMkay

 

It's wireless

Full size keyboard, with a bit of a lag as you type. Scroll wheel broke after 2 months. It takes longer to charge than stated. I'll try something different next time

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same as others

 

looking for a replacement , glad im not the only one. Who was let down by this kb

Great layout, great concept, perfect for a HTPC. Decent priced, worked right out of the box. Love the rubberized coating

Only worked 2 months, same as all the other reviewers Could not log into banking site , after 2 tries didn't think much of it, but then noticed a pattern. It was missing every other key or so, tried new batteries connect/reconnect,no use. Now i Noticed...

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Great Keyboard combo

 

Plugged in USB wifi module Vista found and installed the trackball/keyboard no problems. All the custom keyboard buttons works great. Makes my home theater setup a pleasure to use ; Love product

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It performs its job well

 

Everything in life has pros and cons. I would have given this keyboard 5 eggs if the trackballs was a tad bit easier to clean. Still this combo is the perfect idea for a Home Theater Personal Computer. Nothing beats sitting on your comfy sofa, surfing...

Been using this wireless keyboard for several weeks now for my HTPC. The range is excellent. The set up is great with the trackball and keyboard all in one unit. There are rubber non skid pads on the bottom to keep it from sliding away when it is on...

The trackball could use a bit more precision and like all trackballs it will get dusty inside. Now the only way to clean it is to take the whole keyboard apart (six small screws, it's easy)

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