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alaScore 82

73 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews of IOGEAR GKM681R. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability. The size also gets good feedback. Views about the reliability and usability are mixed.

price, size, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the IOGEAR GKM681R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of IOGEAR GKM681R from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Keyboards on People really like the durability and size. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: IOGEAR GKM681R 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel (Silver/Black)

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: Tim B. (

Bad trackball


The trackball only works when it wants to. Iogear offered to replace the keyboard but expected me to pay for shipping it back to them. It's not worth the cost to do that for a $35 item.

Nice compact size. Like the mouse buttons placement.

Useless trackball.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Douglas H. (

This is the KEY Keyboard to have.


Pros, Plug and play. Where has this keyboard been all my life.

Cons, Something weird is going on with the right side of the keyboard were the keys and numbers are mixed when typing I have to use the fn key to type the letters.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Mehdi H. (

worked only for 1 year


nice gadget when it works

Takes time to connect. Very short range. After 1 year of very, very light use the mouse is now unusable, sometime it works, seconds later not.

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Marlene G. (

not durable


poor construction trackball died after only 3 months of light use.

good layout

trackball died after 3 months

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: Joseph K. (

need some better quality control


I've owned two of these and really like the track mouse and form factor. I've owned all of Iogear's htpc keyboards, and have had lots of experience with this model. Some problems I had were: 1. With the first one I received the multimedia keys on the...

Form factor is fantastic for htpc use Well laid out design for right handed use. Multiple mouse buttons in clever locations. Scroll wheel. Great feel of mini trackball. Pocket to carry wireless usb connector. Windows key, and shortcut keys.

No on off switch like the GKM561R A backlight for the keyboard switch to toggle on and off like the GKM571R. See individual device complaints below. Quality of signal and assembly problems.

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: Zach K. (



Unit is really intended to be a MC keyboard, and for that, it is awesome.I mentioned the range before, I should also add that I have the dongle on a 3 ft USB cable and routed from back to front so the dongle faces toward the living room. I did not test...

Range is good. I keep it in my living room for my Media Center. Furthest I can get is ~ 13 ft, line of sight. It always connects even from max distance. Unit is small, but not so small that it's clumsy for big handed folk. Left and right click button...

This is not meant to be a "standard" keyboard, i.e., one that you would use on a normal workstation. It would be a bit awkward for that. Also, and maybe I just need to adjust a setting somewhere, but it goes to "sleep" awfully quick. And it only takes...

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: James B. (

Works as advertised


Bought this to use with the WebBrowser built-into my new BlueRay DVD player, so that I didn't have to screw-around with the on-screen pseudo-keyboard (using remote's arrow keys) . . . yuk! This little keyboard makes it MUCH easier to fill-in text...

Inexpensive. Works well with my Samsung 'smart' BlueRay player. Small (takes-up little space on the coffee table). Light weight.

Hard to pick-up without accidently bumping side-mounted keys (until you get used to it). Wish the keys were underlit, so I could see them better in the darkened room.

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Josh S. (

it works


it does the job well enough and i haven't had any problems with connectivity or range.

it's been working well for almost 8 months (as of the time i'm writing this) on my HTPC. trackball hasn't needed cleaning yet. lots of hotkeys. haven't had to change the batteries yet.

it's kind of small so it can be a little uncomfortable to type normally with it. hot keys are placed a bit awkwardly. can't tell you how many times me or my family has hit one of them just going to pick the keyboard up. the trackball sensor will go to...

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: Nicholas K. (

Good but...


I thought this was terrible when first purchased as the range was about 4-5 foot. I read other reviews and tried turning off all other 2.4Ghz devices with no effect. Was going to RMA it but then bought a $4 USB extension cable as a last ditch effort....

Good layout Build quality seems ok Perfect size for HTPC

Range (without USB extension cable)

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: gerry (

good product for general use


Only after purchasing this product, did I look at the reviews. After reading about the poor connection issue, I plugged the blue tooth receiver into a usb extension wire; bringing it closer to where I sit. It has worked fine. You hold the keyboard in...

Jul, 2013