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iogear GKM561R

We have collected and analyzed 2 expert reviews and 628 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 79/100 and users rate it 80/100. The average review date is Oct 3, 2011. We have compared these reviews to 364526 reviews from other Keyboards. The alaScore™ for this product is 82/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for iogear GKM561R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of iogear GKM561R from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design. The usability is also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the reliability and durability are different. Many are less positive about the size.

usability, design

size

88% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: IOGear 2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll WheelIOGear 2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for iogear GKM561R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of iogear GKM561R from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the reliability. There are some less positive opinions about the durability.

reliability

durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: IOGEAR Long Range 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo (GKM552R) PC, Computer, HardwareIOGEAR Long Range 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo (GKM552R) PC, Computer, Hardware

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Natalie Shoemaker (pcmag.com)

Iogear 2.4GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard

 

The Iogear 2.4GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard has all the standard features that make this remote keyboard a welcome addition to any home entertainment setup.

Rechargeable batteries. Bottom conforms around lap. Rubber frame makes keyboard comfortable to hold and type on. USB dongle storage.

Unattractive design. Trackball rather than touchpad. No backlit keys. Would have preferred longer charging wire.

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Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Olin Coles (benchmarkreviews.com)

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

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Wanted to love this product...but TERRIBLE range. Very Disappointed.

 

My recommendation is to stay away from this keyboard until IOGEAR has addressed the issues with possibly a new/revised version in the near future.

I fell in love with this keyboard right out of the box. I needed something without the added numpad area to the right so it would fit on my lap and be easy for travel when needed, and this seemed to fit the bill as soon as I unboxed it.

I was very meticulous with the directions and "Quick Start Guide" in setting it up, but it barely works right out of the box. The range is horrendous...I sit less than three feet from the receiver, which is on an extender from the computer pointed...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Fits my needs perfect

 

Great value cost $ 15 more on other sites. Mini size is easy for me to reach all the keys.

Being Paralyzed makes it hard to find a keyboard I can use typing with my mouth. The compact size & set-up is perfert

Pros. Compact mini gaming keyboard, Built in mouse w/scroll ball a must for me. Cons. Wear out quickly this is my 3rd one, Sometimes have a hard time with range can't have nothing in line of sensor.

Mar, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Not a bad product

 

The keyboard and the mouse ball combo is perfect for a HTPC setup. Keyboard feels like a laptop keyboard, with very tactile feedback from key presses.

I had the older model of this keyboard that lasted me for couple of years of daily use. The older model had a larger and better receiver. The new, small receiver is pretty weak. I had to but a USB extension cable and bring the receiver from behind the...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Used to be the best. New receiver is terrible.

 

If you are having trouble with your trackball, try sticking a tiny piece of paper behind one of the ball bearings. This seemed to help position the trackball for better performance. Keep it clean too. The rubber strips on the sides may start to fall...

Best layout of any HTPC-style keyboard/mouse. Price is reasonable. Great range IF you get one with the older, larger style USB receiver (the one in the picture as of this writing is the one you want...black part should be about an inch long). Trackball...

I've actually bought two of these over the years. First one lasted me a long time, but eventually some keys came off and got lost (my toddler's handiwork). I bought the exact same model again, but this time it came with a new, much smaller USB...

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Failed after 32 months of light use.

 

I like the product so much that I'll buy another. If the design team at IOGear ever reads this, I'd recommend that the trackball be a tad more grippy. I found that during the dry months, it was difficult to roll the ball, and found myself having to...

Awwesome keyboard. I like that it has the small built-in trackball, big, easy to see keys, great overall balance (weight distribution). I use this to control my media computer in the livingroom. With the dim theater like room lighting, the full size...

One row of keys failed after 30 months. The 'Q' to 'P' keys stopped working - as in nothing appears when the key is pressed. I didn't report it in time, so I'm stuck without being able to warranty it. Can't get it repaired either. This was essentially...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Failed after 32 months of light use.

 

I like the product so much that I'll buy another. If the design team at IOGear ever reads this, I'd recommend that the trackball be a tad more grippy. I found that during the dry months, it was difficult to roll the ball, and found myself having to...

Awwesome keyboard. I like that it has the small built-in trackball, big, easy to see keys, great overall balance (weight distribution). I use this to control my media computer in the livingroom. With the dim theater like room lighting, the full size...

One row of keys failed after 30 months. The 'Q' to 'P' keys stopped working - as in nothing appears when the key is pressed. I didn't report it in time, so I'm stuck without being able to warranty it. Can't get it repaired either. This was essentially...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

HTPC

 

I use this for my HTPC and it works great. I have had others that cost over $100.00 bucks and don't work as good. If you need a low cost RF combo board then get this one.

All in one (keyboard/mouse), RF works through doors, good key feel.

Not a true con but the dongle is larger than some RF models but not a big deal still smaller than most usb drives.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Keyboard w flaws

 

The keyboard has a good shape and feel and is wonderfully compact, but it doesn't work well and has some serious flaws. It needs some control software, led lights, a better working radio, and maybe on/off switch. I wanted to like this keyboard for my...

The keyboard is a good shape, very compact, smart placement of extra mouse buttons

no leds for keys like numlock, etc. Keyboard boots w numlock enabled and its very hard to see keys to turn numlock off ; no control software at all - its missing some serious functionality ; battery cover comes off and batteries drop out at the...

Nov, 2015

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.

Design

Color of product:Black
Internal: No
Material:Plastic
Surface coloration:Monotone

Energy Management

Battery life (max):100
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Keyboard battery type:AAA
Number of batteries (keyboard):2
Number of batteries supported:2

Ergonomics

Battery LED indicator: Yes
Card reader integrated: No
LED Indicators: Yes
Microphone in: No
Wireless range:393.7

Keyboard

Device interface:RF Wireless
Frequency band:2.4
Keyboard integrated devices:Trackball
Keyboard language:French
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Trackball
Purpose:PC/server
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Windows keys: Yes

Mouse

Mouse included: No
Movement detection technology:Laser / Optical
Movement Resolution:1200 / 800
Number of scroll wheels:1
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Wheel

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 45
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 45
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

Built-in touchpad: No
Case or master carton dimensions (W x D x H):12.4 x 15.2 x 9.5
Channels quantity:78
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP / Vista (32-bit / 64-bit) / 7 (32-bit / 64-bit)\nMac OS X v10.3.9 + / Windows XP Windows Vista 32/64; Mac OS X+
Depth:6.5
Height:1.5
Package length:1.87
Package weight:1.84
Quantity per box:6
Width:14.1

Packaging Content

Number of products included:1

Packaging Data

Number of products included:1
Package depth:2
Package height:5.98 / 8.5
Package weight:16
Package width:12.2 / 14.8

Power

Battery life (max):100
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Keyboard battery type:AAA
Number of batteries (keyboard):2
Number of batteries supported:2

Receiver

Wireless receiver interface:USB

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):10.2 x 1.25 x 4.5 / 14.1 x 1.5 x 6.5
Keyboard Weight:11.2 / 20.2