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iogear GKM681R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of iogear GKM681R. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the design and durability are on the whole positive. The price and size also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability and usability.

size, price, durability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the iogear GKM681R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = 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 products in the same category on People are impressed by the durability and size. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

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

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

Feb, 2019

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Look elswhere


I have owned two previous media center keyboards of larger size but they have tack balls and scroll wheels - perfect combo for media center interface when scrolling through albums, video, menus etc. on the popular media front ends. This could have been...

1. size is compact 2. has track ball (track pads suck for media centers) 3. has scroll wheel (really nice for media centers and interfaces)

1. dropped connection from the start 2. track ball didn't work properly after 1st day of use 3. buttons were very sensitive on keyboard front 4. did i say that it wouldn't stay connected properly on 3 different computers 5. quality control has...

Mar, 2016

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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)

Feb, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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not durable


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

good layout

trackball died after 3 months

Mar, 2015

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not durable


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

good layout

trackball died after 3 months

Mar, 2015

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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

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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

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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

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black
Internal: No
Product color:Black

Energy Management

Battery life (max):100
Battery Type:AAA
Number of batteries supported:2


LED Indicators: Yes
Microphone in: No
Wireless range:393.7


Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Device interface:RF Wireless
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Mouse included: No
Movement detection technology:Optical
Movement Resolution:800
Scroll: Yes

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):13 x 12.5 x 7
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP / Vista (32-bit / 64-bit) / 7 (32-bit / 64-bit)\nMac OS X v10.5.9 +
Depth (imperial):1.25
Height (imperial):4.5
Package length:2
Package weight:1
Quantity per box:6
Width (imperial):10.2

Packaging Data

Package height:5.98
Package width:12.2


Battery life (max):100
Battery Type:AAA
Number of batteries supported:2

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):10.2 x 1.25 x 4.5
Keyboard Weight:11.2