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2.4 GHZ MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD

2.4 GHZ MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD (IOGEAR, Inc: GKM561R)
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IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
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2.4 GHZ MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD
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Rating: 7.79/10
With 18 User Reviews
Roy_H@NCIX
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Review Date: 02/26/12
Cons: Batteries tend to drop  out of back if placed down too hard.

Pros: Compact, robust connection, excellent position of built-in mouse controls. Feels like a game controller. Kid love it.
Comment:
Quick, automatic, robust connection to reciever. Long range. Easy to operate with two hands (similar to a game controller) with position of mouse click, scroll and position controls at top right and left of unit. Very nice compact full function all-in-one mouse -keyboard unit. I have tried many and this unit is the absolute best.
scottyt@NCIX
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Review Date: 07/10/11
Cons: mouseball

Pros: size, shape
Comment:
trackball is horrible even with the dpi settingsis a good idea for a htpc type application but i was so unimpressed with the trackball i had to pawn it off on an unsuspecting n00b
XenoS@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/22/11
Cons: - Layout could be a lot better.- No way to easily clean trackball.- Uncomfortable to hold with hands.- Won't take long to loose grommets.

Pros: - Good signal strength.- Keys have a nice feel.- MCE support plus basic media.- Trackball better than most.- Has an on/off switch.- Good build quality.
Comment:
I own an Adesso WKB-3000UB, which layout-wise I consider to be the perfect wireless keyboard for both HTPC and general use, though obviously not for gaming. I purchased the Iogear to see how well it compares, seeing as it is the closest out there in terms of design. I've also recently played with the Microsoft Arc wireless (odd key placement) and HP Wireless Mini-Keyboard (useless mouse features) among others. Finding the perfect wireless keyboard is no easy task, let me tell you. I do think a trackball is the way to go though, so long as it can be removed for cleaning once in a while. Track pads and eraser style nubs are alright for simple tasks too, just not heavy use.Unlike the other reviewers here, I have not experienced any of the communication troubles or glitches with my Iogear. In fact I feel it is almost perfect quality-wise in terms of construction, despite being all plastic. The keys are responsive and feel good. Signal strength is also perfect with no dropouts to speak of, even when in my lap. If someone were to take the reliability and quality components of the Iogear and put them into the housing of the Adesso keyboard mentioned above, the hunt for the perfect keyboard would be over not just for me, but for almost everyone. No other keyboard for this type of usage would be able to compare and they would sell like hotcakes.The number one thing I dislike the most about the Iogear is how they wasted key space on the right-hand side of the keyboard. There is no need to have the Backspace and (especially) Enter key be quite so large. What should be there are proper Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys. People use those keys a lot, and it is a major pain to have to first press the Fn key to access them. Every time I want to select  an entire line, I have to press Fn+Shift+Arrow which only compounds the confusion. Iogear made the once simple task of jumping around a composition no longer the easy no-brainer it used to be. Thanks for that! Heck, even the forward slash could have been put in the proper location had key size been more sensible.Problem number two involves the lack of mouse key triggers. On the Adesso there are actually two left mouse buttons. One is located on the top left of the keyboard, the other on the right as a trigger. I always wondered why the need for redundancy, but now that I have an Iogear I understand. Say you want to select  some files. Easy enough, right? So you use your left hand to hold the Ctrl key, your right hand to move the trackball, and now you can't click a mouse button because your hands are in too awkward of a position. Well, maybe some can, but it certainly doesn't feel right or accurate. Ok, so lets instead try holding down the other Ctrl key with the right hand, the mouse button with the thumb on your left hand, and... now you can't use the trackball reliably because your hands are once again in an awkward position. Adding additional mouse buttons in the form of triggers would completely overcome this problem. It would also allow you to press them and scroll with the scroll wheel at the same time should there ever be a need. The current layout of the Iogear limits you to your left thumb for left mouse, right mouse, and scroll wheel, and right thumb for the trackball with no consideration to the fact that you have other fingers free while operating the mousing features of this keyboard.The third thing I find annoying is the edges. I find they dig into my palms if I don't have the keyboard in my lap, which would be fine expect for the fact that you have to hold the keyboard in your hands in order to use the mouse buttons and trackball effectively. The rubber they put along the edges helps somewhat, but rounded edges would be far more preferable, especially during those long browsing sessions. Speaking of rubber, this keyboard has rubber grommets on the bottom, presumably for using it on a coffee table. Companies tend to use these on a lot of things these days and they always fall off within the first year. Something that sits in your lap is going to need especially good glue. Pay attention to yours because it won't be long until you are epoxying them back on, provided they don't disappear into the furniture first of course. An easy way to clean out the trackball (which I really like) would have been nice too.Overall I really like this keyboard, despite it's shortcomings. That is why I'm giving it a four out of five stars. This is also what I gave the Adesso. They both suffer from several poor design choices, and if either wants a perfect five out of five, they will have to figure out a way to marry the best that both have to offer. Having experimented with a number of wireless keyboards, I stand by my opinion that you wouldn't want for anything else should such a keyboard ever come to exist. Here is to hoping someone from one of these respective companies reads this review and takes my words to heart.
Sterling_F@NCIX
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Review Date: 08/30/10
Cons: Trackball, trackball, trackball, on/off switch is on the bottom, poor range

Pros: Compact, nice feel to keys
Comment:
This is actually only 2 stars but the site wants me to put in an OrderID which I don't have. I read lots of reviews on this keyboard and it seemed like a great choice. At first it was, I liked the placement of the mouse buttons and trackball. But as I've used it more and more for my HTPC (changing setings, installing programs), I find the trackball very frustrating. It is difficult to click things b/c the mouse will jump a random distance in a random direction when I click the left mouse button. So you can't use it for drag and drop  at all and it takes sometimes 3 times just to click 'next'.I was using it through a wall before and the distance seemed fine, but now I used it 10ft from the dongle and it sometimes has problems picking it up until I move the keyboard closer. I paid $55 for this keyboard and it is NOT worth the $100 price tag. I will be looking into a bluetooth keyboard/mouse shortly.
spraynpray@NCIX
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Review Date: 06/21/10
Cons: Not a standar keyboard, enter key is wrong. Backspace is wrong. Backwards slash is wrong.

Pros: Nice low-profile keyboard, similiar to a laptop. Cool gadget for htpc instead of a regular wireless keyboard/mouse.
Comment:
Don't expect much out of the trackwheel, it's not a replacement for a mouse. It works good for very occasional use though, for example if your htpc rarely ever uses the mouse, but sometimes you just need the cursor for a few seconds. The trackwheel is made very cheap, very plastic and light. I was expecting something like the ball in a ball mouse (heavy and with some 'torque'), but this one just feels like a chunk of hollow light plastic.The trackwheel is also very buggy, for example I want to highlight something in this review to delete, click and drag does NOT work at all; the cursor will jump around like crazy, as others have already mentionned. You can't use the wheel and a button at the same time, it's sorta like ghosting I guess.As I'm typing on this right now, the keyboard itself feels good, other than for the fact that the enter key and backwards slash are seriously screwed up. I guess it's difficult to make a niche htpc keyboard, and I was very well warned by other users about the click while mousing around problem, but for the money I expected more.
Rapter09@NCIX
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Review Date: 05/31/10
Cons: - Somewhat poor wireless signal; my legs were easily able to stop the signal a few times. Only a nuisance in my case- No LEDs to speak of for power or CAPS, etc. Again, only a minor nuisance. Saves power I presume.

Pros: - Great keys, great trackball.- Perfect setup for the "mouse" use. Minimal comfy hand-grips on the side and great foot grippers if you set it down.
Comment:
keyboard is connected to Belkin KVM (A VGA Belkin Flip) and works flawlessly. Trackball is responsive and has three different DPI modes (400, 800, 1200). Very compact; I miss my keypad, though - this one has none as you can see. WinMCE keys don't work on anything but MCE unfortunately, but the extra keys for volume and "home" work just fine. The scroll wheel has nice clicked segments; it's not one of those crummy smooth wheels so you can crisply feel each click when scroll. Trackball also feels smooth, doesn't have that nasty plastic gritty feel to it when you're rolling it.
Iannick_B@NCIX
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Review Date: 05/25/10
Cons: - Trackball not precise

Pros: - Compact- Integrated mouse
Comment:
This is a nice compact keyboard for an HTPC. I use it on my XBMC Ubuntu PC. The 2.4RF is great for distance.The only thing is the trackball. It is really hard to get used to. It is not smooth at all. Good enough if you don't have to use the mouse too much.
TCZY
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Review Date: 05/06/10
Comment:
bought if for a senior relative to use it when sitting in the sofa to remote control computer. Works perfect and he loved it.
Lynn
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Review Date: 05/03/10
Comment:
I love this keyboard. It's exactly what I was looking for. The only feature I don't like is having to hold down the Fn key for the Home and End keys. The track ball works fine.
wheezer
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Review Date: 05/02/10
Comment:
Compact and relatively slick design but trackball is just too small for precision mousing, functions best at lowest resolution. Just a tad awkward getting used to two-hand mouse controls after mastering stand-alone one-hand mouse with all functions at fingertips of one hand. Frequently transmits erroneous commands, such as the scroll wheel zooming the viewed document or site in & out instead of scrolling up & down the page. Turning keyboard off and back on temporarily corrects problems. Have not tried to use with media center so can't address how well it works as a media keyboard.
CheifTom
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Review Date: 04/25/10
Comment:
It does the job. The scroll wheel is a very useful and not found on any other product I have looked at. The pricing was alittle higher then I wanted but I am happy with my purchase.
Craig
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Review Date: 04/17/10
Comment:
I bought this because I needed something that had some wireless distance to it (The couch is about 10 plus feet away from the TV and HTPC) and this one really handles it. The mouse being on the KB is great. This is a GREAT product!
mike
Rating:

Review Date: 04/15/10
Comment:
I bought this for my HTPC and am very happy with it. I replaced a desktop wireless keyboard and mouse with this since the keyboard and mouse had limited range. Pros: - Great Range - Compact - Built in track ball Cons: - Getting used to track ball - Track ball feels cheap Overall I am very happy with this product.
benafk
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Review Date: 04/15/10
Comment:
This compact wireless keyboard with trackball works terrifically with my Home Theatre PC. The device is small enough that it stays out of the way and can be used easily to mouse or type, and I love that it has a scroll wheel. The RF interface works very well at 20' from the PC in my setup, and I have tested it at 30' with no problem. I think I will buy a second!
Cimm
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Review Date: 04/15/10
Comment:
The trackball felt extremely loose while using it and the mouse pointer would jump around the screen and continue to move after releasing your thumb from the ball. This defect made it near impossible to click, highlight or move items on screen. Changing the dots per inch setting on the keyboard had no effect. It may have only been a defect on the one I bought but I had to return the item.
RatLady
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Review Date: 04/12/10
Comment:
Keyboard is okay, it seems to have a mind of its own when using the scroll though. My daughter gets very frustrated. But I think with a bit of getting use to it will be fine.
Rahzel@NCIX
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Review Date: 03/23/10
Cons: -Trackball/mouse buttons are kind of buggy. (read summary)-Shortcut keys only work with MCE and there's no software to program other keys.-Again, no software so you can't see the volume level when you move it up or down (not a big deal for me)-Keys are a little closer together compared to a regular desktop keyboard (comparable to a bigger laptop)-Back/forward buttons would be nice

Pros: -Nice responsive trackball-Good range-Ergonomic-Nicely placed buttons-Media keys-Pretty good build quality-Nicely priced (got mine for 40 bucks)-On/off switch for extended battery life-Keys are nice and quiet
Comment:
This keyboard has surpassed my expectation in some ways, but issues I've read other people having, I've also experienced them as well. As I mentioned, either the trackball or mouse buttons are kind of buggy. When you click and hold (say, if you wanted to drag and dropĀ  some files) the trackball gets jumpy and moves around a bit. Maybe it's a frequency interference issue, I don't know.It's kind of nice being driver free, but without software, there's no volume level display or anything. All the media keys work, but the extra function keys (the ones where you press the FN key + another key) only work with MCE. Again, not a big deal to me, because I leave the volume maxed and use my AVR's volume control anyway.The only complaint I have that actually somewhat bothers me, is the buggy trackball/mouse buttons. Overall, though, I really like this keyboard and I would still recommend it, especially for people with HTPC's (what I'm using it for). If the trackball/mouse clickers weren't buggy, I would easily give this 5 stars This review was modfied by poster @ 03-23-10 09:27 PM
Rocco
Rating:

Review Date: 02/20/10
Comment:
bought this to replace IR home theater keyboard, works perfectly, huge improvement over what I was using. using it with vista media center, did not require any additional drivers , great price too.
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Product Features

Multimedia Keyboard Built-in Laser Trackball

Iogear GKM561R 2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
Go wireless with the ergonomic and compact Iogear 2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel. This ultra-slim keyboard comes with an advanced 2.4GHz wireless technology that gives an extended operating range of up to 33 feet. Excluding the need of any driver it just requires the included USB RF Receiver to be plugged for you to get started. It is a perfect choice to work with HTPC, Windows Media Center applications and next generation game consoles. Adding comfort with its low profile keyboard it is also equipped with Built-in left and right mouse buttons with built-in scroll wheel. The latest laser trackball technology used in this multimedia keyboard allows you adjust the sensitivity of the pointer by selecting from 400, 800 or 1200dpi for increased efficiency. It is amazingly designed to hop frequencies automatically, which avoids interfering with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other wireless devices. The slip-resistant design on the keyboard gives it an extra grip for comfortable handling. This stylish keyboard is also equipped with 19 hotkeys for one touch access to internet and multimedia. Assembled with an exclusive ON/OFF switch this keyboard also helps you save battery. Buy this mini all-rounder today for an exalted home theater PC experience!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • 2.4GHz Wireless Technology; provides an extended operating range
  • Slip resistant design; enhances the grip
  • 19 hotkey; gives instant control to PC and internet features
  • 3 DPI Settings; helps you choose between three cursor speeds
  • Built in mouse buttons and scroll wheel; for cursor control
  • 78 channels for Keyboard with unique ID; to have an interference?free connection

 

 

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Specifications

  • Radio Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • USB: RF Receiver
  • Power Switch: ON/OFF
  • Operating Range: Up to 10m (33ft)
  • Operating System Support: Windows XP Windows Vista 32/64; Mac* OS X or later; *Multimedia keys not supported
  • Resolution: 400/800/1200 DPI Trackball Resolution
  • Battery Type: 2 x AA Alakline Battery
  • Number of Channel: 8
  • Channels: 78
  • Case: Plastic

Features

  • Built-in left and right mouse buttons with built-in scroll wheel
  • 19 hotkeys for multimedia functions
  • Slip Resistant design on both sides with rubber grip
  • 78 channels for Keyboard with unique ID to avoid interference (automatically switches)
  • ON/OFF switch for battery saving
  • The perfectsolution for Digital Living RoomsorPC to TV

Product Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer:IOGEAR, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number:GKM561R
Manufacturer Website Address:www.iogear.com
Brand Name:IOGEAR
Product Name:Wireless 2.4GHz Keyboard
Product Type:Keyboard
Keyboard/Keypad
Keyboard/Keypad Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Keyboard/Keypad Wireless Technology:RF
Keyboard/Keypad Wireless Operating Distance:10.06 m
Keyboard/Keypad Features:Ergonomic, Slim, Spill Resistant
Hot Keys:Multimedia
Pointing Device
Pointing Device Type:Scroll Wheel, Trackball
Interfaces/Ports
Keyboard/Keypad Host Interface:USB
Battery Information
Battery Size Support:AA
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions:38 mm Height x 359 mm Width x 165 mm Depth
Weight:572 g
Miscellaneous
Package Contents:
  • Wireless 2.4GHz Keyboard
  • 1 x USB RF Receiver
  • 1 x Cleaning Cloth
  • 2 x AA Battery
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • 1 x Warranty Card
  • Additional Information:
  • 19 hot keys for multimedia functions
  • Built-in laser trackball with 400, 800, and 1200 dpi selections
  • Built-in left and right mouse buttons with built-in scroll wheel
  • ON/OFF switch for battery saving
  • Green Compliance:Yes
    Green Compliance Certificate/Authority:RoHS, WEEE
    Warranty
    Standard Warranty:3 Year
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