|Submited By: B. Buchanan on 10/05/2009|
First, the setup with this thing is confusing. The instructions walk you through the program you use with XP but not with vista. In the program I ended up having to use the keyboard showed up but was titled something random like DST-3462, which is not a number or code I could find corresponding to this keyboard, anywhere. I thought it was just finding my neighbors keyboard since it was also showing their MacBook. After fidgeting around I managed to get it connected. Once connected this was not a very easy to use keyboard or mouse. Trying to navigate around web pages it would randomly click on links and activate things and multiple times it logged me out of whatever site I was logged into without ever hitting anything on the keyboard. The mouse is very spastic anyways, even within a foot of the computer, but add in random clicks and it makes navigation even more difficult.
The absolute worst thing about the keyboard though is the Num Lock. There is no light signifying it s on, which it randomly turns on for no reason, and once on it turns a third of the keyboard into numbers. Which isn t a big problem it s just very annoying when you are across the room and can t see what you are typing clearly on the screen or you are typing in a password and can t see what you are typing you just get a failed login. Again not horrible just very very annoying.
Overall this is probably the best bet for the money for your HTPC. It will work from across the room, I ve got it about 10 -15 away. It s got both the mouse and the keyboard in one so you don t need to bust out two separate pieces. It s not a weird layout with a joystick or a trackball with mouse buttons on the other side of the keyboard. It s just like any laptop keyboard layout. So if you are just needing something to navigate between your entertainment choices this is your best bet, if you need a typing keyboard you might want to choose something else.
On a random note, the keyboard comes with a USB dongle. I ve got no idea what this dongle does nor can I find any mention of this dongle anywhere in the instructions or quickstart guide. The only mention of the dongle in the entirety of the contents/packaging for this keyboard is one line in the system requirements where it says, "One available USB port for Dongle". That s it. No mention ANYWHERE else. When I plug it in it shows up nowhere as well. I get an installing new device note but that s it. If I turn off bluetooth to try and use the dongle to connect the keyboard I get nothing either. I don t know what it is and it s kind of hurting my brain trying to figure it out.