I purchased these a week ago and they immediately found a home on our coffee table, easily replacing our humongous Logitech MX 3100 keyboard, mouse and ATI remote wonder.
The combo consists of an MCE compatible remote control and a notebook sized keyboard and trackball. Both are 2.4 GHz RF wireless devices linking to a small USB reciever. I plugged it into both my Vista 64 MCE and my WinXP MCE and they worked right out of the box. No software installation or drivers. This let me uninstall the Logitech and ATI software and drivers. I didn't even have to sync the devices with the receiver. So far I haven't had any of the reception problems that recently plagued my Logitech devices.
The keyboard has sensual sculpted curves. It looks good and when you pick it up It just feels natural and familiar. You can cradle it like a giant XBOX controller with shoulder buttons for the left-click and scroll wheel/middle-click mouse buttons. The optical trackball is under your right thumb and the left and right mouse buttons are under your the left. I found this to be a perfect position for point and click Web browsing.
The same sculpted shape fits it comfortably on your lap for serious typing. Or if you prefer, 4 soft rubber feet hold it tenaciously to any flat surface with the keyboard angled slightly up. The keys are arranged in the standard notebook layout. The keys are a little mushy and don't have the clikity-clack of a full-sized keyboard. I find that throws off my touch typing.
In addition to F1-F12 functions key there are dedicated Internet hot keys: Backward, Forward, Browser, Email and My Computer. For me, these are exactly the functions I routinely use without Logitech's cumbersome configuration files and programming. The multimedia hot keys control: Skip, Stop, Play/Pause, Mute and Volume. Again, the bare necessities.
The optical trackball is a competent replacement for a laser mouse. I no longer have to scrounge for a flat space on the coffee table or futon. The default mouse sensitivity is good but precise control can be difficult when trying to hit a small Windows control from across the room. Still, I do miss my mouse's tilt wheel for horizontal scrolling and the extra buttons for zooming in Firefox. On a 10' interface this could easily be used as a full-function remote for your HTPC.
But, if that isn't enough, they throw in a pretty good MCE compatible remote control. Although the buttons are a little small, there seems to be one for every imaginable MCE function: My TV, Music, Photos, Video, Live and Recorded TV, DVD and Guide. You may find the small buttons and labels a problem in dim light. I found the layout intuitive to memorize. The number pad does not support triple-press text entry in MCE dialog boxes. And, I miss having a dedicated aspect ratio button but I can still right-click and zoom using the integrated trackball.
Both devices feel sturdy and well constructed, but the manual didn't fully survive translation into English, which never inspires confidence in off brand electronics.
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