IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
Robert N., Newegg
25 March 2015
Pros: Excellent trackball for positioning the pointer on smaller spaces.
Cons: Needs a left click button beside the trackball so you can navigate and select with one hand like the nmediapc it replaces. I REALLY miss this feature. Trackball is loose in its socket and moves the pointer if you tilt the keyboard. Should be a tighter fit.
Excerpt: I've been using this a little over a week so can't say anything about long term durability. It works great but I have not tried it at a distance. I bought this to replace a wired keyboard that the scroll wheel stooped working on. Its for personal web browsing use and does what I need it for. A couple of things that take some getting used to is no caps lock light and the dual function keys.
Pros: Quiet, Reliable Performance
Cons: Dual Function Keys, Inadequate features, No Caps Lock Light
Excerpt: Only been using this about a week. I got this to replace a wired keyboard that the scroll wheel stopped working. So far it works great but have not used it at any distance from the computer so can't say anything about that. The only thing I have found not to like about this is some keys are dual function and require pressing two keys at the same time to use. I'm not used to using both hands for the home key.
Excerpt: I am well pleased with my new keyboard. First of all I have been a touch typist for decades and i like the "feel" of this keyboard -- keys are responsive. I bought it because of the trackball / mouse configuration. My right hand is stressed from decades of use especially mouse use. I wanted to split the duties and this keyboard lets me do it. Now my poor right hand has a rest from all that clicking! Takes a bit to get used to.
Pros: Comfortable Design, Great Features, Quiet, Reliable Performance, Small Footprint, Sturdy
Summary: "It was fun while it lasted" would be the best way to describe this keyboard. I wish it would have lasted longer because it really fits my needs.
Pros: One of the very few mouse/keyboard combos out there that is actually configured correctly. Clickers on one side, mouse movement on the other side. Even Logitec's "high-end" HTPC keyboards have mouse pad and clickers on the same side.
Cons: After about 1.5 years of owning, the usb receiver died. Called IOGear up and ask about purchasing a new receiver. They said they would send me a receiver free of charge. I waited about 3 months for that receiver to come in. After the 3rd month I called back again inquiring about getting a replacement receiver, and even willing to pay. The lady over the phone, Stephanie, said that there was no record of me calling in the first time and apologized for the first customer...
Summary: I use this keyboard for my multimedia PC that's part of my entertainment center. That Keyboard part works very well, as far as typing. The trackball part (which is what I use most) is not that great. Sometimes I spin the trackball and it takes a second (or two) for the pointer on the screen to start moving. I guess that's not the end of the world but it's worth noting. It's better than some other wireless keyboards I have previously used...
Summary: I love this keyboard to death and use it every day. The Set-up was non-existent (If I remember - I've had it so long). I think I've changed the batteries maybe once or twice in 18 months, and I guarantee I use it more often than pretty much anyone on earth.. I just came back to say that I've had the same trackball problems as everyone else, but I always just thought of it as a cheap, loose, trackball.
Pros: Easy set up, Good Size, light, comfortable, Perfect for HTPC