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Overall 4

Decent while it lasted

Jacob K., Newegg
1 April 2014
  • Summary: This keyboard/trackball combo got the job done while it worked. I have used mine pretty consistently for about 10 months now, it started out working as nicely as any average wireless keyboard. Although I did have problems with the rechargeable batteries and recharging the keyboard. It didn't seem to hold a charge, or it didn't want to charge at all sometimes. After the first week I ditched the rechargeable batteries for regular batteries and they lasted a few months.
  • Pros: - Trackball and keyboard all in one.
  • Cons: - Rechargeable batteries don't work well.
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Overall 4

Broke for no reason, within a month

James S., Newegg
11 March 2013
  • Pros: Easy Set-up, great idea
  • Cons: Stopped working within a few weeks, just refused to connect to the computer for no reason at all.
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Overall 2

Don't buy this keyboard

Glenn M., Newegg
25 August 2012
  • Summary: Wow what a piece of junk! I did not buy it from NE I got it from a store instead. I did pay double what NE is asking too, still not worth it at half the price. If they gave this keyboard away for free just keep walking.
  • Pros: Design, feel, wow so nice.
  • Cons: Piece of junk, will fall apart within 3 hours of owning it. Adult owned and not abused, keys will fall off. Total loss for IOGear. My wife called IOGear, they said we can pay to ship it to them to replace it or return it to the store. I already paid too much for trash, not paying to ship it to them. Returned to store for full refund. Bought another keyboard from that popular company that makes keyboards and mice and know what they are doing. The keyboard is called a K...
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Overall 6


Anonymous, Newegg
2 May 2012
  • Pros: It's wireless.
  • Cons: Full size keyboard, with a bit of a lag as you type. Scroll wheel broke after 2 months. It takes longer to charge than stated. I'll try something different next time.
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Overall 4

Defective out of the box

Anonymous, Newegg
10 March 2012
  • Summary: Would probably be a 4-star product except it's defective and I have to pay to ship it back.
  • Pros: Easy to install
  • Cons: "L" key not firmly attached; will have to RMA
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Overall 8

It performs its job well

Michael D., Newegg
16 February 2012
  • Summary: Everything in life has pros and cons. I would have given this keyboard 5 eggs if the trackballs was a tad bit easier to clean. Still this combo is the perfect idea for a Home Theater Personal Computer. Nothing beats sitting on your comfy sofa, surfing the web, playing a game or watching a moving on your absolutely oversized, surpassing the Jones' TV. And I remind you, all from the creature comforts of the sofa.
  • Pros: Been using this wireless keyboard for several weeks now for my HTPC. The range is excellent. The set up is great with the trackball and keyboard all in one unit. There are rubber non skid pads on the bottom to keep it from sliding away when it is on the shelf with the other remotes.
  • Cons: The trackball could use a bit more precision and like all trackballs it will get dusty inside. Now the only way to clean it is to take the whole keyboard apart (six small screws, it's easy).
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Overall 10

confused about poor reviews

Gregory W., Newegg
6 November 2011
  • Summary: Very happy I bought it, and will probably buy one for the bedroom if this hold up for 3 more months.
  • Pros: I have yet to have a major problem with this keyboard. I recently used it at a large presentation with a projector and was standing at the back of the room with no dropped signal--at least 30 feet away! Every other wireless HID I have ever tried has been a joke compared to this product. I cannot remember the last time I charged this thing either. I use it almost daily for my HTPC/Projector at home, and it has been a game-changer in my living room. I have a wireless N ...
  • Cons: I guess the trackpad is a little sketchy, but nothing that I loose sleep over. It seems as though the tolerences are a bit too high between the ball and the housing. After using it for a short time, you get used to it. It works fine for navigating the PC, just don't try to play FPS on it.
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Overall 5

"Good when it works"

piec2, CNET
25 October 2011
  • Pros: Full-size keyboard (doesn't feel cramped) Dedicated multimedia keys (important for my HTPC use) Built-in trackball Relatively small Works with PC and PS3
  • Cons: Trackball feels cheap Sometimes poor reception depending on positioning It will be my 3rd one in 7 months The low-battery led is useless (never lights up until the batteries are exhausted)
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Overall 2
Ease of use 2
Performance 2

User Review

PC Connection Express
4 October 2011
Overall 8

Nicer than my old 561

Anonymous, Newegg
18 March 2011
  • Summary: I bought this keyboard in order to be able to send in my IOGEAR gkm561R keyboard for warranty service after the scroll wheel wore out. I bought this keyboard from another vendor in order to avoid Newegg's very expensive Alaska shipping. I suggest setting your operating system to allow you to type your user name, rather than simply clicking on it.
  • Pros: Nice shape, nicely weighted, more solid feeling than the 561, very nice key action. Multimedia keys all seem to work in Linux (Mandriva 2010), which is better than anticipated. Uses two standard AA NiMH rechargeable batteries. which is handy. I swap the batteries rather than use the built in USB charger because I have NiMH AA batteries and a charger which I use for many other things, and my keyboard is never near the computer, as I use it in a HDTV multimedia situatio...
  • Cons: Batteries are a little hard to get out, a strip of fabric underneath them which could be tugged would be nice, not a big deal though. Delete key is in a weird spot, on the bottom row of keys.. The trackball apparently still can't be removed to be cleaned, which is a huge oversight. The laptop like NumPad always seems to be activated at boot up, regardless of BIOS settings, which means typing hidden passwords at login can be tricky, this may be motherboard or OS specif...
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