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IOGear GKM581R The IOGear GKM581R is a keyboard that Read more

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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.
  • Pros: - Trackball and keyboard all in one. - Trackball is actually nice to use once you get used to it. (And it's actually working.) - Nice design. - Comfortable to use on lap. - Convenient button placement. - Easily usable with one hand or two.
  • Cons: - Rechargeable batteries don't work well. - Keys are not always responsive. (Have to use unnecessary amount of force.) - Trackball performance has degraded over time. - Not incredibly durable.
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Overall 10

I've had no issues with this board

Tamara A., Newegg
30 July 2013
  • Summary: My keyboard gets heavy use and I've been VERY happy with mine. I have dropped it a couple of times (fell on wood floor or rug) and handled it. All the cats repeatedly walk across it, the dog has drooled on it, one cat loves to sit on it (because it's more fun when I'm trying to use it).
  • Pros: Frankly, I love it and have had it for several years now. I use mine constantly in my den with the PC - it IS the only way I watch movies/TV/Netflix, etc. and I use it to listen to music in the same room, so it gets very heavy use. In general I like the placement of the keys, buttons & no issue w...
  • Cons: I have had a few issues with recharging (acted like it wasn't recharging, but it did. A few other times it wanted to be recharged days after I had just charged it) however, it worked a decent amount of time on regular batteries and after getting new rechargeable batteries, less issues. It's easy ...
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Overall 10

very nice!

Colin L., Newegg
4 July 2013
  • Summary: close button is very practical, had to write autohotkey script to get the others to do same.
  • Pros: i'm on my 4th such keyboard, others kept getting trackball problems eventually, cleaning helped but they all died anyway, very frustrating. it's a relief to get this one, mouse is working swell! Let's hope it lasts. Plus 3 year warranty, can't go wrong. Very fast delivery, i recommend newegg and ...
  • Cons: none so far
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Overall 8

Most brilliant design

Monique S., Newegg
28 June 2013
  • Pros: This is THE keyboard if you wish for a full sized on your lap type keyboard... the shape... and layout are comprehensive and don't make you think...using the board feels right. A lot of brilliant user oriented thought went into this design...from the convenient triggers -- to the shape to the int...
  • Cons: I only wish it were a bit sturdier. dropped twice and keys popped off... lost a few keys. One egg off only for this.
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Overall 6

It worked great (mostly)... until it didn't

Anthony P., Newegg
25 June 2013
  • Summary: I purchased this for use with a media center (so it doesn't get a ton of use). Since the scroll wheel broke today, mine is pretty much useless for that purpose. I did like it a lot, I had to ding it at least one star for the charging issues.
  • Pros: Pros: The case feels great in your hands/on your lap! The materials are rather rubbery where they need to be, so it doesn't slip in your hands. The keyboard is a good size so finding your keys isn't too bad. It has amazing range (40+ feet and 2 walls in my house).
  • Cons: Charging, charging, charging!! I often have to mess around with the batteries for them to take a charge. The first unit didn't charge at all (newegg RMA's rock!!). The forward facing scroll wheel has a very thin piece of plastic that connects it to the sensor, so if you click on it (which it supp...
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Overall 6

it's decent when it works

simon l., Newegg
20 May 2013
  • Pros: I really like the feel of the keyboard, the scroll wheel and trackball is great and the battery indicator is useful.
  • Cons: The trackball requires cleaning every once in while if too much oil builds up and the keyboard stops recognizing it. Sometimes the keyboard will be unresponsive and the only way to fix it is to take the batteries for 5 minutes or so. My scroll wheel broke after 6 months of light use. My last wire...
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Overall 4


Sandra G., Newegg
9 May 2013
  • Summary: Love using the keyboard to watch TV, but it really disappointed me with the durability.
  • Pros: Great idea, especially for people wanting to "cut the cord" and go all online for television viewing. When it works, it is fantastic and I love it! Keyboard, mouse, scroll wheel, all are great for surfing Hulu and Netflix. Installs easily, very responsive.
  • Cons: The first keyboard we got had no battery terminals. We returned it immediately, got a new one and were happy for 7 months. Then things started going down hill. A key fell off. No biggie, but the mount was broken. Okay, Iogear was going to replace it. Then, the scroll wheel stopped working and the...
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Overall 4

Broke for no reason, within a month

Lee-Ann B., 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. Won't be buying an iogear keyboard ever again, neither will my company, as I'm responsible for all IT purchases.
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Overall 2

not good

Jai M., Newegg
3 March 2013
  • Summary: I investigated the possibility of packet collisions by eliminating any sources in 2.4 GHz, the signal remained intermittent.
  • Pros: it looks cool.
  • Cons: Blu-tooth intermittent signal after only 5 feet distance from receiver. acts like inferred not blu-tooth anything gets in the way, no signal.
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Overall 10

So Far, so good..

William T., Newegg
14 January 2013
  • Pros: Great control of HTPC. Range seems good for typical living room. Have not had any issues with mine... yet. We recharge every weekend - no power issues. It's been dropped a few times and sat on - still seems to work just fine.
  • Cons: It does time out (goes to sleep) a little sooner that I would like.
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