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iOne Gemini R16 Keyboard and Mouse Combo Review

Sagittaria    -   January 30, 2007


Testing Continued

Gaming
I tested the setup in Half-Life 2 Episode 1, a fast paced first person shooter. No problems arose as you're only really using the W, A, S, D keys and the mouse. I sort of liked the feel of the mouse. It's light and the ability to change the DPI is wonderful. For instance, if you're running and gunning, you can quickly change the DPI of the mouse so it accelerates, very useful when precision is not needed, but when precision is required, like sniping, you can quickly slow down your mouse. Very handy! But the mouse is just too small for my tastes and it became uncomfortable after a while.

The Keyboard Hotkeys
All of them do what they're supposed to in the programs that I tested with. I encountered no problems using them with Internet Explorer, Windows XP SP2, Office 2000 and 2003, and Mozilla Firefox. Very handy once again! Here's a list of all the hotkeys:

F1-F12 Office Keys
In Sequential Order from Left
Purpose Help New Open Save Replace Spell Check Undo Redo Reply Reply All Forward Send
Function Key
F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12

Top Program Keys
In Sequential Order from Left
Purpose Sleep/Hibernate
Office  Lock
MS Word 
MS Excel 
Home  Page Default  E-Mail Client Forward (Internet) 
Refresh
(Internet) 
MS  Search 
Pp 
Favorites  (Internet) Stop (Internet) 
Back (Internet) 
Key # from Left
1 2  3 4
5
6
7
8
 9 10
11
12
13

Top Right Media Keys
Row Button Name Button Name
1 Back Forward
2 - Volume +Volume
Middle Mute
Bottom
Stop Play/Pause

Bottom Right General Keys
Description Purpose
Two Top Large Keys Cycle Windows Window Close
Four Curved Bottom Keys Mark
Cut
Copy
Paste
Scroll Wheel

 

Conclusion

This is a great setup from iOne, a company that you may not of heard of, but probably should! The keyboard is excellent with very nice hot-keys and placement for Office, Internet, and Windows. You will virtually never have to pick up your mouse again when using your computer. This is an awesome and I mean it when I say it, awesome feature! I like the mouse fairly well, it's light with programmable buttons ( a very handy feature). I love the DPI change button so you can slow or speed up your mouse speed on the fly. The cables are fairly thin so it will not clutter up your desk much and both products are pretty sturdy. I cannot stress how much I love the function keys!

On the negative side, the mouse is a little small and will get uncomfortable after a while. But other than that, a nice combo!

Pros

  • Professional Look
  • Good Key Labels
  • Awesome Function Keys
  • Great Placement of Function Keys
  • Keyboard function keys almost eliminate the need to use the mouse
  • Sturdy
  • Fairly Thin Cables
  • Programmable Mouse Buttons

 

 

Cons

  • Small Mouse
  • Typo's in software (This should be fixed upon final release)
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued & Installation
  3. Configuration
  4. Configuration Continued
  5. Specifications & Testing
  6. Testing Continued & Conclusion
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