Koribo Wireless Keyboard Roundup ReviewnVidia_Freak - March 21, 2011
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Packaging for the Leira is rather average. The keyboard itself is protected only by a thin plastic bag and rests on a bit of thin cardboard. Along with the keyboard are two standard 1.5V AA alkaline batteries, which are not rechargeable, and a USB wireless receiver. The receiver is very compact and only slightly larger than a USB flash drive. On the front of the USB receiver are an LED and a button. Although the purpose of neither is particularly clear, perhaps the button is used to synchronize the receiver with the keyboard?
Finally, here are some pictures of the Leira in the flesh. The below photos are there more as beauty shots, but, they do highlight a few things. The Leira is constructed of black colored plastic and feels unusually sturdy, though lightweight. The lettering on the keys, surprisingly, does not use the pad printing technique. Pad printed keys are characterized by having a raised surface and resemble stickers if looked at in bright light or on an angle. The Leira feels like and appears to use laser etched keys that have had the etched spaces filled in with paint to make the letters visible. That's a more expensive way of lettering keys and is a very nice touch, because laser etched keys don't wear as quickly as they would if they were pad printed. An unexpected but very nice touch. If you've been paying attention, you will have noticed the Hebrew characters on the keys, there because they are an Israeli-based company, and these are keyboards meant for that market. The keys themselves, although curved, as they are with most keyboards, are low-profile keys like those found on laptops, and, because they are low profile keys, they are closer together. This will likely cause some frustration when typing if you're used to full-sized keyboards. Out back is the battery compartment, and, just as on the USB receiver, there is an unmarked button. Perhaps this one is a shutoff switch?
On the left side of the keyboard are the control keys that are mentioned on the box. The keys are clearly labeled and each key's function is quite obvious: next, previous, fast forward, rewind, play, pause, stop record, volume up, volume down, volume mute, and something I don't normally see: channel changing buttons. Also on this side of the keyboard are two mouse buttons and a scroll wheel. Although this may seem redundant with the multi-touch touchpad, it does balance the workload between hands.
Top and center on the keyboard are the media center/Internet browser hotkeys. The keys are clearly labeled and the function of each is obvious, although, I do wonder what each will do within Firefox.
A numpad is included on the Leira, though it's not in the usual spot due to the location of the touchpad. A handful of keys on the right side of the keyboard find themselves pulling double duty as both letters and numbers. A numlock key is located directly to the right of the F12 key to make switching between letters and numbers easy.
Finally, on the far right of the keyboard is the touchpad. It's standard sized; about what you would find on a laptop. Above the touchpad is an LED to indicate when the batteries need to be replaced. As for the little dome to the right of the LED, though you might think it to relate to the wireless transmission, is simply decoration.